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Last updated: August 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Message from the Dean 

“warm” August 15th greetings …

Doug DeForeest, Fay Manes, Paul Blanchard, Jerry Lindberg and I spent a mutually supportive and productive session together yesterday in the library at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Rosa.

We first reviewed the upcoming season’s calendar as follows.


Sunday, 20 September 2015, 2 to 4 pm,
Michael Hendron, Reed Organ, concert/presentation,
dean’s residence, Sebastopol

Sunday, 18 October 2015, 3:30 pm,
Christine Westhoff & Timothy Allen, Soprano & Organ,
Resurrection Parish, Santa Rosa

Sunday, 22 November 2015, 2 pm,
Brass Ensemble, Brian Wilson, & Organ, Jonathan Dimmock,
afterlude, Brombaugh Opus 9, lecture/demonstration
Schroeder Hall, SSU, Rohnert Park

Sunday, 7 February 2016, 3 pm,
REAGO Members & Friends Organ Concert,
First Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa

Sunday 24 April 2016, 2 to 4 pm,
Lenore Alford, Organ & Choral Workshop, Nadia & Lili Boulanger,
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Kenwood


We then focused on the chapter’s members & friends organ concert in early February.

Thirdly we discussed the desire for a sub-dean, as well as a secretary, increasing our officers
from two to four in number as we move toward the 2016-2017 season’s formation.

Last but not least, with contentment and expertise, Jerry Lindberg talked about his recent work, funding included, on First Presbyterian Church Santa Rosa’s pipe organ dating from 1899. In a nutshell, one wind chest was replaced, direct magnets were added for all ranks, missing resources were increased, existing resources were expanded and re-voicing took place. Everything is now working and well-balanced. The specifications are as follows.

The Organ of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, CA

Resultant 32 (Soubasse 16 from 2nd C, 1-12 resultant)
Soubasse 16
Flûte à Cheminée 16 (from Antiphonal)
Principal 8
Soubasse 8 (ext. of Soubasse 16)
Bourdon 8 (from Great)
Octave 4 (ext. of Principal 8)
Flute 4 (from Great)
Bombarde 16
Trumpette 8

Principal 8 (from Octave 4; 1-12 Gamba 8)
Gedeckt 8
Gamba 8
Celeste 8
Octave 4 (on offset chest)
Flute 4 (moved to main chest)
Principal 2 (ext. of Octave4)
Quint 1 1/3
Trompette 8
Oboe 8
Swell 16
Swell 4

Bourdon 16 (1-14 Soubasse 16; 15-61 Gedeckt 8)
Principal 8
Bourdon 8
Octave 4
Flûte 4
Twelvth 2 2/3
Fifthteenth 2
Piccolo 2
Seventeenth 1 3/5
Fourniture IV
Trompette 8
Clairon 4
Great 4

Flûte à Cheminée 8
Gemshorn 8
Gemshorn Celeste 8
Flûte à Fuseau 4
Plein Jeu III
Trompette 8 (from Great)
Clairon 4 (from Great)
Antiphonal 16
Antiphonal 4


looking forward to seeing many of you in September at our first event in Sebastopol … Beth

Beth Zucchino, dean, REAGO, Sonoma & Napa & Mendocino & Lake counties of northern California

707-824-5611 land line



“Just an Old Fashioned Lady”

Marilee Ford

Sebastopol, CA, USA


The purposes of the American Guild of Organists are:

  • To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase their contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences, and to promote their understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment.
  • To improve the proficiency of organists and choral conductors.
  • To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of attainment.
  • To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities as contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the Guild.


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