Clarence Dickinson Society

Cdickin2A founder of the AGO and the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary, Clarence Dickinson (1873-1969) was known as the Dean of American Church Musicians. Dr. Dickinson – organist and choirmaster, composer, virtuoso, performer, author, lecturer, and teacher – worked in all his capacities to broaden appreciation of organ music and reach new audiences. He worked tirelessly to improve the quality of church music, even as he celebrated his 90th birthday conducting a large choral festival at The Riverside Church in Manhattan. Clarence Dickinson’s legacy will forever uphold a standard of excellence in church music.

In 1997, 16 members of the Guild became charter members of the Clarence Dickinson Society (CDS) by including the AGO in their will or estate plans. They were Lorene S. Banta, Muriel W. Crowley (deceased), Paul J. Danilewski, Harriet L. Dearden, Winifred Howe, Edwin H. Holmberg, Jr., Joel H. Kuznik, Wm. A. Little, John Obetz, Helen A. Osterberg, W. James Owen, Frank J. Poole, Jr., Peggy Kelley Reinburg, Charles L. Smith, Jr., Frederick Swann, and Clementine Miller Tangeman (deceased). We extend our heartfelt thanks to all these visionaries.

Membership in the Society grows each year. By including the AGO in their will or estate plans, these individuals have displayed a public commitment to the mission of the Guild that will transcend their earthly life. Their bequests will forever be a living testimony to their belief in the work of the American Guild of Organists. Your legacy can do the same. Won’t you join us?

Printable Dickinson Society Membership Form

Members of the Clarence Dickinson Society

Barbara W. Adler · Lucie Ford Anderson · Donald C. Auberger, Jr., cago
Christopher Babcock · David G. Bahrke · †Lorene S. Banta · Mary Lou Criss Barker
Ted W. Barr · Paula Jane Barta, spc · Bruce P. Bengtson, aago R. Monty Bennett, cago
†Roberta Bitgood, fago, chm · Andrew A. Bowen, cago · †Brian L. Buehler
John-Paul Buzard · †Don G. Campbell · Cary W. Castellaw · James David Christie
Thomas and Mary Clark · Stephen Z. Cook, cago · †John E. Courter, fago · †Joseph W. Coutret
Charlotte F. Cordes, cago · †Muriel W. Crowley · Paul J. Danilewski · †Vernon L. deTar, fago
Harriet L. Dearden, aago · William D. Dickinson · Delbert D. Disselhorst · John Ditto
Nancy Ruyle Dodge · Geoffrey J. Druce, md · Alice Dubpernell · Linda Wilberger Egan
Steven L. Egler · Sheldon F. Eldridge, Jr. · Dennis Elwell · Jane Errera, chm · Margaret R. Evans
Henry S. Fusner, aago · Stephen W. Garner · Norman and Ethel Geist, cago
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Gould, aago · †Dennis L. Goward · E. Lary Grossman, spc
Eileen Guenther · Terrie Harman, cago · †Charles N. Henderson · Shirley Hill, aago
Edwin H. Holmberg, Jr. · Karen and Walter Holtkamp · Winifred Howe · †Rudolf O. Inselmann
Calvert Johnson · Jeanne R. Johnson · Paul R. Jones · Robert Burns King
Richard F. Kline Jr. · Ralph Kneeream · †Joel H. Kuznik · Ann Labounsky, fago
Wm. A. Little · Kenneth D. Lowenberg, fago · †Cameron Magnon · Lorraine M. Magnuson
Fred S. Mauk · J. Barbara McKelway · †Ruth Milliken, aago · Robert L. Moncrief
Philip T. Newton Jr., cago Frances Nobert · John Obetz · †Helen A. Osterberg
Barbara Owen, chm W. James Owen · †Lyle F. Perusse, cago
†Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee · †Frank J. Poole, Jr. · Robert S. Plimpton II
Michael Quimby · Peggy Kelley Reinburg · Stephen T. Roberts · Jayson Rodovsky-Engquist
Roger W. Roszell, spc · †Marjorie D. Sawyer · Thomas J. Secor · †Ellena A. Sewell
Morgan F. Simmons · †Edward F. Small · M. Ellen Southard · Virginia Strohmeyer-Miles, cago
Frederick Swann · Peter Sykes · †Clementine Miller Tangeman
Mark A. Thallander · Violet E. Thomas · James E. Thomashower · F. Anthony Thurman
Ralph F. Tilden · Lois Z. Toeppner · †Martha Lee Cain Tranby · George E. Tutwiler
Charles J. Updegraph · Paul Valente · John T. Vernieu · Victoria L. Wagner
John C. Walker, fago · John Powel Walsh · †D. DeWitt Wasson, chm · Marianne Webb
†William B. Weeks, aago · †Kathryn E. Weyand · Henry White
Mina Belle Packer Wichmann · Esther Cupps Wideman · †Charles T. Witmer · Barclay F. Wood
Robert W. Woody · †M. Searle Wright, fago · · Gordon Young · Anonymous (4)


Updated September 15, 2011

Membership in the Clarence Dickinson Society requires no minimum financial commitment. For more information about estate planning and wills, please contact AGO Director of Development and Communications, F. Anthony Thurman, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115, TEL 212-870-2310, FAX 212-870-2163, or E-MAIL