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Welcome To

The American Guild of Organists -- Palo Alto/Peninsula Chapter

Serving the San Francisco Peninsula
Community Since 1990




Pipe Organ Encounters

POE Brochure 2016
August 7-13, 2016

POE 2016 Registration
Stanford University
and surrounding area
Sunday 07 - Friday 13 August

Our Facebook page


Program Year
2015-2016



Program Year
2014-2015



Program Year
2013-2014



Archive of
Chapter Newletters



National Headquarters
of the
American Guild of Organists



National Conventions

2016 Houston, June 19Ė23 Rhonda Furr, Convention Coordinator info@AGOHouston2016.com AGO Houston 2016

2018 Kansas City, July 2-6 Lynn Bratney, Convention Coordinator lbratney@gmail.com

2020 Atlanta, July 5-10


Organ Historical Trust
of Australia
Conference 2016
39th Annual Conference
the south island of
New Zealand
Monday 26 September --
Sunday 02 October



Palo Alto/Peninsula Chapter
mailing address
PO Box 582
Menlo Park, California
94026-0582


We represent a diverse group of people who have in common a passion for organs and organ music. We include professional and amateur organists who play and enjoy organ music from the most ancient to the most modern. Our community contains a tremendous variety of organs in churches, synagogues, concert halls, theaters, and residences.

Through our AGO Chapter, we provide a wide range of programs to educate, inspire, and involve our members and the community in the love of the organ and organ music.

Our current newsletter, January/February 2016, is online.

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The next chapter event ---

CAGO Workshop, Saturday morning 20 February, 10 am - noon,
Congregational Church in San Mateo.
Angela Kraft Cross, AAGO, leads a workshop which targets specific aspects of the Colleague's exam: transposition and improvisation. These are two skills which keep many from passing or even attempting the CAGO. Feel free to tell her in advance of specific hymns or tricky spots you are working with right now and bring them to the workshop.

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Next month ---

Saturday 05 March -- Improvisation
We have a stimulating first weekend in March with masterclasses two days apart. The Assistant Organist at Harvard, Thomas Sheehan, will be playing a compline-themed organ and choir concert at Christ Church Portola Valley on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m., and has consequently agreed to meet with us to share his insight on improvisation the following day on Saturday, March 5. We are very privileged to have him on the West Coast!

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Monday evening 07 March, 7:30 - Stanford Memorial Church
Robert Huw Morgan, University Organist, Master Class
Robert has agreed to have four people play the organs at Stanford. Let Tim know if you would like to play. As an aside, Robert is hosting St. Johnís College Choir from Cambridge, England, March 29 and 30, and Robert is conducting the St. Johnís Passion this spring. Don't miss these sublime choral experiences!

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Chapter Officers:
Tim Getz, Dean
Rani Fischer, SubDean
Lynda Alexander, Secretary
Ed Jennings, Treasurer
David Sheetz, Registrar
Duane Soubirous, Newsletter Editor
Jay Martin, Web Master
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Executive Board
2016 Class -- Daniel Gonzalez, Jin Kyung Lim, Duane Soubirous
2017 Class -- Peter Bassford, Tysen Dauer
2018 Class -- Catha Hall, Curtis "Fjord" Hawthorne