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

Serving the San Francisco Peninsula
Community Since 1990

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National Conventions

2016 Houston, June 1923 Rhonda Furr, Convention Coordinator AGO Houston 2016

2018 Kansas City, July 2-6 Lynn Bratney, Convention Coordinator

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

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, November/December 2015, is online.


November event -- Saturday the 21st at 7:30pm

Irregular Resolutions
This small group of not-so-like-minded composers has been getting together periodically since 2002. They've been a discussion group, a support group, but most of all, a composer group!

Their next concert will be on Saturday 21 November 7:30pm at the Congregational Church in San Mateo and will feature the organ.
Free, but donations will be appreciated.


The next chapter event --- Saturday morning 16 January 2016, 8:30am

Our chapter, along with the San Jose chapter, is sponsoring the
Silicon Valley January Jubilee, Saturday 16 January at
Los Altos United Methodist Church.
Do you need some inspiration or new ideas for your worship service? We have an exciting lineup of Bay Area musicians who will lead workshops to help you create a better worship experience for your congregation.
The registration fee is $25, or $30 after December 15th, and includes a sandwich lunch.
Register at the SVJJ website
Contact Paul Rosas at
or 650-948-1083 for more details.

Workshop Options
It's a MIDI World -- Creative use of MIDI
Filling the Gap -- Improvisation tips for emergencies
Arise and Shine -- Exuberant hymn playing
BTW ... -- Publicizing via social media
Jumping in With Both Feet -- Elementary approaches to organ music
Ring Them Bells -- Building & maintaining your handbell choir
Hallelujah, Amen! -- Organ music for pianists and piano/organ duets
The Dynamic Church Choir -- Building choirs, team spirit, vocal exercises


Frbruary event ---

CAGO Workshop, Saturday 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.


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
Executive Board
2016 Class -- Daniel Gonzalez, Jin Kyung Lim, Duane Soubirous
2017 Class -- Peter Bassford, Tysen Dauer
2018 Class -- Catha Hall, Curtis "Fjord" Hawthorne