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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pedals Pipes & Pizza
Featuring Dr. Christoph Bull

Sunday, February 23, 2014, 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Location: Camarillo United Methodist Church,
Presenters: Dr. Christoph Bull, Gary Henricksen, Fern Fay, Nelson Dodge

Register here: www.pedalspipespizza.com

New Organ Scholarships Available!

February 7, 2014

The American Guild of Organists is delighted to announce a new college scholarship program for organ students with financial needs:

The Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Scholarship will be available to six students (four undergraduate, and two graduate) beginning with the 2014–2015 academic year.
Four undergraduate scholarships in the amount $7,500 each will be offered: one each to an incoming college freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Each scholarship will be renewable through completion of the student’s undergraduate years of study.
Two graduate scholarships in the amount of $15,000 each will be offered and will be renewable for a total of two years of graduate study.
Eligibility requirements and application details are available online. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.

The mission of the AGO is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. For more information, please call 212-870-2310 or e-mail info@agohq.org.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Check out the San Francisco AGO's Special Projects Fund - what your chapter do with additional funding? Dream big!  See www.sfago.org for more information.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pipe Organ Encounter 2013

The Palo Alto/Peninsula Chapter is hosting one of this year's POEs and it's off to a fantastic start!  We've only been here a day and a half and the students have already heard stunning performances by Robert Huw Morgan and Angela Kraft Cross at Stanford Memorial Church, had the opportunity for open console sessions at Memorial Church, Grace Cathedral, St. Mark's Lutheran, and St. Mary's Cathedral, and enjoyed dinner and open console this evening at the home of Paul Sahlin.  Today's outstanding workshop on improvisation by John Karl Hirten was followed by lessons and practice time for each of the 21 students attending.  They come from Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, and all over California. Some are studying organ for the first time, others have played for a number of years. It's been a wonderful first day and a half and the rest of the week looks equally exciting!


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Congratulations to the members in Region IX who have successfully completed certification exams this year:
Theodora Primes, CAGO (Los Angeles)
Laura Harker, SPC (Orange County)
Sarah Wannamaker, AAGO (Palo Alto/Peninsula)
Ethan Haman, CAGO (Palo Alto/Peninsula)
John Howard, CAGO (San Diego)
Natsuko Murayama, CAGO (San Francisco)
Lilyane Moulton, SPC (San Francisco)
Sheridan Haskell, SPC (San Joaquin Valley)
Stanley Kartchner, CAGO (Southern Arizona)
Jay Goodliffe, CAGO (Utah Valley)
Heidi Rodeback, SPC (Utah Valley)


Two non-members successfully completed the SPC as well - congratulations to Audrey Gordon and Kyongmin Kim!

I hope this news will challenge and motivate many of you to study for the 2014 exams!  See http://www.agohq.org/education/index.html for details and lots of resources!

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Region IX convention has attendees from California, Arizona, New South Wales, Utah, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Florida, Nevada, Wisconsin, Washington, D.C., Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, and Oregon. Looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new ones!
The pre-convention recital by Hector Olivera was fabulous - great to see a church packed full of people enjoying organ music!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The winner of the Region IX AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists was Chinar Merjanian and the second place winner was Jennifer Shin.
Chinar was the winner of the Palo Alto/Peninsula Chapter Level Competition.  Jennifer Shin was the winner of the San DIego AGO Chapter Level Competition The third competitor, Kymberly Stone, was the winner of the Salt Lake City/Utah Valley Chapter Level Competition.