The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The Guild is non-profit and serves approximately 15,000 members in about 300 chapters throughout the United States and abroad.
Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music.
Our chapter was chartered on December 3, 1951 as the La Jolla Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. It was re-chartered on June 2, 1967 as the Palomar Chapter, because this name better reflects our North County San Diego location.
The Palomar Chapter currently has 40 members. Even though our chapter is small, we are very active and have a full season of events planned. We generally meet monthly from September to June, excluding December and the month of Easter. We offer a variety of programs including concert artists, members’ recitals, scholarship fundraiser concerts, masterclasses, and workshops. We also enjoy social “get togethers” such as potlucks or dinner meetings. Our chapter supports the advancement of the organ through our organ scholarship program. Several of our members are also local organ teachers. We are a friendly group that is supportive of each other!
We hope you will consider joining our chapter!
Palomar Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
2019-2020 Board and Committee Members
Dean, Henry Doktorski
Sub-Dean, Howard McCullough
Secretary, Carol Graham
Treasurer, Stephen Vandlen
Chaplain, Reverend Herb Chamberlin
Board Members-at-Large: Adam Ferrara, John Naples, Bonnie Rex
Education: Carol Graham, Chair; Kimberly Bedell
Endowment Fund: Judith Moore, Chair; Carol Graham, Cheryl Holzer
Newsletter Columnist, Charlotte Atkinson
Newsletter Editor, Henry Doktorski
Placement: George Butterfield, Chair
Program: David Lewis, Howard McCullough, D.L. Shearer