The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.

- June 2024 -

Greetings, chapter members and friends!

The 2023-2024 season was busy and successful; we have much to be proud of and celebrate: Hymn Festival, Bachathon, Organ Academy, and various chapter social gatherings! I am very thankful for the support and diligent work that went into our efforts since last July.

Your chapter officers have been an excellent team this year! Many thanks to Taylor Giese, Marlys Meece, Nisha Coulter, Mark Haberman, Henry Bauer, Marietta Hardy, and Joseph Schubert. We are already making plans for next season.

Please join us for the June 23 potluck picnic at Manito Park. Spouses and children are invited; our picnic shelter is next to the south playground and just over the hill from Duncan Gardens. Bring your ideas for 2024-2025 concerts and events. It will be a fun and relaxing time together.

Gratefully yours, Ed

Picnic and

Election of Officers

Sunday, June 23 - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a potluck picnic at Manito Park, South Picnic Shelter (Upper). Parking area for this shelter is accessed at 24th Ave. and S. Tekoa Street. European Renaissance-style Duncan Garden is nearby.

To avoid everybody coming with baked beans(!), click/tap the sign up button which is linked to an online form; insert your name and the dish you will be bringing. Beverages, plates, utensils, and napkins will be provided.

Come celebrate a busy and very successful 2023-2024 season!

Organ Academy members,

you are invited, too!


Matthew Johnson!

The AGO home office solicited chapter nominations in celebration of National Volunteer Week. Nominees were entered into a drawing for free organ shoes. Matthew Johnson was nominated for his performance and contributions during the Bachathon.

The award of organ shoes is perfect for Matthew in that he keeps wearing them out! Hooray, Matthew! Let's go!

Monday, June 24, 7 pm ET

Recruitment and Retention:

Membership is Everybody’s Business!

This Zoom webinar will address how everyone can work together to recruit new members and provide support to retain them. Webinar panelists will discuss how and where to find prospective members, as well as opportunities to strengthen member engagement. Please register HERE.

Joseph Gaunt played mass at St. Charles Parish on Sunday, June 2! Here are images of him rehearsing last week. Yes, those are his eyes peeking above the music rack.

Congratulations, Joey. Welcome to the ranks of hard-working church musicians who perform mini-recitals every Sunday. We're proud of you. Let's go!

Organist Position

First Church

of Christ, Scientist

  • Sundays, 10:00 a.m.
  • Prelude, offertory, postlude, three hymns
  • Balcom & Vaughan pipe organ

Contact Barbara Steiner, (509) 703-0588

Substitute Organist

End of June:

Andrew Jamieson

Jamieson, based on Berkeley, Calif., will be in the Walla Walla area but is willing to travel north while in our area.


Andrew's email

Substitute Organist

Available October 1:

Debby McConnell

McConnell is retiring from her position at Whitworth Church. She will be available for substitute work beginning Oct. 1.

Debby's email

Online Donations

The Spokane Chapter now accepts donations online! You may have noticed this new option at the Organ Academy's April 28 recital. The Clover interface is completely secure and deposits directly to our Numerica Credit Union account. This capability facilitates:

  • Concert donations, accommodating those without cash
  • Chapter donations, no need for dealing with checks

Click/tap on the image to check out the interface!

Look for the "Donate" button on website pages!

Candid by GuideStar

GuideStar is the source public and private funding organizations consult for verification of a non-profit applicant's transparent business practices, current financial status, and program/mission details. An accurate chapter profile lends strength to our applications for financial support of Organ Academy and the 80th Anniversary Season activities (2025-2026).

There are four levels of Candid transparency: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. We are proud to be at the "silver" level. Click/tap on the image to check out what donors are seeing.

Look for the Candid icon on website pages!

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