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From the Dean...

Greetings, chapter members and friends!


It is an honor for me to serve the Spokane chapter. I hope that you had a great summer and are anxious, as I am, for the coming program year. Daily communication with various chapter officers and members leads me to believe that we have an exciting year planned and are headed toward a bright musical future!


Your chapter officers have been busy since election on June 25. Communications/Marketing, Program, and Membership have worked diligently to prepare for the 2023-2024 season. It is a great pleasure for me to be working with such an engaged, competent, and dedicated group.


You may have noted that the AGO national office uses Constant Contact to communicate with our worldwide membership. We are pleased to be using the same platform as well! In this document, look for and utilize the many links to external content. Also, read below about our revitalized online presence.


I am looking forward to seeing everybody on Sunday, September 24!


With best regards,


Snack Potluck and Season Reveal

Sunday, September 24 – 3:00 p.m.

All Saints Lutheran Church


Join us! Bring snacks and desserts to share for a great time of catching up with each other. Also, Floyd Czoski will share images from his recent European travels and details of the 2023-2024 program season will be revealed.

The full chapter events program will be unveiled on September 24. For now, save these Sunday dates for events you will not want to miss:

  • October 22 – 3:00 p.m.
  • February 25 – 3:00 p.m.
  • April 7 – 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 p.m.
  • April 28 – 3:00 p.m.
  • June 23 – 1:00 p.m.

Organ Academy 2024 plans are taking shape. Weekly activities January 20-April 28 are to be announced soon. This is a major educational outreach and scholarship activity of the chapter; it is crucial to the future of our profession.

Many, many thanks to Janet Ahrend and Carolyn Payne for continuing the work of making this program attractive, relevant, and accessible to young musicians!

Janet Ahrend and Carolyn Payne


What’s in a Name?

At its August 5 meeting, the board determined that our newsletter needed a distinctive name. Windchest, Pipings, and other possibilities were discussed. Sub-Dean Taylor Giese’s suggestion of Erzähler met with resounding approval. Erzähler, an organ stop invented by Ernest M. Skinner in 1904, draws its name from the German term for “story teller” due to its talkative nature. The stop first appeared in the Dutch Reformed Church, Kingston, New York.


Watch you email inboxes for the latest news and stories from American Guild of Organists – Spokane Chapter in the Erzähler! Send news items and event announcements to be featured in future Erzähler issues to sub-dean Taylor Giese,

New Online


The chapter website has undergone major renovation. It now hosted on a secure platform – note the “s” in the site URL - – and it is protected from malicious hacking behind a robust firewall. The site is optimized for major search engines like Google and Bing in order to rank more highly for those who are trying to find us. Navigation and content are under constant review and revision.


As the first point of contact for anyone wanting to learn about our organization, we want to put our very best foot forward. Additionally, we want to use the website as a place where members and friends can easily learn the latest information about the chapter and its activities. Everything from member directories and meeting minutes to special chapter events will be found on the website. Organ Academy information and registration can be handled smoothly through the site’s Organ Academy 2024 page.


Take a look at our website. Explore and see what we have in place so far.

Like us on our new Facebook page!


Connect with us on our new LinkedIn page!

Member Directory

Download and view the latest chapter member directory at the links below:



Digital availability of this document:

  • allows for up-to-date contact information
  • saves printing costs
  • is friendly to the environment

Those interested in attending the AGO 2024 National Convention, may visit the convention website. June 30-July 4, 2024 in San Francisco promises to be an inspiring and exciting time!

Matthew Andresen is a senior at Lewis and Clark High School. He has studied piano, organ, accordion, and trombone(!) with Edward Hurd since 2018. He has mastered literature from Bach, Debussy, Gershwin, Satie, and many others. Also, Andresen possesses a remarkable musical ear; anything he hears―from video game to movie soundtracks―he effortlessly transfers to keyboard.


Three years ago, Andresen became fascinated by the organ. He launched into learning Michael McCabe’s Two Trumpet Tunes (see videos: Trumpet Tune in C and Trumpet Tune in A) and instantly demonstrated a natural affinity for the instrument. Since then, he has been featured organist for Lewis and Clark’s production of Wilder’s Our Town and has presented a postlude at Central Lutheran Church.


Andresen recently began study of Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (BWV 582). His teacher dutifully printed 21 pages, trimmed margins, and taped all the sheets together to minimize page turns. This resulted in a score 14.5 feet wide! Andresen has decided that he will no longer describe his repertoire in terms of total measures or performance time, but in linear feet. (Pictured left with 7.5 feet of passacaglia.)


Last week, when asked if he or any of his friends would be interested in participating in Organ Academy 2024, Andresen answered, “I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t want to be a part of the Organ Academy. It’s such a cool instrument!”


We congratulate Matthew Andresen on his accomplishments and wish him the very best for a bright musical future!

Officer Activity Areas

Your chapter officers are serving the Spokane Chapter in the following areas:

  • Program – Henry Bauer, Nisha Coulter, Joseph Schubert, Mark Haberman
  • Communications/Marketing – Taylor Giese
  • Development/Finance – Marlys Meece
  • Membership – Marietta Hardy
  • Professional Concerns – Henry Bauer
  • Nominating – Mark Haberman


Read about your 2023-2024 officers on the website’s Leadership Page.

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