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New AGO Website

In order to expand functionality and flexibility, we have migrated the Tacoma AGO website to the WordPress web framework.  The URL will remain

To Gain Access

  • Navigate to
  • In the login block at the bottom of the menu column on the left, select the “Lost Password” link
  • Enter the email address on file at (the national site)
  • A password change link will be emailed to you
  • If your email address on is not correct, you must change it before you can get access to our chapter site; it takes about a day for the update to propagate locally

Summary of New Features

  • Members will be able to log in to see additional features, such as the membership directory and private locations that are not shown to the public.  Members will also be able to add events to the calendar, submit articles, post classified ads, and participate in forum discussions on various topics.  Your AGO executive committee is working on a plan for editing and maintaining content.
  • Members can log in with either their email address or their national AGO membership number, and the password established at the time of the first login.  Corrections to email addresses, names, addresses, telephone numbers and other preferences should be made on the AGO National site.  They will be automatically propagated to our local site.
  • The calendar will be updated continuously as events are sent to us.  It is possible to subscribe to the calendar so that you don’t have to manually update your own calendar.  Details are available in an article on the site.
  • The newsletter will still be emailed monthly.  It will be a summary of all of the articles posted since the last newsletter, along with the calendar.  You don’t have to wait until the newsletter comes out to see the news.  It will show up gradually on the website.  Check it regularly!
  • The email addresses formerly used to contact officers (such as and submit events and articles are discontinued.  Members can look up other members’ email addresses in the membership directory, which is visible after logging in.  Non-members will use the Contact widget located on the main menu bar.  Members will be able to submit their own events and articles, including pictures.  Instructions will be forthcoming.

Many thanks to Paul Tegels for maintaining an excellent web site for the past four years.  All of the information from that site is being migrated to the new site, including articles and all of the newsletters published since Paul has been archiving them.  They will be indexed and searchable by date or by content.  Paul will be on sabbatical for a few months but, upon his return, will continue to work on web content along with other volunteers.

Share Your Program Ideas

As your new program chair, I would like to ask you, our chapter members, to share any program ideas that you would like the program committee to consider.  We will be meeting soon over the summer to plan the year ahead and are interested in your input! Please join the programs forum on our new website to offer suggestions or feedback.  Thank you!


2016 Student Recital and Installation of Executive Committee

On May 23, 2016, members and guests gathered at Lagerquist Hall for installation of new officers and the annual student recital.

Student organists (left to right) Charles Reinmuth, Brett Gaulke, Collin Ray, Amy Castle, and Pascal Weber.

Member Jonathan Wohlers administered the AGO oath of office to the incoming members of the Tacoma AGO executive committee.

Following the Guild Service, students of Tacoma AGO members played the annual student recital.  Performers included Charles Reinmuth, Collin Ray, Amy Castle, Brett Gaulke, and Pascal Weber.  Amy Castle studies organ with Jonathan Wohlers, and is a prior recipient of the Tacoma AGO organ scholarship.  Paul Tegels teaches Charles Reinmuth, Collin Ray, and Brett Gaulke, and has also coached Pascal Weber.

A PDF of the program is attached below.


April Meeting – Bach Cantatas

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Carlton Monroe, DMA

For the April meeting, AGO members and guests gathered at Christ Episcopal Church to hear a presentation by Carlton Monroe, DMA, concerning his use of Bach cantatas at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio.  Musical examples were provided by musicians and singers from PLU, under the direction of Brian Galante and accompanied by Tacoma AGO chapter member Paul Tegels.

Dr. Monroe discussed how he chooses cantatas, based not only on the liturgical season, but also on the practicality of difficulty of solo and choir parts and availability of instruments.  His document with suggestions of cantatas, difficulty, season, instrumentation and vocal requirements is attached below.  You can navigate the pages by placing your mouse over the attachment and using the navigation bar that will appear at the bottom.


New Publication from David Dahl

20160412-Dahl-GodofGraceTacoma AGO member David Dahl  has published a new volume of organ music entitled “God of Grace and God of Glory,” named for the the first piece, a festive prelude on “Cwm Rhondda”.

The Foreward includes some interesting background on the pieces, including comments about structure and performance.

The volume is published by The Sacred Music Press, ISBN 978-0-7877-3478-7.

The table of contents includes

  • Festive Prelude on “Cwm rhondda”
  • Hymn Prelude on “Gatescarth”
  • Old 124th: Plein jeu avec chant en taille
  • Carson’s Chaconne
  • Built on a Rock the Church Shall Stand
  • The Lamb of the Rose Window