New Member Profile: Don Dunscomb

Don Dunscomb will be moving to Auburn this month  and has already joined our chapter.  I asked him to send some biographical information so that we could get to know him, and it is reprinted below.

Don Dunscomb was born and raised in Modesto, California, where he developed an interest in the organ through the little 2-manual Allen that was played in his church every Sunday. His interest in organ continued through his college years at San Jose State, where as a brass major, he earned a BA in Music, and then at Stanford University, where he earned an MA in Education and a Lifetime California Teaching Credential. While at Stanford, he studied organ with Herb Nanney on the 57-rank Murry-Harris organ in the gallery of Memorial Church.

After completing his graduate work, Don served in a variety of churches in a variety of capacities, but his first love has always been music. He served thirteen years as Music Director at a church in Roseburg, Oregon, where he oversaw the development of children, youth, and adult choirs, various vocal and instrumental groups and ensembles, a small orchestra, as well as the sound and lighting technology for the sanctuary. While in Roseburg, he conducted the Roseburg Concert Chorale for a season, as well as the Umpqua Community College Orchestra. In the late 90s, Don studied choral conducting with Gordon Borror at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

In 2001 he moved to central Oregon, and after a brief tenure at a church in Sunriver, he worked in the business world until his retirement in 2014. For a couple of seasons, Don played trombone in the Central Oregon Symphony.

Several years ago Don was able to participate in the Michael Barone Pipedreams tour to England. What a delight to hear those historic instruments in London, Bristol, and Oxford. The highlight of the tour was a private audience with one of the organists at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and then listening to him play that magnificent instrument in a private concert.

Don and his wife, Terri, have been married for forty-one years and have two sons, four grandsons, and a granddaughter on the way. Both of their sons and their families live in the Seattle area, and they are moving to a home in Auburn in order to be closer to them.

Don is looking forward to being an active member of the Tacoma chapter of the AGO.

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