Board Members for 2019 - 2020

Dean - John Widmann

Sub-Dean - Chuyoung Suter

Secretary - Deborah Kijak-Hess

Treasurer- Gerald Piercey

At-Large Members -

Class of 2020 - Emily Koons and Anne Timpane

Class of 2021 - Michael Hart and Mary Ann Willow

Class of 2022 - Jeff Pannebaker and Brenda Weiser

Newsletter Editor and Hospitality Chair - Carl Schwartz

Registrar and Quimby Competition Coordinator - Clarice Snyder

Webmaster - Ann Bartlow

Chaplain - Father Ed Kelaher


Dean's Letter

Message from the Dean

Dear Potomac AGO Chapter Members, Friends, and Observers,

This is my last letter to you as Dean of the Potomac Chapter. I want to say that it has been my delight to be able to serve the Potomac Chapter in this capacity and I have much to be thankful for. We have had wonderful events over the years and those events that happened during the last few months are reported in this newsletter. I have enjoyed meeting you at events and I hope to continue to see you at them throughout the next years. The collegiality of the Board has been great and we have had a good time being together and working together to bring you these quality events. 

Many thanks to all who served over the last few years and we wish to say a grateful “farewell” to David McCahan who is going off the board. Many thanks for your many years of service! 

We say a hearty “welcome” to Chuyoung Suter who has agreed to serve as Sub Dean, and to Jeffrey Pannebaker who is coming on the board for the Class of 2022. We all look forward to your contributions and service to the AGO. 

Many thanks go to Ann Bartlow and John Widmann who served as Co Sub-Deans for the last two years. The events have been quite well organized and varied for our membership and we owe them a big word of “thanks” for all that the work and effort they have put forth! 

John has agreed to step up to become the next Dean and we welcome his input and leadership to this position. Ann has agreed to be the Webmaster for the board and we certainly will enjoy her talents there. 

All that I have to say is “well done, you good and faithful servants”! 

Soli Deo Gloria,

Brenda Weiser, SPC, CAGO

American Guild of organists

  • The purposes of the American Guild of Organists are:

  • To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase their contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences, and to promote their understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment.

  • To improve the proficiency of organists and choral conductors.

  • To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of attainment.

  • To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities as contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the Guild.