Thursday, June 11



The 2009 Convetnion Steering Committtee has elected to waive the late registration fees!

Highlights of the 2009 Detroit Regional Convention include performances of the finalist submissions for the Marilyn Mason new Organ Music Composition Competition by Lynne Davis, Martin Jean playing the famed Hill Auditorium organ at the University of Michigan, performances by Todd Wilson, Janette Fishell, Fred Hohman, and the Quimby Young Organists competition taking place in the beautiful setting of Christ Church Cranbrook as well as many, varied workshop presentations.

We are only three weeks from the start of the convention, and we need YOU to make plans to attend today!

I encourage you to point your broser to httpp:// , to print and mail your registration form, and start making plans to motor to the Motor City!

See you in June,
Dr. Joseph D. Daniel
Detroit Regional Convention Chair

Attendees are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

Convetnion Hotel & Exhibits: Detroit Renaissance Center Marriott, Renaissance Center, Detroit. Phone: (313) - 568 - 8000. FAX: (313) - 568 - 8146.
Ask for AGO rage ($129+tax).
Contact Convention Registrar, Elgin Clingaman, for special needs.

See the Detoit convention web site at

Tuesday, June 9


Recent updates were done to the following areas:

1) Over all look has changed. Do you like it, or hate it? Post your comment below.

2) "This Month in Music History" (in the sidebar).

3) "Upcoming Area Events" (in the sidebar).

4) "Monthly Videos" (in the sidebar).

5) New articles below: "Chapter Dues Due;" "From Our Dean for June 2009;" and "Organs in the Hood."

Remember if you have something that would be of interest for our chapter, contact Tim Claubaugh at .


Chapter dues will soon be due for the 2009-2010 year. Regular - $70.00 / Special - $52.50 (age 65 or over) / Student - $39.00 / Partner - $45.00 (second member of same household. No magazine for second member.) / Chapter Friend - $15.00. Please mail your dues no later than JUNE 30 to Charles Scroggy, 218 W. Bogart Rd., Sandusky, OH 44870.


Greetings to you as another busy season of church music concludes and a slower-paced summer season begins. Here are several things to bring to your attention:

1) Nancy Russell, Ago Ohio District convener, hosted a meeting of Deans at the Bunn-Minnick Pipe Organ Co. in Columbus on May 2, 2009, and sent me a written report. I was not able to attend, but I phoned a Sandusky Chapter report to Nancy. Seven Ohio Deans attended along with two Regional officers. Nancy urged us to support the Annual Fund as a chapter or as individuals. A donation of $3 per member would pay costs of liability insurance. She also encourages us to network with other chapters and build on our strengths.

2) Remember the Organ Historical Society’s national convention coming to Sandusky’s First Congregational UCC on Tuesday, July 7. A public recital will be given at 1:00 p.m. by Christopher Marks. We have promised Charles Scroggy any help he needs in hosting this part of the Convention’s stop in Sandusky.

3) The Sandusky Concert Association has booked an organ-trumpet concert as the opening number on its 2009-2010 series. Anthony and Beard (note their photos in the Phillip Truckenbrod ad in “TAO”) will give the concert Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Sandusky. Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $5 for students. As organists we need to support this concert in every possible way: attend the concert yourself, bring friends, publicize the event, and offer help as needed and requested. This is a fantastic opportunity for organists to invite potential students to attend and consider lessons on the king of instruments.

4) And finally annual AGO dues should be sent to our treasurer Charles Scroggy. See the posting above for prices and when those need to be in. Your dues support the national and local organizations and include your subscription to TAO.

Have a great summer, and I’ll look for you at First Congregational UCC on Tuesday, July 7!
(signed) Laura Stellhorn, Dean


“Organs in the Hood” is a feature on our web site where Sandusky Chapter members take a look at organs throughout the Sandusky Chapter area. These articles include information about each instrument as well as pictures and specification list. This will also be a way for our chapter to “catalog” most (if not all) the organs in our area. Each summer we hope to feature the organs in a different city. The city that we will concentrate on this summer is Sandusky. Tim Claubaugh will be contacting organists in Sandusky to set up times to take pictures and get the specifications of many of the instruments in Sandusky. Then beginning in September, we hope to feature one instrument every month for the entire year.