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The Portland Oregon AGO Chapter encompasses organists, church music directors, and organ aficionados along the Columbia River and northern Willamette Valley in Oregon and southern Washington.  Locales include (but are not limited to) Astoria, McMinnville, Scappoose, Wilsonville, Pendleton, Bend, Vancouver, and the greater Portland area, with a couple of dual-members coming from Salem.  Guild membership is facilitated by the AGO national office.

St Andrew Lutheran, Beaverton, Paul Fritts Organ. Photo by Susan R Werner Reiser


Executive Committee

  • Ward Nelsen - Dean

  • Matthew O'Sullivan - Subdean

  • Susan R Werner Reiser - Past Dean

  • Rob Stoltz - Secretary

  • Heidi Kohne - Treasurer, Placement Coordinator

  • Lori Thomas - Registrar 

  • Joe O'Donnell - Auditor

  • Matt Smith - Publicity, Webmaster

  • Walter Krueger - Examination Coordinator

  • Open - Professional Concerns

  • David Dornack - Chaplain

  • Christopher Nordwall (2023)

  • Christine Partna (2024)

  • Jane Mendelhall (2025)


The Portland AGO scholarship fund is now accepting applications! These funds are specifically to support the study of the King of Instruments and have come from individual donors, members, and proceeds from our Bach-a-thons. Certain restrictions apply, described on the application form.


Download and complete the application form on your computer or by printing it out and filling it out with pen. The form requires a signature, and that must be done by printing out that page and using a writing instrument. Submission instructions are found on the form.


We hope that you will pursue your studies and apply for these scholarship funds.


Executive Committee meets monthly on third Tuesdays at the current Dean's church or residence or online.


General membership, non-business meeting on the last Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m.  All members and guests are invited to enjoy good food and conversation, some organ-related, some not. Currently the monthly luncheon is virtual. Be safe and we will see each other again soon.


Do you need an organist or pianist for a Sunday?  How about for three months?  Has your previous musician left for good and you need a permanent replacement?

Are you an AGO member who is available to substitute?  Have you moved into Portland and are looking for open positions?

Send job openings or availability to substitute to

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