2013-2014 SW Suburban AGO Events

posted Sep 6, 2013, 8:56 AM by George Tarasuk   [ updated Sep 6, 2013, 9:18 AM ]

Saturday, October 12 @ 11am
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal, Lockport
Organ Reading Session with Tom Secor
January 25, 2014
Winnetka Congregational Church
WFMT Bach-immersion with Dr. David Schrader
February 2014 (Time and place TBD)
Member-Clergy dinner

March, 2014 (Date and Time TBD)
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal, Lockport

Centering Prayer for Musicians

May 4, 2014 (Time TBD)
St. Charles Borromeo at Lewis University
Annual Members' Recital

Members' Recital Scheduled for May 18th at 7pm

posted Apr 8, 2013, 10:57 AM by George Tarasuk   [ updated Apr 8, 2013, 11:16 AM ]

Our ever popular annual Members' Recital will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 7pm.  This year's venue will be
St. Julie Billiart, Tinley Park. 
St. Julie's is located at 7399 159th St in Tinley Park, IL 60477 - (708) 429-6767


Please send in the following information to  by May 1st to be included in our program:


·         Title of your piece

·         Composer

·         Composer's dates

·         Length( in time) of your piece - please try to keep it to about 6 minutes


Instrument Specifications


2 Manuals and Pedal

Electric Key Action - Electric Stop Action

17 Stops - 24 Ranks




16 Bourdon
8 Principal
8 Bourdon (ext.)
4 Octave
4 Spillflöte
2 Super Octave
IV-V Mixture
8 Trompete


8 Rohrflöte
8 Viole
8 Viole Celeste
4 Principal
4 Nachthorn
2 Waldflöte
III-IV Scharf
16 Basson
8 Hautbois (ext.)


16 Principal
16 Bourdon (Gt.)
8 Octave (ext.)
8 Flute (ext.)
4 Choralbass (ext.)      
16 Posaune
16 Basson (Sw.)
8 Trompete


16 Swell to Great      
8 Swell to Great
4 Swell to Great
8 Great to Pedal
8 Swell to Pedal


Member-Clergy Dinner, January 18th

posted Jan 15, 2013, 8:39 AM by George Tarasuk

This Friday, January 18, 2013, 5pm the SW Suburban AGO will sponsor a Member-Clergy dinner at Bonfire Restaurant, located at 15905 South Bell Road in Homer Glen, IL 60491.

All SW Suburban AGO Members and their pastors are invited to this social event. Please RSVP to Roxanne Packer ASAP.

SW Suburban AGO will cover clergy expenses.


Dr. Jay Peterson in Recital this Sunday, October 28th

posted Oct 24, 2012, 1:56 PM by George Tarasuk

Dr. Jay Peterson will present an organ recital at The Church of the Holy Family, 102 Marquette Street, Park Forest, IL on October 28, 2012 at 4:00PM.


Dr. Peterson has performed organ recitals throughout the United States and in northern France and Germany.  For over thirty years he was music professor, music chair and college organist at MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois.  While at MacMurray Jay was awarded the Wilkins Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1988), the McGaw Fine Arts Award (1991), and the United Methodist Board of Higher Education Award for Teaching Excellence (1999).  Dr. Peterson has been a chosen participant in summer seminars sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities; topics have included Ghanain drumming and Schubertian lieder interpretations.  He has also been listed in editions of Who’s Who in American Education (2000, 2004).  Jay has especially enjoyed taking students on study tours to various parts of the world, including Bali, Indonesia, Italy, and New York City.


His three academic degrees in music were awarded by the University of Illinois and the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York.  While a scholarship student at Eastman Jay earned the coveted performer’s certificate as a student of David Craighead.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria, where he studied organ with Anton Heiller and harpsichord with Isolde Ahlgrimm.  He has also experienced several periods of study at the North German Organ Academy with Harald Vogel and at Sweden’s GOArt.


Jay is currently very active as a board member of three organizations, both local and national: the North Shore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (presently the elected treasurer), the Chicago Chapter of the Organ Historical Society, and the International Chamber Artists (currently serving as president).  He also has extensive experience as a collaborative pianist and for sixteen years was music director and conductor of the Springfield (IL) Choral Society.  He serves as Organ Associate at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Winnetka; the parish choir  recently enjoyed a week’s residency at Canterbury Cathedral, England.  Jay is also a keyboard accompanist for the Chicago Chamber Choir. 


He produced two recordings (1990 and 2002) that feature the widely acknowledged Aeolian-Skinner organ in Merner Chapel at MacMurray College--available from the Organ Historical Society catalogue.  In 2004, Jay released a commercial recording of pipe organs in eleven Jacksonville (IL) churches, sponsored by the Morgan County Historical Society.


He will play works of Dieterich Buxtehude, Charles-Marie Widor, Johann S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Joseph Bonnett and Walter Pelz. A Choir Spaghetti Dinner will follow the recital. All are invited to attend.


For further information, please call Mark Downey at 708-748-1100.



A Techno Tyme Workshop on October 13th

posted Oct 12, 2012, 12:54 PM by George Tarasuk   [ updated Oct 12, 2012, 12:57 PM ]

George Tarasuk will lead our first event of the season in a discussion on

Please join us from 10am-noon, Saturday, October 13th at The Laverne & Dorothy Brown Library located at The University of St. Francis  -  500 Wilcox St., Joliet, Illinois. 

Members' Concert Scheduled for March 11, 2012

posted Feb 15, 2012, 1:57 PM by George Tarasuk   [ updated Feb 15, 2012, 2:00 PM ]

Join us for this popular chapter event!  Given last year's success our 2011 Members' Concert, SW Suburban AGO will return to St. Raymond's Cathedral, Joliet on March 11, 2012 at 3 PM.  All members are invited to participate.  Email your selections to the dean at as soon as possible and no later than February 29.  This year's theme will be organ repertoire for Lent and Holy Week.

 The recital is open to the public and a free will offering will be collected.  A reception will follow.  

Techno Tyme Workshop scheduled for October 9

posted Sep 1, 2011, 12:34 PM by George Tarasuk   [ updated Sep 1, 2011, 12:45 PM ]

On Sunday, October 9th at 6:30pm, George Tarasuk will host another Techno-Tyme Workshop at All Saints Anglican Church, Bolingbrook. 

The workshop's focus will be organizing your music in a database.  Create your own - or choose from a number of newly developed software packages available on the market.  

If you have related topics you would like discussed please let George know by contacting him at

ChicagOHS Convention - July 8-13, 2012

posted May 2, 2011, 1:58 PM by George Tarasuk

Organist-Clergy Dinner on May 22nd

posted Apr 27, 2011, 10:36 AM by George Tarasuk

On Sunday, May 22nd at 5pm, our chapter’s Organist/Clergy Dinner will take place at Petey’s II, Located at LaGrange Rd and 159th St in Orland Park.   

SW Suburban AGO will sponsor the pastor’s portion of this event.

Don’t delay!   Invite your pastors for lively discussion and a great dinner.  This is a social event you will not want to miss!      

Please email your RSVP to George Tarasuk at by Sunday, May 15, 2011.

So don’t  

SW Suburban AGO Members' Recital, April 3, 2011

posted Feb 8, 2011, 9:42 AM by George Tarasuk   [ updated Feb 8, 2011, 9:57 AM ]

On Sunday, April 3rd and 3pm, SW Suburban AGO will present its annual “Members’ Recital” at St. Raymond’s Cathedral in Joliet.  This recital is also part of St. Raymond’s Cathedral music series.  A reception with  refreshments will be served following the recital, compliments of St. Raymond’s.


This grand space is home to two instruments:  a 3manual, 58 rank Wicks pipe organ and a 2 manual Allen digital in a lively acoustic.  Repertoire will include sacred and secular pieces for organ solo/duet. 

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