The Detroit Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Board of Directors
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Dean
George Jonte-Crane

SubDean
Andrew Herbruck
Secretary
Sherri Brown
Treasurer
Rick Abdoo

Registrar, Membership
Substitutes List
Pete Townsend
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Doris Hall

 

 



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David Troiano
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Glenn Burdette

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Richard Helderop
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Carolyn Thibideau
 
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Gerald Furi

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David Enos
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John Potter
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W. Jean Randall

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David Wigton

       
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Roster Editor
Dalos Grobe
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Chaplain
Rev Randall Engle
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Gerald Furi
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Dean: George Jonte-Crane
George Jonte-Crane currently serves as Dean of the Detroit chapter of AGO. He is winding up a 6-1/2 year stint at Berkley First United Methodist Church as organist and choir director and will be moving to St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Livonia in the same capacity at the end of the summer.. He also serves Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park in the same capacity. He holds degrees in organ, piano and choral conducting from the University of Texas and recently received an honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Prior to moving to Michigan 15 years ago, he served churches in Orange, Beaumont, Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas.

SubDean: Andrew Herbruck Andrew Herbruck serves as the director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, a position he has held since 2013.  Prior to his appointment in Birmingham, he spent eight years as Director of Music at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church.  He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan’s School of Music in organ and church music, studying with Dr. James Kibbie.   Andrew’s background includes being the primary service organist, directing chancel, handbell, and youth choirs, managing the church's extensive concert series and overseeing all other choirs at First Presbyterian Church.  Andrew previously served one term on the Detroit AGO Chapter board as a member at large.    
Secretary: Sherri Brown earned her Masters of Music (Church Music with pipe organ emphasis) from the University of Michigan in April of 2016 and continues to study with Dr. James Kibbie. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Secondary Education) from WMU where she studied piano with Dr. Phyllis Rappaport and organ with Dr. Kim Kasling. She is a member of both the Ann Arbor and Detroit Chapters of the American Guild of Organists and a two time recipient of the AGO Detroit Chapter Scholarship. She has taught elementary music in Livonia for four years and held positions at Nativity Episcopal, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, St. Luke’s Chapel (Episcopal), and the First Congregational Church of Clarkston.  Most recently she was among the U of M students who performed the Nicholas de Gringy Mass in Ebersmunster, France on May 14, 2017. 
Treasurer: Richard Abdoo Rick Abdoo has been a member of the Detroit Chapter AGO for 26 years.  He has served as a board member, and as Treasurer for a total of eight terms.  Rick is a retired engineering supervisor from Ford Motor.  He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and has three patents.  Rick has been in business as Abdoo Organ Services, repairing, expanding and rebuilding pipe organs for sixteen years.  Rick presently is the Treasurer for the Detroit Chapter AGO, Citizens for Peace, and the Citizens for Peace Education Fund.  He was previously the Treasurer for the SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club.  He is experienced in accounting and reporting for his own business as well as non-profit organizations, using Quickbooks Premier for non-profits.
Registrar, Membership & Substitutes List: Pete Townsend Pete studied piano from an early age.  While in high school he spent $50 to purchase a tracker organ from small church about to be demolished.  He reworked the chest installing electric valves to become unit organ and built a 2 manual console from manuals and pedalboard salvaged from other instruments.  He taught himself how to play.  He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University, and while there decided to formalize his knowledge and took 2 years of organ lessons.  During college also worked midnight to 6 a.m. on the first restoration of the Fox organ which was in total non-working order, to get it ready for the 1960 AGO Convention.  He plays at least once a month at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, and remains a true amateur organist. 
Board Member:  Gerald Furi As of Pentecost, 2018, I completed 61 years as a church musician.  B. Mus. and M. Mus. from Washington University, St. Louis. Studied with Howard Kelsey, Rudi Kremer, and Anton Heiller. MSLS from Wayne University, Detroit.  Retired in 2008 after working with the late Fr. Bob Wurm for 28 years, at St. James, Ferndale.  Retired in 2011 after 32 years with the Farmington Community Library, the last 25 as Assistant Director and Chief Technology Officer. I still occasionally substitute for mainline churches (primarily RC, Episcopal and Presbyterian) as needed.   
Board Member: David Wigton has been a church organist from the age of ten. He graduated from Oakland University in 1972. He then began full-time organ building as an apprentice at the Berkshire Organ Company in West Springfield, MA. Since 1977 he has been building organs in the Detroit area. The company's projects have included new, rebuilt and restored instruments, most of them with mechanical action. Mr. Wigton is a member of the American Institute of Organbuilders, who granted him the Master Organbuilder certificate in 1980. More information about the company can be found at wigtonpipeorgans.com.
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