About

The annual Presidents' Day Organ Festival is presented by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild or Organists. Each year the Festival features performances on several organs in a specific neighborhood in Los Angeles. All performances and free and open to the public.

The first Presidents' Day Organ Festival in 2008 was the inspiration of Dr. Orpha Ocse and Manuel Rosales, and featured four organs in Claremont, CA, with performances by Dr. Carey Robertson and Dr. William Peterson. Since then the event has grown to include three or four organs with six to eight performers each year. Click here to see a complete history.

Click here to see more information about the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

2020 Presidents' Day Organ Festival

Festival Committee

Nelson Dodge, Coordinator

Manuel Rosales, Advisor & Speaker


Festival Volunteers

Wendell Benedetti, Photographer

James Casey, Greeter

Karla Devine, Greeter

Thompson Howell, Greeter

Russ Litchfield, Greeter

François Vaillancourt, Logistics


Hospitality Committee

Joshua Gusman

Bill Mistretta

Mary Lee Mistretta

Andre Rigden

Russell Schertle


Organ Preparation

Strohm Organ Services, organ tuning for Mt. Olive Lutheran, La Cañada Presbyterian and St. Bede Catholic


Program Book

Nelson Dodge, Design & Production

Karla Devine, Proofreading

Short Run Printing, Ltd. (Phoenix), Printing


AGO Los Angeles Chapter Executive Committee

Nelson Dodge, Dean

Kevin Cartwright, Sub-Dean

Karla Devine, Secretary

Douglas Herbst, Treasurer

James Casey

Dr. Cesar Favila

Adan Alejandro Fernandez

Dr. Namhee Han

Thompson Howell

Josh Gusman

Sean O’Neal

Dr. Jeffrey Parola

Dr. Weicheng Zhao