Welcome to the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Guild of Organists! Our chapter serves organists, choir directors, and organ enthusiasts in Kalamazoo, Portage, Battle Creek, Marshall, Coldwater, Schoolcraft, Centreville, Three Rivers, Sturgis, St. Joseph, Berrien Springs, South Haven, Paw Paw, Mattawan, and Richland.

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We are very grateful that you have chosen to visit our website and sincerely hope that you will find joy and inspiration in its contents.  

To learn more about the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the AGO we invite you to view these venues and our members. Remember to check out the upcoming events page as well!


Our programming season finale is our annual Kalamazoo Bach Festival Week Bach Around the Block recital. This year’s recital will take place on Monday, 4 June starting at 7pm at First Baptist Church, Kalamazoo. The recital will then proceed to First Presbyterian Church and conclude at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church with a reception to follow in the parish hall. The theme of this year’s recital is “Lost Souls: the Miscellaneous Works of J. S. Bach” and will showcase performances by Eric Strand, Graeme Shields, Mark Wells, Alexis Young, Janet Hill and Carrie Groenewold. This is our most public chapter event each year and you will definitely want to be a part of this special evening!

It is also time to start thinking about the annual election of officers. We have been fortunate to have a dedicated group of colleagues serving on the board who continue to seek new ways of engaging a broader group of organists and organ enthusiasts. We will have a few openings on the board for next year. If you have an interest (or questions), please let Chapter Dean Stephen White know: music@stthomasbc.org