Welcome!

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.

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!

MESSAGE FROM OUR DEAN

Thank you to everyone who was able to make the trip up to Grand Rapids to participate in the joint service/dinner with our colleagues from the Grand Rapids, Holland, and Muskegon-Lake Shore chapters. While it was rather warm (that may be an understatement), a huge congratulations and thanks go to Huw Lewis and the choir from St. John’s Episcopal (Detroit) for such a wonderful service of choral Evensong, and to Peter Kurdziel, Dean of the Grand Rapids chapter for putting together such a splendid event. I have a feeling there may be more collaborations in the future.

As our calendar year speeds along into October and November, I would encourage you to participate in the events/activities and bring friends along to the concerts — some wonderful music will be shared and master classes are always a good way to sharpen skills and gain insight (even if you aren’t on the bench). As mentioned in my last message, the Dean’s Task Force on membership will be meeting soon to discuss ways of growing our membership — if you have any thoughts or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to send them my way.

There are many musical opportunities in our area and I hope we each are able to take advantage of being in the audience for some of them — not only does it send a message of support to our colleagues, but also provides us an opportunity so rarely taken … to sit and enjoy.  I look forward to seeing you!

Dr. Stephen White, chapter Dean

SOLI DEO GLORIA!