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.

Lithograph from L’art du facteur d’orgue (1766-1778), Dom Bédos de Celles 

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!

DEAN’S MESSAGE

Happy Easter! I hope each of you was able to experience the ultimate joy of this festive holiday in whatever way was most meaningful to you. And since Easter seemed to be right on the heels of Christmas and Epiphany, I hope some rest was part of your plan for the week following Easter Day.

As we look toward the end of our chapter program year, I hope you will put two events on your calendars and plan to attend: the first is our chapter potluck and music exchange to be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Battle Creek on Monday, April 30.

The second is the annual Bach Around the Block program on Monday, June 4. Details about both upcoming programs can be found [on this website]. At the April dinner/music exchange we will recognize our two most recent recipients of the Service Playing Certificate  Jared Montgomery and Daniel Tucker — as well as enjoy a great opportunity for socializing with one another. I do hope you’ll join us.

It is also time to start thinking about the annual election of officers. We have been fortunate to have a dedicated ghroup 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, so if you have ever wondered what it is like to be more involved with the shaping of our chapter’s future, I encourage you to consider running for a board position. If you have an interest (or questions), please let me know and I’ll do my best to shed some light for you.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the end of April at St. Thomas. Please do RSVP to me re: the dinner as requested: music@stthomasbc.org

Stephen White, PhD., Dean

SOLI DEO GLORIA!