Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

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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.

Ernest M. Skinner (1866-1960)

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Upcoming Program

Our next chapter meeting will be in Battle Creek. Member Brooks Grantier, FAGO, will present “Cornflakes and Cornopeans: The Collaborations, Collusions and Collisions of Two Great Men: W. K. Kellogg and E. M. Skinner.”

 The program will be “portable” — presented in three adjacent sites. We begin at 7pm in the parking lot adjacent to the Kellogg home; then next door to St. Thomas Episcopal Church; and finally across the street at St. Philip Catholic Church. Along the way, Brooks will quote from Mr. Kellogg’s correspondence with the Skinner Company, and we will hear and see two of Battle Creek’s three extant Skinner organs. Katarina Woldt, a Katie Loewe Scholarship winner from Calvin College, will briefly play each organ.

DIRECTIONS: Park in the Capital Avenue lot next to St. Thomas. You will find the Kellogg Home in the park just behind the church. There will be signs and people to direct you. All sites are barrier-free, though there are stairs to the choir loft at St. Philip’s. In the case of inclement weather, there will be signs directing you to an indoor start location.