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 of an organ
L’art du facteur d’orgues
Dom Bédos de Celles (1709-1779)
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.
My oh my what change has transpired over the past month — the death of the esteemed Dr. Marilyn Mason and our own chapter members Marcia Tuinstra and Nancy Steele, as well as the fires at St. John the Divine and Notre Dame de Paris. All of this in addition to the heartache happening in our own lives and across the globe. It can be difficult at times such as these to see the sun through the clouds. My prayer for each of you is that, in the midst of life’s struggles and disappointments, you are able to see glimpses of hope. The recent observance of Holy Week and [the] celebration of Easter should serve as a helpful reminder of the new life that can (and surely does) emerge from the darkness. As musicians, and those who value music, we play a unique role in the telling of this Easter story — the story of new life, the story of joy after sorrow, the story of faith.
As we move through Eastertide toward Pentecost and the end of our program year, may each 0f you experience the joy of rebirth in whatever way is needed most in your life. I remain grateful to have colleagues and friends such as you and am privileged to work with you.
Dr. Stephen White
SOLI DEO GLORIA!