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)
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You may or may not be aware that I began a two month sabbatical in January. In addition to logging quite a few miles on the carandi n the air, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with many colleagues and friends around the country and have been practicing on some truly amazing instruments. I have thanked God many times for this opportunity!
The hospitality shown to me by AGO colleagues has been inspiring. With that in mind. I would call upon each of us to be open to visitors; to open our organ consoles for practice time and, when possible, to share a meal (and stories) with our guild colleagues.Building bridges seems to be more important today than ever, and our vocation often presents unique opportunities where this is concerned.
I wish to thank our chapter sub dean, Graeme Shields, and the rest of the board for handling things in my absence. I look forward to seeing you very soon.
Dr. Stephen White
SOLI DEO GLORIA!