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.

The First Baptist, Kalamazoo
1998 Letourneau organ

20th anniversary recital
Sunday 18 November, 3pm

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

If you’re like me, I’m looking at my calendar wondering where the time has gone. However All Saints has come (and now gone) and we are quickly moving toward Advent and Christmas. As our schedules get over-booked, I do hope we’ll all make special effort to have the upcoming AGO programs on our calendars. It is one thing to pay dues and perhaps receive The American Organist magazine (TAO), however the full benefits of Guild membership are only realized when we participate and engage with our colleagues and others who love the organ and its music. The September potluck and choral music reading session went well, however if I’m honest, the attendance wasn’t what I hoped it would be.

If the current programming doesn’t seem interesting to you, I do hope you will reach out to members of the board and give ideas for programs that would be of interest. While we strive to offer a variety of programs, we really would love to know what you, our chapter members, would find valuable, insightful, and helpful.

The Dean’s Membership Task Force had a productive meeting within the past month and the ideas that surfaced are being implemented in various forms through programming and publicity. A big step in that direction was the very successful Orgelkids program that took place in October. A big thank you I sowed to Graeme Shields for spearheading this project and making great experiences for a wide variety of audiences throughout SW Michigan. We continue to work toward finding ways to broaded our scope and to increase our membership; any ideas you may have would be welcomed

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming AGO event!

SOLI DEO GLORIA!