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.
It is difficult to believe that September has come and gone already and I am sure that each of us is already feeling the pressure of Reformation, Thanksgiving, and Advent/Christmas preparations. I do hope that in the midst of all of this, we can find time to slow down and appreciate the changing of the seasons, as well as the role we play in the seasons of peoples lives.
Our program year got off to a good start at First Baptist Kalamazoo with a small but good-hearted group of chapter members. I was pleased to offer a brief presentation on my recent trip to England and the importance of pushing ourselves to perform outside of liturgical contexts, and our sub dean, Eric Strand, introduced the new Colleague to Colleague initiative. Those present then had an opportunity to peruse more music from our seemingly never-ending music exchange supply and to hear the significant work completed recently to improve the Letourneau instrument at First Baptist.
I encourage you to make note of the several programs upcoming and plan to attend; our chapter’s strength is in the diversity of its members, so it is wonderful to see as many members as possible at chapter functions.
SOLI DEO GLORIA!