Welcome to the website of 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. 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.
What a wonderful meeting at Second Reformed Church in Kalamazoo! Thanks to Mary Peterson for hosting us and to the church for providing such wonderful snacks for our social time prior to the meeting. I do hope that those present found the choral anthem reading session helpful – it was great to sing through such a large number and variety of anthems.
I encourage you to pay close attention to our upcoming events and plan to attend – our December event promises to be a lot of fun, as we gather at First Congregational Kalamazoo for our annual member’s Christmas recital. This year we are adding a new twist to the event – a carol sing for all in attendance. So please encourage your friends and congregants to join us for some wonderful singing of Christmas hymns and carols. And, after we have enjoyed the music, our members will go to Bill Musselman home for our chapter Christmas party – please help other chapter members remember these events to ensure we have as many present as possible.
As we continue to focus on the mission of the Guild, we must rely on each of you (our chapter members) to extend personal invitations to organists, pianists, choral conductors, singers, and music appreciators – our chapter programs are open to the public and events such as the carol sing/recital in December are a fantastic way for us to share our love of the organ with a broader spectrum of people. And remember, anyone can join our chapter (even non-organists). There are several member categories including chapter friend for those who value the organ and want to support our work and mission.
Dr. Stephen White, chapter dean
Soli Deo Gloria!