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.
Now that Holy Week and Easter have passed I hope you will have an opportunity to rest a bit and reflect upon your work (and impact) on all of those who were in attendance at various services. As each of us continues to "recover" from our own stresses, exhaustion and expectations from Holy Week/Easter may we keep in mind that we also are a part of the group that is forever changed by those who join us in our ministry; singers, clergy, page turners/stop pullers, etc. During this season of Resurrection, let us give thanks for the gift of music, the positive, life-changing power it possesses, and for all who are moved to a closer relationship with the Risen Christ!
Opportunities abound for us to share the joy of music with the community and our colleagues -- from the wonderfully successful Hymn Festival (many thanks to all involved for such wonderful planning and heartfelt performances) to the upcoming Bach Around the Block performances. We are truly blessed!
Dr. Stephen White, SWMI AGO Chapter Dean
Soli Deo Gloria!