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.
As many prepare for the end of the choral year and perhaps a slightly slower pace over the summer, I hope you will take time to reflect on the amazing impact your time and talent has had on those who entered the doors for worship or attended the various musical performances of which you were a part. While we all have workplace frustrations, our calling is truly a gift and we are given the rare privilege of shaping the emotional and spiritual life of many. I also hope that you will take time to rest, re-energize and perhaps even take time to engage with colleagues at one of many professional development opportunities available during the summer. While professional development is technically work, I firmly believe it provides one of the few opportunities we have to support and learn from one another. Whether it is the AGO national convention in Houston or some other denomination affiliated opportunity, I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities.
We also have two more opportunities to engage as members of the guild both of which are critically important to our health as an organization. The first is to vote in our annual election to select those who will shape and guide the future of our chapter. The second opportunity comes when we join together for our final meeting of the program year on Monday, June 6, in Marshall. In addition to a shared meal and the installation of officers, our sub dean, Brooks Grantier, has put together a nice program that features the treble choristers and choral scholars from St. Thomas Episcopal Church [Battle Creek] along with the wonderful instrument at Trinity Episcopal Church.
My hope for the future is that we will continue to see excitement about our work, further growth in our chapter membership, and a membership participation increase at our regular chapter events. Please accept my thanks for your work both at the instrument we love and in our shared work through the Guild.Ilook forward to seeing you at the June meeting.
SOLI DEO GLORIA!
Dean Stephen White, PhD.