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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.

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

It is difficult to believe that the month of December is already upon us — often the busiest month for those of us who play the pedals and pipes.  Not only busy with our own worship responsibilities, but also with plans/preparations to make sure everyone around us has an enjoyable holiday season whatever their belief.  From family gatherings and holiday parties, gift giving, meal preparations, and decorating the house/yard to “beat” the neighbors, this is an exhausting time.  I do hope that when all the dust (or perhaps snowflakes) settles — in the mystery and awe of Christmas — you will each find time to reflect on what a gift you are to the many people (often unnamed) who hear the music you create — those who are overwhelmed, saddened by circumstance, or otherwise not in the “mood” for Christmas.  And for those in our chapter who may not play the organ, but are fervent supporters and friends of our work, please know what a gift you are to those of us on the bench.  Your continual gifts of support and confidence sustain us more than you my be aware.

Amid all the frenzy of the season, I do you [sic] hope you will plan to attend the annual member’s [sic] Christmas Recital at First Congregational Church on Tuesday, December 6, and then join with your AGO family for a bit of holiday merriment at the home of Bill and Joanne Musselman.  We are ever grateful for their delightful hospitality and always have a very enjoyable time socializing with one another.

My wish is that you experience all the blessings and joy of this season.  Do have a Happy Christmas and a Blessed and Healthy New Year.

Dr. Steve White, Chapter Dean

SOLI DEO GLORIA!