Chippewa Valley Chapter

Last updated: April 14, 2014 at 16:55 pm

Message from the Dean 


Welcome to the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

As you already know, I am Dorothy Gehrke and am the newly elected Dean of the Chippewa Valley AGO. It is a privilege to take on the responsibility of Dean and hope you feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about our chapter.

(Organ pictured is from the First Congregational Church in Eau Claire, WI)


Local Events

Organ/Piano Recital — Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7 pm at the First Congregational Church in Eau Claire.

July 6, 2014 — Patriotic Recital.  Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 2 pm in Gantner Concert Hall, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


Past 2013-2014 events:

Annual Meeting and Social at the home of Gary Steffenhagen — September 8, 2013 (6 pm)

CVAGO Board member, Paul Kosower, UWEC Professor, Emeritus presented an organ and cello recital on September 29, 2013 in Gantner Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Titled: “It was All About Bach” the program included the Organ Prelude and Fugues in C minor and E-flat Major (St. Anne) and solo cello suites Nos. 4 and 5. The program featured the recently refurbished Aeolian/Skinner 46 rank organ.

Pipe Scream (Halloween Concert) — October 25, 2013 Grace Lutheran Church, Grand Avenue, Eau Claire, WI.(7 pm) No admission charge, but a free will offering was taken.

Pedal Pipes and Pizza (youth event) — St. Patrick’s Catholic Church — January 12, 2014 (5-7 pm)

Marianna Scott Scholarship Auditions — February 23, 2014 — 12:30. Place: Lake Street United Methodist Church, Eau Claire, WI. The deadline for students to apply for these scholarship auditions is February 14.  Please send your application to Judy Lies.  Sub-Dean Elaine Mann is chairing this event.  Please contact her for answers to your questions.

Marianna Scott Scholarship Recital — March 9th, 2014, 2 pm, at Lake Street United Methodist Church.Eau Claire, WI.  Members and past scholarship winners will be performing.

Organ Recital  — Board Member, Paul Kosower, First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, Minnesota, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm.



Passing Notes (the Chapter newsletter) is published 3/4 times per year. The current and past issues may be obtained from the Chapter Dean.The latest issue of The American Organist journal, lists all of the chapters that participated successfully in the “Grow the Guild” membership campaign. And although we were not one of the winning chapters, we did receive recognition for our participation and growth!. Congratulations.

If you plan well in advance, consider attending these national conventions:

  • *AGO 2014 National Convention, Boston, June 23-27
  • *AGO 2016 National Convention, Houston, June 19-23
  • *AGO 2018 National Convention, Kansas City, July 2-6


Have you thought about attending a Pipe Organ Encounter this coming summer?  There is a link on the AGO website  for the Pipe Organ Encouters 2014 across the nation.  See if one of the session works for you or for your teenage students.   The closest to our area include POE for teens in Indianapolis, IN  ( and POE+ for Adults in Rockford, Illinois (




You don’t have to be an active organist or choirmaster to join the Guild. In fact, you don’t have to be a professional church musician at all. Membership in the Guild is open to all, and the only real requirement is an interest in the organ and/or sacred choral music. To become a member of the Chippewa Valley chapter contact any Chapter officer. See below for contact information.




AGO National website