Northeastern Wisconsin

Last updated: February 18, 2014 at 3:25 am

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the web-site of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter
of the American Guild of Organists

The Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is made up of approximately seventy members from an area bounded on the north and south by Marinette and Fond du Lac and on the east and west by Sheboygan and Berlin. The NEW Chapter sponsors lectures, workshops, recitals and other educational programs of interest to church and synagogue musicians. It also sponsors a scholarship program for organ study which is designed to encourage skilled pianists not presently involved with sacred music to use their talents in the sacred music profession. This program operates under the acronym OROCO (Outreach Opportunity for Church Organists) and makes annual searches for qualified candidates. (See certification below for more information.)


Local Events


Sunday, November 3 – 3:00pm
Members’ Recital ~ Hymns & Choral Preludes
Memorial Presbyterian Church, Appleton

Sunday, January 12 – 4:00pm
Six centuries of French Organ Building
Lecture-presentation by organ builder Bertrand Cattiaux – Wriston Room in the Warch Center, Lawrence U. Reception from 3-4

Saturday, January 18 – 8:00am – noon
Pedals, Pipes & Pizza
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Green Bay

Saturday, February 1 – 9:00a.m. – noon
John Behnke, recital/workshop
Trinity Lutheran, Kaukauna

Saturday, March 15 9:00 – noon
Part 2: Workshop Follow-up
Basics of Organ Playing; both pipe & electronic – Our Lady of Lourdes, De Pere

Friday, May 30 – Time TBA
Annual Banquet
1951 Rock Garden, Green Bay – Eileen Guenther, speaker



The Präludium is the monthly newsletter for the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the AGO. The deadline for articles, job openings, events, photos and all other submissions is the second Saturday of the month.


To join the chapter please contact our membership coordinator, Elizabeth Mazurak, at 920-779-0759 or


Zion Lutheran Church

912 N. Oneida Street, Appleton, WI 54911

  • Serve as principal organist for all worship services of the congregation.  This includes regularly scheduled Monday evening and Sunday morning services as well as all other special worship services.
  • Accompany the Senior Choir rehearsals.
  • Accompany the Sunday School children on Sunday mornings.
  • Accompany various ensembles and soloists when requested and rehearse with them as needed.
  • Consult with the Director of Music and Choirs to select organ music (prelude, postlude, etc.) that is appropriate to the seasons of the church.
  • Provide prelude, postlude, and special music-related information to the church office for worship bulletins.
  • Maintain and develop organ skills through practice.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Music and Choirs, document and ensure maintenance of the organ.
  • Work collectively with the Pastor and Director of Music and Choirs to choose hymns and to plan worship services when requested.
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly worship and music committee meetings, and the quarterly ad hoc hymn choice committee.
  • Provide organ music for all weddings and funerals held at the church, consulting with wedding couples or families as requested.  Organist receives additional compensation for these services as specified in the church policy.
  • Arrange for capable substitutes in advance of any approved absences.

Contact information:
Address:  912 N Oneida St, Appleton WI 54911
Phone number:  (920)739-3104
Please address all resumes to the attention of the Organist Search Committee


First United Methodist Church

501 Howe St, Green Bay, WI 54301 - (920) 437-9252

The First United Methodist Church – Green Bay, the oldest, and one of the largest United Methodist congregations in Wisconsin, is seeking an organist to lead our two Sunday traditional services in worship.  Our organ was built by the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, New York in 1994, and is comprised of 29 ranks, with 2000 individual pipes.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a resume to


Memorial Presbyterian Church

803 E. College Avenue, Appleton, WI 54911

Looking for someone to be a short term temporary organist at this time, with possible future expansion of position.
There is only one service: Sunday morning at 10:00am.  The choir meets on Wednesday evening at 7:15.
Please contact Eileen Herrling at 920 224 3416>
or Pastor Mike Goodwin


St. Anne’s Episcopal Church

347 S. Libal Street, DePere, WI 54115 - 920-265-3875

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in DePere, WI is seeking a part time organist (approximately 6 hours per week). Primary responsibilities include playing the organ and/or piano for our weekly 10AM Sunday service (9AM June-August) in addition to weekday feast days throughout the year. In addition qualified candidates will accompany the Adult Choir during the 10 AM service as well as at rehearsals on Wednesday Evening (7-8:30PM) and Sunday Mornings at 9:15 AM – September-May. An additional opportunity exists to direct the 3-octave bell choir. The organist has the last Sunday of each month off when our Contemporary Music team leads worship.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume along with references to A detailed job description is available upon request.



Organ Study Scholarships Available
Outreach Opportunity For Church Organists (OROCO)

This program is for training in traditional church music. Other styles of organ music cannot be accommodated. Awards will be made on the basis of one’s potential for becoming a church or synagogue organist and without regard for race, gender or religious affiliation.

1. Scholarships will provide for one year of organ study. Scholarships may be renewed for a second year upon recommendation of the teacher.

2. Study will be with a degree-holding teacher of organ, certified by the AGO-NEW Chapter. Lessons will be given as near to the student’s geographic location as possible.

3. The scholarship monies will be sent directly to the teacher, who will report to the chapter when the lessons have been completed.

4. Costs for transportation to the lessons and purchase of necessary materials will be borne by the student, although the home congregation of the student may be invited to assist with such costs.

5. Adequate arrangements for an organ on which to practice should be made by the student. It is necessary to have an organ with a full pedalboard of at least 30 notes. The chapter may be able to assist with this requirement.

6. Applicants must have had sufficient previous piano instruction to have mastered the basic fundamentals of music, including fluency in reading bass clef and accuracy of rhythm.

7. Applicants should be at least 14 years old, although exceptions for slightly younger students might be made. Older persons with considerable piano study are particularly encouraged to apply.

8. The most promising applicants will be interviewed. Candidates selected for the interview process should be prepared to play one solo piano piece. They may be asked to sightread several other items, including a hymn, at the piano.

For more information, please contact
Marillyn Freeman


Contact Us

Officers 2013-14:

Joanne Peterson, Dean

Jon M. Peterson, Sub-Dean
Newsletter Editor & Webmaster

Marillyn Freeman, Treasurer

Rollie Hebeler, Secretary

Board Members:

Elizabeth Mazurak, membership coordinator

Michael Meyer

Vashni Seitzer

Jeffrey Verkuilen, Education Coordinator


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