Southwest Michigan Chapter

Last updated: May 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to our chapter website! 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 also proud to include the Twin Cities Organ Concert Series of St. Joseph and Berrien Springs as our organization’s younger partner, now celebrating their 10th year. Look further down our site for events and announcements.

Another Successful Event
Kudos to all who helped make our 27th annual Bach Around the Block program a success! This year’s coordinator was Tom Fielding who organized a well-received “OK Chorale” program performed by six of our wonderful chapter members: Steve White, Mark Wells, Steve Flick, Janet Hill, Carolyn Hiestand, and Bernie Foulk. A well-cookied reception was hosted by Ellen Tipton. Thanks to all who provided the treats. Over 200 enthusiastic patrons made the stroll from First Congregational to First Presbyterian to St. Luke’s Episcopal. As always, one wonders where all of these people are when other organ recitals are offered. That said, we give thanks for their faithful participation in this annual event which we proudly present in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival. Let us rejoice and be glad!

Local Events


September 9, 2013 (Monday)
Let Them Eat Cake and Get Free Gifts!
7pm Post-Convention Celebration and Music Swap
Parchment UMC, Parchment
hosted by Esther Manni
October 13, 2013 (Sunday)
4pm Eric Plutz Organ Recital
First Congregational Church, St. Joseph
hosted by Paul Flyger

November 8, 2013 (Friday)
7pm Scott Montgomery Organ Recital
November 9, 2013 (Saturday)
10am Scott Montgomery Masterclass
St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo
hosted by Thomas Fielding

December 2, 2013 (Monday)
7pm Chapter Members Recital
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Portage
hosted by Janet Hill
Christmas Party follows
hosted by Bill Musselman

January 13, 2014 (Monday)
7pm Music for Manuals: Gems without Feet
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kalamazoo
hosted by Nathan Mattson

February 9, 2014 (Sunday)
4pm Lynn Davis Organ Recital
First Congregational, Battle Creek
hosted by Al Bolitho

April 7, 2014 (Monday)
Panel with Organ Builders/Organists
Instrument Maintenance in a Pinch
Milwood UMC

May 19, 2014 (Monday)
7pm Bach Around the Block XXVII
(in collaboration with Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society)
Downtown Kalamazoo Churches
Coordinated by Thomas Fielding

June 2, 2014 (Monday)
6.30pm Year End Dinner
7.30pm Officer Installation Service
Millwood UMC, Kalamazoo
hosted by Carl Doubleday


For our chapter newsletter, The ORGANizer, please go to:

Sunday, 1 June, 5pm
Choral Evensong
St. Thomas Episcopal, Battle Creek

Sunday, 8 June, 5pm
Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys
Third Christian Reformed, Kalamazoo

Sunday, 8 June, 5pm
Spring Cathedral Choir Concert
St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo

Sunday, 8 June, 7pm
Pentecost Concert, St. Thomas Schola Cantorum
St. Thomas Episcopal, Battle Creek


For our chapter newsletter, The ORGANizer, please go to:

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