Southwest Michigan Chapter

Last updated: April 1, 2014 at 14:32 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.

From the Dean:
“Foor for thought”

Since our Convention last summer I have been thinking about the future of the funds we successfully realized.  I would like to share one idea I have been perusing, concerning its possible use.

One of our missions as an organization is outreach and education to the communities in our chapter area.  Several years ago in Battle Creek, some of our members gave a demonstration of the organ at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium for school-age children; it was presented in much the same way that an orchestra program for schoo-age children is often done.  I would like to see such programs occurring regularly (as in annually), with our chapter presenting the program for children.  One of the reasons, perhaps, that we have not been in a position to pursue this is the lack of funds in order to finance this (rental of halls with organs, publicity, etc.).  I would like to see a new fund established, to be invested, in much the same way the Katy Loew Fund has been established, with the express purpose of education and outreach.  I would also like to propose that the fund be named after our former dean, the late Dr. David Sly.  Throughout Dr. Sly’s career, he showed a keen interest in education.  This would be a fitting tribute to Dr. Sly’s work.

As the fund grows, the interest of this fund would be used for the purpose of such education and outreach.  I would hope that this would be a useful tool to help young people to have  the experience, as many of us have had, of seeing and hearing the wonderful sounds that the organ possesses.

Further details have yet to be ironed out, but this is the idea that we should be discussing.  If you have any thoughts or comments, please feel free to pass them along.  Thanks.

Have a blessed Spring and Holy Week.


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


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Thursday, 3 April, noon
Colin Knapp recital
First UMC, Kalamazoo

Sunday, 6 April, 3pm
(WM)University Chorale Concert
Milwood UMC, Kalamazoo

Sunday, 6 April, 5pm
Choral Evensong
St. Thomas Episcopal, Battle Creek

Thursday, 3 April, noon
Bernie Foulk recital
First UMC, Kalamazoo

Sunday, 13 April, 5pm
Pergolesi Stabat Mater and other works, Cathedral soloists, strings and organ
St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo

Sunday, 4 May, 4pm
Grand Music: 12 soloists, 18 instrumentalists, 2 organists and conductor Dr. Philip Peter.
First UMC, Saint Joseph

Sunday, 4 May, 5pm
Choral Evensong
St. Thomas Episcopal, Battle Creek

Sunday, 6 April, 3pm
(WM)University Chorale Concert
Milwood UMC, Kalamazoo

Saturday, 10 May, 10am
Visitatio Sepulchri (49th Annual Medieval Congress event)
WMU Kanley Chapel, Kalamazoo

Sunday, 18 May, 5pm
Colin Knapp recital
St. Thomas Episcopal, Battle Creek



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