Chippewa Valley Chapter

Last updated: April 11, 2016 at 5:35 am

Message from the Dean 


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

The CVAGO is a small chapter located in the Midwest, in the Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls, WI area. We sponsor several events throughout the year to educate, entertain, encourage growth, and enhance networking and mutual support for the members.

Some of our events presented are a Gathering Potluck and Music Exchange for members, Pedals, Pipes, and Pizzas, a Pot Luck and carol sing, and an Educational Seminar for Organists and Choral Directors with a guest presenter. But our biggest event is a Memorial Scholarhip Program where aspiring youth earn scholarships for lessons and then after a year of lessons, present a concert of organ works along with members of our AGO. In the summertime, we do a concert, as part of the Summer Sounds Series, at the Univesity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. We welcome anyone interested in organ or choral music. You do not have to be an organist to join, just express an interest in or have a love of the organ and/or choral music.

Dorothy Gehrke, Dean
Chippewa Valley Chapter/American Guild of Organists

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


Local Events

Upcoming Events for 2015

April 17 – MS Scholarship Concert at 2:00 PM at Lake Street Methodist Church, EC.

Past 2014-2015 events:

January 10 at 5:30 at the home of Paul Kosower – Christmas Sing-A-Long and Pot Luck
January 23 at 9:30 am – Pedals, Pipes & Pizzas at St. Pat’s Church in EC.
February 14 MS Scholarship Auditions, 12:30-3 at Lake Street Methodist Church in EC

October 23rd, 7:00 PM PIPE SCREAMS, at Grace Lutheran Church, EC. Performers include: Virginia Tubbs, Judy Lies, Dorothy Gehrke, Wilma Hovland, Ryan Mueller, Elaine Mann, mezzo-soprano Julie De Boer, and the Bone Singers.

Annual Chapter Meeting and Social: September 13, 2015, Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, WI. We will begin with a social time and music exchange at 4:30 PM followed by a short business meeting from 5:00 to 5:30 and then enjoy a pot-luck Salad/Dessert Buffet from 5:30 until 6:00. At 6:00 there will be a Presentation by Dr. J. Holt on auditory issues related to music and organ.

SUMMER SOUNDS RECITAL SERIES: July 12, 2015, 2 pm. Gantner Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. CVAGO members, Lynn Emmons, Elaine Mann, Paul Kosower, and Donald Patterson playing the beautiful Aeolian-Skinner 46 rank organ.

Marianna Scott Scholarship Auditions and Scholarship Concert, Auditions will be held at First congregational Church in Eau Claire on February 22, 205 beginning at 1pm) and The Marianna Scott Scholarship Concert will be at First congregational Church on March 22, 2015 at 2 pm. Performing organists will be joined by the Ellesi Woman’s Choir from Lake Street Methodist church

ORGAN CONCERT. Elaine Mann, Organist. March 29, 2015, 3 pm. Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Freewill offering for the Malawi flood victims.
Chapter Potluck, December 7, 2014 at 6 pm at the home of SubDean Elaine Mann in Chippewa Falls, WI.

Guest Recitalist and Lecturer, Michael Batcho, November 10 (Class for Organists at 7 pm) and November 11 (Recital at 7 pm), 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church (202 W. Grand Ave, Eau Claire).

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.

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.

Annual Full Membership Meeting and Social at Grace Lutheran Church (202 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire). September 7, 2014. 6:00 pm. Activities include a short business meeting, Convention Reports, Music Exchange (bring your favorites to share or give away), Network with colleagues, and enjoy a Summer Salad Supper. Door Prizes!

Music Scholarship Organ Concert, September 21, 2014, 4:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church (119 W. Humbird St., Rice Lake, WI). Organists include Norm Yamada, Dr. Donald Patterson, and Dr. William Smith.



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.



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.



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