Chippewa Valley Chapter

Message from the Dean 


Welcome to the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. We are located in the west central part of Wisconsin, in Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls, and the surrounding area. We are one of 300 chapters of the national organization, which serves approximately 15,500 members in the U. S. and Europe.

The mission of the AGO is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ. We share our passion for the organ by public concerts by members and guest recitalists. Knowledge is shared by offering student scholarships, and in workshops and scholarly presentations.

All are welcome to attend our public events. Membership is open to all.

Elaine Mann, Dean

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


Chapter Events-2019-2020

Marianna Scott Scholarship Auditions

March 29,2020

The AGO is now accepting applications for the Marianna Scott Organ Scholarship.  The purpose of this scholarship is to give financial assistance for lessons and encourage more people to play the organ, especially youth.  Piano proficiency is necessary, and may be demonstrated at an audition with the committee on March 29, 2020.  Scholarship students will be given assistance in finding a teacher, with the requirement that the teacher be a member of the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Several of our previous scholarship students are now playing in local churches.  Many others have an appreciation and love of the instrument.

The application deadline is March 16, 2020.  If you need an application please contact Elaine Mann,  Dean of the Chippewa Valley Chapter, at Email.

Organ Recital: Michael Caraher

Saturday, April 4, 7 pm

Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire

freewill offering

Michael is a winner of the 2019 AGO/Quinby Regional Competition for Young Organists.  He is a student at St. Olaf College, studying with Catherine Rodland.  He is Organ Scholar at the Church of St. Louis, King of France, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Michael Caraher

Marianna Scott Scholarship Recital

April 26, 2:00 pm

First Congregational Church, Eau Claire

Students who have previously won Marianna Scholarships will perform at this recital.  Other performers will be; Paul Kosower, Elaine Mann, and Donald Patterson.



Current and past issues of Passing Notes (the Chapter newsletter) may be obtained from the Chapter Dean, Elaine Mann–



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. Information about joining a chapter is found at

Or email Liz Wilson at Email or Elaine Mann at Email



AGO National website


M. Scott Application (PDF)
February 2020 Passing Notes (PDF)