Chippewa Valley Chapter

Last updated: November 2, 2016 at 11:17 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)


Chapter Events

2016-17 Program

Organ Plus Concert, October 9, 2016, 3 pm

First Congregational Church, 310 Broadway, Eau Claire, WI

Chippewa Valley Chapter organists will be joined by other instrumentalists and singers. The program is as follows:

Toccata on “For All the Saints” by Charles Callahan–Paul Kosower and Liz Wilson, organ duet; Meditation on “Adoro te Devote” by Charles Callahan, Andante by George Goltermann–Elaine Mann with Paul Kosower, cello; Ein ungefärbt Gemüte, by J. S. Bach–Elaine Mann and Julie DeBoer, mezzo-soprano; Laudamus Te by Antonio Vivaldi–Elaine Mann and Julie DeBoer, mezzo-soprano, and Wilma Hovland, mezzo-soprano; Allegro Moderato, by Henry Purcell and Trumpet Tune for a Festive Day by David Lasky–Judy Lies and Sean Hanson, trumpet; plus Elizabeth Wilson, clarinet with Paul Kosower, organ  and a piano/organ duet by Lynn Emmons and Judy Lies

Winter Gathering and Members Meeting

December 4, 2016, 5:00 pm, home of Wilma Hovland

A potluck for members and their guests, followed by a meeting for members. Bring a dish to pass, plus a non-perishable item for the Foodbank.

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9:30-noon

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Eau Claire, WI

A free program to introduce piano students and interested people of any age to the pipe organ. Includes organ demo, video, chance to play the organ, and pizza.  Pre-registration desired. For more information, contact Elizabeth Wilson

Annual AGO Events

Marianna Scott Scholarship Concert and Auditions: Fundraiser held in spring by members and students for scholarships for organ study–Lake Street United Methodist or First Congregational, Eau Claire, WI–Rodgers organ

(Held annually since 2003. As of 2016 a total of 63 scholarships have been given to youth and adults for organ study)

Past events 2015

Christmas Sing-A-Long and Pot Luck

Pedals, Pipes & Pizza (for youth) St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Eau Claire, WI–Moller Organ

Pipe Screams: Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, WI–Schlicker Organ

Annual Chapter Meeting and Social:  music exchange, business meeting, pot-luck, and presentation by Dr. J. Holt on auditory issues related to music and organ.

Summer Sounds Recital Series:  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.


Guest Recitalist and Lecturer, Michael Batcho, at Grace Lutheran Church

Pedal Pipes and Pizza (youth event) — St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Organ/Piano Recital — First Congregational Church in Eau Claire.

Summer Sounds Series: Patriotic Recital,  Gantner Concert Hall, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Upcoming Community Events

Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra

March 11, 2017, 7:30 pm, Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, WI–Program will include Poulenc “Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani”, Elaine Mann, organist.



Passing Notes (the Chapter newsletter) is published 3/4 times per year. The current and past issues may be obtained from the Chapter Dean, Dorothy Gehrke,



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.



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