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


Sunday, September 17, 2017

5:30 potluck (provided by chapter members)

6:15 Slideshow of Pipedreams Historic Organ Tour to France, presented by Elaine Mann

All church musicians welcome. Advance registration appreciated.

Contact Person: Dorothy Gehrke (



A Halloween Organ Concert

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave, Eau Claire, WI

Freewill Offering

Children welcome. Members perform in costume.



Bruce Bengtson, Organist

Monday, November 13, 7:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave, Eau Claire, WI

Freewill Offering

Bruce A. Bengtson is Director of Music at Luther Memorial Church in Madison, Wisconsin, a position he has held since 1978. Besides the duties of organist, he is responsible for the choral and instrumental program of the parish. He plays weekly Wednesday noon organ recitals at the church throughout the University’s fall and spring semesters.

Besides concerts in the United States, Mr. Bengtson has been featured in concerts in Mexico, Canada and Europe. The Lahti Organ Festival in Finland, Gävle Organ Week in Sweden, and the cathedrals of Paris, Salzburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Uppsala are among the European concert sites. Recitals have been played for the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society and for National Conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM).

Past Events

Organ Plus Concert

Guest Recitalists

Annual Marianna Scott Scholarship Audition

Annual Scholarship Concert by Members and Students

Christmas Sing-A-Long and Pot Luck (for members)

Pedals, Pipes & Pizza (for youth)

Pipe Screams

Workshops for organists and choir directors



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




AGO National website