Greater Lansing

[lastupdated September 9, 2019]

Dean’s Message

Welcome to the Greater Lansing AGO Chapter web site!

We are made up of men of women, young and old, who have a love and passion for music especially that for the organ. Throughout the year, there are many opportunities to gather together to learn and grow in the art of music.

I encourage you to attend one of our events or the numerous concerts and music offerings throughout the greater Lansing area.

Dean John Horak

Mission Statement

Our mission is to expose the Greater Lansing Area community
to the beauty and power of music as expressed through both the organ
and the choral experience.

We are dedicated to providing this experience through the following means:

  • Making accessible professional training to all interested youth and adults
    with the opportunity for on-going scholarships for study.
  • Providing performances of quality repertoire that reflects the diverse
    nature of both the sacred and secular genres in our world through recitals
    by Guild members and guest soloists.
  • Making available continuing education in both the areas of keyboard and
    choral music with emphasis on varying levels of complexity that satisfy
    the needs of each musician and situation.
  • Exposing the musician to an eclectic variety of sacred and secular compositions
    that will allow for appropriate choices in their field of service.
  • Providing, through membership in the AGO Guild, a source of networking,
    camaraderie, and edification through the sharing of our individual gifts.

Local Events

Since mid-March, 2020, most events have been postponed or canceled for safety due to the pandemic.

Please check in frequently for postings of interesting upcoming meetings, concerts and events
beginning in the fall, 2020. One of the exciting events will be the installation and dedication
of the new Letourneau pipe organ at Michigan State University’s Chapel. AGO members will
perform on this new organ.


Monday, September 16, 2019, at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1001 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing.

The kickoff for the 2019-2020 GLC-AGO season will be on Monday, September 16, 2019, Lansing. The meeting will begin at 6PM with a potluck. At 7PM, Kate Prouty, professional musician and certified massage therapist, will present a program on how massage can help musicians. She will demonstrate techniques, work with volunteers, and hand out instructions that one might use for oneself, one’s choir, one’s family. Attendees will be invited to participate in hands-on techniques but will not be required to do so. Kate has completed training locally and at Mayo Clinic, with special emphasis on oncology therapy. For more information, see her website:

More details will be forthcoming, but please plan to attend this opening event, enjoy the potluck with your fellow members, and learn how massage can enhance your well-being. Guests are welcome.


Saturday, October 12, 2019, St. Paul Episcopal Church, Lansing.

Organist – Rob Hlebinsky
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Children’s Program.
5:30 p.m. Pizza Dinner ($5 individual or $10 family).
6:30 p.m. Organ Recital of Disney Favorites (freewill offering).


November, 2019: Date, Time and Location to be announced.
Conrad Donakowski: A Gig or a Career: Adapting Music to the Organ (MSU grad students and professors).


Sunday, January 26, 2020, 7:00pm. Home of Robert Miller, 2247 Burcham Drive, East Lansing.
A New Year and a New Organ.
AGO members come for an evening of fun to explore the new four manual custom Allen organ
at the home of Robert Miller in East Lansing.


Sunday, February 16, 2020, 3:00pm. CANCELED.  University Lutheran Church, East Lansing.


Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:00 to 3:00pm. Location to be announced.
Michigan State University Music Building Update and The New  Chapel Organ.


Monday, May 18, 7:00pm. Scholarship Auditions. Canceled.
Ascension Lutheran Church, East Lansing.
For information, please contact Meredith Hines.


Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7:00pm. Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lansing. Canceled.
Hymn Festival with organist and composer Robert Hobby.


Monday, June 15, 2020, 6:00pm. Annual AGO Banquet. Canceled due to the pandemic.
Emmanuel First Lutheran Church, Lansing.

Board Meetings

The 2019-2020 GLC-AGO Board meetings are held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in East Lansing at 12:00 noon. on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 12. Meetings via Zoom until further notice.


January-February Newsletter



Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



Contact Us

Board Members:

  • John Horak, Dean,Email
  • Barbara Hiranpradist, Newsletter, Email
  • Mary Black Junttonen, Secretary, Email
  • Ed Corey, Treasurer, Email
  • Conrad Downakowski, Email
  • Meredith Hines, Email
  • Susanne Hoekzema, Publicity, Email
  • Robert Miller, Email


AGO National website