Muncie Chapter

Last updated: May 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

Message from the Dean 

Thank you for your interest in the AGO Muncie Chapter. Please feel free to contact me or another officer for further information.
John Emert

Keyboards, Cookies, and You!

April 30, 2014

Dear Parents, Guardians, Teachers, and Sponsors of young musicians,

The members of the Muncie Chapter of the American Guild of Organists are offering area youth an opportunity to learn about keyboard instruments that may be new to them.  Many of our students are familiar with the piano but may not have experienced the pipe organ, harpsichord or carillon.  We want to provide them with a first-hand introduction to these instruments at the following event:

Keyboards, Cookies, and You!
Saturday, June 7, 2014
9 a.m. to 12 noon
Ball State University

Students will discover answers to the following:
How does a pipe organ work, and what does it feel like to play one? Hargreaves Music Building, Room 315
How do the bells ring from the tower?  Climb the 101 steps of the Shafer Tower to see the carillon in action!
How does the harpsichord make its sound? Why does the huge pipe organ in Sursa Hall have so many keyboards and knobs and pedals?  Music Instruction Bldg. (MIB) and Sursa Performance Hall stage
How can I celebrate what I’ve learned?  Refreshments at the Honors House, next to MIB

Download and print the following PDF documents:

Registration and Release form
Information page
Promotional flyer

Please inform your entering 3rd to 12th grade students of this opportunity. Deadline for registration is: Wednesday, June 4, 2014.  (We have recently updated our guidelines to include 3rd and 4th graders; also, we have extended the registration deadline to Wednesday, June 4.  Please note–the downloadable PDF documents do not reflect these changes.)

Thank you for making students aware of this great opportunity.

Karen Howells, Chair, Keyboards, Cookies, and You! or (765) 759-6026


Local AGO Events

Sunday, September 29, 2013, 4 p.m.
Grilling at the Grills! A meet/greet carry-in dinner.

November 24, 2013
Faculty recital of Raúl Prieto Ramírez, the newly appointed organ instructor at Ball State, 3:00 pm in Sursa Performance Hall, Music Instruction Building. Ball State University campus in Muncie, Indiana. A chapter sponsored reception follows the concert in Choral Hall.
Faculty Artist piano recital by James Helton, 5:30 pm in Sursa Performance Hall.
Attend both with the reception between! Following that event, all are welcome to go to dinner (around 7:00 p.m.) with both Ball State artists at Johnny Carino’s restaurant on McGalliard Road in Muncie.

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Forty-Sixth Night Party, at the Emert-Jared home

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Martin Jean, Sursa Family Concert Organ Series artist, 4 p.m., Sursa Hall, Music Instruction Building, Ball State University

Other events of interest with Muncie Chapter AGO members participating:

October 20, 2013
Richard Grill in concert, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Muncie, 3 p.m.

December 3, 7:30 pm
Planet Earth Singers Winter Concert at College Avenue Church. Dick Grill, conductor, and Greg Emanuel, assistant conductor.

December 14, 4:00 pm
“Sounds of the Season” concert by Masterworks Chorale at High Street United Methodist Church, 219 S. High Street, Muncie. Kirby Koriath is organist for this event.

December 15, 3:00 pm
St. Lawrence Church choir “Cantata” at the church.



Our newsletter, The Pedaler can be received in two formats: as a Word document, and as a PDF file. We are always open to comments, or letters to the editor. If you have items for The Pedaler, please send them to me by the 15th of the month.
Dick Grill, editor



For information on joining the Muncie Chapter, please contact our registrar, Kirby Koriath at



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Contact Us

Dean: John Emert
Sub-Dean: Rebecca Roland
Registrar/Treasurer: Kirby Koriath
Secretary: Kristi Koriath
Newsletter editor: Dick Grill


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