Last updated: September 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the web-site of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter
of the American Guild of Organists
The Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is made up of approximately seventy members from an area bounded on the north and south by Marinette and Fond du Lac and on the east and west by Sheboygan and Berlin. The NEW Chapter sponsors lectures, workshops, recitals and other educational programs of interest to church and synagogue musicians. It also sponsors a scholarship program for organ study which is designed to encourage skilled pianists not presently involved with sacred music to use their talents in the sacred music profession. This program operates under the acronym OROCO (Outreach Opportunity for Church Organists) and makes annual searches for qualified candidates. (See certification below for more information.)
2014-2015 Calendar of Events
Sunday, October 26th — 2 p.m. Oshkosh Organ Crawl
Featuring historic, rebuilt, and recently renovated organs in their beautiful sanctuaries
Sunday, December 7th — 2 p.m. Members’ Recital
First United Methodist Church — 501 Howe St. — Green Bay
Saturday, January 17th — 9 a.m. to Noon Pedals, Pipes & Pizza
1st Congregational and Trinity Episcopal, Oshkosh
Saturday, February 7th — 9 a.m. to Noon Creative Hymn Playing
Featuring guest clinician John Ferguson, newly retired from St. Olaf
First Congregational UCC—724 East South River Street, Appleton
Friday, May 15th — 6:30 p.m. Spring Banquet
Atlas Coffee Mill — 425 W. Water St. — Appleton
The Präludium is the monthly newsletter for the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the AGO. The deadline for articles, job openings, events, photos and all other submissions is the second Saturday of the month.
To join the chapter please contact our membership coordinator, Elizabeth Mazurak, at 920-779-0759 or email@example.com.
Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church
“Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church is seeking organist. Primary responsibilities are playing the organ for Sunday worship services. The church has a 23-rank Jaeckel mechanical action organ installed in 1992. Compensation is based on current American Guild of Organist standards. A complete job description can be obtained by contacting Rev. Dr. Matthew Knapp at firstname.lastname@example.org “
Vickie L. Viste, Administrative Assistant
Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
347 S. Libal Street, DePere, WI 54115 – 920-265-3875
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in DePere, WI is seeking a part time organist (approximately 6 hours per week). Primary responsibilities include playing the organ and/or piano for our weekly 10AM Sunday service (9AM June-August) in addition to weekday feast days throughout the year. In addition qualified candidates will accompany the Adult Choir during the 10 AM service as well as at rehearsals on Wednesday Evening (7-8:30PM) and Sunday Mornings at 9:15 AM – September-May. An additional opportunity exists to direct the 3-octave bell choir. The organist has the last Sunday of each month off when our Contemporary Music team leads worship.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume along with references to email@example.com. A detailed job description is available upon request.
Organ Study Scholarships Available
Outreach Opportunity For Church Organists (OROCO)
This program is for training in traditional church music. Other styles of organ music cannot be accommodated. Awards will be made on the basis of one’s potential for becoming a church or synagogue organist and without regard for race, gender or religious affiliation.
1. Scholarships will provide for one year of organ study. Scholarships may be renewed for a second year upon recommendation of the teacher.
2. Study will be with a degree-holding teacher of organ, certified by the AGO-NEW Chapter. Lessons will be given as near to the student’s geographic location as possible.
3. The scholarship monies will be sent directly to the teacher, who will report to the chapter when the lessons have been completed.
4. Costs for transportation to the lessons and purchase of necessary materials will be borne by the student, although the home congregation of the student may be invited to assist with such costs.
5. Adequate arrangements for an organ on which to practice should be made by the student. It is necessary to have an organ with a full pedalboard of at least 30 notes. The chapter may be able to assist with this requirement.
6. Applicants must have had sufficient previous piano instruction to have mastered the basic fundamentals of music, including fluency in reading bass clef and accuracy of rhythm.
7. Applicants should be at least 14 years old, although exceptions for slightly younger students might be made. Older persons with considerable piano study are particularly encouraged to apply.
8. The most promising applicants will be interviewed. Candidates selected for the interview process should be prepared to play one solo piano piece. They may be asked to sightread several other items, including a hymn, at the piano.
For more information, please contact
Joanne Peterson, Dean
Jon M. Peterson, Sub-Dean
Newsletter Editor & Webmaster
Marillyn Freeman, Treasurer
Rollie Hebeler, Secretary
Elizabeth Mazurak, membership coordinator
Jeffrey Verkuilen, Education Coordinator
Packerland Theatre Organ Society