Northeastern Wisconsin

Last updated: October 26, 2015 at 10:36 am

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.)


Local Events

2015-2016 Calendar of Events                                                                                          

Sunday, October 25th  —  4 p.m.  —  Organ Re-Dedication St. Paul Methodist Church, Green Bay

Featuring Vashni Seitzer and Jeffrey Verkuilen in organ and piano duets,  organ, and instruments

Michael Meyer and Tom Salzman pulled a great stunt with this one…and never touched the pipes!  Along with the redo of the chancel the organ has a much more cohesive quality.  The whole idea was for it to work better for congregational singing and accompanying.  It now has two Pedal 32′ resultants, Great 16′ & 4′ Chorus’ and 8′ Solo Principal, and an 8′ Oboe by simple rewiring and the new Peterson ICS-4000 system.

Sunday, November 22nd  —  4 p.m.  —  Members Recital  —  St. Marys Catholic Church, Menasha

Please plan to perform at the Members’ Recital. Play a piece you know.  Or, play a piece you are working on and want a public run-through.  It gives all of us a chance to hear music new to ourselves.

Please help us organize this recital.  Email Rollie Hebeler with Title and Composer and Duration.

Saturday, January 16th  —  9 a.m. to 12 Noon  —  Pedals, Pipes & Pizza

First United Methodist Church, Appleton

Saturday, February 20th  —  9 a.m. to Noon  —  Clinic featuring Kathrine Handford

Music & Art based upon the parable of The Prodigal Son.  Location will be announced in a later Präludium

Sunday, April 10th  —  4 p.m.   —   Organ Recital and Hymn Festival

Featuring John Behnke  — First Presbyterian Church, Neenah.  Likely featuring a “guest” choir and promoted for the general public

Friday, May 13th  —  5:30 p.m.  —  Spring Banquet

Atlas Coffee Mill, Appleton – Speaker TBA



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
Marillyn Freeman


Contact Us

Officers 2015-16:

Joanne Peterson, Dean

Jon M. Peterson, Sub-Dean
Newsletter Editor & Webmaster

Marillyn Freeman, Treasurer

Rollie Hebeler, Secretary

Board Members:

Elizabeth Mazurak, membership coordinator

Wendy Dearborn

John Kopp

Jeffrey Verkuilen, Education Coordinator



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