Saginaw Valley Chapter

Last updated: January 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Message from the Dean 


The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association assisting the organ and choral music fields. The Guild serves approximately 15,500 members in more than 300 chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The Saginaw Valley Chapter AGO is a regional gathering of nearly sixty of these professionals from the Great Lakes Bay Region, Michigan’s Thumb, and the Sunrise Coast.

General oversight of the Kent S. Dennis Memorial Endowed Scholarship, held by the Midland Area Community Foundation, occurs parallel to chapter programs for 2015-2016 season that highlight education, collaboration, and community outreach. In addition, Saginaw Valley Chapter AGO members will proceed in spring 2016 with the nomination and election process to fill vacant volunteer board positions.

Thank you for your participation and collegiality in the Saginaw Valley Chapter.

S.D. G.

Nicholas E. Schmelter

Dean, Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists


1417 Arthur Dr., Caro, MI 48723



Director of Music, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

814 W. Nepessing St., Lapeer, MI 48446



Local Events

Events for the 2015-2016 season are listed below. Performers are needed for the July 2016 event. Please communicate with Bob Sabourin (989.631.4996) if you are interested in taking part.


September 27, 2015 – 3:00 p.m.

Temple Theatre Tour and Barton Butterfield Special Organ Visit

The Temple Theatre, 203 N. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI 48607


Kenneth Wuepper welcomes members to the historic theater that houses a Barton Butterfield Special organ. Bring your organ shoes and fun musical scores. Dinner will follow at The Panda House, 1010 N. Niagara St. RSVP to Nicholas Schmelter for meal reservations.


October 10, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.

Chapter Breakfast and Annual Meeting

Riverside Family Restaurant, 8295 Midland Rd., Freeland, MI 48623


Gather for breakfast and for the chapter’s annual meeting. Please RSVP to Bob Sabourin.


November 15, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

Kent S. Dennis Memorial Organ Recital, Dr. Carl Angelo

The Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1310 Ashman St., Midland, MI 48640


Member Carl Angelo is featured in the 2015 recital with all proceeds directly benefiting the Kent S. Dennis Memorial Endowed Scholarship held by the Midland Area Community Foundation. Fellowship will occur beforehand, 5:15 p.m., at Midland’s Boulevard Lounge, 216 S. Saginaw Rd.


April 10, 2016 – 3:00 p.m.

Organ Introduction at First Presbyterian Church, Flint

First Presbyterian Church, 746 Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502


Explore First Presbyterian Church’s renovated instrument, based largely on Schantz Organ Company’s Opus 561 (1963).


May 1, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.

A Welsh Hymn Festival

Trinity Episcopal Church, 815 N. Grant St., Bay City, MI 48708


Following the success of the 2015 “Made in Michigan” event, Rev. Andreas Teich, an active participant in The Hymn Society in the United States, leads a Welsh hymn festival with local musicians.


June 3, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – CANCELLED

The Great Eighteen

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 206 W. Maple St., Mount Pleasant, MI 48858


Dr. Mary Lou Nowicki, Dr. Steven Egler, and Nicholas Schmelter perform Bach’s Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes on the 1973 Gabriel Kney & Co. organ. Dinner will take place before the event, 5:00 p.m., at Mountain Town Station, 506 W. Broadway St. RSVP to Robert Sabourin.


July 3, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.

A Patriotic Concert

Trinity Episcopal Church, 815 N. Grant St., Bay City, MI 48708


Take part in the chapter’s sixth annual popular patriotic concert, scheduled during Bay City’s Independence Day festivities. Bob Sabourin invites your participation and repertoire suggestions.






Join the chapter’s Facebook group for regular updates.  Other communications are sent via e-mail from chapter leadership.



Please visit the AGO national website at for detailed membership information.


Consider involving yourself in and with chapter happenings. Contact a chapter leader to volunteer. Do you have other talents to contribute with your colleagues?

– Participate in chapter programs.
– Serve the chapter’s Nominating Committee.
– Become active with the volunteer leadership board.
– Take an active role supporting new organists by serving the Scholarship Committee.
– Function in a role of hospitality at chapter events.
– Suggest program ideas to the Sub-Dean.
– Practice each day.



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

Contact Us


Nicholas Schmelter
1417 Arthur Dr.
Caro, MI 48723

Nicholas Schmelter, Dean; Robert Sabourin, Sub-Dean; Thomas Wegener, Past Dean; Robert Van Nostrand, Tresurer; Calla Ringgenberg, Secretary; James Gladstone, Member-at-Large; John Olson, Member-at-Large; Adrienne Wiley, Member-at-Large


The prestigious Royal Canadian College of Organists.
England’s own Royal College of Organists.
The official website of the Organ Historical Society.
An indispensable, comprehensive site for anyone with a penchant for organ stop trivia.
Scores and midi files for an impressive collection of hymns.
A “virtual” trek through the great organ locations of Britain.
The Web home of renowned Canadian organ builder Casavant Freres.

AGO National website