Saginaw Valley Chapter



Message from the Dean 

SVCAGO—Proposed 2018-2019 Program/Less & Less Rough Draft

September 19, 2018

Greetings Everyone:


*Last Sunday’s recital and party were a great kick-off to our 2018-2019 series of events. Interesting and varied recital by Scott Hyslop, Catherine McMichael, and sons as well as the wonderful party after at Dr. Richard Heuschele’s amazing home—complete w/Casavant organ in the living room!  24 members and friends enjoyed fellowship and food and CD exchange along w/a fairly short business meeting.  Many of us agreed that we must and will do this again.

*Schedule of the Saginaw Chapter’s events for 2018-2019 is below for your reference.

*OUR NEXT EVENT is Oct. 21, Sunday at 4:00 p.m., Recital by Jeremy Tarrant, Canon Precentor/Organist and Choirmaster, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, at St. Lorenz Church, Frankenmuth.We’ll be “piggy-backing” this event which is part of Scott Hyslop’s annual series at the church. 2:00 p.m., Meet for chicken dinner beforehand at Zehnder’s.  More details forthcoming.

*Membership Directory is ALMOST completed.  Look for it in your email in the next day or so.

*JUST IN:  I’ve received notice from NYC that Aimee Peless of Mt. Pleasant has joined the Guild as a Volunteer Member.  This is a pilot program that I’ve just learned about today.  More on this later!

Take care and have a great weekend!

Steve Egler


October 21—Jeremy Tarrant, Organ Recital, St. Lorenz Church, Frankenmuth.
–Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
–2:00 p.m. Dinner at Zehnder’s before the recital/details forthcoming

November 11—Kent Dennis Recital, Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland
–7:00 p.m.
–Timothy Nechuta, Dennis Competition Winner, 2018
–Wonderful reception sponsored by the church after the recital


January 4—Epiphany Party at James and Diane Gladstone’s Home, Saginaw
–Time TBD–Details forthcoming


March 17—Meeting with the Temple Theater Organ Club, Saginaw
–3:00 p.m.
–1:00 p.m. Lunch at Savoy before the meeting

March 29—Dennis Scholarship Competition
–3:00 p.m.
–Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland


May ?? Michael Plagerman, Recital, First Presbyterian Church, Saginaw
–Date and Time TBD


July 7—Annual Patriotic Program—Trinity Episcopal Church, Bay City
–4:00 p.m.
–Trinity Church, Bay City

Steven Egler, D.M.A.
Professor of Music Emeritus (Organ)
Central Michigan University
Director of Music and Organist Emeritus
First Presbyterian Church
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Dean, Saginaw Valley Chapter
American Guild of Organists

Saginaw Valley Chapter of the A.G.O.


Kent Dennis Scholarship Fund

Dear MEMBER of the Saginaw Valley Chapter AGO:

In this link Saginaw-AGO-Scholarship – 2018  you will find information about the 2018 Kent S. Dennis Memorial Endowed Scholarship to encourage and enrich the musical education of present and future church or synagogue organists. Please spread word and offer encouragement to possible applicants.

Nicholas E. Schmelter

Here is an update to the Saginaw AGO Scholarship – 2018.


Dear A.G.O. Colleagues:

I am happy to pass along Nicholas Schmelter’s email below with his announcement of this year’s Dennis Scholarship Winner.

The competition was held this past Friday, March 23, 2018, at Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland, MI.

Thanks to Nicholas Schmelter, Dennis Competition Coordinator, Dr. Adrienne Wiley, Host and Judge, Dr. Carl Angelo and Patricia Bowen, Judges.

On a personal note, I am proud to say that this year’s winner, Timothy Nechuta, of Williamston and a junior at Okemos High School, is a private student of mine.

Steve Egler


Saginaw Valley Chapter Events:

As more programs are announced, they will be posted here. Please check back regularly for updates.


So far, the following events are “in place” and scheduled for certain (the others are pending):

Nov. 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m. — Kent Dennis Recital, Timothy Nechuta, 2018 Dennis Scholarship Winner.

March 29, 2019, 5:00 p.m. — Kent Dennis Scholarship Competition

July 7, 2019, 4:00 p.m. — Annual Patriotic Program

All programs are open to the public free of charge. For more information please check the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Facebook page.

Members of the Executive Committee: Steven Egler, Dean; Robert Sabourin, Sub-Dean; Brenda Hayden, Treasurer; Calla Ringgenberg, Secretary;  Nicholas Schmelter, David Hammond, Adrienne Wiley, Members at Large.

[as well as]

Non-EC Personnel and Committee Coordinators and Chairperson:
Patricia Bowen, Chairperson of Nominating Committee (Mair Alsgaard and Yvonne Becker)
James Gladstone, Coordinator of Wide Publicity
Karen Graef, Coordinator of Membership Directory
David Hammond, Coordinator of Chapter Webpage
Chairperson of Kent Dennis Scholarship Competition (Matthew Benkert and Adrienne Wiley)
Annelise Holcomb, Coordinator of Chapter Facebook Page

Members Events



Other Events in the State of Michigan



Other Events Outside the State of Michigan

Please visit the AGO web page at for more information.



Join the chapter’s Facebook

For more information about the American Guild of Organists, contact Nicholas
Schmelter, Saginaw Valley Chapter AGO, at 989.980.9912 or



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.

Job Posting

Grand Rapids AGO postings

University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan is seeking a Director of Music / Organist. Follow this link for more information. Grand Rapids AGO.

Zion Lutheran Church, Comstock Park, is seeking a part-time organist/pianist for our Sunday morning worship service, holidays and special services (i.e. mid-week Lenten and Advent). Follow this link for more information. Grand Rapids AGO.


Contact Us

Steven Egler, D.M.A.
Professor of Music (Organ)
104 School of Music
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 49959
Dean, Saginaw Valley Chapter
American Guild of Organists

Members of the AGO board include, Steven Egler, Robert Sabourin, Brenda Hayden, Adrienne Wiley, Calla Riggenberg and David Hammond.


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