Saginaw Valley Chapter

Last updated: September 12, 2017 at 13:25 pm

Message from the Dean 

Dean’s Column for September and “Creeping Into” October!

Someone mentioned Labor Day in an email to me today. I thought “OUCH” and the pinch of the implication of that holiday:  back to school, back to work, back to church schedules, raking leaves, and colder weather.  On the positive side, it brings the potential of good events that will be occurring right in our midst.

There will be many events for you to choose from in the next several weeks. Hopefully, you’ll be at every one of these great musical events—both AGO-sponsored and otherwise.  If anyone is concerned about what to do on a given day, then just take a peek at our schedule of events.  You’ll have plenty of good things to select from the menu!!!

The full schedule of Saginaw Valley Chapter events is posted below. For our 60th Anniversary as a Chapter, we trust that each event will reflect well upon our history as a positive, musical “force” in the Great Lakes Region over the last several decades.   Good thanks to the Executive Committee for their support and for their energy in planning this year’s series of great series of events.

You all might be interested in the short history of our Chapter’s founding in the 30th anniversary Membership Roster from 1987-1988:

“The first meeting [of the Saginaw Valley Chapter] was held on September 30, 1957, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Saginaw. The group became members of the American Guild of Organists in January of 1958.  Dr. Herbert Gotsch was the first president, and first Dean in 1958.”

I wish you all well and look forward to seeing you soon!!!

Best wishes,

Steve Egler, Dean

PS If you have events to share on our webpage, please contact David Hammond , Webpage Master. directly:  dhammond@Trinseo.com


Steven Egler, D.M.A.
Professor of Music (Organ)
104 School of Music
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 49959
989.774.3281
Dean, Saginaw Valley Chapter
American Guild of Organists


Saginaw Valley Chapter of the A.G.O.

Our next program
Oct. 1, 2017, Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Midland, MI
Trinity Lutheran Church, Midland is hosting the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on Oct. 1, 4:00 p.m.  Saginaw Valley Chapter members have planned a program titled Luther and the Catechism Hymns: An Interpretation by Johann Sebastian Bach.  The program features J.S. Bach’s Clavierübung III which includes organ chorale settings on Luther’s small catechism.

The Clavierübung III, sometimes referred to as the Organ Mass, corresponds with the musical settings of the 1739 St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Lutheran Mass. The work begins with three settings on the Kyrie (God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit), and is followed by two settings on the Gloria.  Bach then turns to Luther’s Small Catechism, writing two keyboard settings, a large and a small, for each of the six articles in the Catechism.  Organ chorale settings have been composed for The Ten Commandments, the Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Penitence, Confession, and Communion.  The large settings, played on the organ, will be performed by AGO members and the small settings will be played by four pianists, using the church’s grand piano.  The organ chorales are introduced and concluded with Bach’s great St. Anne Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major, performed by Steven Egler, Dean of the Saginaw Valley Chapter.

Andreas Teich, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, Bay City, will provide commentary on Luther, the Reformation, the Small Catechism, and J.S. Bach’s organ chorale settings. Program attendees will be invited to sing three of the hymn settings: “All Glory Be to God on High, We All Believe in One God, and Out of the Depths.”

Other performers include Beth Elston (Cross Lutheran Church, Pigeon), Barbara Bleck (Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sebewaing), Patti Bowen (Trinity Lutheran, Midland), Timothy
Nechuta (high school student of Dr. Egler, from Williamston), James Gladstone (retired, Holy Cross Lutheran, Saginaw), Scott Hyslop, (St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankemuth), Brenda Haydan (Trinity Lutheran Church, Midland) and Carl Angelo (First Presbyterian Church, Flint). The manual or small setting performers are Andrea Alexander, and three students of Dr. Adrienne Wiley: Feng Jim Cui (high school, Midland), Choe Danitz (CMU student, Mt. Pleasant) and Doug Webster (accompanist at CMU, Sanford).

The American Guild of Organists Oct. 1 program is open to the public and free of charge. Trinity Lutheran Church, 3701 Jefferson, is hosting the event and will serve refreshments following the performance.  All are welcome.


Saginaw Valley Chapter Fall Events are in BOLD below:

Sept. 19—Tuesday at 7:30 p.m Nicholas Schmelter Alumus Organ Recital, Staples Recital Hall, Central Michigan University.  Repertoire to include works by: Hebble, Sowerby, J.S. Bach, Vierne, Mushel, Dvorák, and Sowerby.

Casavant Organ, Opus 3756, 1998.  20 years!

 

Sept. 30—Saturday, 10 am to 12 pm. Michigan Deans Meeting, Flint, MI. Steven Egler, Dean, will attend.

 

Oct. 1—Luther, the Reformation, and Bach’s Catechism Hymns

Our first commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will take place Oct. 1, 4:00.  The American Guild of Organists, Saginaw Valley Chapter, will present a program featuring Johann Sebastian Bach’s Clavierübung III with Trinity Lutheran Church serving as the host church. The full title is Third Part of KEYBOARD PRACTICE containing various preludes on Catechism –hymns and others, for the organ.

 The contents of this work include chorale preludes based on music sung at the beginning of the Leipzig main Sunday service: three settings on the Kyrie (God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and two settings on the Gloria (All Glory Be to God on High, which is being used this summer at the 8:45 service).  Then Bach turns to Luther’s Small Catechism writing two cycles of preludes, a large (organ and pedal) and a small (manuals only) setting, on each of the six articles titled The Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Our Father, Baptism, Penitence and Confession, and Communion.  The large settings will be played on the organ and the small settings will be performed on the piano.  The chorale preludes are introduced and rounded off by Bach’s great St. Anne Prelude and Fugue, performed by Steven Egler, Dean of the Saginaw Valley Chapter.

Other performers include Beth Elston (Cross Lutheran, Pigeon), Barbara Bleck (Immanuel Lutheran, Sebewaing), Patti Bowen (Trinity), Timothy Nechuta (student of Dr. Egler), Jim Gladstone (retired organist Holy Cross Lutheran, Saginaw), Scott Hyslop (Director of Music, St. Lorenz, Frankenmuth), Brenda Hayden (Trinity), and Carl Angelo (First Pres., Flint). The manual setting performers feature Andrea Alexander and three students of Dr. Adrienne Wiley: Feng Jim Cui, Choe Danitz, and Doug Webster.

Andreas Teich, pastor of Messiah Lutheran, Bay City, will provide commentary on Luther, the Reformation, and Luther’s Small Catechism. The congregation will be invited to sing three of the hymn settings:  All Glory Be to God on High, We All Believe in One God, and Out of the Depths.

The American Guild of Organists Oct. 1 program is open to the public and free of charge. Trinity Lutheran Church, 3701 Jefferson, is hosting the event and will serve refreshments following the program.  All are welcome!

 

Oct. 15—Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish is pleased to announce that Nicholas Schmelter will be presenting a concert on Oct. 15, 6:00 p.m. at the St. Helen campus, 2445 N. Charles St. in Saginaw, MI. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 at the door. A light refreshment reception will follow in Shepherd Hall.

 

Oct. 30—Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Fundraising Benefit Recital. First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Former and current organists performing:  Mary Jo Cox, Steven Egler, Richard Featheringham, and Sue Carey, flute. Benefitting the Organ Fund to releather the original chests of the 1958 Casavant Organ, Opus 2448.  2 manuals, 30 ranks.

 

Nov. 12—Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland, MI.  Kent S. Dennis Recital, Adrienne Wiley assisted by Mary Jo Cox.   Donations to benefit the Kent S. Dennis Scholarship Fund.

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

 

The final program of the season will be on July 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City, MI. The annual Patriotic Program. It will feature members of the Guild as organists and Exultate Deo Chamber Choir performing patriotic hymns, organ and choral music. Installation of A.G.O. officers will take place.

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; Robert VanNostrand, 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
Nicholas Schmelter, Chairperson of Kent Dennis Scholarship Competition (Matthew Benkert and Adrienne Wiley)
Nicholas Schmelter, Coordinator of Chapter Facebook Page


Local Events

 

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Other Events in the State of Michigan

 

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Other Events Outside the State of Michigan

Please visit the AGO web page at www.agohq.org for more information.

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Communication

Join the chapter’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/218173111551696/

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

schmelternick@hotmail.com.

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Membership

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

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT

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.

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Placement

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


Job Posting

At this time there are no known open postings in the local area. When we are made aware of postings and have reviewed them, they will be posted here for a short time.


Contact Us

Steven Egler, D.M.A.
Professor of Music (Organ)
104 School of Music
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 49959
989.774.3281
Dean, Saginaw Valley Chapter
American Guild of Organists

Members of the AGO board include, Steven Egler, Robert Sabourin, Robert Van   Nostrand, Matt Benkert, Adrienne Wiley, Calla Riggenberg and David Hammond.

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Links

www.rcco.ca
The prestigious Royal Canadian College of Organists.

www.rco.org.uk
England’s own Royal College of Organists.

www.organsociety.org
The official website of the Organ Historical Society.

www.organstops.org
An indispensable, comprehensive site for anyone with a penchant for organ stop trivia.

www.cyberhymnal.org
Scores and midi files for an impressive collection of hymns.

www.geocities.com/organtour
A “virtual” trek through the great organ locations of Britain.

www.casavant.ca
The Web home of renowned Canadian organ builder Casavant Freres.

AGO National website