Saginaw Valley Chapter

Last updated: July 11, 2017 at 14:36 pm

Message from the Dean 

Greetings Everyone and Happy Summer

*Slate of Officers for 2017-2018:

Dean, Steven Egler
Sub-Dean, Robert Sabourin
Treasurer, Robert Van Nostrand
Secretary, Calla Ringgenberg
Member at Large, David Hammond
Member at Large, Nicholas Schmelter (completing Matthew Benkert’s two-year term)
Member at Large, Adrienne Wiley


*All officers, except for Nicholas Schmelter, will be completing the second year of their two-year term.

Fundraising will begin to increase the principal amount in the Kent Dennis Scholarship Fund which is managed by the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF).  One of our members, who wishes to remain anonymous, has stepped forward to contribute $10,000 to the Dennis Fund, and all members of the A.G.O. Executive Committee have pledged a total amount of $1,500-plus to the Fund.

My challenge, recommended and approved by the Ex Committee, is to the remainder of the Saginaw Chapter’s membership to MATCH our anonymous donor’s contribution by raising $8,500 and thus increasing the principal amount of $28,250 by $20,000.    You may contribute any amount—great or small—just as long as one of the numbers in your contributions is a “6”  ($60, $36, $600, or $6 in recognition of our Chapter’s 60th anniversary year this coming year).  I will have pledge envelopes for you at Sunday’s program, and I hope that many of you will be able to participate in this very important program that our Chapter is proud to support.

Please drop me a note if you have any questions about the fundraising or anything else.

If you cannot attend Sunday’s program and are interested in contributing to the Dennis Fund, please contact me for details as to how we can do this.

Hope to see many of you at Sunday’s program!


Steven Egler

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

Saginaw Valley Chapter


Programs for 2017-2018 are:

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

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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

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
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.


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