Saginaw Valley Chapter

Last updated: September 19, 2016 at 16:13 pm

Message from the Dean 


>>Last Saturday’s Mini-Workshops at St. John’s Church in Midland was a huge success. There were over 30 people in attendance and include many AGO members as well as guests. Special thanks to Mair Alsgaard and the church for their gracious hospitality, and to the presenters who shared valuable information on a number of topics. The Evensong at the end of the afternoon brought in many members of St. John’s Church and led by Bob Sabourin at the organ and his Exultate Deo Choir.

>>The Organ Crawl in the Thumb on Saturday, Oct. 15, is almost in the final stages of planning and will begin w/a lunch gathering (optional) at 11:30 in Caro (place TBA) and begin officially at 1:00 pm at First Methodist Church, Caro, organist Nancy Reim performing, then move to First Presbyterian Church, Caro, with organists Susan Reim and Nicholas Schmelter performing. Then we’ll progress to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church to wind up the day. More details will be forthcoming.

>>Membership Directory is now being updated by Karen Graef and will be ready for circulation soon via email, the website, and hardcopy. Details will be announced VERY SOON!

>>DUES!!! This is very important: if you’ve not yet paid your dues for this year, please do so at your earliest convenience. The timeline for renewing your annual membership dues is now individual and NOT based upon an universal renewal dates, as was the case for many years. Your individual renewal date is based upon when you pay your dues each year, and you should have received your billing information by now. Payment is now easy and painless if you do in online. Just follow the instructions in the billing info.

Thanks for taking time to read this, and everyone have a great time as you “kick off” your various programs in your various places!

Steve 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

Programs for 2016-2017 are:

October 15, 2016, an Organ Crawl to three churches in Caro and Richville beginning at 1:30 p.m. The group will visit and hear organs at First Presbyterian Church and First Methodist Church in Caro and St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Richville.

The Kent Dennis Memorial Organ Recital on November 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Midland. The recitalist this year is Ms. Patricia Bowen from Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland.

The chapter has been invited by Saginaw Valley State University to join them for a recital by Hector Olivera, on January 14, 2017, on campus at the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Time to be announced.

The February program will also be sponsored by another organization. The Guild will visit St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankemuth for their two- harpsichord recital on February 19, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Soloists are Scott Hyslop and William Randall.

On April 30, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. the program will be at Messiah Lutheran Church in Bay City, MI. Pastor Andreas Teich and Pastor Steven Starke will present a hymn festival of American Folk Tunes. Members of the Guild will serve as organists for the program and will be joined by members of Exultate Deo Chamber Choir.

The final program of the season on July 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City, MI is 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 AGO board include, Steven Egler, Robert Sabourin, Robert Van   Nostrand, Matt Benkert, Adrienne Wiley, Calla Riggenberg and David Hammond.

Local Events

Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City, The Rev. Susan C. Rich, Rector, announces its
series of Evensongs and music events for the 2016-2017 season. The first Choral
Evensong is at the special time of 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2016, and is
cosponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan. It will celebrate the 10th
anniversary of Bishop Todd Ousley’s consecration..

The Right Reverend Wendell Gibbs, Diocese of Michigan will be the Preacher. Other
participants include: The Rev. Susan C. Rich, Officiant; Mr. Michael Huntress, Cantor;
Stephanie King and Ann Ousley, Lectors; Tiffany Wika, Alto Soloist; Dr. Steven Egler,
Organist; and Exultate Deo Chamber Choir, Mr. Robert Sabourin, Director.

Choral music for the service will include: “Beati Quorum Via” and “Magnificat and Nunc
Dimittis in C” by C. V. Stanford (1852-1924); “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes” by Leo Sowerby
(1895-1968). Hymns include: “O Praise Ye the Lord” (Laudate Dominum) by Charles
Hubert Parry (1848-1918), “O Trinity of Blessed Light” (Bromley) by Franz Joseph
Hayden (1732-1809) and “The Day Thou Gavest” (St. Clement) by Clement Cottevill
Scholefield (1839-1904). Organ music will be “Processional” by Martin Shaw
(1875-1958) and “Choral Song” by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1878).

The service is free and open to the public. A reception hosted by the Diocese of Eastern
Michigan will be held in the parish hall immediately after the service. Trinity Episcopal
Church is located at 815 N. Grant Street in downtown Bay City on the corner of Grant
and Center Avenue. Barrier free access is off of the church parking lot on the west side of
the building. For more information call 989-892-5813.

Other dates for the 2016-2017 season include:

October 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong
The Trinity Choir and Guests
Robert Sabourin, Organist

November 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Choral Evensong
The Trinity Choir and Choristers
Robert Sabourin, Organist

December 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
A Festival of Lessons and Carols
Exultate Deo Chamber Choir
Adrienne Wiley, Organist

January 6, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
The Feast of the Epiphany
Sung Communion
The Trinity Choir and Guest
English Tea after the Service

January 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Contemplative Evensong
Rayechel Berger, Soprano
Robert Sabourin, Organist

February 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Contemplative Evensong
The Women of the Choir
Robert Sabourin, Organist

March 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong
The Trinity Choir and Guests
Robert Sabourin, Organist

April 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
The Music of Holy Week
Exultate Deo Chamber Choir
Steven Egler, Organist

May 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong
The Trinity Choir and Guests
Robert Sabourin, Organist

July 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Patriotic Concert
The Ann Frisby Fitzugh Chapter of the DAR

All programs are open to the pubic free of charge.



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

Job Posting

Northern Music School
Cedar, MI (Near Traverse City), 49621

An organ and piano teacher with the possibility of teaching voice and/or chant performance

To teach private lessons at a small music organization. $40 – $50 per 1-hour lesson
Students are as young as 5 years old and extend to adults
Travel reimbursement to be negotiated.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church Music and Fine Arts Guild Cedar, MI 49621
Free overnight accommodations if needed.

ONE day per week

Small concert hall with a grand piano
Church with a Wigton Pipe Organ, 2004
Rebuild of two Hinners instruments from 1915 and 1917
To instill a love of music into students yearning to learn!

Bachelor’s degree in music
Experience teaching organ and piano and maybe voice
On-site interview after screening of application

Please send Cover Letter and Resume to:
Kathleen Hughes by email:
Address: 9759 S. Cedar Rd., Cedar, MI 49621
Phone: 231-228-6991

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.


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The official website of the Organ Historical Society.
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