Saginaw Valley Chapter

Last updated: August 26, 2016 at 7:10 am

Message from the Dean 


The Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Steven Egler, Dean, announces its programs for the upcoming season.   The 55-member organization plans workshops, recitals and other programs that are open to the public free of charge.

The Executive Committee and I are pleased to announce a very full schedule of events for this coming year in the Great Lakes Bay Region. From workshops to organ crawls to recitals to choral evensongs, we are offering something literally for everyone.
If you are a Saginaw Valley Chapter member or a friend and colleague in the general area, we welcome you to attend our events as announced. Note that the spectacular Hector Olivera will be playing on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University in January.  Details to be announced.  Also our own Patricia Bowen will be performing the Kent Dennis Annual Recital at Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland, on November 13, at 7:00 p.m.

All events are open to the public and there is no admission charge.

Be there or be square!!!

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:

September 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Mini workshops for the church Musician will be geared towards small parishes with limited resources. This will start at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Midland, MI.

    • Choral Reading season by Dr. Kevin Simons
    • The Small Church Music Program by Mrs. Karen Graef
    • Score Marking and Study by Mr. Nicholas Schmelter
    • The Organ Music of Gerald Near, Dr. Steven Egler

The day will end with a 4:30 p.m. Choral Evensong with Mrs. Alisah Schimm, cantor and Mr. Robert Sabourin, organist.
For more information about the September program please contact the church at 989-631-2261 or Mair Alsgaard at 989-280-4732. St. John’s is located at 405 N. Saginaw Rd in Midland, MI.

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.

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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

WHO: An organ/piano teacher with limited voice coaching/lessons.

WHAT: To teach private lessons at a small music organization. $40 – $50 per lesson

WHERE: The town of Cedar (outside Traverse City). Free overnight accommodations if needed.

WHEN: ONE day per week

WHY: To instill a love of music into students yearning to learn!

More Information: “We are in need of a piano, organ and voice teacher.   Having said that, from my research it is very hard to find a teacher that has all those skills in a BA or MA.   So we looked at our priorities, and we all agreed it was to hire a piano and organ teacher. And if by chance this teacher taught voice we would be extremely happy about that. In other words that would be a bonus to us.

Our children start out as young as 5 years old and we have no limit on age. In fact we have adults waiting to take voice lessons if we had a vocal teacher lined up.

We pay our current teacher by the hour, so we would need to know this instructors pay rate.

If traveling a distance we could give this instructor accommodations.  

Currently our schedule is almost full. We will be sending out applications to the public/community and I know that we will have more students and will have to turn them away because of lack of teaching staff.

We will need to see a bio and resume. After review of their bio and resume we would like to meet the person and have them come up and meet the children. We have a small concert hall with a Baby Grand piano that is also used for piano lesson.   We have a pipe organ located in our church that is also used for lessons. This instructor would participate in our annual Christmas and Spring Concerts and they would play a couple pieces with our other teacher.

Interested? Contact Kathleen by email:

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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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