Saginaw Valley Chapter



Message from the Dean 

Next Chapter event,

Our next Chapter event will be jointly sponsored with the Flint Chapter, Terrie Sprague, Sub-Dean, and Qunicy Dobbs, Dean.
This will be an exciting recital by one of our country’s premiere organists who, for many years, was the Organist at Balboa Park, San Diego, California.  You may know this organ as being one the most well-known, if not THE most well-known outdoor instruments in the U.S.
If you do not know Dr. Williams’s work, take a few minutes to watch one of her many YouTube performances.  Enjoy and then plan to hear her in person next Sunday at FCC on the church’s recently restored Skinner organs.  Note that several of the compositions are either her own compositions or arrangements.  You will see that there is something for everyone!!!
Admission is free for this exciting program.

Communication from Flint Sub-Dean, Terrie Sprague, and Dr. Carol’s program are below.


April 22nd at 4pm.  First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson, in Saginaw.
It truly is a program for people who think Organ Music is boring and who will enjoy “something for everyone.”

Thanks, Terrie Sprague.


22 April, 2018
Dr. Carol Williams
San Diego Civic Organist Emerita


Processional Tielman Susato (ca1500-ca1561)
  Arr. Carol Williams

Greensleeves Traditional
  Arr. Carol Williams

Te Deum Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)

Flight of the Bumble Bee N. Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
Arr. Carol Williams
The Gershwin Years Arr. Carol Williams


Symphonie Pour Orgue Carol Williams
A La Baroque
A La Romantique
A la Moderne
The Magic of Sweet Briar, Op. 21Carol Williams (Contemporary)
Quick Fix Toccata, Op. 22 Carol Williams


Vienna March Scotson Clark (1840-93)


Tribute To Hammond Arr. Carol Williams


Praise Thee Lord Iver Kleive (Contemporary)


More events.

Hymn Festival—April 29, 4:00 p.m. Messiah Lutheran, Bay City

Nicholas Schmelter—May 6, 6:00 p.m., Christ the Good Shepherd (St. Helen Site) 2445 N. Charles, Saginaw (non-Chapter event)

Patriotic Program—July 1, 4:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal, Bay City



We/I am a bit late w/the specified dates in the Chapter Management Handbook, as follows:

(6.)  “The slate of nominees submitted by the nominating committee must be delivered to the executive committee, recorded in the minutes, and announced in writing to the membership by March  1.”  (This is where I am late…)  The slate is announced to the Executive Committee and is to be recorded in the minutes of this online announcement.

Great thanks to the members of the Nominating Committee.  Their work is always a challenge yet greatly appreciated.

Patricia Bowen–Chair, Mair Alsgaard, and Yvonne Becker.


Slate of Officers for 2018


Dean: Steven Egler (1-year term)

Sub-Dean: James Gladstone (2-year term)

Treasurer: Brenda Hayden (2-year term)

Secretary: Calla Ringgenberg (2-year term)

Members-at-Large: David Hammond (2-year term), Annelise Holcomb (2-year term), Adrienne Wiley (2-year term)

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


Dear Steve:

Please communicate what is below to the administration and membership of the Saginaw Valley Chapter.

Following tonight’s performance audition, the Kent S. Dennis Memorial Endowed Scholarship adjudicators decided to recommend the following 2018 award: Timothy R. Nechuta (of Williamston, Michigan) for a $1,250 scholarship award.

I affirm their recommendation, which I will communicate to the MACF for consideration and approval at their April board meeting.

Thanks to all chapter members supportive in this year’s scholarship process.

Nicholas E. Schmelter


Saginaw Valley Chapter Events:

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


April 22, 2018—Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Carol Williams, Organist
First Congregational Church, Saginaw
Co-Sponsored by the Flint and Saginaw Valley AGO Chapters and
First Congregational Church, Saginaw
Host: Qunicy Dobbs

April 29, 2018—Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Annual Hymn Festival
Messiah Lutheran Church, Bay City
Host: Andreas Teich

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; 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
Nicholas Schmelter, Chairperson of Kent Dennis Scholarship Competition (Matthew Benkert and Adrienne Wiley)
Nicholas Schmelter, 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.



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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