Saginaw Valley Chapter



Message from the Dean 

February 2018 Dean’s Column

Greetings Everyone:

Whether we like it or not, it is snow time in our area. I do have to confess that I enjoy the herd of deer and flock of turkeys that are fed by my neighbors and that make for good viewing from my living room window.  Maybe you have similar viewing from your “snow channel” as well!

Please mark your calendars for our next Chapter event that is part of our year-long celebration of our 60th anniversary as a chapter.   On March 2, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Charles W. Ore will perform an organ recital at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Saginaw. His program will include the St. Anne Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major by J. S. Bach and music from each one of his Ten Sets for Organ.  It will be exciting to hear Dr. Ore perform his own music, especially since many of us play these compositions.

Dr. Ore is Professor of Music Emeritus from Concordia University, Seward, NE, and currently Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, NE. He is nationally recognized for his exciting performances and for his innovative compositional style.

Recall that our first meeting occurred in September of 1967 and that we received our charter at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Saginaw, in January of 1968. This is a most fitting location for part of our 60th anniversary as a Chapter.

On Saturday, March 3, at 10:00 a.m., Dr. Ore will lead an improvisation workshop at Bethlehem Church.  If you are interested in this musical skill but have been afraid to try it, you will want to observe Dr. Ore’s “I-can-do-that” approach to improvisation.  There will also time for you to “give it a go” if you would like.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  (Some prophet probably said this!)

On March 23, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. (this is a time change), the Kent Dennis Scholarship Competition will take place at Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland.

Please note that the deadline for all application materials is March 1, 2018.

See Nicholas Schmelter’s recent email of February 3, 2018, for scholarship information and application materials. Contact Nicholas directly if you have any questions.  989.980.9912.  <>

Lots coming up for the late spring and early summer!

Tom Trenney—March 16, 8:00 p.m., First Presbyterian, Saginaw (non-Chapter event)

Dennis Scholarship Competition—March 23, 5:00 p.m., Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland

Carol Williams—April 22, 4:00 p.m., First Congregational, Sagina (shared event with the Flint Chapter)

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

See you soon and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Steve Egler


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


Saginaw Valley Chapter Events:

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

Charles W. Ore Recital at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Saginaw, on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Ore will lead an improvisation master-class on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the church.

March 23, 2018—Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Kent S. Dennis Scholarship Competition
Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland
Host: Adrienne Wiley
Director: Nicholas Schmelter

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.



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

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