Springfield Chapter


Message from the Dean 

Sept/Oct Newsletter

Dear friends of the organ,

Greetings from your new Dean (who used to be the old Dean!). I have recently finished the final paperwork from our Convention, and can now turn my attention to the Chapter again. Please pardon the delay in getting our year started. We have several wonderful events planned for the year, and I hope that you can attend many of them.

Our Convention was an absolute success. We had about 120 attendees, and raised over $4,000 for our chapter. We also received an award from the National AGO last year of $500 for increasing our chapter membership. So, our chapter is in a great financial position. Our Board will be coming up with some guidelines for how best to utilize this money, and we welcome comments from the membership.

Right now, our Board consists of a Dean and a Sub-Dean, as well as a reluctant person serving as both Secretary and Treasurer. Vicky has served well in this capacity in the past, and is staying on to help the chapter. However, she would like the opportunity to mentor new people for these positions. If you have any interest in serving as Secretary or Treasurer (or both) or as an At-Large member, please let me know. I promise the time commitment won¡¦t be extensive. We would love to involve more chapter members in decisions. Many past Board members also served extra time on the Convention Committee, so they have asked for some well-deserved time off.

Our programming begins in October. We will have an exchange of Advent and Christmas music at Covenant Presbyterian Church on October 14 at 7:00 PM. Please bring some of your favorite organ, bell, instrumental, and choral music to share ideas with other group members. There will be plenty of time for us to learn the music if we can share the ideas by mid-October. The more ideas we share, the better the evening will be for everyone. We welcome all styles and levels of music.

In November, we’re planning another Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza event to reach out to young pianists in the area. This is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Grace United Methodist Church. Look to next month’s newsletter for the final details. You might consider contacting your friends with piano students or members of your nearest children’s choir to help recruit attendees.

Please send in your membership forms to Vicky if you haven’t done so already. We look forward to seeing you on October 14.

Best for the coming year,


Local Events

Fall EventsOctober 14- Preparing for Christmas:
Come and share your favorite organ solos, hymns, and choral music for the Christmas season.
Covenant Presbyterian Church 7:00pm
2441 South Lone Pine
Springfield, MO 65804

November 2- Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza:
We’re still looking for volunteers to help out and for people to invite any young people interested in the organ.
Grace United Methodist Church 7:00pm
600 S Jefferson Ave
Springfield, MO 65806


Please Email Ryan Villapiano for a pdf color version of the Newsletter, or to forward any submissions for the newsletter.




Please mail your membership materials to Vicky Claborn.

$97.00 ¨C Regular Membership
$72.00 ¨C Special Membership (age 65 +)
$37.00 ¨C Student Membership
$38.00 ¨C Dual (must be full member of another Chapter)
$20.00 ¨C Chapter Friend (includes local Chapter rights and correspondence only. Does not include national membership, or subscription to THE AMERICAN ORGANIST.

Please make your check payable to AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS and mail to:

Vicki Claborn, Treasurer
5736 S Wedgewood Ave
Springfield, MO 65810-3126
(417) 886-2873



Organist Substitute List:
Below are listed available substitutes and positions.

Benjamin J. Boyer
2601 N. Cresthaven, Apt. A 308
Springfield, MO 65803


Westminster Presbyterian Church¡V Springfield

Our organist/ accompanist rehearses with the choir on Wednesday nights from 7-8pm except during the month of July. They play for our weekly church service on Sunday mornings. One service: 10am rehearse with the choir and play for the 10:30 am service.

Occasionally we may have an additional rehearsal before our Easter or Christmas Cantatas. We are pretty flexible with student schedule. Organist is permitted two weeks off as long as they arrange for a sub.
Since it is a part time position, there are no benefits.

Eric Eichenberger

Christian Family Church (Disciples of Christ)
Ozark Missouri
A new congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) seeks a permanent pianist for worship.

• 1 service per week, but probably expanding to 2 Sunday services, or 1 service and a mid-week.
• No formal choir duties, although we are planning an informal midweek music rehearsal for musical parishioners ¡V about 45 minutes.
• Applicant should be familiar with traditional and emergent Protestant worship.
• Applicant should be familiar with traditional hymnody, Taize-style music, and have a background in both classical and popular repertoire.
• Duties include leading congregational singing during worship, providing other service music (offertories, preludes, etc.), accompanying singers and other musicians form time to time, assisting the pastor with planning and coordination of music for worship and fellowship.

Salary is negotiable. No other benefits are provided at this point.

Rev. David Massey-Brown

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


If you are interested in pursuing AGO Certification, Springfield AGO will be happy to encourage and assist you. Please speak to a Chapter Officer to begin coordinating details. See http://www.agohq.org/education/certification for requirements.


Contact Us

Dr. Jeremy Chesman, AAGO, ChM

Ryan Villapiano

Vicky Claborn





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