Saginaw Valley Chapter



Message from the Dean 

SVCAGO—Proposed 2018-2019 Program/Less & Less Rough Draft

July 5, 2018

Hello Everyone:

In the following you will find the results of the Exec Comm’s meeting on Wed., July 4.
Those who were at the meeting have had a chance for input, corrections, etc., since Wed.
For the rest of you, it is for your information.  The main programs have been approved and are now being
firmed up.

September—Party at Dick Heuschle’s Home, Saginaw

–Date and Time TBD…Sept. 7, 8, 14?
–Catered supper/potluck ??
–Technology Time (AH, DH, JM, and JG)
–CD and Music Exchange (AW)
–Bring music and shoes to play Dr. Heuschele’s Casavant organ
–Welcome Collin Whitfield and other new members
–Charge:  $7.00 per person
–Host:  Richard Heuschele
–Coordinator:  James Gladstone


October 21??—Herbert Howells Program, First Presbyterian Church, Bay City
–Date and Time TBD
–Members and Guests Recital
–$$ ??.  Honoraria for performers
–Hostess:  Anna Largent
–Coordinators:  Patti Bowen & James Gladstone


November 11—Kent Dennis Recital, Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland
FIXED DATE: Nov. 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
–Timothy Nechuta, Dennis Competition Winner, 2018
–$500 Honorarium for Performer($250 from Mem Pres/$250 from the Chapter)
–Reception/Church Committee
–Hostess and Coordinator:  Adrienne Wiley


January 6—Epiphany Party at James and Diane Gladstone’s Home, Saginaw
–Date and Time TBD/Jan. 6, Sunday
–Details forthcoming
–Co-Hosts:  Gladstones and Yvonne Becker
–Coordinator:  James Gladstone


March 17—Concert at Temple Theater, Saginaw
–3:00 p.m.
–Sponsor:  Temple Theater Organ Club and Open to the Public
–Admission ??
–Gather as a group for a meal before or after??…Savoy is open until 3:00 pm on Sunday and is close to the Temple Theater.
–Coordinator and Host:  Kenneth Wuepper

March 29—Dennis Scholarship Competition
–5:00 p.m.
–Memorial Presbyterian Church, Midland
–Coordinator and Hostess:  Adrienne Wiley

April 21—Easter … FYI

April 28—Annual Hymn Festival – Messiah Lutheran Church, Bay City
FIXED DATE and Time: April 28, 4:00 p.m.
–$500 (Donation to Hymn Society)
–Host:  Rev. Andreas Teich
–Coordinator:  Robert Sabourin



June    àGuest Recital/Michael Plagerman…??
–FPC, Saginaw ??
–Date and Time TBD
–MMus from Notre Dame, currently a doctoral student at Cornell University
–$300, co-sponsored by Chapter and FPC?? ($150/$150)
–Housing –Where? His aunt?
–Coordinator and Host:  Collin Whitfield ??

July 7—Annual Patriotic Program—Trinity Episcopal Church, Bay City
FIXED EVENT & DATE: July 7, 4:00 p.m.
–Trinity Church, Bay City
–Coordinator and Host:  Bob Sabourin

TOTAL            $ ???? ///$1,500 ???


3 “FIXED” Programs and Dates/”Annual” Events
November – Dennis Recital
April – Annual Hymn Festival (last Sunday in April)
July – Annual Patriotic Program (first Sunday in July)

This leaves 5 “OPEN slots/dates” to mull over.

Adrienne Wiley has suggested the music/CD (and music) exchange for the  September program along w/a “meet and greet”at a member’s home
-Introduction/welcome Collin Whitfield

Patti Bowen has suggested the October Howells program
January Epiphany, etc., gathering was suggested…?
February/March is a big “OPEN” slot.  Do we want a program here?
May is another “OPEN” slot.  Do we want a program here?

Jim has suggested another Organ Crawl and/or Carl Angelo/Demo of
the “Haupwerk” organ at SVSU

Also, Jonathan Mueller at St. Peter’s, Hemlock

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


Saginaw Valley Chapter Events:

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


So far, the following events are “in place” and scheduled for certain (the others are pending):

Nov. 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m. — Kent Dennis Recital, Timothy Nechuta, 2018 Dennis Scholarship Winner.

March 29, 2019, 5:00 p.m. — Kent Dennis Scholarship Competition

July 7, 2019, 4:00 p.m. — Annual Patriotic Program

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
Chairperson of Kent Dennis Scholarship Competition (Matthew Benkert and Adrienne Wiley)
Annelise Holcomb, 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