About Us

The Holland Area Chapter of the American Guild of Organists was formed in September of 1985.  It is a group of organists, music directors, and organ enthusiasts that exists to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The Guild serves approximately 20,000 members in 330 chapters throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the Guild seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music.

Schedule of Events - 2016

Monday, January 18 -  6pm - Winter Potluck - Pillar Church Community Room (200 E 14th St) - bring a dish to share - students eat for free

If it's the AGO winter potluck, it must be snowing!  We hope not to be snowed out again this Monday...

Tuesday, February 9 - 7:30pm - Inauguration of the new Hope College Casavant - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts

Tickets required - and they are going fast!  Call the Hope College ticket office - 616.395.7890 - $10 general admission, $7 Seniors

Come have dinner together before the concert - 6pm at the Curragh Irish restaurant, (73 E 8th St, downtown Holland), order from the menu

Tuesday, March 1 - 7:30pm - Organ concert at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts - David Baskeyfield

Those who are interested are welcome to join David for a meal and conversation (about the British organist scene, his experiences as a  competition winner, or whatever interests you) - probably Feb 29, stay tuned for final details

Tuesday, March 15 - 7:30pm - Posture at the Organ - Holland AGO member Micah Vanderhill - 14th Street CRC Church in Holland

We are excited to have member Micah - organist at 14th St CRC and a physical therapist - talk about healthy posture for organists

 Tuesday, April 5 - 7:30pm - Organ concert at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts - Clive Driskol-Smith

The next in the series of inaugural concerts on the Hope College Casavant features a seasoned European performer, playing for the first time in West Michigan! 

Tuesday, April 19 - 7:30pm - Harpsichord concert - Gregory Crowell and Shin Hwang - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts

Tuesday, May 24 - 7pm - Demonstration of the new Casavant - Hope College - Dr. Huw Lewis

Come hear Dr. Lewis explain the design and construction of the newest pipe organ in West Michigan.  There will be opportunities to see and try the console, hear the many sound colors available on the instrument.  Open to AGO members from Holland, Muskegeon, and Grand Rapids

Other events in Holland

Three of our students members will be playing degree recitals this semester!  Come out and support them - Dimnent Chapel at Hope College

Saturday, April 2 - 2pm - John Deppe

Saturday, April 9 - 6pm - Aaron Goodyke

Tuesday, April 19 - 6pm - David Heinze (a double header that night - first hear some organ, grab a sandwich downtown, then hear some harpsichord!) 

 

Saturday, February 13 - 7pm - Rhonda Sider Edgington with Greg Bassett, French Horn - St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Holland 

Rhonda will be playing on the small Pels and van Leuven pipe organ - music of 17th century Germany,  Italy, and the Netherlands, as well as 20th and 21st century North America.  Gerg and Rhonda will play pieces by Corelli and Telemann

 Sunday, April 3 - 3pm - Rhonda Sider Edgington with Brian Reichenbach, Trumpet - Hope Church

Rhonda's annual spring concert at Hope Church this year will feature music for Organ and Trumpet from the Baroque and Modern eras.  Brian and Rhonda attended undergrad together, played together 15 years ago in Chicago, and met again last summer as their children were attending Suzuki String week at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  It's like a reunion tour!   Brian and Rhonda, together again...


If you have events for this page, please email dean Rhonda Edgington, or newsletter editor Paul Dalman (see the Contact Us page).