Click HERE for descriptions of how area churches are worshipping during Michigan's Stay-at-Home order and after, in light of the COVID-19 virus and its continued presence in our communities. We will be adding to this list regularly.
The Holland Area Chapter of the American Guild of Organists was formed in September of 1985. We are made up of around 30 organists, music directors, church musicians, and organ enthusiasts. Our programs are open to all, and we seek to support one another professionally and provide avenues for organ music to thrive in the Holland area.
The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.
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 Guild Events - 2020 - 2021
September 27, 2020 (Sun) - 4:30pm - Handbells with Larry and Carla Sue - the lawn of First Reformed, Holland
Holland's very own handbell duo Larry and Carla Sue are well-known throughout the handbell world for both their performing and their arranging. This outdoor event (bring your own lawn chair and mask, and sit six feet apart!) will get us all together in spite of COVID to enjoy some lovely music. We needed to cancel Larry and Carla's event last spring, so it's great to be able to have them back, performing their own works for four hands, 8 bells.
November 17, 2020 (Tues) - 7pm - Console-side Chat: What are you doing about Advent/ Christmas?? Zoom
Join us on Zoom for a chapter-wide conversation about how we're all dealing with COVID and coming up with solutions for celebrating this December in our church communities. (link will be sent to members over email)
February 8, 2021 (Mon) - 7:30pm - Console-side Chat: What are you doing about Lent/ Easter?? Zoom
After the widely acknowledged success of our first such panel, join us shortly before Ash Wednesday to again hear from members about how they are tackling Lent and Easter musically with their church congregations. Come ready to ask questions and learn from colleagues. (link will be sent over email to members)
March 15, 2021 (Mon) - 7:30pm - Console-side Chat from Grace Episcopal: 10 Tips to Recharge your church keyboard playing
Steve Jenkins (Grace Episcopal) and Rhonda Edgington (Hope Church) will join forces to demonstrate practical ways you can bring some new life and energy into the familiar patterns and ruts we can all get into with weekly services.
You can watch the event here - https://www.facebook.com/graceepiscopalholland (and need not be a Facebook member to view)
April 18, 2021 (Sun) - 3pm - Bring-your-own-everything Picnic - Kollen Park (near the bandshell)
We are looking forward to joining together in person again, once the weather is nicer, with lawn chairs and BYO snacks, to catch up with all that's gone on in members' last year, musical and non-musical, on the beautiful banks of Lake Macatawa.
If you have events for this page, please email dean Rhonda Edgington, or newsletter editor Paul Dalman (see the Contact Us page).