Dean Dr. Ronald Prowse

Have you heard the story of the two woodsmen?  Two woodsmen got up one morning and sawed trees until dark.  The first woodsman worked without stopping.  The second woodsman took a ten-minute break every hour.  At the end of the day, the second woodsman had cut a dozen more trees than the first.  The first woodsman said, “How could you have cut more trees than I?  You were taking breaks all the time, while I was going nonstop, sawing, sawing, sawing.”  The second woodsman looked at him and replied, “During those breaks I was sharpening my saw.” 

On March 12, 2016 we have an opportunity to sharpen our “saw”; we will be given some new and practical ideas pertaining to the art of directing the choir rehearsal.  Regardless of amount of education and experience in the area of choral directing, we can all benefit from the upcoming

Ronald Prowse
Dean, Detroit Chapter AGO

Detroit Chapter Events

More than 100 Years of Education.
Founded 1910 
Eighth Chapter of the AGO Host of the
2009 Regional Convention

Pedals Pizza & Pipes

Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Birmingham First Presbyterian Church; 
This is a new exciting event is to expose piano students in Grades 4 to 12 to the organ.  It will be limited to 35 students.  They will learn about how a pipe organ works, how it makes sound, get to look into a pipe chamber, blow some organ pipes, and get to actually play one of their piano pieces on the organ.  The event will include a Pizza Lunch.
Use the FORM BELOW to Register.
We are very indebted to Andrew Herbruck and First Presbyterian Church, Birmingham for hosting the event, and to Steinway Piano Gallery for underwriting the lunch, and providing other support.

Volunteers Needed!

With that many students, we will need some help!We will need several people to handle the registration table welcoming the participants; someone to help show a video about the organ; several to monitor students visiting the organ chamber; several people to assist students at 2 organ consoles; everybody to help with the lunch period (12noon 1pm); and help with the cleanup afterward. So keep that date open.
Use the form below to sign up
or contact Registrar@DetroitAGO.org to volunteer.

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Organ Recital

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 4:00 PM - Scholarship Winners and Members Organ Recital - Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian (8625 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit). Members who would like to perform on the fantastic E.M. Skinner organ,
please contact Dr. Jean Randall to be included.
- free admission -

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Member Events

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Choral Methods Workshop with Horst Buchholz.
Horst Buchholz is the Music Director at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri.

Sharpen your choral-directing tools regarding:

  1. The preparation necessary for an effective choir rehearsal
  2. Conducting an effective choir rehearsal
  3. Addressing vocal issues during the choir rehearsal
  4. Warm-up exercises that prepare the choir for the music to be rehearsed
  5. Ideas for teaching complex/problematic rhythmic passages
The workshop will take place at Sacred Heart Major Seminary
2701 W Chicago Blvd, Detroit
on the corner of Chicago and Linwood. Enter the gated parking off of Linwood. See the map for parking directions.

The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m., in the music room.
- free admission -

See map of building for the music room.*N.B. If you would like to stay for lunch, please RSVP to the music office, 313-883-8528, by March 10, 2016. Lunch is $10.00. Please RSVP to Ronald Prowse

Sunday, March 20, 2016
7:30 PM - Choral Tenebrae - St. Hugo of the Hills: Chapel (2215 Opdyke Rd, Bloomfield Hills).
- free admission -

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
4:00 PM - Salon Concert featuring jazz saxophonist, Steve Wood - Christ Church Cranbrook (470 Church Rd, Bloomfield Hills).
- free admission -
Tea and Hors d'oeuvres included.

Friday, April 15, 2016
7:00 PM - Organ Recital by Charles Miller - Cathedral Church of St. Paul (4800 Woodward Ave, Detroit). Suggested donation at door: $10 adult, $5 student/senior. A pre-concert reception will begin at 6:30 PM.