Annapolis Chapter

Last updated: December 14, 2014 at 21:12 pm

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the web site of the Annapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. We are an active chapter with a genuine commitment to providing educational opportunities to members and friends. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions about how we can serve you.
James W. Walton


Chapter Events

Monday, January 5th , 2015 at 7pm Twelfth Night Dinner and entertainment – All Hallows Parish Hall, Edgewater.  Invitations to members will be sent the week of December 15.  This is a catered event and free to each member and a guest.

Saturday, January 31st, 2015  “What to do in January” workshops featuring organist Michael Britt,  (Brown Memorial Presbyterian, Baltimore) as presenter and recitalist. We will also have a choral reading session led by Dr. Stan Livengood (Calvary UMC, Annapolis) and a hands-on clinic for handbells led by Donna Dixon Ervin (Pasadena UMC). This event will be held at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Annapolis from 8:30am-1pm. Lunch will be provided. Reservations to Jim Walton by January 6 are $20 -after January 6 until January 20 are $25. After January 25 we cannot guarantee a packet or lunch, so get your registration in!

Organ Crawl  March  TBA  St. Mark’s UMC, Easton(Tellers,41) and Emmanuel Episcopal (Harrison & Harrison,20)

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4pm we will host a member’s recital and reception at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field, Severna Park. In addition, we plan to partner with local and school performing groups.


Local Events

Please see links below for local concert series.



Organ Lessons/Coaching at Your Church
Monte Maxwell, Chapel Organist at the Naval Academy, is offering lessons and coaching and would come to your home or church. Please contact him for more information at 410-991-5885.



For membership information please contact Margaret Wisenbaler at 410-224-2144.

Membership and Membership Renewal applications are available via email from Margaret Wisenbaler. Send your request to



Current openings will be advertised for one month from submission.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN CHURCH 416 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012. 410-544-3799. 800 member (215 families) congregation is seeking and Organist/Choir Director for 1-2 services per week and 1 weekly rehearsal. Each month the candidate will play 1 service for 2 weeks, 2 services for 1 week, and have 1 week off. Approximately 12 hours per week. 12-15 member adult choir. Two-manual Rodgers organ with pipe augmentation. $1,500 annual music budget. Salary: $15,500. Twelve weeks paid vacation (includes one week off per month), secretarial assistance, sick leave (not long term), continuing education funding, and book/music allowance (from the music budget). This is an extremely flexible position. The candidate is able to work with the Director of Music to arrange vacation and coverage of services. There is growth potential and additional salary for the right individual who would be able to direct children and youth choirs as well. Ad placed November, 2014.
Contact: Debbie Greene at or 410-349-3244.

Music Director/Organist

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church of Annapolis, located near Edgewater, MD, is seeking a Music Director/Organist. Our two dynamic Sunday morning worship services feature a blend of traditional and contemporary music styles as part of our unique liturgical format developed by our Senior Pastor, which includes pastoral solos, sung congregational and choral responses, and celebration of the Eucharist every week. Our sanctuary has a 2 manual Allen Renaissance Organ and a Boston (designed by Steinway) grand piano.

The position’s duties (approximately 18 hours per week) include weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals with our 14 member adult choir and our 10 member bell choir, in addition to directing the adult choir and bell choir at Sunday services. The position will also consult with the Senior Pastor in coordination of volunteer church vocal and instrumental soloists (some with professional level training) and volunteer directors of the Youth Choir as part of our worship services.

The compensation package offered for this position will be in the range of $20,000 to $25,000 per year depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. Though not part of the compensation package, opportunities that often result in additional income paid by families may come from weddings, funerals, etc. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in music or an equivalent level of study. Performance experience at a professional level as both a pianist and organist is required in addition to excellent sight reading skills. Prior experience or documented professional training in conducting adult choirs, hand bell choirs and as accompanist for professional level vocal and instrumental soloists is preferred.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Jeff Ankers, Chair, Staff Parish Relations Committee, St. Andrew’s UMC of Annapolis, at For further technical information concerning the position, please contact Dr. Martin Smith, Music Committee Chair, at The position is available effective January 1, 2015, and remains open until filled.


The following list represents those who have asked to be listed as substitutes. Publication of the names is a convenience to users and does not imply endorsement of the individuals by the Annapolis Chapter of the AGO. It is recommended that you interview/audition substitutes.

Lynn Bogovich 410-923-6520

Shirley Echard-Cann 410-266-5894

Matilda Jane Kraemer 410-956-9680

Dr. John B. Talley 410-266-5666

Jane Ward 410-837-6419

Jamie Brown 443-621-4187

John Igoe, CAGO 410-869-8590

Matthew Mueller 585-746-2467

Weddings and Funerals Only

Cindy Bidinotta-Slate 410-604-0055

Donna Dixon Ervin 410-672-2452

Susan W. Petty 410-263-8150

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





Contact Us

Dean: James Walton  443-926-2553

Sub-Dean:  Michael Menne 410-721-7284

Secretary: Ralph Manuel 410-263-6680

Treasurer: Robert Muckenfuss 410-439-0259


Board Members

Class of 2015 – Donna Dixon Ervin

Class of 2016 – Alberta Stornetta

Class of 2017 –  Susan W. Petty

Membership: Margaret Wisenbaler 410-224-2144



Chapter E-Mail:

St. Anne’s, Annapolis Music Link

St. Margaret’s, Annapolis Music Link

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Annapolis Music Link

AGO National website