Annapolis Chapter

Last updated: November 24, 2014 at 17:02 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.

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 and hands-on clinic for handbells. This event will be held at Pasadena UMC from 8:30am-1pm. Lunch will be provided.

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

The Peabody Brass Bash, featuring 40 of “the best and the brightest” brass players from the Peabody Conservatory.  The “Bash” will be held on Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Avenue, in the Bolton Hill section of Baltimore.

David Fetter, Peabody Conservatory trombone faculty member and former member of both the BSO and the Cleveland Orchestra, will conduct the concert, which will include works by Gustav Holst, Giovanni Gabrieli and Leonard Bernstein.

Baltimore AGO Dean Michael Britt will join the Peabody Brass Ensemble on Heinrich Schütz’s “Psalm 1” from “Psalms of David,” on Anton Bruckner’s “Psalm 150,” and on Gabriel Fauré’s “Pie Jesu” from his “Requiem Mass.” Britt will be playing Brown Memorial’s renowned 1930 Skinner organ.

In addition to works performed by the Peabody Brass Ensemble, the program includes two pieces presented by the trombone ensemble Trombody Peabones, and Eric Ewazen’s ‘Fantasy for Seven Trumpets” performed by the Peabody Trumpet Ensemble.

Tickets to this Tiffany Series event are $15 ($5 for students) and are available online at: and at the door.   Parking and shuttle service from the parking lot will be available.  For more information, please call 410-523-1542 or email:

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.


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