Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: November 22, 2014 at 14:47 pm

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the website of the Bangor (Maine) Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. We have been serving organists, choir directors and sacred music lovers in eastern and northern Maine since 1928.

The mission of the Guild — revised in 2012 — is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. If you are not already a member of the AGO please consider attending one of our sessions and checking us out. Our first two events of the 2013-2014 calendar year are listed below.

For further information, please contact a chapter member (see e-mail addresses below).

With best wishes,

Julia Morris-Myers
Dean

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Local Events 

INTERFAITH SERVICES – Invitation to Your Choir Members

I hope this note finds you well and that your congregation and choirs are off to a good start this fall. At St. John’s Episcopal Church we have two interfaith services coming up, and we would welcome your choir and congregation to join us for either or both.

  • Wednesday, November 26, 7:00 pm – A Service of Thanksgiving
  • Sunday, January 18, 4:00 pm – A Service of Light in Celebration of the Life and Witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Thanksgiving Eve service has the singing of many favorite hymns, reflections of personal thanksgiving from individuals, and includes two choir anthems – Benjamin Britten’s Jubilate Deo in C and Alan Ridout’s Let Us With a Gladsome Mind. Please let me know if some of your choir members would like to join us for those pieces and we’ll sort out the details. Our only combined rehearsal would be immediately prior to the service, but we’d need advanced planning to sort out seating. It’s a wonderful service, giving visiting family and returning students the opportunity to worship together. Donations will benefit the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

The service honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of our special traditions shared between St. John’s and All Souls Congregational, and always involving additional guest musicians from a number of different Bangor congregations and choirs. This year’s speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Lloyd A. Lewis, recently retired as Molly Laird Downs Professor of New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary. Dr. Lewis (affectionately known as “Tony”) is a distinguished scholar, teacher, and pastor. He was the first African American student at St. Stephen’s School in Alexandria, one of the first African American students at Virginia Theological Seminary, and one of its first African American faculty members. In the words of the Dean of the Seminary – “his journey has reflected the journey of the United States.”

Our music this year will include the following pieces, and we’d love to have members of your choir join with us –

  • James Taylor, arr. Greg Jasperse – Shed a Little Light. Alfred Music Publishing
  • U2, arr. Bob Chilcott – MLK – Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Rollo Dilworth – Hand in Hand – A Gospel-style original. Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Michael McCarthy, arr. – America the Beautiful – composed for the Inaugural

Prayer Service (January 21, 2009) at the National Cathedral marking the first term of President Obama. We invite you to join us for rehearsals at St. John’s at any or all of the following times: Sunday, January 11, 2:30-4:00 pm; Thursday, January 15, 7:00-8:30 pm; and Sunday January 18 before the service at 2:30 pm. Again, if you can let me know in advance about how many singers might be participating, it will make it easier for us to plan seating and staging. We also would want to be certain to include a mention of your church and choir in the publicity and program. For the past couple of years we have had the choir wear some combination of black and white, and this has proven easier than having singers bring choir robes. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by email or phone (207-974-7715) if you have any questions or concerns. I’ll be in touch again as we get closer to January, but I wanted to be certain you had this basic information in plenty of time.

Finally, we invite you to come to St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, November 2 at 4:00 pm when the Choir of St. John’s accompanied by organ and guest instrumentalists from the Bangor Symphony will present Maurice Duruflé’s haunting and powerful setting of the Requiem. This masterpiece will be sung as it was originally intended, in the context of a Solemn Eucharist, and will be a special service remembering all who have passed away during the last year.

With all best regards,
Robert Ludwig
Organist/Choirmaster
St. John’s Episcopal Church
234 French Street
Bangor, ME 04401


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Other Chapter Features

Lending Library

Our chapter has a lending library. It is located in the Parish House of St. John’s Episcopal Church (234 French Street, Bangor), contains a large collection of organ music, organ-related books, etc., and is open to chapter members and the general public. The church office (and hence the lending library) is open from 9 am to 1 pm Monday-Friday, or at other times by appointment: call (207) 947-0156.

Scholarships

The chapter offers scholarship aid to one or more qualified organ students annually; for more information and application procedure, contact the Scholarship Committee chair, Dr. Kevin Birch (207) 942-6941.

Newsletter

Our Newsletter is produced and delivered in electronic format (e-mail) as needed.
To post an event or job opening, to consult an up-to-date substitute list, or to be added to the mailing list, please contact:

Alice Mummé, Newsletter Editor
mumme@maine.edu

We’re Here for You

Do you have professional concerns? Are you looking for educational resources? Do you want to involve the chapter in an event or special service? Do you wish to learn more about organ playing and literature? The chapter, like the Guild as a whole, is here to help you. To reach us, see “Contact” section below.


 

Membership

All individuals interested in the organ and choral music fields are invited to join the American Guild of Organists. Membership is open to everyone, regardless of denominational affiliation, musical training, or ability.

For more information and membership materials, visit: www.agohq.org/membership

You are also encouraged to contact:

Brian MacFarland, Chapter Treasurer/Registrar
bmacfarland1948@gmail.com

 


Placement/Jobs

Job seekers are strongly encouraged to review and utilize the documents and articles provided by the American Guild of Organist Headquarters.  The AGO provides sample employment contract language and salary guidelines to be used when negotiating the terms of your employment.  This information, and more, can be found by visiting the AGO’s Salary Guide webpage.  Further, by clicking on the word “CAREERS” in the top navigation bar, you can access even more employment information.  Good luck on your search! Our newsletter routinely and immediately advertises organ and/or choral openings in eastern and northern Maine. Please send as specific information as possible to Alice Mummé at mumme@maine.edu

Position:  ORGANIST and/or CHOIR DIRECTOR at Dover Foxcroft Congregational Church, UCC

I am writing to let people know that our search process for an accompanist and choir director continue.   These are two separate position but applicants are welcome to apply for both.  For more information on these positions and an application form please visit the link below. If you are not interested but know of other who might be, please share this with them.

www.dfcongo.org/music.pdf

If you are unable to access the file above or have specific question don’t hesitate to contact me via email dfrev@myfairpoint.net or by phone at 207-564-2872. We will be making our decision mid to late November.  Those interested should submit application in a timely manner.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Rev. Chad L. Poland
Pastor

Please note that office hours are Tuesday-Thursday 8am-12pm.
I am not always able to receive email outside those hours.

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Position:  ORGANIST at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Waterville, Maine

St. Marks Episcopal Church in Waterville, Maine seeks an organist with strong choral skills to begin in February, 2015.  We have a tracker action pipe organ, newly refurbished and enhanced by the Andover Organ Company, and our Roland HP-508CB digital piano which was just purchased this year.

St. Mark’s Church has a 16 member SATB choir and uses the 1982 Hymnal as its primary foundation, but frequently uses the full gamut of Episcopal resources to provide hymns and service music for worship.  The choral library is extensive, and includes music from the 15th through 21st centuries.

Responsibilities include playing at one Sunday service throughout the entire year, holy days and other liturgical occasions, and at a weekly choir practice from September to early June.  The successful candidate will be able to work collaboratively with the Rector and other church members to plan music that enhances the worship.

Salary and pension benefits will be commensurate with experience. We will conform to AGO guidelines for the candidate with appropriate professional certification.

Cover letter and resume should be e-mailed to jbalicki17@gmail.com.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with final deadline for applications of January 1, 2015.

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Posting Jobs in The American Organist  (The AGO’s official magazine.)

Employers are invited to post notices of available positions in The American Organist, free of charge, in the next available issue. Send e-mail listings to jobs@agohq.org, using the format below. The deadline is the 15th of the second preceding month (July issue closes May 15th). The position announcement will run in one issue and include the following information:

Name of church, business, or institution; full postal address; website address; position title (Ex: “Full-time organist/choir director”); contact (name, phone number, fax, e-mail address).

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

 


Certification

The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. Through the Professional Certification Committee the Guild offers the following certificates:

Service Playing Certificate (SPC)
Colleague (CAGO)
Choir Master (ChM)
Associateship (AAGO)
Fellowship (FAGO)

For more information on certification, visit: www.agohq.org/education


Substitutes
  • Clayton Rogers:  Sunday services, weddings, funerals.  207-989-7628
  • Joan Kroehler:  Weddings and funerals only, organ or vocal.   207-947-7804,   ldhbenefits@msn.com
  • Barbara Fenlason:  Sunday services, weddings, funerals, organ or piano.  207-469-3573 (before noon),  barbara.fenlason@yahoo.com
  • Tracy Bigney:  207-947-7710,   tbig@gwi.net
  •  Kay Lindstrom:  207 947-3469  kayli1001@gmail,com
  • Brian MacFarland:  Weddings and funerals, organ only.  bmacfarland948@gmail.com
  • Robin Barron: Weddings, funerals, special services anywhere in the state, any time except Sunday.  wyldegeese@gmail.com
  • Bill Voorhies:  207-244-9226   billv27@roadrunner.com
  • Richard Hyman:  piano or organ.  659-7131, 992-3106   rlhyman@yahoo.com

If there are additions or corrections to this list, please contact Alice Mummé at 866-2655 or mumme@maine.edu

 


 

Contact Us

Julia Morris-Myers, Dean
jmorrismyers@myfairpoint.net

Kevin F. Birch, Sub-Dean
kevinbirch@umitmaine.edu

Brian A. MacFarland, Treasurer and Registrar
bmacfarland1948@gmail.com

Catherine [Kay] Byther Eames, Secretary
kb10bdwy@aol.com

Alice Mummé, Newsletter Editor and Senior Advisor
mumme@maine.edu

Catherine J. (Cathy) Bruno, Member-at-Large, Exec. Comm.
cathy.bruno@gmail.com

Douglas Beck, Member-at-Large, Exec. Comm.
douglasbeck@mac.com

Dr. Kevin F. Birch, Chair, Scholarship Committee
kevinbirch@umitmaine.edu

Larry Philbrick, Website Maintenance
LarryPhilbrick@gmail.com

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Links

The St. John’s Organ Society (Bangor)
www.hookopus288.org

Portland (Maine) Chapter, AGO
http://www.agoportlandmaine.com/

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (Portland)
www.foko.org

The Organ Historical Society
www.organsociety.org

The Royal School of Church Music
www.rscmamerica.org

AGO National website