Last updated: February 27, 2014 at 19:18 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,
Dear AGO friends:
We have an excellent program coming up on March 8 and I hope many of you can attend. It is a joint meeting with the Portland AGO chapter and will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church, York Street, in Bangor. The program will feature the life and music of New England composer Dudley Buck (1839-1909) as well as the 1860 Hook tracker organ at St. John’s (www.hookopus288.org). Here is our schedule for the day:
10:00- meet and greet with coffee and pastries
10:30- lecture on Dudley Buck, by Kevin Birch, Director of Music at St. John’s and our chapter Sub-Dean
11:15-we’ll move to the organ loft to both hear and sing some of Buck’s music
12 noon- catered soup lunch at the church, $10 payable on the day of the workshop
1:00-2:00- open console, with registration tips from Kevin
Throughout the day we will also be having a free music swap. Bring the music you never play and trade it in for something new!
PLEASE, RSVP to me, Julia (see contact info below) by MARCH 1. We have to turn in a head count to the caterer that day. And, if you would like to play during the open console time, an RSVP is also necessary by March 1. Something from the period of the organ is suggested, and depending on how many players there are you may be able to perform only a portion of your work.
This is a great opportunity to get to know one of Maine’s best organs and meet some of our Portland colleagues!
Other Chapter Features
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Employers are also invited to post notices of available positions in The American Organist, free of charge, in the next available issue. Send e-mail listings email@example.com, 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.
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)
Choir Master (ChM)
For more information on certification, visit: www.agohq.org/education
Julia Morris-Myers, Dean
Kevin F. Birch, Sub-Dean
Brian A. MacFarland, Treasurer and Registrar
Catherine [Kay] Byther Eames, Secretary
Alice Mummé, Newsletter Editor and Senior Advisor
Catherine J. (Cathy) Bruno, Member-at-Large, Exec. Comm.
Douglas Beck, Member-at-Large, Exec. Comm.
Dr. Kevin F. Birch, Chair, Scholarship Committee
The St. John’s Organ Society (Bangor)
Portland (Maine) Chapter, AGO
Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (Portland)
The Organ Historical Society
The Royal School of Church Music