Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: December 9, 2014 at 18:38 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


Local Events 

December 14 (Sunday), 2014 – 4:00 pm

The St. Saviour Festival choir, directed by Julia Morris-Myers, will present a Service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 pm. The holy season of Advent will be explored through scripture, carols and choral anthems, and special music will be provided by Richard Hsu, violinist. A festive reception will follow in the Parish Hall.  Admission is free and donations will be accepted for the church’s outreach ministry.

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church is located at 41 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor and is handicapped-accessible. For more information please call 207-288-4251 or visit the church’s website:

December 21 (Sunday), 2014 – 4:00 pm

First United Methodist Church of Bangor, 703 Essex Street, Bangor

A Christmas Choral Concert presented by The Bangor Community Chorus under the direction of Douglas Beck.

January 11 (Sunday), 2015 – 4:00 pm

The first Bangor AGO Chapter meeting of 2015 is taking shape. A Service of Winter Music and Readings will take place at Second Congregational Church at 607 South Main Street in Brewer on Sunday, January 11 at 4:00 PM. Joan Kroehler has graciously agreed to host this program that will utilize the church’s 1907 Hook and Hastings Pipe Organ.

Members and their friends are invited to participate in the following ways:

  •  Volunteer to play a solo organ selection from seasonal service repertoire relevant to this time of the year. The selection might be something that is already scheduled for a service in the organists institution or a piece from the player’s repertoire. Or, the particular piece may be assigned as the Prelude or Postlude by the service planners. Organists may also be asked to play a particular hymn or carol to go along with each service segment. Due to service duration, the number of players will be limited to the first eleven who volunteer.
  •  Volunteers are also needed to serve as Readers. Readings will be matched to the music that players provide, then assigned to the Readers.

 To volunteer, please be in touch with Douglas Beck at 659-7370 or

To arrange practice time at Second Congregational Church, pleas be in touch with Joan Kroehler at 947-7804 or

 This service will be open to the public. Please post the flyer at your church. Also, please announce the event in your church’s newsletter and bulletin. We hope for a nice turnout to support the congregational singing that will also be part of this service. Invite your congregation and friends to be present for what will certainly be a joyful, musical event highlighting the many talents represented in our chapter at this special time of the year.

January 18 (Sunday), 2015 – 4:00 pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church
234 French Street
Bangor, ME 04401

A Service of Light in Celebration of the Life and Witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

March 21 (Saturday), 2015

A joint meeting with the Portland Chapter for an all-day organ crawl in the city of Portland.  Mark your calendars-more specific information will follow.

May 31 (Sunday), 2015 – 4:00 pm

Members’ Recital and Annual Meeting, St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor.  The theme for the recital will be Organ Plus: organ plus voice, organ plus another instrument, organ duet-sounds fun! (a heads-up: the organ and piano will most likely not be in close enough tune for piano/organ duos.)


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.


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:

You are also encouraged to contact:

Brian MacFarland, Chapter Treasurer/Registrar



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

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.

If you are unable to access the file above or have specific question don’t hesitate to contact me via email 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

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


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

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


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, 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)
Colleague (CAGO)
Choir Master (ChM)
Associateship (AAGO)
Fellowship (FAGO)

For more information on certification, visit:

  • Clayton Rogers:  Sunday services, weddings, funerals.  207-989-7628
  • Joan Kroehler:  Weddings and funerals only, organ or vocal.   207-947-7804,
  • Barbara Fenlason:  Sunday services, weddings, funerals, organ or piano.  207-469-3573 (before noon),
  • Tracy Bigney:  207-947-7710,
  • Kay Lindstrom:  Bangor/Brewer area, 207 947-3469  kayli1001@gmail,com
  • Brian MacFarland:  Weddings and funerals, organ only.
  • Robin Barron: Weddings, funerals, special services anywhere in the state, any time except Sunday.
  • Bill Voorhies:  207-244-9226
  • Richard Hyman:  piano or organ.  659-7131, 992-3106

If there are additions or corrections to this list, please contact Alice Mummé at 866-2655 or



Contact Us

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

Larry Philbrick, Website Maintenance



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

AGO National website