Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: October 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

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

Dear AGO friends:

We have a marvelous event coming up on November 8 at All Souls Church in Bangor (please see the notice below and the attachment above).  It’s guaranteed to make you and your choir sound better!  We do encourage you to invite choir members or other interested parties and attached is a flyer for you to post or hand-out as an invitation.  You’ll notice that there’s a suggested donation for non-AGO members, and it’s just that-strictly voluntary. We hope many of you will be able to join us!

November 8, 2014

Kay Eames and Karen Pendleton will present a workshop on singing techniques on Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10 to noon, at All Souls Church. The event is open to the public; donations will be accepted. Wear something comfortable; you will have a chance to try easy breathing and relaxation techniques, and vocal warm-ups. Please invite your choir members!

Kay will present techniques of vocal relaxation and efficiency, which apply to both speakers and singers, as taught by the McClosky method of vocal techniques. The McClosky method was developed by David Blair McClosky, a professional singer, who, in collaboration with otolaryngologists at Syracuse University and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, developed techniques to resolve vocal problems without surgery. His methods are now used worldwide.

Karen Pendleton, a voice instructor at the University of Maine in Orono and in her private studio in Bangor, will be making a presentation about Somatic VoiceworkTM: The LoVetri Method, a body-based method of vocal training created by Jeannine LoVetri to teach Contemporary Commercial Music, or the styles formerly referred to as “non-classical,” as well as classical. Somatic VoiceworkTM: The LoVetri Method is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical voice training, yoga, movement, dance, acting, and various bodywork approaches.

For more information, please call Kay Eames at 207.942.1474 or email her at


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

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 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:  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