Last updated: May 7, 2014 at 14:42 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:
Our final program of the year is scheduled for Sunday, June 1 at the Orono United Methodist Church. We will begin at 4:00 with a Members Recital featuring works by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. After the recital we will have a catered dinner ($15) at the church and our annual meeting. Please RSVP to our treasurer Brian MacFarland (contact information below) by May 25. We hope to see many members, spouses and friends for a beautiful recital and jolly dinner afterwards.
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