Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: October 31, 2014 at 16:12 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 

NOVEMBER 2, 2014, 4:00 pm

In honor of All Saints Day, St. Saviour’s Episcopal Parish in Bar Harbor will present a service of Evensong on Sunday, November 2 at 4:00 pm. This Anglican form of sung Evening Prayer will feature the St. Saviour’s Festival Choir, conducted by Julia Morris-Myers. Music will include works by Geraint Lewis and American composers Robert Powell and Craig Phillips.

A wine and cheese reception in the Parish Hall will follow the service.  St. Saviour’s is handicap-accessible and all are welcome. Donations will be accepted for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, which provides immediate help for food, rent, heat, prescriptions and other needs.  For more information please call the church at 288-4215 or visit the website at

November 8, 2014, 10:00 am

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!

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

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


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