Canton Chapter

Last updated: December 19, 2013 at 19:10 pm

Message from the Dean 

Greetings from the Canton, Ohio Chapter of the AGO!

The Canton Chapter was chartered on June 14, 1954 and continues to be an active chapter to this day. We have members in our chapter serving in local churches of every denomination.

Our chapter meets monthly at a different church or other venue from September through May. Visitors are most welcome to attend any of our meetings.


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The Official Newsletter of the Canton Chapter AGO

APRIL  2013


Dear Colleagues,

At our March 17th meeting in Alliance, Ohio, Carolyn Wallace, organist at Christ United Methodist Church, played works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Gigout and others. The Hillgreen Lane Organ had its beginning in the late 1890′s and has evolved into the present four-manual instrument over the course of more than 110 years! She augmented her spoken remarks about the organ, the 13 note chime of bells in the tower, and the church’s history, with printed historical notes. Cookies and (appropriately green) punch were served by members of the church and staff in the nearby fellowship area, where video slides of the organ chambers and renovation projects were on display. Carolyn states her satisfaction that music is very-well supported at Christ United Methodist Church. We are grateful for the church and Carolyn for their work in hosting our chapter.

Earlier that afternoon we were most fortunate that Bruce Snyder, Organist and Director at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, was on hand to give us access to the church (just across from the Methodist Church) and to give an improptu organ demonstration and performance on the three manual Hillgreen Lane organ. He gave insights on the additions to the 1941 instrument and on the architecture and history of the church, including the impressive chancel reredos. Mr. Snyder was Flue Voicer at Hillgreen Lane, and has been very much involved with the addition of new ranks, renovation, and maintenance of this visually and tonally fine instrument. It was fortunate for us that Bruce was available and gracious to accommodate a ‘full capacity’ choir gallery of Canton AGO members.

Thanks, to Bruce and Carolyn for making our March 17th visit to Alliance a memorable experience.

At 7:30 pm on Monday, April 22, we travel to Sacred Heart Catholic Church – 139 Third St. NE – New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. ln a change from the previously listed program, we will hear a recital by Carolyn Wallace and Beth Fragasse, organists. Charles Kegg will be on hand to answer questions and talk about his newly installed instrument. Afterward, the instrument will be open to those who wish to give it a try. Don’t miss hearing and seeing this exciting instrument in a wonderful acoustical environment!

Note: This newsletter contains the information you will need for our bus tour in May. Please, refer to Mark Thewes’ article below for information about our May 11th trip to Youngstown. Be sure to contact Mark as soon as possible to reserve your place on the bus! See you at the meetings!

Happy Eastertide! – Ralph


Monday, April 22, 2013
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Philadelphia
7:30 p.m. Recital on the New Kegg Pipe Organ
Carolyn Wallace and Beth Fragasse, organists.
Commentary on the organ by Charles Kegg Saturday, May 11, 2013

Organ Bus Tour to Youngstown
7:30am bus pick up at Westbrook Park Parking Lot
Visit – Stambaugh Auditorium, St. Columba Cathedral, First UMC, and Christ Episcopal. Lunch along the way.


Here we go again! On Saturday, May 11th at 7:30am we will be boarding a tour bus that will drive us to Youngstown where we will see 4 different organs. We will meet and leave from the back parking lot of Westbrook Park United Methodist Church, 2521 – 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44708. Our first stop at 9:00am, we will arrive at Stambaugh Auditorium where we will see and hear and play the 4 manual 58rank E. M. Skinner organ that has been newly restored by the same company that restored the organ at the Toledo Museum we saw a few years ago. They are literally rolling out the red carpet for us including coffee and doughnuts when we arrive! From there we go to Trinity United Methodist Church to see and hear the 4 manual 98rank Moller organ. From there we go to St. Columba’s Cathedral to see the Casavant organ. After our visit at the cathedral we will break for lunch at a popular Youngstown Italian restaurant called Cassese’s MVR. Each person pays for their own lunch. Check them out on the internet! Our final stop after lunch will be Christ Episcopal Church in Warren, where we will see another Casavant organ in a good acoustical space. Following this church we will head back to Canton with an estimated arrival time of 5:00pm.

The bus seats 47. ALL CANTON AGO MEMBERS are welcome to come on a first come first served basis at no cost. This is one of our “meetings” and it will be free!. When we hit 47, then we are full! IF by Monday, May 6th we have empty seats, you will be allowed to take a guest/spouse (non member) for $10.00 per person. In the past these tours have been very popular, so do not wait, if you want to go, call or email me – Mark Thewes at 330-833-6301 or with your reservation. Remember the first 47 will get to go! There is a restroom on the bus. – Mark Thewes – Sub-Dean, Program Chairperson

One of our past Canton AGO scholarship recipients, Mark Indorf, recently played organ and directed his church choir at Notré Dame Cathedral, Paris, which is celebrating its 850th year. What an honor to be asked to provide the musical leadership for worship at such a notable cathedral! To endorse a recent email quote from W. Robert Morrison: “Ohio boy makes good, I’d say.” Congratulations Mark!
[ PHOTO CAPTION:] Mark Indorf, and the choir of the English Church of St. Joseph, leading the worship music for a capacity congregation at Notré Dame Cathedral, Paris, France, February 23, 2013.

Church Organist
Date: 2013-03-11, 7:41PM
Mount Olivet United Church of Christ in North Lima, OH is seeking an organist for Sunday morning services, Thursday evening choir practice, and special services as deemed necessary. Please call Tina Davis @ 330-692-0430 or Kay Williams @ 234-855-7795 for further information.

News and web-links about public musical events may be submitted for inclusion in the Canton Clarion. Information should be submitted by the THIRD Friday of each month for inclusion in the following month’s newsletter. Submissions may be edited for brevity. NOTE: My email address remains: - Thanks, Ralph

Akron AGO Upcoming Events -
• Dorothy Papadakos: An Evening with Charlie Chaplin (Silent Film & Organ) – Fri, Apr 19 – 8:00 pm – Holy Trinity Lutheran (Akron) // • Dorothy Papadakos – -(workshop, Akron AGO event) – Sat, Apr 20 – 10:00 am – Holy Trinity Lutheran (Akron) // For more Akron Chapter information visit:

• April 21st at 3:00 pm the Malone University Chorale and Concert Chorale will be performing a choral concert at Church of the Savior United Methodist Church, Canton. The choirs will be directed by Dr. David Donnelson, head of the choral department at Malone.

2012-13 Music Series at Christ Presbyterian Church, Canton
• Earth Day Celebration: Sunday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. Worship – Celebrating God’s Acts of Creation
• Compline (Prayer at the Close of Day): Sunday May 5, 2013, 8:00 pm – Christ Church Chancel Choir

[ Ed. Note - If your travels take you near Columbus: ]
• 3 p.m.- Sunday, April 21st – Columbus Chapter’s Annual Benefit Concert – North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 East North Broadway Columbus, Ohio 43214

• Canton AGO Meeting, Monday, April 22, 2013 – Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Philadelphia – 7:30 p.m. Recital -Carolyn Wallace and Beth Fragasse, organists – Charles Kegg, Commentary on the on the new Kegg Pipe Organ♬
• Friday, April 26 — 7:30 p.m – Mount Union Concert Choir – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Alliance
• Saturday, April 27 — 7:30 p.m – Cantus Femina (Women’s choral ensemble from the University of Mount Union)
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 427 E. Broadway St., Alliance

The Youngstown Chapter – Stambaugh Organ Series – 2012-2013
• Sunday, April 28, Peter Richard Conte, 4 p.m.: Conte is the organist of the Wanamaker Organ in Macy’s, Philadelphia, the largest fully-functional musical instrument in the world.
Stambaugh Auditorium / 1000 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown, OH – E.M.Skinner – Opus 582
Ticket information 330.747.5175 or – website:

• Canton AGO Meeting, Saturday, May 11, 2013 – Organ Bus Tour to Youngstown – 7:30am bus pick up at Westbrook Park Parking Lot – Visiting: Stambaugh Auditorium, St. Columba Cathedral, First UMC, and Christ Episcopal Church. Lunch along the way. Reservations – Contact: Mark Thewes

AGO National Website:
Canton AGO Newsletter Webpage:
Charles Kegg organ builder and member of the Canton Chapter:
Canton Symphony Orchestra <>
Tuscarawas Philharmonic:
Akron Chapter:
Buffalo (NY) AGO Chapter:


SW Michigan Chapter
Kalamazoo, Mich.
June 30–July 3, 2013

Barbara Hong
3424 Runnymede Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI 49004


Ralph Morrison

Mark Thewes

William A. Spiker

Nancymae Scheurer


If you would like to join the Canton chapter, please contact:

Greg Hollinger – membership; 330-704-6543 cell or 843-706-9928 home

We have a master database of all Canton Chapter members since chapter founding in 1954. It is available on-request from Greg Hollinger. A listing of WR Morrison Concert Fund, Canton Chapter Scholarship Fund and AGO Fund contributors by giving LEVELS



Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.




Contact Us

Ralph E. Morrison – Dean

Mark Thewes – Sub-Dean

William A. Spiker, Treasurer

Nancymae Bower Scheurer – Secretary

Greg Hollinger – Membership
330-704-6543 cell or 843-706-9928 home



Charles Kegg organ builder and member of the Canton Chapter
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Tuscarawas Philharmonic
Buffalo (NY) AGO Chapter
AGO National website