Spartanburg Chapter

Last updated: April 1, 2014 at 23:35 pm

Message from the Dean 


pamela smithey

Dear AGO Members,

Our next event is the Progressive Dinner and Election of Officers on Monday, April 28.  We will begin at Central UMC for appetizers at 6:30 p.m.  At approximately 7:15 p.m. we will go to Bethel UMC for our main course and election.  At approximately 8:15 p.m. we will go to St. John Lutheran for dessert.  The church organist of each church will present about 10 minutes of music.  I will email the cost of dinner.  I will need to know the number of people to prepare for.  If you can’t make it for appetizers, no worries.  Head on over to Bethel.

The proposed slate of officers are Huger Caughman, Dean; Bill Cooper, Sub-Dean; Steven Nadeau, Secretary; and Erica Pauly, Treasurer.

Thank you to Bill Cooper for arranging and leading the Organ Crawl last Saturday.  I hear it was quite fun! There are some pictures on our Facebook page.

Thank you for your continued support in your concerns and prayers for my mom.  She is in Hospice for a five day respite.  Hospice provides this four times a year to help the caregiver have a break.  I’m very thankful.  She is a sweetheart and I love her very much but I needed a break.

I hope the Lenten season is going well for all of you and you have the happiest Easter ever!  Open that organ up and “blow the pipes out!!!”





Monday, April 28


6:30 pm Central United Methodist Church, Appetizers

7:15 pm Bethel United Methodist Church, Dinner and Annual Meeting

8:15 pm St. John’s Lutheran, Dessert

The Nominating Committee, Frankie Deal, Marcia Andrews, Richard Cribb

has presented the following for Election:

Dean Huger Caughman

Sub-Dean Bill Cooper

Secretary Steven Nadeau

Treasurer Erica Pauly

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Membership Renewal Update

Members should have received an email notification from the National Office pertaining to the AGO’s new

Online National Collection and Remittal of Dues (ONCARD) system. This new system allows members to

pay their dues online using a credit card, update their personal information, search for Guild members, and make

contributions. (Members can still pay by check.)


ONCARD will launch in April for the 2014-2015 dues season and will begin invoicing members by email.



On Wednesdays during Lent, the Advent will reconvene its series of weekly preaching/music programs, begun last year as “Word and Music”. There are more musicians than guest preachers this year; hence the title “Music and Word”. The musical programs feature the following ensembles:

April 9th The Shane Pruitt Band (local blues and rock musicians)

Each program will take place on Wednesdays during Lent at 12 noon. Lunch, at a cost of $5 will be served in the Par-ish Life Center afterwards.
May 7 @ 6:30 pm. A mini service of Easter Lessons and Carols– At the end of May’s First Wednesday Dinner, and in observance of the Easter season. Advent’s adult choirs and junior choir will offer carols and scripture readings for Easter. Bring a canned food, and have a dollar deducted for your dinner.



TUESDAY, MAY 13, 7:30 P.M., ST. PETER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, GREENVILLE: Dinner and Election of Officers for 2014-15


For our March meeting, Bill Cooper put together a fantastic day of “Organ Trippin” through Lauren’s County. He led a group of 11 through First Presbyterian, Laurens; The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany; First Presbyterian Church, Clinton; All Saints Episcopal Church; and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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  Cindy Perry, Organist Choir Director      Leigh Fleury, Organist’               Bill Cooper, First Presbyterian, Clinton

     All Saint’s Episcopal                                      Westminster Presbyterian

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                                                Jean Cann First Presbyterian Laurens                          Randy Traynham explains historic organ at Episcopal

                                                                                                                                                       Church of the Epiphany, Laurens.




Membership in the Guild is open to all music lovers, not just organists. The benefits of membership are many, including the very important local network and the monthly journal, THE AMERICAN ORGANIST, which contains outstanding articles, music reviews, new organ notices, and more. Contact; Joan E. Kotrady (membership chairman), 864-895-9081.


AVAILABLE TO SUBSTITUTE (All telephone numbers Area Code 864 unless otherwise noted. List includes chapter members and others.):

(Sundays and other days)
Fran Bagwell (864) 582-8388 E-mail: (handbells)
Larry Blackman (864) 895-6064/354-7815 E-mail:
William C. “Bill” Cooper (864) 969-2707 E-mail:
Sylvia Jennings (864)579-7887 E-mail:
Doris Luther (864) 579-3149 E-mail:
Mary Lou Miller (864) 576-2818/680-2800 E-mail:
Gayle Wade (864) 921-2205 E-mail: (organ, piano & keyboard)
(Other than Sundays)
Ben Chumley (864) 441-3231 E-mail: (piano)
Richard B. Crib (864) 576-8807/921-1190 E-mail:
W. Leigh Fleury (864) 833-6530/833-1275 E-mail:
Frances D. Johnson (864) 583-5792 E-mail:
Diane V. Pickens (864) 583-1193/621-5033 E-mail:
Pamela Smithey (864) 680-8230 E-mail: (also Sun. nights)
Kaylene B. Wilbur(864) 573-6312 Email:

Further information regarding chapter members available to substitute (organ or handbells) may be obtained by contacting Pamela Smithey,

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


Contact the chapter Dean regarding the process for pursiung AGO certification.


Contact Us

Dean: Pamela Smithey, 864-680-8230

Sub-Dean: Huger Caughman. 803-276-4836;

Secretary: Bill Cooper, 864-969-2707;

Treasurer: Lane Hill, 864-595-1513;

Chaplain: Therlon W. Joyner, 864-585-4461

Immediate Past Dean: Diane Pickens, 864-583-1193;

History–Richard Cribb
Publicity-Bill Hunter
Program–Huger Caughman
Professional Concerns–Tommy Bishop
Membership–Lane Hill
Communications–Diane Pickens
Hospitatlity–Nacy McCarter/Rita Medley
Scholarship–Frankie Deal
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Parliamentarian–Kym Mahnke
Pedals, Pipes, Pizza–Brennan Szafron
TAO–Huger Caughman



R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. ( representing Fratelli Ruffatti Pipe Organs (

Case Brothers of Spartanburg (musical instruments and sheet music)

Robert I. Coulter, organbuilder. 2233 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324. Telphone 404-931-3103.

Stuart Organ Company. 44 Saint John Avenue, Binghamtom, NY 13905. 607-237-0125 (VOX and FAX).

Michael Proscia Organbuilder Inc. PO Box 547, Bowdon, GA, 30108;

The Arts in Spartanburg =

Sparklenet (cultural organizations in Spartanburg)=

South Carolina Arts Daily =

South Carolina Educational Radio (ETV Radio) =

Charlotte (N.C.) AGO Chapter =

Western N.C. AGO Chapter =

Greater Columbia (S.C.) AGO Chapter =

Organ Historical Society (organ recordings, books, and printed music) (for orders:

Zarex (Pro Organo audio & video recordings) =

Gothic Catalog (organ recordings) =

University Music House = (printed music)

National web site for Sacred Harp shape-note singing =

National website for Christian Harmony shape-note singing = — Articles, resources, and fetures designed exclusively for organists, choral directors, clergy, and those who appreciate music =

Regioinal website for Christian Harmony shape-note singings =

Musical events in Columbia (SC):

AGO National website