Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: October 28, 2014 at 17:30 pm

Message from the Dean 

Greetings from the Wilmington (North Carolina) Chapter! Founded in 1989, the Wilmington Chapter currently has a growing membership. While the majority of its members live in the greater Wilmington area, the chapter spans a large geographic area that includes southeastern North Carolina and portions of eastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. The Chapter meets monthly September through June. Each meeting includes a program which often is a concert performed by chapter members for the community, a lecture on a topic of interest or a guest artist recital. Many meetings feature a catered meal. The Wilmington chapter prides itself on presenting many concerts and events for the greater community. Many years, chapter members present a Hymn Festival for the Church Year, and a members’ organ recital. Chapter members also form the AGO Chamber Choir which performs a concert of the works of a major composer many years with chamber orchestra. The 2010 choral concert featured works of Benjamin Britten. Historic Wilmington, North Carolina, is located on the Southeastern coast of North Carolina and is home to many fine pipe organs. Builders represented include Austin, Bozeman, Casavant, Estey, Goulding & Wood, Noack, Pilcher, Schantz, E. M. Skinner, Taylor and Boody, and Visser-Rowland. For more information on the Wilmington Chapter, please contact David Lee Heinzman, Dean, at davidleeorgan@yahoo.com or Justin Smith, webmaster, at cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.


Local Events
  • Friday, October 31, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7:00 PM: St. Paul’s hosts organist Dorothy Papadakos in a silent movie improvisation featuring “The Phantom of the Opera.”
  • Saturday, November 1, 2014, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church (Brown Hall), 7:30 PM: Music on Market presents the Whitetop Mountain Band in a show of old-time country duets, fiddle/banjo tunes, bluesy mandolin/guitar pieces, mountain gospel songs, and high energy flatfoot dancing.*
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014, Thalian Hall, 3:00 PM: The Wilmington Concert Association begins its eighty-fifth season with chamber ensemble STRATA. Educated at the Juilliard School, this trio features clarinet, violin, and piano. They will play pieces by Bolcom and Schumann. Tickets are available through Thalian Hall.
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014, Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, 3:00 PM: Cellist Robert Nosow and pianist Lara Capparuccia present a recital featuring music of Brahms, Chopin, Faure, and Saint-Saens.*
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014, Grace Baptist Church, 3:00 PM: The 100-plus voice Wilmington Choral Society presents a concert entitled “Encore, Encore: Favorites from 64 years of the Wilmington Choral Society.” Conducted by Paula Brinkman and accompanied by Byron Marshall, this concert will feature music of Beethoven, Brahms, Broadway, and the Beatles.
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall (UNCW), 4:00 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents operatic soprano April Evans in recital. Having sung with the Metropolitan Opera since 1995, Evans is known the world over for her brilliant dramatic performances of the opera repertoire.
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 5:00 PM: The Concerts on College arts series presents pianist Dr. Barry Salwen in recital. He will play works by Beethoven and Liszt.*
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 5:00 PM: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosts Choral Evensong featuring the Wilmington Boys Choir and the men of the St. Paul’s Choir. This evensong also features an organ prelude played by Richard Rhoads.*
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 5:30 PM: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church dedicates their new organ with a recital by organist R. Monty Bennett, current musician at Temple Israel and Park Road Baptist Church, and former musician at Calvary Church and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, all in Charlotte.*
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014, Kenan Auditorium (UNCW), 7:00 PM: Musicians from the Wilmington Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, the United States Marine Band, and the Myrtle Beach and Brunswick Concert Bands come together to form the Wilmington Symphony Winds, a new professional ensemble sponsored by the UNCW Department of Music. Conducted by John LaCognata, they will perform music of Sousa, Glinka, Grainger, Wagner, Reed, Hindemith, and Arnold.
  • Thursday, November 6, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents a concert entitled “Homage to Adolphe Sax,” featuring saxophone students of the University.
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents Jessica Sekeres, French horn, in her junior recital.*
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014, Kenan Chapel at Landfall, 5:00 PM: Kenan Chapel at Landfall presents students and faculty from the UNC School of the Arts Fletcher Opera Institute in concert. Free tickets are available one week prior to the concert at the northeast branch of the New Hanover County Library.*
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the Jazz Ensemble and Little Big Band in a concert directed by Bob Russell and Michael D’Angelo.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014, Cameron Art Museum, 7:00 PM: The Cameron Art Museum and the UNCW Department of Music present another concert in the Pro Musica series. This program features Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, violin; Abigail Van Steenhuyse, violin; Carrie Jackson, viola; Preston Luce, ‘cello; Justin Hoke, guitar; and Robert Nathanson, guitar. Pieces by Vivaldi, Brouwer, Couperin, Bogdanovic, York, and de Falla.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents a faculty recital featuring Mary Jo White, flute; Jessica Miller, oboe; Michael D’Angelo, percussion; and Elizabeth Loparits, piano.
  • Sunday, November 16, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2:30 PM: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosts Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” in a version transcribed for organ by Ronnie Wise. Narrated by WHQR station manager Cleve Callison, this is a good chance for younger people to be introduced to the organ. Followed by an organ demonstration and ice cream social.*
  • Sunday, November 16, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, 5:00 PM: Music at First presents MOZARTATUM, a quartet consisting of Constance Paolantonio, soprano; Andy Paolantonio, clarinet/tenor saxophone/piano; Elizabeth Loparits, piano; and Mike Waddell, clarinet/alto saxophone/flute. Works of Strauss, Gounod, Schubert, Creston, and a cross section of jazz composers will be performed.*
  • Sunday, November 16, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 7:30 PM: The North Carolina Symphony, conducted by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, presents a concert featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto nos. 3 and 6, as well as Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin.
  • Friday, November 21, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Big Band and UNCW Jazz Vocal Ensemble in a concert directed by Jerald Shynett.
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014, Winter Park Baptist Church, 7:30 PM: The Cape Fear Chorale presents a concert entitled: “Musical Morsels: Traditional and Contemporary Songs and Arrangements in a Variety of Styles.” The concert will be conducted by Jerry Cribbs and accompanied by Judy Siebold.*
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014, Thalian Hall, 7:30 PM: UNCW Presents and Thalian Hall bring guitar virtuoso Nano Stern to the Thalian Hall stage for a concert featuring traditional music of Latin America, European folk songs, and contemporary jazz-rock.
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 8:00 PM: The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul, and Mary, in a Symphony Pops concerts featuring favorites.
  • Sunday, November 23, 2014, Winter Park Baptist Church, 4:00 PM: The Cape Fear Chorale presents a concert entitled: “Musical Morsels: Traditional and Contemporary Songs and Arrangements in a Variety of Styles.” The concert will be conducted by Jerry Cribbs and accompanied by Judy Siebold.*
  • Sunday, November 23, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW String Ensemble in a concert conducted by Steven Errante.

 *free, donations are accepted



From the Dean

David Lee Heinzman, Dean, Wilmington AGO

Greetings from the Beach!

Wow, what an active fall this is turning out to be.  October’s meeting with Liz Field was so very informative and well received – not to mention the nice social/hors d’oeuvres time before the workshop.  All who attended gained insight into the vocal process with Liz answering questions and sharing many useful tips for dealing with choral problems.  Thanks to Liz, and Steve her husband/accompanist, for their presentation.

Exciting news – our Wilmington Chapter has three new members! I would like to welcome Angela Daughtry (chapter friend), Keith Pendergraft (regular member) and Roberta Rowland-Raybold, CAGO (dual member).  Angela is Director of Music at St. Therese Parish here in Wrightsville Beach, Keith is Product Specialist for Hopper Piano and Organ Co. in Raleigh and Roberta is organist at First Baptist Church of Conway, SC.  Be sure to greet these new folks and as always, if you know someone who could benefit from belonging to the A.G.O., invite them to one of our meetings.

This month’s event is an organ crawl to see the Taylor and Boody tracker organ in Kenan Chapel at Landfall on November 11 beginning at 7:00 PM.  A brief explanation of this organ will be followed by an open invitation to all attendees to play and examine this unique instrument.  Our focus will further include music appropriate to organs of limited means.  I will also present new materials from World Library Publications, specifically From the Organ Bench to The Piano Bench by Alan Hommerding and three volumes of new organ music for manuals and limited pedals.  I know you will want to see these materials!  All of you are invited to bring your organ shoes and music to play and share.  Please note that there is NO DINNER with this meeting.

Directions to Kenan Chapel are as follows: Get to Military Cutoff Rd. and enter Landfall by taking Arboretum Dr. off of Military Cutoff Rd. Tell the guard at the gate you are going to Kenan Chapel and continue on Arboretum a short distance.  The Chapel will be on your right with an adjacent parking lot.  Enter the Chapel by the main front door.

In other organ news, Ann Labounsky gave a marvelous performance last month as part of the 20th anniversary series at St. Paul’s Episcopal on Market Street. Also, our annual Wilmington A.G.O. Directory will be published this month by Sharon Miller.  Thank you Sharon for your hard work.

Finally, we need several members to help with the luncheon for the Raleigh Ringers prior to the workshop on December 6. If you can help out, please contact me david@littlechapel.org or Sharon Miller at smiller@sacpc.org as soon as possible.   Please remember the workshop registration deadline is coming up very soon on Saturday, November 1.

David Lee Heinzman

News from Al Murrell

Monty Bennett, former organist at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, will play the dedication concert on the new Rodgers organ installed at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church located at 600 Grace Street in Wilmington.  The concert starts at 5:30 PM on November 2.

Monty began musical studies at an early age in his native California.  A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, he was a student of Dr. James Welch, with whom he studied organ, carillon and harpsichord.  Early keyboard studies were under the tutelage of William Bagileo, Herbert Nanney of Stanford University, and Dr. Roger Nyquist, of Santa Clara University.

High School Organ Festival and Competition

The Winston-Salem (NC) Chapter of the AGO is happy to announce the 4th annual HS Organ Festival & Competition that they co-sponsor with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The competition is open to any high school senior or younger who has not previously won the competition’s First Prize. In addition to cash prizes and potential scholarships, all prize winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Hymn Prize) will receive a copy of one of the eight volumes of Bach works published by Wayne Leupold Editions, compliments of the publisher.

A CD Recording and application is due (received) by December 19, 2014.

For full information about the competition, festival events, and instruments, please visit: http://www.timothyolsenorganist.com/hs-competition.html.

Notre Dame Graduate Programs


At the moment I am recruiting students for our Master of Sacred Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ programs at the University of Notre Dame.  We are extremely excited about what is going on here.

The MSM degree combines music (two organ recitals, organ literature, music history) and liturgy courses.  There are details of the program on the website:


There are six organ students in the MSM program—three in each class.  The program is highly competitive, and the level of playing is extremely high.  The assistantships pay full tuition for two years plus a stipend of $12,500 per year for two years.  Typically a student on an assistantship works in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus.

All students in our MSM program are supported with tuition grants.  If you know of any prospective undergraduate students or others who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program, I would appreciate hearing from you.  If you have any names to suggest, I am happy to contact them.

Our DMA program launched last year, and we have four students enrolled at the moment; next year we will reach our full complement of six students in the DMA.  Details of the program can be found at:


Many thanks for your help, and all the best,

Craig Cramer, DMA
Professor of Organ
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana  USA



Upcoming Concert

Cellist Dr. Robert Nosow and his accompanist, Lara Capparuccia, will present a recital of cello and piano music on Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 PM at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary in Wilmington.  The recital will include music of Brahms, Chopin, Faure, and Saint-Saens. Open to the public, all are invited to attend an afternoon of beautiful music.

Planning Ahead?

September is a time for making plans and looking at calendars. How far do you plan ahead?  Have you bought your 2015 calendar yet?  Our chapter plans some events as much as one year in advance. We have regional conventions in odd-numbered years and national conventions in even-numbered years.  The National Convention Committee requests that national convention bids be submitted eight years in advance.  In other words, they are now accepting convention bids for 2022!  So, grab your calendar and  make plans to attend these events!

  • Southeast Regional Convention, July 1-4, 2015 – Charlotte, North Carolina.  Register now and watch for more information on their website: http://agocharlotte2015.org/
  • National Convention, June 19-23, 2016 – Houston.  Watch for more information on their website:  http://www.ago-houston.org/2016.html
  • National Convention, July 2-6, 2018 – Kansas City.  Watch for more information on their website: http://www.kcago.com/

Fall 2014 Programs

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Kenan Chapel at Landfall, 7:00 PM:  This program will feature an “organ crawl” exploring the Taylor and Boody tracker-action organ at the Frank H. Kenan Chapel at Landfall.  There is no dinner provided as part of this event.

Saturday, December 6, 2014, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM:  This AGO program features a workshop for handbell ringers and directors with the Raleigh Ringers.  Several different classes will be offered, with advance registration.  AGO members should invite their handbell groups to participate in this exciting event.

Saturday, December 6, 2014, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 7:30 PM: A continuation of the AGO program earlier in the day, AGO members, handbell choirs, and the public will be treated to a fantastic holiday concert featuring the internationally-known handbell ensemble the Raleigh Ringers.  Tickets (free) are required for this event and must be arranged through the SACPC office.



Membership in the Wilmington AGO is open to all who possess a love of organ and choral music. For more information on becoming a member, please contact Greg Gore, Treasurer, at chawk92@aol.com.  You may also join online by visiting https://www.agohq.org/oncard-login/.




St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington is in need of a temporary organist. The church is located at the corner of N. 6th and Grace streets.  The Sunday service is held at 11:00 a.m.  For more info, contact Ada King at 910-763-8872 or Bernardine Fulton at 910-264-8818.


Small congregation which has two weekly services, one on Wednesday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 10:00 am, is looking for an organist/pianist.   The musician would play organ for Sunday service, but may play piano or organ for the Wednesday service.   There is no choir, but the organist accompanies a soloist on a hymn on Sunday.  The church has an electronic Hammond organ that, while older, has a great sound.   The church is located close to downtown Wilmington.   If interested in substituting with a possibility of a permanent position and for additional information call Darrell Irwin at 910-520-3958 or the First Church of Christ, Scientist at 910-762-5202.


St. Petersburg, FL:  St. Thomas Episcopal Church, a large and friendly congregation that appreciates music is seeking a new part-time Organist.

Candidates will be familiar with the Episcopal liturgy and be knowledgeable of traditional Anglican anthems, chant, and occasional renewal hymns. The candidate will work well with people and in conjunction with the Music Director.  Weddings and funerals are for extra compensation and the organist has first right of refusal. The resplendent acoustic of the church building makes it an ideal location for music. The facility includes a well-equipped choir room, an E.M. Skinner IV/53, a Steinway Grand in the Sanctuary, and a Baldwin Spinet in the choir room. There are two Sunday services, 8:00 a.m. (organ only) and 10:00 a.m. (choir(s) and organ). Chancel Choir rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Instrumentalists are brought in occasionally and at Christmas and Easter.

Send resume, references to Tidings@tampabay.rr.com. For more information: Phone: 727-896-9641, Address: 1200 Snell Isle Blvd NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704; Web: http://www.stthomasstpete.org

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



For more information about certification, please visit http://www.agohq.org/education/indexpcertify.html or contact the Dean at davidleeorgan@yahoo.com.


Contact Us

Dean: David Lee Heinzman- davidleeorgan@yahoo.com

Subdean and Program Coordinator: John Sullivan – jds3rd@aol.com

Secretary and TAO Correspondent: Julia Walker Jewell – julia@juliawalkerjewell.com

Treasurer: Greg Gore – chawk92@aol.com

Member at Large: Lani Beuerman – lbeuerman@ec.rr.com

Member at Large: Judy Siebold – judy908@bellsouth.net

Member at Large: Mark Gansor – mark@markgansor.com

Newsletter Editor and Webmaster: Justin Smith – cjs@alumni.wfu.edu



AGO Southeast Region Blog: http://agoregionivblog.blogspot.com/

AGO National Headquarters: http://www.agohq.org

Music at First: http://www.firstonthird.org/Music/MusicatFirst/tabid/73/Default.aspx

Music at St. Paul’s: http://www.saintpaulsepiscopalchurch.com/Events.htm

Music Events at UNCW: https://events.uncw.edu/MasterCalendar/MasterCalendar.aspx

Wilmington Concert Association: http://www.wilmingtonconcert.com/

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra: http://wilmingtonsymphony.org/ AGO National website