Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: June 5, 2014 at 19:03 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 John Miller, Dean, atjandsmiller@charter.net or Justin Smith, webmaster, at cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.


Local Events
  • Friday, May 2, 2014, Kenan Auditorium (UNCW), 7:30 PM: The North Carolina Symphony concludes its Wilmington season with a concert featuring Mozart and Strauss. William Henry Curry conducts.
  • Saturday, May 10, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 PM: The launch of the Wilmington Boys Choir at St Paul’s will be celebrated with a concert given by the North Carolina Boys Choir.*
  • Sunday, May 11, 2014, Frank H. Kenan Chapel at Landfall, 5:00 PM: The Kenan Chapel concert series continues with a concert by the Tallis Chamber Orchestra of Wilmington. Tickets are free but must be picked up in advance, starting ONE week before the concert at the northeast branch of the New Hanover County library.*
  • Sunday, May 18, 2014, Kenan Auditorium (UNCW), 4:00 PM: The Wilmington Choral Society presents a concert entitled “Viva Vivaldi,” featuring the Vivaldi Gloria with soloists Nancy King, Whitney Lanier, and Shelia Bron. Tickets available from the Kenan Box Office.
  • Sunday, May 18, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, 5:00 PM: Music at First presents a concert entitled “Two for One,” music for four hands, one piano. Domonique Launey and John Tabler present a concert of piano duo music by composers Brahms, Debussy, and Dvorak.*

*Free concert, donations are accepted




From the Dean
John Miller, Dean, Wilmington AGO

Greetings Fellow Musicians!

             Christ is risen!

             He is risen indeed!

What a wonderful day of celebration. The pondering and reflection of Lent have passed for another year and we heard the story of Mary running to the tomb to find it empty. It’s just a story that doesn’t get old. And yet I pray for each of you that in this season of Eastertide, it will have new meaning – new life. For this is the season of new life, and my hope is that we can all approach our music ministries with the renewed vigor and excitement, and yes even the mystery, that that first Easter brought to Mary and the disciples.

And speaking of renewed vigor and excitement, we welcome our new Chapter officers elected by our membership at our April meeting:

Dean David Heinzman

Sub-Dean John Sullivan

Treasurer Greg Gore

Secretary Julia Walker Jewell

Member-at-large (2017) Mark Gansor

They will join Members-at-large Lani Beuerman (2015) and Judith Siebold (2016) in forming our Executive Committee for 2014-2015. I know the concept of predestination is very “Presbyterian,” but I quote a much loved former Senior Pastor, Sam Newell, in believing that for a very long time, God has quietly been preparing this great team to lead this wonderful Chapter into next year and beyond. Thanks to them for hearing this call and stepping forward to lead.

And I would especially like to thank each and every one of you for bestowing on me the honor and privilege of allowing me to be your Dean for the last two years. I have received so much more than I could ever give. Thanks for bearing with my many shortcomings and also for the help and support that you all have so freely given. You all are very special folks, and I admire and respect each and every one of you. I have marveled as we have celebrated together, and been reassured as we have grieved together.  This is truly a support network alive and well. I look forward to continuing to work alongside you all in this wonderful community of Wilmington. Soli Deo Gloria!

Those who missed our April program led by Bill Remele on the Organ Masses of Couperin truly missed a great evening. Bill is always such a great presenter, and as we get into ruts with our same repertoire, it is a breath of fresh air to have an expert shine light on an era many of us may neglect. Our May program also promises to be very special. It will be held Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street. The menu for dinner will be Cornish hen, wild rice, layered Jello salad, green beans, bread, and strawberry shortcake. Cost of the meal will be $12.00. Please make your reservations by noon onMonday, May 5 with Lisa Nichol (lisawnichol@yahoo.com). The program, coordinated by Lani Beuerman, will be a number of organ and piano duets performed by Chapter members in the beautiful space of Grace’s sanctuary. Dinner will be held in the church’s gym/fellowship hall. There is parking in the parking lot behind the church, on the street on 4th Street, and in the bank parking lot across the street from the church. I hope to see you all there!

And lastly, please keep on your radar screen our annual covered dish summer social to be held at the Clubhouse in Parsley Woods (6610 Sedgewood Road) on Sunday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. Preceding our social, Schola Cantorum will sing Evensong at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, member Ronnie Wise, host; members Sara Bryant, Lisa Nichol, and John Sullivan singing in the choir; and member Richard Rhoads, accompanying. There will be time to do both! More information will follow.


From the Treasurer

I hope everyone has had a chance to update your personal information with ONCARD.  If not, please do so as soon as possible as AGO will use this information when it begins invoicing members in a few weeks.  We will also use your updated information to compile our chapter directory.  Feel free to contact me if you should have any questions or problems.  I am happy to report that we already have a new member who joined online!

FIMTE in Durham

FIMTE (International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music)  announces  a summer workshop on “ Fundamentals of Spanish Keyboard Music: 16th-Early 19th Centuries,” to be held June 2-6 at Duke University (Durham, NC).  Taught  by Luisa Morales and Robert Parkins,  this course is intended for keyboardists (pianists, harpsichordists, and organists) at an intermediate or advanced level.   Participants  will examine Spanish keyboard music through lectures, discussion, and class performances.  For more information, visit  http://www.fimte.org/spanish-keyboard-courses.htm#!duke-fimte-workshop/c2uy.

Program Planning Meeting

ATTENTION! There is a program planning meeting for our next program year, 2014-2015, scheduled for Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 10:00 AM (until noon) in the Choir Room at the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church, 2 West Fayetteville Street in Wrightsville Beach. Coffee and donuts will be provided. It is important for all interested AGO members to attend this meeting to plan next year’s programming.

Substitute Available

Please note that AGO member Steve Field is immediately available for substitute work. Please call him at 910-523-2974 to schedule.



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 or to request a membership form, please contact Greg Gore, Treasurer, at chawk92@aol.com.

Renewing members are encouraged to return their renewal forms as soon as possible!


The position encompasses playing the organ, piano, etc. for both Sunday and special worship services, selecting music with guidance of the Pastor(s), rehearsing the Adult, Children’s, and Handbell Choirs, and other duties as posted on AGO National Website.  The ideal candidate will have completed at least a Bachelors Degree in Music with experience in leading choral groups and be proficient in playing organ (Rogers Trillium Masterpiece).  The salary is $ 28,000 to $ 31,000 annually and benefits include retirement/pension, sick leave, and vacation.  Additional information about the church can be found at http://winterparkpres.org and those interested in pursuing this 30 hour per week position should submit a resume to the Music Director Seach Committee, Robert Fry, at musicsearch@winterparkpres.org.


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.

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 visithttp://www.agohq.org/education/indexpcertify.html or contact the Dean atjandsmiller@charter.net.


Contact Us

Dean: John Miller- jandsmiller@charter.net

Subdean and Program Coordinator: Zollene Reissner - zollene@yahoo.com

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

Treasurer: Greg Gore - chawk92@aol.com

Member at Large: Sara Bryant - boneman3@earthlink.net

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

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

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



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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/
Chamber Music Wilmington: http://www.chambermusicwilmington.org/
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra: http://wilmingtonsymphony.org/
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