Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: September 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

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
  • Sunday, October 5, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall (UNCW), 4:00 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents classical guitarist Justin Hoke in recital. Guitarist Rob Nathanson and flutist Amanda Taylor also perform in this recital, which features music of Bogdanovic, Couperin, York, Granados, and Piazzolla.
  • Sunday, October 5, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, 5:00 PM: Music at First continues its season with a concert entitled “ORGANic Strings.” Featuring the historic 1928 E.M. Skinner organ in recital, organist John Tabler and string quartet Beverly Andrews, Diane Stephens, Janet Barringer, and Chloe Carrozza will play selections for strings and organ by Mozart, Albioni, and Handel.*
  • Sunday, October 5, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 5:00 PM: The St. Paul’s Choir, under the direction of Ronnie Wise, will sing Solemn Choral Evensong, observing the feast day of St. Francis.*
  • Tuesday, October 7, 2104, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Big Band in concert. The Big Band is conducted by Jerald Shynett.
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014, Kenan Auditorium (UNCW), 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds in concert, conducted by John P. LaCognata.
  • Friday, October 10, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Parish Hall), 7:00 PM: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church presents a “Concert with Dinner and Drinks,” featuring Broadway selections by the St. Paul’s Choir.
  • Sunday, October 12, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10:30 AM: The Wilmington Boys Choir, under the direction of Ronnie Wise, will sing during the service of Choral Eucharist.*
  • Sunday, October 12, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 4:00 PM: Opera Wilmington presents “Aria Night,” a concert of opera’s favorite solo, duet, and small ensemble pieces performed by local vocalists.
  • Sunday, October 12, 2014, Kenan Chapel at Landfall, 5:00 PM: The Kenan Chapel concert series presents harp duo Lilac 94 in recital. Free tickets are available from the northeast branch of the New Hanover County Library beginning on October 6.*
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 7:30 PM: Concerts on College presents the award-winning and internationally-known college a cappella group Chi Rho in concert. Chi Rho, the male Christian a cappella ensemble at Wake Forest University, will be spending their fall break tour in Wilmington, singing at several schools and churches, as well as the main concert at Wesley Memorial.
  • Sunday, October 19, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 5:00 PM: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Goulding and Wood organ, presents Ann Labounsky in recital as part of its Platinum Anniversary organ recital series. Dr. Labounsky is internationally renowned as an organ recitalist and teacher, and is currently on the faculty of Duquesne University.*
  • Sunday, October 19, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 7:30 PM: The North Carolina Symphony opens its Wilmington series with a concert entitled “At the Oscars.” Featuring conductor William Henry Curry, this concert includes music by John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, and other movie music composers.
  • Saturday, October 25, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents OctubaFest, an annual concert celebrating the tuba and low brass instruments. Conducted by Dan Johnson, this concert features marches, polkas, and other seasonal Oktoberfest music.
  • Saturday, October 25, 2014, Thalian Hall, 7:30 PM: UNCW Presents and the Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts brings the Paul Taylor Dance Company to Wilmington for a residency and this special concert held at Thalian Hall.
  • Saturday, October 25, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 8:00 PM: Wilmington favorite Domonique Launey joins the Wilmington Symphony for the mighty Piano Concerto no. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Also featured on this concert is Britten’s Four Sea Interludes.
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 4:00 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Concert and Chamber Choirs in concert. This program, conducted by Joe Hickman, features the Five Mystical Songs of Vaughan Williams, English folksong arrangements, and the Ravel Chansons.
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW String Ensemble in concert, conducted by Steven Errante.
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Jazz Combos in concert. This concert is conducted by Bob Russell and Michael D’Angelo.

 *free, donations are accepted



From the Dean

David Lee Heinzman, Dean, Wilmington AGO

Our first kick-off social event was a success, and thanks to Sara and Herman Bryant for hosting us in their lovely home.  There was of course lots of food, but the highlight of the evening was hearing the reports by John Sullivan, Lisa Nichol, Justin Smith, and Greg Gore who attended conventions and workshops over the summer.  Their reports pointed out how important continuing education is to our profession!  We all felt like we had attended vicariously by the sharing of their experiences.

Speaking of sharing, soprano and vocal coach Elizabeth Field will be sharing her valuable experience as presenter at our October workshop event.  This month’s event will be held Tuesday, October 14 at the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church in Wrightsville Beach.  The church is located at 2 West Fayetteville St. at the corner of Lumina Ave., 3 blocks south of Johnnie Mercer’s Pier.  Plan to be at the church by 6:30 pm for heavy hors d’oeuvres, sweet and unsweet tea, water, and coffee.  The program will start at 7 pm in the choir room and cost is $6. In order to provide enough handouts and hors d’oeuvres, confirm your attendance by e-mailing me at david@littlechapel.org before October 7.

The workshop will be geared towards the church choir director who wants to improve choral sound through classic vocal technique.  Liz will offer the fundamentals of good singing as well as solutions to many common vocal problems and causes found in choral ensembles.  Time will be allowed for you to ask specific questions about things you want to fix in your own choir.  Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.  Liz is well-qualified, having earned her BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her MM at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

In other news, Richard Rhodes gave a marvelous performance last month as part of the 20th anniversary series at St. Paul’s Episcopal on Market Street. The series continues Sunday, October 19 at 5 PM with organist Ann Labounsky of Duquesne University. Also, our annual Wilmington AGO Yearbook is being published this month by Sharon Miller.  If you have any changes to your information that you want included in the directory, contact Sharon ASAP at smiller@sacpc.org. And just a reminder – the deadline for registration for the Raleigh Ringers Workshop in December is November 1st.  You will find the flier and registration form at the end of this newsletter.\

Looking forward to seeing you on October 14th.

David Lee Heinzman

Membership Update

I am happy to report that we have 47 members to date for the 2014-2015 program year!  That’s almost a 100% renewal rate from last year.  Continue to encourage friends and colleagues to join us even if it’s only as a chapter friend.  We welcome membership at any level!  The national office is continuing to improve ONCARD based on member suggestions and hopefully it will be even better next year.  If you had trouble using ONCARD or have suggestions for improving it, please email national: members@agohq.org or email me at chawk92@aol.com and I will forward it to national.  I look forward to seeing you at future meetings!

Greg Gore
Membership Coordinator

Upcoming Concerts

Cellist Dr. Robert Nosow and his accompanist, Lara Capparuccia, will present a recital of cello and piano music on Saturday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Northwoods United Methodist Church in Jacksonville and again on Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary Parish in Wilmington.  The recital will include music of Brahms, Chopin, Faure, and Saint-Saens. Open to the public, all are invited to attend an evening/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, September 9, 2014, Home of Sara and Herman Bryant, 6:30 PM:  We will kick off our program year with a time for socializing and sharing about summer events attended by members, such as conventions, professional development opportunities, and conferences.  This is a covered-dish event.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church, 6:30 PM:  Catered dinner and program led by Elizabeth Field.  This program will be a vocal workshop with tips and assistance for church musicians and choral directors.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Kenan Chapel at Landfall, 7:30 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



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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/

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