Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: August 28, 2014 at 17:02 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. gray-bar-1px

Local Events
    • Thursday, September 4, 2014, Kenan Auditorium (UNCW), 8:00 PM: The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts presents their first masters series concert of the season, featuring pianists Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits.  Entitled Musical Passions, this concert features works for solo piano, including music by Schumann and Rachmaninoff, as well as Chopin’s Ballade #1 and Beethoven’s Sonata in F minor (Appassionata).
    • Sunday, September 7, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, 5:00 PM: Music at First opens their season with a violin and piano duo concert featuring Alfonso Lopez, violin, and Michelle Tabor, piano.  They have performed and toured together throughout the southeastern United States and Venezuela since 2004.  Pieces include compositions by Beethoven, Brahms, Turina, and Piazolla.*
    • Sunday, September 7, 2014, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 5:00 PM: Concerts on College begins its season with a brass and organ concert featuring the UNCW Faculty Brass Quintet, timpanist John Rack, and organist Bettsy Curtis.  This concert features works by and transcriptions of Bach, Handel, Bruckner, Schubert, and Karg-Elert.*
    • Friday, September 12, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall (UNCW), 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music begins its concert season with a jazz concert featuring Mike Waddell, clarinet, and Bob Russell, jazz guitar.  Both musicians are well-known in the Wilmington area and serve on the faculty at UNCW.
    • Saturday, September 13, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 8:00 PM: The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts presents the Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble in a contemporary dance program.  This is the first time in its thirty year history that this well-known dance ensemble has performed in Wilmington. This performance is the culmination of a multi-day residency, which includes events throughout the community.
    • Sunday, September 14, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2:00 PM: The Tallis Chamber Orchestra opens their 2014-2015 season with a concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal.*
    • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 7:00 PM: UNCW Presents Performing Arts Series opens its season with a concert entitled “An Evening with Molly Ringwald,” featuring the Golden Globe-nominated actress and singer.
    • Friday, September 19, 2014, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7:00 PM: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church begins a year-long celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Goulding and Wood organ with an organ recital by chapter member Richard Rhoads, who is also Minister of Music and Organist at St. Andrew’s-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church.*
    • Saturday, September 20, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 8:00 PM: The Wilmington Symphony opens their 2014-2015 season with a concert featuring harpist Christina Brier and flautist Mary Jo White, both Wilmington Symphony musicians.  Music includes Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp and Carl Nielson’s Symphony no. 4.
    • Friday, September 26, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents a jazz concert featuring Bob Russell, guitar, and Michael D’Angelo, bass.
    • Saturday, September 27, 2014, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 7:30 PM: Music on Market begins their 2014-2015 Fine Arts Series with a concert featuring Avante Vocal Jazz.  This ensemble was founded on the idea of fusing a cappella contemporary works with vocal jazz, and they perform a unique program ranging from contemporary choral to cutting edge jazz.*

 *free, donations are accepted



From the Dean

David Lee Heinzman, Dean, Wilmington AGO

Greetings From Your New Dean!

Hello Wilmington A.G. O.!  It is an honor to serve as the new Dean of our Wilmington, North Carolina Chapter.  I trust all of you have had a wonderful, productive, and restful summer.

On behalf of the entire chapter membership, I want to thank John Miller for serving as Dean and to thank Sharon for her support as well. We all have enjoyed John as host at our Chapter meetings.  His kindness, concern and “stick-to-it-ive-ness” certainly paved the way for wonderful gatherings and programs for the past two years.

Every year it seems like fall comes around sooner when we resume our weekly and monthly routines.   So it is with our Chapter and I am pleased to announce our first event on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - a social kick-off at the home of Sara and Herman Bryant.  This is a covered dish event, so bring your best dish to share – tea and water will be provided and you may bring your own “drink of choice.”  We do want to get a head count and are asking you to let Lisa Nichol know that information.  Please e-mail Lisa at lisawnichol@yahoo.com before September 5. 

Our “program” for the social is this: a sharing of your experiences from any convention, workshop or retreat that you may have attended over the summer that would be of interest to our members.  Feel free to bring show and tell items as well.

Finally, a big “thank-you” to the program committee for the upcoming events scheduled this year.  We have a great year planned, including a Handbell Workshop with The Raleigh Ringers at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in December, which will be a special opportunity for us as directors, but also for members of our handbell choirs.  Other events include an organ crawl at Kenan Chapel, Elizabeth Field leading a workshop for choral directors, a Lenten Spiritual Retreat led by Loretta Brady, MSW, and a Twelfth Night Social in January.

See you in September.

David Lee Heinzman

From the Treasurer

Dear Colleagues, I hope all is well and that you have had a refreshing and enjoyable summer.  I wanted to send a brief membership update as our program year will begin soon.  Unfortunately, only half of our members have renewed to date.  The renewal process using ONCARD is quick and easy to use.  If you do not wish to renew using a credit card, you will have the option of printing an invoice and mailing a check to national headquarters. Remember, all dues now go to national for processing.

We need all of our members to renew in order to keep the Wilmington Chapter strong and healthy!  If you have not renewed your membership for the 2014/2015 year, please take a few minutes now to do so by visiting https://www.agohq.org/oncard-login/ and logging in with your user name and password previously provided.  I look forward to receiving your renewal through ONCARD and seeing you at future meetings!

Please remember to add/update any personal information when renewing your membership that you wish to have included in our member directory including church name, position, etc.  Church information can be added in the “employer” section of ONCARD.  We will gather information you provide to ONCARD when compiling the member directory.  If we don’t have all of your information we can’t guarantee that it will be included in the member directory.  Also, please remember to mark the days you are available to substitute if any.  This section is at the bottom of the page where you update your personal information.

Gregory Gore

Treasurer/Membership Coordinator

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, Location TBA, 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/.   gray-bar-1px

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. gray-bar-1px


For more information about certification, please visit http://www.agohq.org/education/indexpcertify.html or contact the Dean at davidleeorgan@yahoo.com.gray-bar-1px

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 gray-bar-1px


AGO Region IV 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/

Chamber Music Wilmington: http://www.chambermusicwilmington.org/

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