Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: March 28, 2014 at 19:46 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
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church, 12:30 PM: The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk presents a Lenten organ recital featuring David Lee Heinzman, organist.*
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents Zebulon Mims, saxophone, in a junior recital.*
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 8:00 PM: The Wilmington Concert Association closes its eighty-fourth season with a performance of the ballet Cinderella, performed to the music of Prokofiev.  This ballet will be performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet and marks a gala closing concert of this season.
  • Saturday, April 5, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents Sean Meade, saxphone, in a junior recital.*
  • Sunday, April 6, 2014, Minnie Evans Performing Arts Center, 4:00 PM: The Cape Fear Chorale, under the direction of Jerry Cribbs, presents Handel’s oratorio, Israel in Egypt, accompanied by orchestra.*
  • Sunday, April 6, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 4:00 PM: The UNCW Vocal Jazz Ensemble presents a concert of vocal jazz standards.*
  • Sunday, April  6, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, 5:00 PM: Music at First presents Domonique Launey, piano, and her daughter, Molly Hines, violin, in a concert of the music of Bach, Beethoven, Sibelius, and more.*
  • Sunday, April 6, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: Chamber Music Wilmington presents their final concert of the season, and the final concert before a hiatus, featuring the Cavani String Quartet, Barbara McKenzie, piano, and the world premiere of a new string quintet work by composer Eric Gould.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Classical Guitar Ensemble presents a concert of short works, including transcriptions and original works.  The ensemble is directed by Justin Hoke.
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 7:00 PM: The UNCW Presents performing arts series presents a concert entitled “An Evening with Branford Marsalis.”  Marsalis is one of the world’s most famous jazz saxophonists.
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church, 12:30 PM: The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk presents a Lenten organ recital featuring David Lee Heinzman, organist.*
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents Kayleigh Maneval in a junior piano recital.*
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents Jared Cline in his junior classical guitar recital.*
  • Friday, April 11, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents Laurent Estoppey in a saxophone guest artist recital.  Estoppey has devoted himself to contemporary music, and collaborations with composers have led him to create or commission at least one hundred works.
  • Sunday, April 13, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 4:00 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Concert Choir in a program conducted by Joe Hickman.
  • Sunday, April 13, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW String Ensemble in a concert conducted by Steven Errante.
  • Monday, April 14, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Jazz Guitar Ensemble, conducted by Bob Russell, and the Jazz Ensemble II, conducted by Michael D’Angelo, in concert.
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Saxophone Quintet and Ensemble, conducted by Frank Bongiorno, in concert.
  • Friday, April 25, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music and the Cape Fear Jazz Society present the annual Jazz Society Scholarship Concert, featuring the UNCW Big Band, directed by Jerald Shynett, as well as vocalists from the Music Department.
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 7:30 PM: The Wilmington Symphony closes its season with the symphonic poem The Fountains of Rome by Respighi.  The concert also features Mozart’s Symphony no. 25 and Matinu’s Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra, with Rebecka Rose, oboe.   The concert is conducted by Steven Errante.
  • Saturday, April 26, 2014, Mainstage Theatre (UNCW Cultural Arts Building), 8:00 PM: The UNCW Department of Music and the UNCW Department of Theatre, along with the UNCW Opera Outreach Project, and the UNCW Chamber Choir, presents Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor in a staged opera.
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014, Mainstage Theatre, 2:00 PM: The UNCW Department of Music and the UNCW Department of Theatre, along with the UNCW Opera Outreach Project, and the UNCW Chamber Choir, presents Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor in a staged opera.
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 4:00 PM: The Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra presents their annual free family concert, featuring Caitlin Newton Patterson, violin, who is the winner of the Deas Student Concerto Competition, Junior Division.*
  • Sunday, April 27, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Chamber Winds, an ensemble comprised of the top musicians from each section of the Wind Symphony.  The concert is conducted by John P. LaCognata.
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Wind Symphony and OLLI New Horizons Band in a concert conducted by John  P. LaCognata.
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the spring semester’s Honors Recital, featuring outstanding vocal and instrumental students from the music department.

*Free concert, donations are accepted



From the Dean
John Miller, Dean, Wilmington AGO

Greetings Fellow Musicians!

I am sure everyone is busy with their Lent and Easter preparations and services.  It truly is a frantic season that takes every ounce of strength we each can muster.  And every time I even begin to mumble words of exhaustion to myself, I remember some of the many wise words that one of our Associate Ministers, Robb Lapp, has shared.  Particularly in this time of reflection and penitence they perhaps ring particularly true.  Robb will often reflect when folks are unable to add one more responsibility in their all too busy lives, “Jesus gave his life for us, and we are too busy to teach a Sunday School Class, etc, etc.”  And so as exhausted as I might be, these words certainly put my all too meager offerings in perspective.

Along these same lines, I often brag on our Chapter and what we are able to accomplish.  Yet another perfect example is our ability to have great folks step up to the plate to accept responsibility to be our Chapter’s Officers for next year.  I owe a sincere debt of gratitude to Justin Smith for chairing our Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee was able to put forward a full slate of officers to lead us next year.  Later in this Newsletter please find their proposal.  This report was announced at our March Chapter Meeting.  At our April Meeting, Chapter Members will be able to make additional nominations from the floor, following which we will vote.

Bill Remele is both host and presenter for our April Program.  We will meet Tuesday, April 8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 12 N. 6th Street (at the corner with Market Street).  The program will be at 7:30 PM  preceded by dinner at 6:30.  The topic for discussion is “A New Look at the Organ Masses of Francois Couperin and The French Manner.”  In particular, Bill will discuss the relevance and usefulness of the organ masses, and other music from the eighteenth century, to church organists of today.  Please make your dinner reservations by Sunday, April 6 at noon with Lisa Nichol (lisawnichol@yahoo.com).  Cost for the meal is $12.00 and the menu will be pork tenderloin, dressing, vegetables, salad, and desert.

I look forward to seeing you there.



Nominating Committee Report

For Program Year 2014-2015, the Nominating Committee hereby nominates:

For the office of Dean: David Lee Heinzman

For the office of Subdean: John Sullivan

For the office of Secretary: Julia Walker Jewell

For the office of Treasurer and Membership Coordinator: Gregory Gore

For the office of Member at Large, term expiring June 30, 2017: Mark Gansor

Respectfully submitted,

C. Justin Smith


Minutes from Wilmington Chapter AGO Meeting – March 11, 2014 – St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church

All board members were in attendance.

Discussed requests from Laura Ellis (national) for each chapter to consider hosting:

POE, Regional Convention and/or January Jubilee.

We decided that we don’t think we’re ready to host any large events at this time.

We continued our discussion of adding the position of Placement Chair to our chapter, and John Miller made a motion that was seconded by Zollene Reissner.  We have a list of guidelines to which this position will adhere.

Justin Smith submitted the Nominating Committee Report and Sara Bryant made a motion to accept the slate of officers as submitted, seconded by Zollene Reissner.

Respectfully submitted,

Julia Walker Jewell

Interlochen Center for the Arts

I am eager to spread the word about our upcoming summer organ program at Interlochen!   Interlochen Arts Camp brings together serious, aspiring artists from around the world to study music, dance, theatre, visual art, creative writing and motion picture arts. The sense of purpose young organists gain by immersing themselves in this creative environment is often life-changing. After a summer at Interlochen, students return home on fire, their passion for our art affirmed and their imagination expanded.

In  addition to the art-filled and creative environment at Interlochen, we  bring a gifted faculty to our northwoods campus to provide a  one-of-a-kind learning experience. For the summer of 2014, I am excited  to announce that we will be joined by master teachers Todd Wilson, James  Kibbie, and Paul Barte.

We are still accepting applications for this summer. Please help me share news of Interlochen by forwarding this to members of your AGO chapter. If I can help by answering any questions, please feel free to email me.

Thomas Bara

Instructor of Organ

Interlochen Center for the Arts


P: 231.276.7429


Dear Members,
If you haven’t already heard, AGO dues will now be collected online using the ONCARD (Online National Collection and Remittal of Dues) system.  (http://www.agohq.org/oncard/) Hopefully everyone has already received an email from national asking you to login and update your personal information.  This information is very important as the chapter will use this information to compile our member directory.  Invoices for dues will be sent from national in April.  The only funds going to national will be member dues.  Other funds for dinners and donations, etc. will be paid locally.   I have included some correspondence I have received recently  from national concerning ONCARD and dues.  Please take a few minutes to read this and if you have any questions or difficulties with ONCARD you can contact me or the national office.  NOTE:  As of March 12 there will be no credit card processing charges as was reported at our meeting on March 11.  Apparently it is illegal in 10 states for national to pass along these charges to members.

Frequently Asked Questions about ONCARD (updated March 14, 2014)
1. What is ONCARD?
ONCARD stands for Online National Collection and Remittal of Dues. As mandated by the AGO National Council the method of collecting dues is changing. Rather than members paying dues to a chapter and having the
chapters send a portion of those dues to national headquarters, the national office will be responsible for invoicing and collecting dues from all members. We will return to the chapters your portion of the dues as well as any other chapter-specific funds collected during dues renewal.

2. Do all chapters have to participate in ONCARD?
The National Council strongly encourages all chapters to participate in ONCARD but, for the 2014-2015 dues season, participation is not mandatory. If your chapter has an alternative method of collecting dues, such as Wild Apricot, you may continue to use that. Please notify either Leah Semiken (leah.semekin@agohq.org) or Bill Valentine (bill.valentine@agohq.org) if you plan to opt out of ONCARD and let us know what method you will be using to collect dues.

3. What if some of our members don’t use email, or don’t want to pay by credit or debit card?
We will mail paper invoices to members who do not have an email address. They can write a check and return it to the National office.  Members who receive an invoice, either by email or U.S. mail, and who don’t want to pay by credit card can send a check to the National office.  If a member sends a check payable to the local chapter, the chapter should follow tradition and send a dues report to the National office with that member’s national portion of the dues. However, to avoid confusion, we hope that chapters will strongly encourage members who want to pay by check to send them to the National office.

4. My Church pays my AGO dues. How will that work with ONCARD?
Print out your invoice and give it to the responsible person at your church. Ask him or her to include the printed copy of the invoice when the check is mailed so we can properly credit your account.

5. What else can ONCARD do?
You can also use ONCARD to update personal data in our national database such as mailing address, or date of birth and to make contributions to chapter and national funds. Additional features coming this summer will enable you to change your membership type and/or primary and dual chapters through ONCARD.  Chapter officers can also use ONCARD to update the personal data of their members, arrange payment of chapter-sponsored members, print rosters, export member data to a csv file, and review reports to track funds that have been returned to the chapter.

6. How will chapters receive their portion of a member’s dues?
Members will pay their dues and make contributions to national and local funds either by credit card through ONCARD or by a check to the National AGO. The national office will remit the chapter portion of dues
and any contributions to local funds to the chapter bank account via ACH transfer or check. A detailed accounting of each transfer will be available via the Chapter Administration subsection of the ONCARD menu.
Updated: March 14, 2014

Email from national: (Treasurer’s note:  I have deleted outdated information about credit card fees.)
March 7, 2014

Greetings from National Headquarters! As you may know, the Online National Collection and Remittal of Dues (ONCARD) will begin this spring for all chapters that wish to participate in the initial roll-out. Many members have been requesting online dues payments for many years. We are delighted this is now possible!

As part of the ONCARD program, the AGO National Council voted to adjust the dues split between National and local chapters without raising dues, which have been raised only once in the past six years. This change is especially pertinent to chapters. The National budget always includes payment for Chapter Liability Insurance on behalf of all the chapters. It is much less expensive for the national organization to purchase this insurance policy to cover all chapter and convention events, rather than for each chapter to purchase such an expensive policy—the cost would be prohibitive for small chapters.

The current cost of the insurance policy is approximately $44,000. Beginning with the 2014–2015 membership year, the national organization will retain $2 per chapter member to cover much of the cost of this insurance policy. Dual members will pay this $2 fee through their primary chapter, only. Please see the chart below.

The AGO National Council has also addressed the credit card charges that our budget has had to absorb. Every credit card payment to the AGO has incurred a bank fee of 2% to 5.5%. We would like to assure chapters that they will not be charged any credit card fees for dues and contributions to chapters that are processed through ONCARD. This saving for the chapter will help offset the loss of $2 per member due to the new dues allocation.

How will credit card payments work?

  • National will absorb 100% of the cost of all credit card fees charged for the chapter portion of the dues and payments or contributions to the chapter. In practice, this means that National will transmit to each chapter the entire amount of the chapter portion of each dues payment and the full amount of each contribution or other kind of payment made to the chapter.
  • National will remit monthly by check or ACH transfer to the chapter’s bank account all of the monies owed to the chapter. As noted above, this includes the chapter portion of dues, payments, and contributions.
  • National will pay 100% of the charges incurred for ACH transfers.

Can I still pay by check?

  • Yes. Individuals and chapters can send a check to AGO National Headquarters; there is no check processing fee to do so.

Are AGO membership dues being increased?

  • No. For 2014–2015, the dues will remain unchanged for the third consecutive year. In fact, since we also held the dues unchanged for a span of three years before increasing them three years ago, this will mean that the dues will have increased just once—for the 2012–2013 year—since the 2009–2010 membership year.

How are my dues divided between National and my local chapter?

  • For each dues-paying member, National will retain two dollars more than it did last year, and hence will remit to the chapters two dollars less per member. This money is specifically to be used to cover the cost of the liability insurance premiums that the AGO pays annually on behalf of all chapters. The coverage, which is in place for all chapters at all chapter events regardless of whether they specifically request it, provides $1 million dollars of liability coverage for every single chapter event regardless of the venue, and $2 million of coverage per year.

In Summary

  • Dues remain the same this coming year (2014–2015) as they have been for the last two years;
  • National receives $2 more on the dues split to cover liability insurance costs for all chapters;
  • National covers the cost of bank charges for all payments and contributions members make to their chapters, as well as the ACH transaction fees incurred to remit monies to the chapters.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


REGULAR MEMBER 2013–2014 2014–2015
$97 annual dues    
The American Organist $29.00 $29.00
AGO annual budget $29.00 $31.00
Local chapter $39.00 $37.00
TOTAL $97.00 $97.00
$37 annual dues    
The American Organist $12.00 $12.00
AGO annual budget $12.00 $14.00
Local chapter $13.00 $11.00
TOTAL $37.00 $37.00
$72 annual dues    
The American Organist $20.25 $20.25
AGO annual budget $20.25 $22.25
Local chapter $31.50 $29.50
TOTAL $72.00 $72.00
$72 annual dues    
The American Organist None None
AGO annual budget $33.00 $35.00
Local chapter $39.00 $37.00
TOTAL $72.00 $72.00

AGO Recital and Gala Benefit


Celebration of the His Lifetime Achievements Will Benefit the AGO Endowment Fund

NEW YORK CITY — The American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring award-winning organist and composer Charles Callahan on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Callahan will perform a solo recital featuring works by American composers. The gala benefit reception will follow at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

The Recital is free and open to the public. Gala Benefit Reception Tickets are $125 ($100 tax deductible) and can be purchased online at www.agohq.org or by calling 212-870-2311, ext. 4308. Gala ticket holders will be offered preferred seating and will have their names printed in the commemorative program book. The deadline to be included is April 1.

Display advertising is offered in the commemorative program book. Ad sizes include an inside cover ($1,500, includes four gala tickets), full page ($1,000, includes two gala tickets) and half page ($500, includes one gala ticket) insertions. Advertising orders can be placed online at www.agohq.org. E-mail gala@agohq.org for further information. The advertising deadline is April 1. The publication will become a part of the American Organ Archives.

Those unable to attend the Recital and Gala Benefit Reception are invited to participate from a distance by making a contribution to the AGO Endowment Fund in honor of Charles Callahan. Contribute online at www.agohq.org or by sending a check to the AGO Endowment Fund, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115. Contributions received by April 1 will be included in the commemorative program book. All proceeds from the Gala will honor Charles Callahan in perpetuity through the AGO Endowment Fund.


A native of Cambridge, Mass., Charles Callahan is well known as an award-winning composer, organist, pianist, and teacher. Callahan’s compositions are performed frequently in church and concert; his writing style has been described by The Washington Post as “gentle, confident lyricism.”

Dr. Callahan is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Catholic University of America, with additional study in England, France, Germany, and Belgium. He holds the AGO’s Associateship and Choirmaster certificates.

Among his notable compositions are two commissions from Harvard University and commissions from the Archdioceses of St. Louis and New York for Papal visits, scored for full orchestra, choir, and congregation. His Mosaics, a symphonic work in four movements for organ and orchestra, was premiered at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Dr. Callahan is frequently consulted on the design of new organs and the restoration of and improvements to existing instruments. His two volumes on American organ building history, The American Classic Organ and AEolian-Skinner Remembered, have become standard reference works.

An active church musician and concert organist, Charles Callahan has performed on many of the great organs of the world and has a dozen solo recordings to his credit.  A member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, he lives in rural Vermont.

2013-2014 Programs

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 6:30 PM: Dinner and program led by member Bill Remele. Bill will present a program entitled “A New Look at the Organ Masses of Francois Couperin and The French Manner. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12 N. 6th Street.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Grace United Methodist Church, 6:30 PM: Dinner provided by Grace and program coordinated by member Lani Beuerman. For our last program of the year we will enjoy an evening of piano and organ duets played by our Chapter members. Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street.

Sunday, June 1, 2014, Parsley Wood Clubhouse: Social Time at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:15: Annual covered dish summer social.



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!




Church of the Servant (Episcopal) in Wilmington, NC is seeking an organist/choir director to begin as soon as possible. Duties include one evening rehearsal and one Sunday morning service weekly and several evening services each year. Salary range is $16,000-18,000 plus pension. For more information or to apply, contact The Rev. Catherine Powell at rector@cosepiscopal.com.


Church of the Servant (Episcopal) in Wilmington, NC is seeking an organist/choir director to begin as soon as possible. Duties include one evening rehearsal and one Sunday morning service weekly and several evening services each year. Salary range is $16,000-18,000 plus pension. For more information or to apply, contact The Rev. Catherine Powell at rector@cosepsicopal.com.

Church of the Servant is a Eucharistically-centered congregation of about 400 adults with an informal style. Our church is in the round with the altar location and seating arrangement changed seasonally.

We have one Sunday service with music and one adult choir rehearsal weekly. Our choir is all-volunteer and presently includes capable singers for all parts. The organist plays for funerals and weddings and receives compensation for these. He or she also arranges music and musicians for our Easter Vigil on the beach, and plays on The Feast of the Epiphany and Maundy Thursday.

While remaining rooted in the best of Anglican tradition, Church of the Servant has a history of liturgical experimentation and a strong emphasis on congregational participation and leadership, requiring that music, preaching, and liturgy are accessible even to newer church members.

The organist/choir director meets with the Rector quarterly and meets monthly with the Liturgy Committee. The choir director, Committee, and Rector discuss seasonal emphases and work together to express these themes in all aspects of the Sunday liturgy. They also select the hymns together.  The congregation enjoys hymns/songs from The Hymnal 1982 with occasional uses of Wonder, Love, and Praise, Lift Every Voice, and Taize chants. The music director selects anthems, many of which will come from the traditional Anglican canon, and submits them for the Rector’s approval.

In the past we have enjoyed having visiting instrumentalists and soloists once or twice a  year and our choir includes a skilled cellist and violinist. We also welcome children to participate occasionally–we have a few children who are violinists, pianists, and singers.


St. John’s Episcopal Church, Wilmington, NC has an immediate position open for an Interim or permanent part time Organist/Choir Director.

Responsibilities include:

-Thursday evening Choir practice

-Sunday morning rehearsal with Choir

-Music planning and consultation with the Rector

-Conducting the 11:00 AM service with Organ and Choir

Salary is negotiable.

Please respond by calling the Rector, Thomas C. Barnett at 910-508-5520.


JOB TITLE: Minister of Music Worship & Music at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Durham, NC:

St. Paul’s congregation has a tradition of strong liturgical worship built on a quality music

program. The church has two tracker action organs placed in an acoustically supportive worship

space: a 23 rank 2-manual Wolff and a single manual 7 rank Brombaugh. We also have a grand piano

in the sanctuary as well as a 4+ octave set of Malmark bells and tone chimes. The congregation

includes several talented lay musicians who are integrated into our worship.


Job Description:

For this half time position, we are seeking an outstanding musician who is committed to supporting liturgical worship. Familiarity with Lutheran liturgies and traditions (or willingness to learn them) is important. The successful candidate will be proficient at playing the organs, directing and developing choirs, and supporting the work of volunteers. Administrative skill and previous experience in planning and managing a music ministry are preferred. The successful candidate will be comfortable functioning as part of a team.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

• Ensure music is provided for all regularly scheduled services: Sunday mornings (8:30 & 11:00

AM), mid-week Lent & Advent services, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday &

Easter Vigil

• Collaborate with pastor to plan worship services

• Select organ & choral music that respects liturgical tradition and is coordinated with the

Lectionary & seasonal themes of the day

• Schedule and lead weekly adult choir rehearsals (Wednesdays 7 PM)

• Develop a children’s music program, both choral and instrumental

• Coordinate additional choirs, instrumental groups, and soloists; encourage and facilitate

involvement of lay musicians

• Attend & contribute to regularly scheduled staff & monthly Worship Committee meetings

• Arrange for maintenance of church musical instruments; purchase music and supplies; hire

outside musicians for special services

• Manage music budget

• Arrange for substitutes when necessary

• Maintain church music library

• Right of first refusal for church weddings & funerals

Knowledge, Skills & Education:

• Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in organ and/or choral music from an accredited college

or university

• Mastery of the organ and of church organ literature

• Proficiency in directing choirs

• Ability to lead congregation in liturgical worship and hymn singing

• Strong social interaction and teamwork skills

Salary & Benefits:

• $21,000 – $24,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience

• 3 weeks vacation

• Support for AGO conventions/continuing education

To Apply:

Submit resume, cover letter, and three references to music@stpaulsdurham.org

Deadline: March 15, 2014

Find out more: http://stpaulsdurham.org


Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Asheville, North Carolina is searching for a leader(s) for our music ministries. The needs of Grace Covenant in this area might be filled by one or more persons – either a full-time choral director and organist, or a combination of part-time staff, such as a separate choral/program director and organist. We are approaching this opening by defining our needs as a congregation and ask candidates to address their ability to meet these needs.

To view/download the Statement of Needs for the position, learn more about this growing, inclusive, diverse 750-member congregation, listen to recent choir anthems and worship services, and view our organ specs please visit our website at the following link: http://gcpcusa.org/calendar-current-events/music-search-committee/

To apply for the position candidates should submit the following materials to musicsearch@gcpcusa.org no later than February 15, 2014 to guarantee consideration.  A letter of interest, a resume/C.V., a brief statement of faith and philosophy of church music, references and current recordings (mp3, Youtube, etc.) demonstrating examples of choral conducting/organ technique. Links to personal sites or cloud storage are acceptable.

After review by the Music Search Committee selected candidates will be contacted for further conversation.  Our goal is to fill this position no later than June 1, 2014.  The contact person is Jimmy Lamm, Chair of GCPC Music Minister Search Committee, at (828) 649-1344.

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



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