Last updated: February 25, 2014 at 21:33 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.
- Sunday, March 9, 2014, First Presbyterian Church, 5:00 PM: Music at First presents the St. Andrew’s Choral Scholars from St. Andrew’s School, an Episcopal residential high school in Middletown, Delaware. Music includes sacared and secular music from the Renaissance to the present day. Nathan Costa directs the group and is organist/choirmaster and academic dean at the school.*
- Sunday, March 9, 2014, St. Thomas Preservation Hall, 5:00 PM: Chamber Music Wilmington presents “A Celtic Concert,” featuring Chris Norman, flute, and David Greenberg, violin. They will play a mix of the music of Canada, Scotland, and Ireland.
- Wednesday, March 12, 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.*
- Saturday, March 15, 2014, Kenan Auditorium (UNCW), 8:00 PM: The Wilmington Symphony presents their annual Symphony Pops concert with Amy and Ben Wright of Wilmington as featured vocalists. Steven Errante conducts.
- Sunday, March 16, 2014, Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church, 11:00 AM: Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church hosts the Girls Choir of Wilmington in their regular Sunday service. Sandy Errante is the conductor and Steven Errante will accompany at the piano and organ.*
- Sunday, March 16, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 4:00 PM: The Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings presents their annual spring matinee concert, conducted by Steven Errante.
- Sunday, March 16, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall (UNCW), 7:30 PM: The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Music presents the UNCW String Ensemble in concert. Faculty member Steven Errante will conduct the performance.
- Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Music presents a concert entitled Brassfest, featuring the United States Army Field Band Quintet. The ensemble is considered Musical Ambassadors of the Army and they play all types of music.
- Wednesday, March 19, 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.*
- Saturday, March 22, 2014, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 7:30 PM: Music on Market presents a concert entitled Antiphonally Speaking, featuring the choral ensembles of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church, along with a brass ensemble.*
- Monday, March 24, 2014, Kenan Auditorium, 7:00 PM: The UNCW Presents performing arts series presents a concert entitled Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge.
- Wednesday, March 26, 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, March 27, 2014, Cameron Art Museum, 7:00 PM: Cameron Art Museum and the UNCW Department of Music continue their Pro Musica concert series. This concert featured Robert Nathanson and Justin Hoke, guitar, Mary Jo White, flute, and Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, violin.
- Friday, March 28, 2014, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Music presents the Greg Gisbert Sextet in a concert of jazz music.
*Free concert, donations are accepted
*Free concert, donations are accepted
From the Dean
John Miller, Dean, Wilmington AGO
Greetings Fellow Musicians!
Those who were not able to attend our concert on February 9 truly missed a wonderful event. Larry Cook did a masterful job in conducting J. S. Bach’s Cantata 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (For You, Lord, Is My Longing) with a choir made up of Wilmington Chapter members and friends. The choir was accompanied by organist Bill Remele, with an ensemble of strings and bassoon. Three of our own performed organ solos: Bill Remele, Richard Rhoads, and Lisa Nichol. In addition we were all treated to an original composition by our own Zollene Reissner written in honor of Larry Cook. Many thanks to all of these great musicians for their exceptionally fine work. Thanks also to our host Bill Glisson and the staff and congregation of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. The concert was enjoyed by more than 200 guests. And finally thanks to Sara Bryant and Sharon Miller for their help with concert logistics. Soli deo Gloria!
We will move back to our normal meeting day and times for our March program which will be hosted by St. Andrews-Covenant with dinner at 6:30 and program at 7:30 on Tuesday, March 9. This community is very fortunate to the have the exceptional piano expertise of Brynn Ulisnik. Brynn will share his insight into piano tuning and voicing. See details later in this Newsletter and remember to get your dinner reservations into John Miller (note change) by noon on Sunday, March 9.
March Dinner and Program
Our March dinner and program will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church with dinner at 6:30 and program at 7:30. Please make dinner reservations with John Miller (910-707-0122 or firstname.lastname@example.org) by noon on Sunday, March 9. St. Andrews-Covenant is located at 1416 Market Street. Parking is available on the street on 15th Street, in the parking lot across 15th Street from the church, or in the lot at the corner of 15th and Dock Streets. Please enter the building through the door facing 15th Street near the center of the building. Cost for the meal will be $12.00 and the menu will include a soup bar (vegetarian option available), salad, assorted rolls, and peach cobbler with ice cream. Our program for March will be led by Brynn Ulisnik. Many of you in our community know the work of Brynn as a piano expert. Brynn has completely revoiced the piano in the St. Andrews-Covenant sanctuary which was built in 1925 by the Chickering firm. Brynn will describe his role with Steinway, share insight into piano tuning, and share some helpful hints in what to look for in buying a piano or accepting a donated one. There will be time left for a question and answer session.
Organ Crawl in Conway, South Carolina
Local members of the Grand Strand Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and area churches of Conway, SC, cordially invite you to join us in a historic tour of some of Conway’s local churches on Saturday, March 1, starting at 9:30 AM. We will meet promptly at Kingston Presbyterian Church (800 Third Aveneue, Conway, SC), and proceed from there to Trinity United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Church, First Baptist Church, and First United Methodist Church. There are a variety of organs and our town is loaded with local history! If you loved the old “organ crawls,” you will really love this updated version in which you will hear the historic stories of our local churches, meet our organists and experience the different sounds of the organs with which we worship! There is no cost for this event, so we hope that you will join us.
If you are interested in lunch with other AGO members at the conclusion at noon, please contact Roberta Rowland-Raybold: email@example.com . . . so we can make plans for you.
Sunday, February 9, 2014, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 5:00 PM: (Note no dinner for this program.) A choral concert featuring Bach’s Cantata 150, directed by Dr. Larry Cook. A chorus of AGO members and friends will join in this concert to celebrate the contributions of Larry Cook to the musical community of Wilmington. 612 S. College Road
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6:30 PM: Dinner and program led by local piano expert Brynn Ulisnik. Brynn will describe his role with Steinway and Company, share some insight into tuning pianos, and share what to look for when either buying a piano or accepting a donated piano. St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1416 Market Street.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renewing members are encouraged to return their renewal forms as soon as possible!
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Wilmington, NC has an immediate position open for an Interim or permanent part time Organist/Choir Director.
-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.
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 &
• 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
• 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
Submit resume, cover letter, and three references to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Dean: John Miller- email@example.com
Subdean and Program Coordinator: Zollene Reissner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary and TAO Correspondent: Julia Walker Jewell - email@example.com
Treasurer: Greg Gore - firstname.lastname@example.org
Member at Large: Sara Bryant - email@example.com
Member at Large: Lani Beuerman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Member at Large: Judy Siebold - email@example.com
Newsletter Editor and Webmaster: Justin Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
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