Annapolis Chapter


Last updated: July 16, 2015 at 16:13 pm

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the web site of the Annapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. We are an active chapter with a genuine commitment to providing educational opportunities to members and friends. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions about how we can serve you.
James W. Walton


Chapter Events

Monday, January 5th , 2015 at 7pm Twelfth Night Dinner and entertainment – All Hallows Parish Hall, Edgewater.  Invitations to members will be sent the week of December 15.  This is a catered event and free to each member and a guest.

Saturday, January 31st, 2015  “What to do in January” workshops featuring organist Michael Britt,  (Brown Memorial Presbyterian, Baltimore) as presenter and recitalist. We will also have a choral reading session led by Dr. Stan Livengood (Calvary UMC, Annapolis) and a hands-on clinic for handbells led by Donna Dixon Ervin (Pasadena UMC). This event will be held at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Annapolis from 8:30am-1pm. Lunch will be provided. Reservations to Jim Walton by January 6 are $20 -after January 6 until January 20 are $25. After January 25 we cannot guarantee a packet or lunch, so get your registration in!

March 14, 2015   An Eastern Shore Organ Crawl!

Visiting the following instruments:

Old Wye Church
J.W. Walker, 2 manuals, 8 stops, mechanical action
Either/Or stop mechanism, 9:30-10:30 AM
Holy Trinity Church, Oxford
Visser-Rowland, 2 manuals, 19 stops, mechanical action
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
St. Mark’s United Methodist, Easton
Tellers, 3 manuals, electropneumatic action, 2PM-3PM

Depart Annapolis at 8:45 AM, rendezvous TBA
Arrive back at 4 PM
Lunch (dutch) in Easton.
RSVP your interest to

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4pm we will host a member’s recital and reception at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field, Severna Park. In addition, we plan to partner with local and school performing groups.


Local Events

Please see links below for local concert series.



Organ Lessons/Coaching at Your Church
Monte Maxwell, Chapel Organist at the Naval Academy, is offering lessons and coaching and would come to your home or church. Please contact him for more information at 410-991-5885.



For membership information please contact Margaret Wisenbaler at 410-224-2144.

Membership and Membership Renewal applications are available via email from Margaret Wisenbaler. Send your request to



Current openings will be advertised for one month from submission.

Gloria Dei LutheranChurch  461 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012( just north of Annapolis)  410-544-3799. 200 family congregation is seeking a dynamic organist/choir director for 1-2 weekly services and 1 weekly choir rehearsal, averaging about 8 hours/per week.  Position has one (1) week off /per month.  Choir Director must be able to direct and accompany adult choir of 12-15 members. Two manual Rodgers Augmented Pipe organ and Baldwin baby grand piano.  $1000 music budget.  Salary: $15,500 with very flexible summer schedule and several weeks off.  Church website:

Contact:  Debbie Greene at  410-349-3244  or submit resume to   May 2015


The following list represents those who have asked to be listed as substitutes. Publication of the names is a convenience to users and does not imply endorsement of the individuals by the Annapolis Chapter of the AGO. It is recommended that you interview/audition substitutes.

Lynn Bogovich 410-923-6520

Dale Carrigan   443-454-4801

Matilda Jane Kraemer 410-956-9680

Dr. John B. Talley 410-266-5666

Jane Ward 410-837-6419

Jamie Brown 443-621-4187

John Igoe, CAGO 410-869-8590

Matthew Mueller 585-746-2467

Weddings and Funerals Only

Cindy Bidinotta-Slate 410-604-0055

Donna Dixon Ervin 410-672-2452

Susan W. Petty 410-263-8150

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.





Contact Us

Dean: James Walton  443-926-2553

Sub-Dean:  Michael Menne 410-721-7284

Secretary: Ralph Manuel 410-263-6680

Treasurer: open


Board Members

Class of 2015 – Donna Dixon Ervin

Class of 2016 – Alberta Stornetta

Class of 2017 –  Susan W. Petty

Membership: Margaret Wisenbaler 410-224-2144



Chapter E-Mail:

St. Anne’s, Annapolis Music Link

St. Margaret’s, Annapolis Music Link

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Annapolis Music Link

AGO National website