Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: May 12, 2015 at 13:08 pm

Welcome to the website of the Bangor (Maine) Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. We have been serving organists, choir directors and sacred music lovers in eastern and northern Maine since 1928.

The mission of the Guild — revised in 2012 — is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. If you are not already a member of the AGO please consider attending one of our sessions and checking us out. Our first two events of the 2013-2014 calendar year are listed below.

For further information, please contact a chapter member (see e-mail addresses below).

With best wishes,

Julia Morris-Myers

National and Regional Events 

June 28 – July 1, 2015  Register Now!  or Click Here for More Information

“Join us for an energetic and inspiring Northeast Regional Convention for the American Guild of Organists! Combining the instruments at Yale University and those at churches in the downtown area. Combining the instruments at Yale University and those at churches in the downtown area, New Haven offers a wealth of organs of different styles, housed in interesting and beautiful locations.

Within walking distance of the elegant Omni Hotel, convention participants can experience world-class organs, a distinguished music library, and a famous instrument collection, along with the beautiful Yale campus and New Haven’s renowned restaurant scene. The dedicated members of the New Haven chapter, led by both upcoming and experienced leaders in our field, will foster a supportive and welcoming atmosphere for a convention of excellent opportunities for learning, fellowship, and artistic experiences. We welcome church musicians and organists of all types, levels, and interests, and promise programming of great variety!

We hope to see you in New Haven next summer! Bring a friend!”

Lars Gjerde, DMA
Convention Coordinator

Local Events

May 14, Thursday, 7:00 pm – The Rachmaninoff Choir

The Rachmaninoff Choir will perform the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and other Greek repertoire at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 234 French Street, Bangor [map].  A free-will offering is requested to benefit St. John’s Music Education & Outreach. $10 suggested donation.  Dr. Anthony Antolini is the Choir’s Conductor and Artistic Director.

May 31, Sunday, 4:00 – Annual Members’ Recital and Dinner

Our Members’ Recital, Annual Meeting and Dinner are scheduled for Sunday, May 31 at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mt. Desert St., in Bar Harbor [map].  The board and I hope that many of you will attend and perform.  The recital is being billed as “Organ Plus”- that may include organ and voice, organ and solo instrument or organ duet.  We also recognize that it may be difficult to find a “plus” and in that case an organ solo will be acceptable.  Because of tuning discrepancies between the organ and piano, please do not plan a duet for those instruments.

We have established a few guidelines for repertoire: please limit your selection to 8 minutes or less and keep it appropriate for the sacred setting.  It does not need to be sacred per se, just in good taste for a church sanctuary.

The organ at St. Saviour’s (specifications attached) is a colorful, versatile and rather unique tracker-action instrument.  Its signature feature is a trompette en chamade. It accompanies beautifully and is suitable for much of our organ repertoire.  However, one cannot successfully sit down, pull a few stops and play-if you have not played it previously you will need to spend a little time with it.

After the recital we will adjourn to the adjacent Parish Hall for a simple catered supper, good conversation and a short annual meeting.  Your “plus” or spouse or other guest is most welcome to join us.  Dinner will be $15.

We realize that Bar Harbor is a bit of a hike for some of you, but it will be well worth the trip!  It will be a beautiful day, of course, and the summer tourists will not have arrived.

Brian MacFarland ( or 207.567.4291) is putting the program together and taking reservations for dinner.  It is crucial that you contact him by Friday, May 22 with your musical selection and dinner reservation.

To schedule a time to practice please contact me at or 207.667.9529.

I look forward to seeing you on May 31!

Your Dean, for the board,
Julia Morris-Myers

Thursday Evenings, July 23 through August 27, 7:30 pm

The 23rd annual St. John’s Organ Society Summer Organ Concert Series begins on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:30. These free public concerts are an outreach to the Greater Bangor Community and feature outstanding musicians from New England and beyond. For more information, please visit the Society’s website. Scheduled to appear are:

July 23
George Bozeman (Deerfield, New Hampshire)

July 30
Chris Pelonzi with Nicole Pelonzi, flute  (Portland, Maine)

August 6
Abraham Ross (Holden, Maine), Winner of the 2015 Boston AGO Competition for Young Organists.

August 13
Sarah Johnson (Garland, Maine), 2nd Place Winner in Easter NY Chapter (Albany Area) AGO Competition for Young Organists

August 20
Susan Ferré (Gorham, New Hampshire)

August 27
Kevin Birch (Bangor, Maine)


Congratulations to Abraham Ross, a previous Bangor AGO scholarship recipient, for winning the Boston AGO Competition for Young Organists! To view the press release, please click here. Abraham will next compete at the regional level at the New Haven AGO Regional Convention this summer. He will also perform a concert as part of the 2015 St. John’s Organ Society Summer Organ Concert Series, on Thursday, August 6, at 7:30 pm.

Other Chapter Features

Lending Library

Our chapter has a lending library. It is located in the Parish House of St. John’s Episcopal Church (234 French Street, Bangor), contains a large collection of organ music, organ-related books, etc., and is open to chapter members and the general public. The church office (and hence the lending library) is open from 9 am to 1 pm Monday-Friday, or at other times by appointment: call (207) 947-0156.


The chapter offers scholarship aid to one or more qualified organ students annually; for more information and application procedure, contact the Scholarship Committee chair, Dr. Kevin Birch (207) 942-6941.


Our Newsletter is produced and delivered in electronic format (e-mail) as needed.
To post an event or job opening, to consult an up-to-date substitute list, or to be added to the mailing list, please contact:

Alice Mummé, Newsletter Editor

We’re Here for You

Do you have professional concerns? Are you looking for educational resources? Do you want to involve the chapter in an event or special service? Do you wish to learn more about organ playing and literature? The chapter, like the Guild as a whole, is here to help you. To reach us, see “Contact” section below.


All individuals interested in the organ and choral music fields are invited to join the American Guild of Organists. Membership is open to everyone, regardless of denominational affiliation, musical training, or ability. Posted on Website 8, January, 2015

For more information and membership materials, visit:

You are also encouraged to contact:

Brian MacFarland, Chapter Treasurer/Registrar

Placement/Job Openings


Position: Organist and/or Choir Director (added to the website on 5/9/2015, last updated on 5/12/2015)

Old South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Hallowell

  • Positions available September 1, 2015
  • Salary based on ability and experience
  • Submit a letter of interest, resume and contact information for 3 references electronically to or via USPS to Music Search Committee, PO Box 508, Hallowell, ME 04347.
  • Job description available on website
  • Hook and Hastings tracker pipe organ with 13 ranks

Telephone 207.622.1220,



Position:  Summer Substitute Organist

St. John’s Episcopal Church, French Street, Bangor, is in need of a summer-long substitute organist from June 15-September 1. If the selected person wishes, a small summer volunteer choir will be present and can prepare a simple anthem. 33 rank Berkshire pipe organ in superb acoustics. For more information, email Robert Ludwig –


Position:  Organist/pianist at First United Methodist Church of Brewer

The First United Methodist Church of Brewer, located at 40 South Main Street, Brewer, Maine 04412, is seeking for organist/pianist.  The weekly service is at 11:00 on Sundays. There is no choir.  The Faucher pipe organ has some electronic enhancements. The start date is February 1, 2015.  Salary is negotiable.

Please call 207.989.7310 or send your resume to 40 S Main St, Brewer  ME 04412. Alternately, you may call Ronald Moll at 207.989.0117 or email Ronald at e-mail:


 Posting Jobs in The American Organist  (The AGO’s official magazine.)

Employers are invited to post notices of available positions in The American Organist, free of charge, in the next available issue. Send e-mail listings to, using the format below. The deadline is the 15th of the second preceding month (July issue closes May 15th). The position announcement will run in one issue and include the following information:

Name of church, business, or institution; full postal address; website address; position title (Ex: “Full-time organist/choir director”); contact (name, phone number, fax, e-mail address).

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

Substitutes (Updated March, 23, 2015)


The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. Through the Professional Certification Committee the Guild offers the following certificates:

Service Playing Certificate (SPC)
Colleague (CAGO)
Choir Master (ChM)
Associateship (AAGO)
Fellowship (FAGO)

For more information on certification, visit:

Contact Us

Julia Morris-Myers, Dean

Kevin F. Birch, Sub-Dean

Brian A. MacFarland, Treasurer and Registrar

Catherine [Kay] Byther Eames, Secretary

Alice Mummé, Newsletter Editor and Senior Advisor

Catherine J. (Cathy) Bruno, Member-at-Large, Exec. Comm.

Douglas Beck, Member-at-Large, Exec. Comm.

Dr. Kevin F. Birch, Chair, Scholarship Committee

Larry Philbrick, Website Maintenance



The St. John’s Organ Society (Bangor)

Portland (Maine) Chapter, AGO

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (Portland)

The Organ Historical Society

The Royal School of Church Music

AGO National website