Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: December 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

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Welcome to the Bangor, Maine, Chapter of The American Guild of Organists! Our members come from quite literally the upper two-thirds of Maine!  Due to our widespread geographic area as well as unpredictable road conditions for much of the year, we realistically plan for four events each year.  This includes a lively pot-luck supper get-together on a Sunday afternoon at a member’s home in September; an event in November; an event in February with snow date built in; and a Members’ Recital in May or June, followed by supper and our Annual Meeting.  We do a lot of car-pooling to cover the distances!  We also have planned the November and February events for daytime on a weekday.  This is intentional:  for most of us weekends are a bit hectic; in November and February there is far less daylight to travel in.  We are a diverse group:  some of us have been church musicians our whole lives and have been in our present jobs for years; others are very fine pianists learning how to play the organ and how to lead the folks in pews in song! Others are choral directors.  Still others just love to hear organ music. Please come to one of our events and introduce yourself.  You will be heartily welcomed!

Jane Schroeder
Dean 2016-2017

Chapter Programs

Local Events and News

December 3, 7:30 pm

On Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m., The Chamber Choir at St. John’s Catholic Church (207 York St.) in Bangor will present its Advent concert. The program will include the first performance of A Trilogy of Prayer, a three-anthem set dedicated to the choir and its director, Kevin Birch, composed by Carlton Russell, and to be published in January. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Various Dates

The Mt. View Chamber Singers present their annual Carols in the Round concerts at several locations in the area. Click here for the complete schedule.

For Sale

“Organ Music From All Saints Church” CD – For those of you who do not know about this and may be interested, I recently completed a CD of organ music for All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor, and it is available at Bull Moose Music at their Bangor store, 683 Hogan Road, and online at It is also available at other Bangor locations: The Not So Empty Nest (624 Hammond Street), Knapp’s Music Center (51 Main Street), and All Souls Church (10 Broadway), for $15. Proceeds will benefit the pipe organ fund at the church for a digital upgrade to the console. The music is traditional organ literature (Bach, Franck, Mendelssohn, etc.), with an original piece and a few hymn arrangements that I composed, a couple of flute pieces played by Anne Small, flutist, AND a surprise at the end. If you or someone you know loves organ music, this CD would make a great gift. Kay Eames, Music Director, All Souls Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor.

Regional News and Events

Montréal Organ Festival, July 2-7 (add on days July 1, Canada Day, and July 7). Montreal Organ Festival

It’s a busy region this fall with preparations for our Montréal Regional Convention July 2-7. This regional is a special affair because it is being planned jointly with the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Performers include Roomful of Teeth, Cherry Rhodes, Nathan Laube, Olivier Latry, and the choir of Kings College Cambridge which will do evensong each evening of the convention, among many other notable performers.

Our convention next year coincides with the Montréal Jazz Festival,, The 150th Anniversary of Canada,, and the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal, It is sure to be an exciting week.

Registration is open now – rates are as follows (All prices in Canadian dollars)
The deadline for early registration is March 2, 2017. Today’s exchange rate is .7573 American dollars to equal a Canadian dollar, making the member rate before March 2nd $300.

Registration Type Before March 2 After March 2
Member (RCCO/AGO/FQAO) $400 $450
Senior Member (65+) $375 $425
Student (under 25 with valid ID) $200 $200
Non-Member $500 $550
Daily Rate $150 $150
Daily Rate (July 4) $200 $200

We are hoping that every student who wishes to attend will be able to attend. Chapters can sponsor a student to the convention for approximately $750 including registration and housing at McGill University. I hope that you will encourage your chapter to sponsor one of your own students, or another student who wishes to go. I also encourage chapters to sponsor a workshop or concert. The region relies on chapter support for all such regional events. Thank you very much for your support.

I will soon have an article and links which can be shared on your chapter websites. Here is a link to the Festival website which also links to the Sheraton Montreal Hotel for reservations: Please link to the hotel from the festival website so that your room will be credited to the festival contract and so that you get the festival room rate of $175.

Thomas Leslie is CC –

For more regional news, view click here.

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. Auditions for the 2015 – 2016 AGO Scholarships will be held on Saturday, August 15 from 10am to noon at St. John’s R.C., 207 York St, Bangor.  If you know of someone who might like to apply, please notify a Scholarship Committee members: Kevin Birch,; Kay Eames,; or Alice Mummé,


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:


Job Listings

Organist and/or Choir Director – Posted to the website on 10/20/2016

Old South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Hallowell, tel. 207.622.1220,

  • Positions available as soon as suitable candidate is found
  • Number of weeks per month is negotiable
  • 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.
  • Applications close when a suitable candidate is found
  • Job description available on website
  • Hook and Hastings tracker pipe organ with 13 ranks

Old South Congregational Church in Hallowell, Maine is searching for an organist and/or choir director.  Our biggest need is an organist (or a pianist who is willing to work at learning some skill at the organ). We have a Hook and Hastings tracker organ.  This person must be able to play hymns and accompany the choir on their anthems. We would prefer an experienced organist, but would gladly consider a talented student who would be interested and reliable.

Primary responsibilities

  • To provide suitable organ music for worship services of the church (# of times per month is negotiable)
  • To select and direct a broad and inclusive program of music at regular and special services of the church from September through June (# of times per month is negotiable)

A complete job description is available on our website

Pianist – Posted to the website on 10/9/2016

Piano player needed for both morning and evening services (10am & 6pm) on Sundays. Practicing with the choir and orchestra on Thursday nights from 6pm to 8pm. A small stipend of $75 per week will be paid at first, but will potentially grow.

Hermon Baptist Church
2496 Route 2
Hermon, ME 04401


Organist/Choir Director – Posted to website on 8/25/2016

Old South Congregational Church, U.C.C., in Hallowell, Maine, is searching for a new organist/choir director.  The position can also include handbell choir (and we would like that).  The position is part-time, as most are, and pays between $9,000 and $10,000 depending on skill and experience.  We have a Hook and Hastings pipe organ with 13 ranks.


Cynthia McGuire, administrative assistant
Old South Congregational Church (located at 135 Second Street)
PO Box 508
Hallowell, ME  04347
tel. 207-622-1220

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 as of June 12, 2016

Note: expanded geographical area for Kay Lindstrom

  • Steve Lynn   207-745-3325
  • Clayton Rogers      Sunday service, weddings, funerals)   207-989-7628
  • Joan Kroehler   947-7804     Weddings and funerals only, organ or vocal
  • Barbara Fenlason 469-3573 (before noon)     funerals, weddings only.   organ or piano
  • Kay Lindstrom  207 947-3469  (anywhere within 50 miles of Bangor)
  • Robin Barron     Weddings, funerals, special services anywhere in the state, any time except Sunday
  • Bill Voorhies  244-9226
  • Rev. Richard R. Hyman    207-992 3106,    Piano and organ. Funerals and weddings – available week days and Saturdays
  • Donna Runnels 948-2171, cell 416-9968 organ only, Sunday services, funerals, within 50 miles        of Unity, Maine
  • Dora Rexrode    990-5476
  • Matthew Mainster     410-227-9359          Organ, piano, accompanying   *All but Sunday morning services. Mid-coast thru Bangor area primarily, but open to all Maine locations.If there are additions or corrections to this list, please contact Alice Mummé at 866-2655 or


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/Board of Directors (2015-2016)

Dean                               Jane Schroeder  (

Sub Dean                       Kevin Birch  (

Treasurer                      Joan Kroehler  (

Secretary                       Tricia Clark  (

Member-at-Large       Kay Eames (

Member-at-Large       Catherine Bruno  (

Dr. Kevin F. Birch, Chair, Scholarship Committee   (

Larry Philbrick, Website Maintenance (non-board position)


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