Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: March 19, 2018 at 12:06 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!

Chapter Programs, News, and Local Events

Noon Music in Lent 2018 at St. Thomas’ Camden

This marks the eleventh year that St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut Street, Camden, Maine [map], will offer Noon Music in Lent, a free program of one-half hour of music in the church, starting at 12 noon, followed by a free lunch of homemade soup, bread and fruit in the Parish Hall. The series’ musicians donate their time and talent. Musicians include Howard Walen, organ (February 16) Brian MacFarland, organ (February 23) Nancy Riesgo and Paulette Ulmschneider, sopranos, joined by Michelle Terry on hammered dulcimer (March 2) John Mehrmann, composer, on the piano (March 9) Millie Crocker, harp (March 16) and Suzanne Scott and Jane Schroeder, piano and organ (March 23).  2018’s free-will offering will be given to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry.

Jane Schroeder, Minister of Music at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, started the series in 2007 as a way of providing Sabbath time, a pause, a time for reflection at Noon on the six Fridays in Lent. Each year, volunteers sign up as soup makers, bread bakers, fruit providers, servers and cleaner-uppers for the lunch and fellowship following each program.

Come be a part of it! All are welcome! The church is handicap accessible around the corner at the Wood Street entrance. For more information, please contact Jane Schroeder at 236-3680 or

National & Regional News and Events

AGO Pipe Organ Encounters

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce five PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTERS (POEs) for students aged 13–18, and one POE+ for adults in 2018. Complete contact information for each weeklong Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in The American Organist Magazine and online at The summer schedule follows:

 POE (for ages 13–18)

 June 17–22 Phoenix, Ariz.

 June 24–29 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

 July 8–13    Philadelphia, Penn.

 July 16–21  Los Angeles, Calif.

 July 22–27  Deland, Fla.

 POE+ (for adults)

June 17–22 Rockford, Ill.

The PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTER (POE) is an introduction to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer music camps for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Piano or organ proficiency ranging from intermediate to advanced is required. Scholarship assistance is available.

The POE+ is a summer program filled with practical information and instruction for adult keyboard musicians interested in improving their service-playing skills. Participants will be introduced to basic organ skills through private instruction and classes. The weeklong experience will lead to greater confidence and competence at the organ.

Generous funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA), the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO), the Jordan Organ Endowment, and the National Endowment for the Arts will support these summer educational programs from coast to coast. “The AGO and APOBA have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship since 1975,” declared AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. “Likewise, the AIO has been active in supporting the Guild’s educational programs, beginning with their partnership in Pulling Out All the Stops, a video produced jointly in 1996 by the AGO, AIO, APOBA, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Theater Organ Society and aired on PBS. In addition, we are delighted to have received support from the Jordan Organ Endowment at Columbus State University for our POE program, as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts supporting our educational activities this year.”

In addition to the POE and POE+ programs, but not offered in 2018, is a POE (Advanced) that provides intermediate to advanced classes in areas such as organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, music theory, improvisation, conducting, and service playing for students who have achieved a high level of success in organ study. Also, there is a POE (Technical) designed for students who are interested in learning the art and craft of organ building. The event is hosted in the workshop of an organ builder working in cooperation with a local AGO chapter.

POE site locations are selected by the AGO Committee on Pipe Organ Encounters and approved by the AGO National Council. Applications for 2019 are available from AGO National Headquarters and online at Contact:, 212-870-2311, ext. 4308

AGO National Convention   July 2 – 6, 2018

The AGO National Convention     July 2 – 6, 2018

At the 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City you will see and hear incredible performances by world-class organists and choirs, hear new music by some of the world’s best modern composers, be able to check out dozens of workshops and seminars, and enjoy creative worship services in some of the most beautiful and historic organ venues in the country. The members of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of The American Guild of Organists look forward to sharing the grandeur of the city’s organs and performance venues with you from July 2 – 6, 2018. For more information or to register, visit the Convention Website.

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 any of our board members:

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   (

Job Listings

Director of Music/Organist

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor, Maine, is hiring a Director of Music/Organist (part-time) to begin September 1, 2018. Attached you will find our job announcement.  (Job Announcement) We are receiving applications until April 22, 2018. We would appreciate it if you would circulate it amongst your students and associates and encourage them to apply. Any questions about the position may be directed to the Rector and Sr. Warden of St. John’s at Thank you very much for your assistance.

The Rev. Marguerite Steadman, Rector
Ms. Sarah Danser, Senior Warden

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.

Substitute List – Updated April 4, 2017

If you would like to be included in our Substitute List, please contact Alice Mummé at

Sunday Services

Clayton Rogers. Also weddings and funerals.   989-7628

Kay Lindstrom. Anywhere within 50 miles of Bangor.   947-3469

Donna Runnels.  Within 50 miles of Unity,  Maine.  Organ only.  Also funerals.   948-2171

Funerals and Weddings Only

Joan Kroehler. Organ and/or vocal.   947-7804

Robin Barron. Anywhere within the state of Maine.     205-1479

Rev. Richard Hyman. Piano or organ.    992-3106

Matthew Mainster. Organ, piano, and accompanying. Primarily mid-coast through Bangor, but open to all Maine locations.   227-9359

Barbara Fenlason. Organ or piano (call before noon).   469-3573


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 (2017 – 2018)

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