Last updated: August 25, 2016 at 11:37 am
The Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists! Our chapter celebrates the Guild mission, “to enrich lives through organ and choral music.” True since the chapter’s founding in 1928, we celebrate and uphold the spirit of the organs that existed even then along with those gracing our public and worship lives ever since.
Musical landscapes shape our lives as much as physical ones. Our chapter members reflect this in a chapter that geographically encompasses everything from the Western mountains to the river valleys, rugged coastline, and tallest, coastal point in the Eastern United States. Our chapter borders Canada on three sides. This diverse landscape and unique beauty reflects in our chapter members. With varied backgrounds, we are a happy, collegial group and we love what we do in this place we called home. The strength of our chapter is reflected in the committed participation of each one of our guests and members.
If you are visiting our region, we encourage you to attend our many musical and cultural offerings when you are here. If you are moving to our area, we welcome you into the richness of music making in this place. Join us. Become active with us as we continue to enjoy creating beautiful sounds in this beautiful place we are so fortunate to call home.
For further information, please contact a member of our Executive Committee (see e-mail addresses below).
Douglas Beck, Dean
Mark your calendars! The first fall AGO meeting will be our annual pot-luck dinner on September 18th at 5:00 at the home of Kay and Cliff Eames in Bangor. Details later.
August 25, 7:30 pm
St. John’s Organ Society’s 24th Summer Recital Series finale is August 25 at 7:30 pm with a concert by Kevin Birch with Scott Burditt, horn, on Maine’s largest 19th-Century tracker-action pipe organ, E. & G. G. Hook’s magnificent Opus 288, at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Bangor. Birch and Burditt, from Bangor, Maine, will perform music of J. S. Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
St. John’s Catholic Church is located at 207 York Street in Bangor. Admission is free and donations are appreciated.
Kevin Birch holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa with previous studies at New England Conservatory in Boston and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Since 1992 he has served as Director of Music at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine He is a member of the music faculty at the University of Maine’s School of the Performing Arts in Orono and serves on the Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of Portland.
Maine native Scott Burditt, the Band Director at Bangor High School, has been a public and private school music teacher for more than 35 years, working with students from grade 3 through college. He is the Principal Horn and Personnel Manager for the Bangor Symphony, and is the Associate Conductor of the Bangor Band. As a professional horn player, he has played with most of the performing groups in Maine, including the Portland and Bangor Symphonies, college orchestras, brass and woodwind quintets and community bands.
For more information please visit our website: http://hookopus288.net
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; Kay Eames, email@example.com; or Alice Mummé, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.agohq.org/membership
You are also encouraged to contact:
Brian MacFarland, Chapter Treasurer/Registrar
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
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 email@example.com, 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.
Note: expanded geographical area for Kay Lindstrom
- Steve Lynn firstname.lastname@example.org 207-745-3325
- Clayton Rogers Sunday service, weddings, funerals) 207-989-7628
- Joan Kroehler 947-7804 email@example.com Weddings and funerals only, organ or vocal
- Barbara Fenlason 469-3573 (before noon) firstname.lastname@example.org funerals, weddings only. organ or piano
- Kay Lindstrom 207 947-3469 email@example.com (anywhere within 50 miles of Bangor)
- Robin Barron firstname.lastname@example.org Weddings, funerals, special services anywhere in the state, any time except Sunday
- Bill Voorhies email@example.com 244-9226
- Rev. Richard R. Hyman 207-992 3106, firstname.lastname@example.org Piano and organ. Funerals and weddings – available week days and Saturdays
- Donna Runnels email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 KMumme@umche.maine.edu
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)
Choir Master (ChM)
For more information on certification, visit: www.agohq.org/education
Contact Us/Board of Directors (2015-2016)
Dean Jane Schroeder (email@example.com)
Sub Dean Kevin Birch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer Joan Kroehler (email@example.com)
Secretary Tricia Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Member-at-Large Kay Eames (email@example.com)
Member-at-Large Catherine Bruno (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Kevin F. Birch, Chair, Scholarship Committee (email@example.com)
Larry Philbrick, Website Maintenance (non-board position) LarryPhilbrick@gmail.com
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