Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: August 1, 2015 at 12:11 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. Please check out the many concerts and recitals in our “Local Events” section below. Our chapter’s autumn events will be announced soon, and will appear in the same section.

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

Local Events

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. The church is located at 207 York St, Bangor [map]. These public concerts are an outreach to the Greater Bangor Community and feature outstanding musicians from New England and beyond. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, please visit the Society’s website. Scheduled to appear are:

August 6, 7:30 pmAbraham Ross (Holden, Maine), Winner of the 2015 Boston AGO Competition for Young Organists and recipient of a Bangor AGO scholarship; Music of Bach, Brahms, and Vierne

August 13, 7:30 pmSarah Johnson (Garland, Maine), 2nd Place Winner in Easter NY Chapter (Albany Area) AGO Competition for Young Organists; Music of Mendelssohn, Bolt, and Sweelinck

August 20, 7:30 pmSusan Ferré (Gorham, New Hampshire); Music of Tournemire, Langlais, and Vierne

August 27, 7:30 pmKevin Birch (Bangor, Maine); Music of Buck, Parker, and Schumann

Various Dates Throughout the Summer

The Blue Hill Bach Festival 2015 will hold three concerts throughout the summer. The concerts are Baroque music for voice and period instruments. Subscribe to the season and save $10 on general admission and $5 on student admission. Children under 18 are FREE. For advance tickets, please visit the festival’s website.

Thursday, July 30 – 7:30 pm

“How Brightly Shines the Morning Star”

St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church—330 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Hill
Dietrich Buxtehude: “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern”
featuring the magnificent Karl Wilhelm tracker organ
Matthias Weckmann: Dialogue—The Angel Gabriel Appears to Mary
Bach: Cantata BWV 1  —  Franz Ignaz Biber: “Annunciation” Sonata
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Magnificat
$25 suggested donation, students $10, under 18 free
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Friday, July 31 – Noon & 5 pm

“Bach’s Lunch”

Friday, July 31—12 Noon
Blue Hill Public Library, Howard Room
A lecture/demonstration about the music of the 2015 festival
with organist/conductor John Finney and members of the ensemble
Free admission—bring your lunch!

Baroque Café—Surf and Turf

Friday, July 31—5 pm
MAINESCAPE—South Street, Blue Hill
Handel: “Water Musick” Suite in F major
Bach: “Hunt” Cantata, BWV 208
$35 admission includes lakeside refreshments*, students $10
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*Select wines, beer, goodies from land and sea

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Saturday, August 1 – 7:30 pm

“All-Bach Festival Finale—A Mighty Fortress”

Saturday, August 1—7:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Blue Hill—22 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill
Bach: Cantata 80 “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott”
Sinfonia from Cantata 42 — Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
Motet “Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwacheit auf” BWV 226
Violin concerto in a minor BWV 1041
$25 suggested donation, students $10, under 18 free
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Saturday, August 8, 7:00 pm

“Mostly for Fun” annual trombone concert. Join the many trombonists for this fun concert at the Elm Street Congregational Church in Bucksport [map]. The $8 admission fee supports the upkeep of the church’s E  & G.G. Hook organ (op. 328).

Friday, September 25, 7:00 pm

The Somerset Consort will perform a selection of Baroque pieces at the Elm Street Congregational Church in Bucksport [map]. Freewill donations support the upkeep of the church’s E  & G.G. Hook organ (op. 328).

Friday, November 20, 7:00 pm

Dr. Margaret Harper will perform an organ recital on the 1863 E & GG Hook (op. 328) pipe organ on Friday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at the Elm Street Congregational Church, 31 Elm Street, Bucksport [map]. Dr. Harper has performed in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Croatian newspaper Glas Slavonije writes, “The freezing cold of a January evening dominated the cathedral in Djakovo, but it could not diminish the richness and warmth of sound brought out of the cathedral organ by Margaret Harper.”

Dr. Harper was a stipendiate at the 2012 Arp Schnitger International Organ Competition.  In the same year, she was the inaugural recipient of the James B. Cochran Prize, which is awarded annually for the best organ degree recital at the Eastman School of Music. In 2014, she was a semifinalist in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.  Margaret has presented academic papers at national conferences of the American Bach Society and the American Guild of Organists.

Margaret is the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH. She is on the faculty and the board of the Young Organist Collaborative and is the director of the chamber music series Concerts on the Hill.  Under her direction, St. John’s will open a choir school in the Fall of 2015. This after-school music program will provide intensive choral training and private lessons free of charge to youth in Portsmouth, NH. Margaret is also active in the American Guild of Organists and serves as District Convener for NH, ME, and VT.

Margaret holds a DMA and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Margaret’s primary teachers have included William Porter, David Higgs, Michel Bouvard, Edoardo Bellotti, and Edward Zimmerman. For more information about Dr. Harper, you may visit her website.


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:

Position:  Organist/Choir Director (added to the website on June 15, 2015)

Two churches in the Greater Bangor area are prayerfully searching for a part-time organist/choir director for their music ministry programs:

The Federated Church of Stillwater (Methodist, Congregational and Non-Denominational members)


The Old Town United Methodist Church.

Both churches are under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dan Wilson and are looking to receive letters of interest from organists who might be interested in serving one or both of these churches.  Job descriptions for each church are attached. Salaries are  available upon request.

 If you, or anyone you know, might be interested or have questions, please call Rev. Dan Wilson at 827-3559 or email

Position: Organist/Choir Director (added to the website on June 26, 2015)

Willing to create mutually agreeable schedule and compensation package. (winters off, summers off, 3 Sundays a month,..). Present compensation: $125/week.

Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ is a small, progressive, open and affirming congregation in Waldoboro, a small town in Midcoast Maine. For the past four years we have been blessed to be served by an outstanding professional organist/church musician and choir director, Carroll Smith. Now that she has announced her retirement, we are seeking a leader for our music ministry. We do not require a full-time commitment; in fact, we welcome opportunities on “Sundays off” to
invite local musicians and encourage students in their musical development.

Founded in 1983, we’ve already experienced a variety of music. A jazz pianist/composer surprised the congregation week after week with popular music and original compositions. In 2002, the small congregation of about 40 members purchased the historic Baptist building complete with an 1875 Hook and Hastings Organ which had fallen into disuse. With the help of David Wallace, organ restorer and Kevin Birch organist, funds were raised and the organ has been restored. Broad Bay has hosted annual organ concerts since 2006 and the community views the organ as a local treasure and resource. For the past four years we have enjoyed the music ministry of organist and choir director, Carroll
Smith. We use the New Century Hymnal and regularly learn new hymns. We agree that we want music that is live, good, and passionate. We want a choir and we want to hear the organ.

1875 Hook and Hastings organ, restored by David Wallace. FMI: or Rev Nancy Duncan at 207 691-1036. Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ, Waldoboro, ME.

 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 July 21, 2015)

Wedding Funeral Sunday


(Area Code 207, except
where noted)

Email Notes
Clayton Rogers





Joan Kroehler



947-7804 Organ or vocal
Barbara Fenlason



469-3573 (before noon)  Organ or piano
Tracy Bigney




Kay Lindstrom




947-3469 Bangor, Brewer area only
Robin Barrons


X Anywhere in Maine. Any day except Sunday.
Bill Voorhies




Douglas Beck




Larry Halpern




937-328-5282 Not Avail until Autumn
Donna Runnels


948-2171 or 416-9968 (cell) Organ only, within 50 miles of Unity
Richard Hyman



992-3106 Piano & organ, any day except Saturday

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)

Douglas Beck, Dean

Kevin F. Birch, Sub-Dean

Brian A. MacFarland, Treasurer and Registrar

Alice Mummé, Newsletter Editor and Senior Advisor

Catherine J. (Cathy) Bruno, Secretary

Joan Kroehler, Member-at-Large

Julia Morris-Myers, Member-at-Large

Catherine [Kay] Byther Eames, Member-at-Large

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