Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: August 30, 2016 at 16:12 pm

Dean’s Letter     Chapter Programs      Local Events      Job Listings (updated 8/25/2016)       Membership      Newsletters     Substitutes   


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

Dean’s Letter

Following the annual election, our membership elected the board members shown below. Please check this space in the autumn for Dean Schroeder’s first Dean’s Letter.

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)

Chapter Programs

September 18, 5:00 pm

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. Chapter members will receive more information at a later date, including Kay’s street address, email address, phone number, and any other pertinent instructions

Local Events

Check here often for local music events.

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:

Brian MacFarland, Chapter Treasurer/Registrar

Job Listings

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

National Convention