Bangor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Last updated: February 6, 2016 at 14:26 pm

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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

“As I have heard from many in our membership these past weeks and months, one theme stands clear. This seems to be one of those times when life’s details and transitions have us all working very hard in our professional and personal lives. While the circumstances are not alway under our control, we can make decisions around how we respond and how we continue to work for the greater good. As we enter into the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany we experience their underlying messages of hope, light and love in the midst of darkness. It now seems that our work as musicians takes on a particularly urgent tone. The lives that we touch through your work know this to be true in the music that you make and inspire in others.

My hope for each of you is that in the midst of your various work and ministries, that you too can find a sense of the peace and calm that we play and sing about. Take care of yourselves. Rest, reflect and take time for renewal.

Our January workshop offers such an opportunity as well as the sense of unity and purpose that comes from being together as colleagues and friends. I hope that you will take this opportunity to feed your personal and professional wellbeing as we gather in community, renewing relationships and forming new ones.

I am grateful to member Jane Schroeder for pulling together a Saturday morning refresher that is sensitive to all of the needs that I mentioned above. Also, thank you Carlton Russell for co-presenting. Please join us at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut Street in Camden [map] on Februay 13th, with a snow date of February 20th (NOTE: dates have changed since this article was first published.)

Here is an outline of the morning:

 9:30 – Gather: coffee/donuts
9:45 – Session 1: Carlton Russel’s Top 10 (or so) Worship Anthem Picks for Choir
10:45 – break…more coffee/donuts
11:00 – Session 2: Jane Schroeder’s Top Worship Voluntaries
Noon pm – Open console time/lunch-explore Camden on your own
Also at noon: brief Executive Committee Meeting

Looking ahead, stay alert for more details as they become available on upcoming programs:

  • Video Discussion hosted by Kevin Birch coming in early Spring.
  • Member Recital and Annual Dinner/Meeting coming in late Spring organized by Kay Eames.

In the words of hymn writer F. Pratt Green: May God give us faith to sing always, Alleluia!”

Douglas Beck, Chapter Dean

Chapter Programs

The Portland, ME chapter of the AGO is sponsoring a Jubilee this coming Saturday, March 5. At Ann Hartlzer’s request, I’ve attached the brochure for the event. Please share with organists in the Bangor area – both in the AGO and outside of it – to the best of your chapter’s ability. Many thanks!

Please note that although the brochure states the Jubilee starts at 8 AM, there is an hour reserved for registration, refreshments. So, there is some flexibility for people travelling longer distances. For people who have never seen the Kotzschmar organ, there is also the opportunity for a tour in the afternoon.

The main purpose of the Jubilee is to encourage organists and others (such as pianists) to see what the AGO is all about and to encourage them to become members. Anyone who comes to the Jubilee, who is not already an AGO member, receives a 6 month free membership. To register, please print and complete the brochure.

Also, stay tuned for news on our coming programs.

Advent blessings,

Dean, Bangor Chapter

2015 – 2016 Annual Scholarship Winners

The scholarship committee is pleased to announce the names of four recipients of the organ scholarship. They are:   Anne Small,  Jacob Gould,  Johan Halvorsen and Mallory Haney. The first three were recipients last year and all played in the Members Recital at St. Savior’s Church in Bar Harbor.  The donations were designated for the Scholarship Fund, and $407.50 was collected. Each recipient will receive $300, and Kevin Birch will give the lessons.

  • Anne Small, from Bangor, teaches PK-3 music at Fruit St., 14th St. & Vine St. schools in Bangor.
    Has been studying organ for approx 7 yrs.
    Primary instrument is flute.
  • Jacob Gould, from Holden,
    Grade 11 at Hampden Academy,
    4 years, Piano and Xylophone!
  • Johan Halvorsen, from Guilford is 14
    He is Home Schooled, 9th grade
    Organ study for 3.5 years
    Also plays viola
  • Mallory H. V. Haney, from Harrington
    Narraguagus High School, Grade:12
    Years of organ study: 2 years
    Other instrument: Piano for 13 years
    Mallory recently moved from the country of Chile to Harrington, Maine.

Local Events

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Portland, ME chapter of the AGO is sponsoring a Jubilee this coming March. At Ann Hartlzer’s request, I’ve attached the brochure for the event. Please share with organists in the Bangor area – both in the AGO and outside of it – to the best of your chapter’s ability. Many thanks!

Please note that although the brochure states the Jubilee starts at 8 AM, there is an hour reserved for registration, refreshments. So, there is some flexibility for people travelling longer distances. For people who have never seen the Kotzschmar organ, there is also the opportunity for a tour in the afternoon.

The main purpose of the Jubilee is to encourage organists and others (such as pianists) to see what the AGO is all about and to encourage them to become members. Anyone who comes to the Jubilee, who is not already an AGO member, receives a 6 month free membership. To register, please print and complete the brochure.

Also, stay tuned for news on our coming programs.

Advent blessings,

Dean, Bangor Chapter

Friday, April  22, 2016, 7:00 pm

Dr. Margaret Harper

Dr. Margaret Harper will perform an organ recital on the 1863 E & GG Hook (op. 328) pipe organ on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (please note date might change) 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.

National Convention

The Houston Chapter invites you to attend the 2016 AGO National Convention, June 19–23. After several years of planning, we are pleased to offer an array of renowned performers and workshop presenters, and provide a showcase for new, rising talent and exciting new compositions. If you have not already done so, be sure you take advantage of the early registration rates and reserve your spot today—discounted rates will expire on March 14. Registration is easy: Register now!

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

Position: Permanent/interim part-time Organist and/or Choir Director (added to the website on 2/6/2016)

  • Salary is competitive and negotiable.
  • The First Congregational Church of Searsport, Maine is located in the beautiful mid-coast region.  We have a small but enthusiastic choir, and a friendly congregation that appreciates a variety of musical styles.
  • Our organ was built by E.W. Lane in 1906.  It has 2 manuals and 17 stops. It was restored and renovated by the Andover Organ Company, 1995-6, and  continues to be well-maintained on a regular basis by Andover.
  • For more information about the church community and activities, log on to the FCC website at, or view the Facebook page.
  • For more information, or to submit a resume, contact

Sue Nichols,
Music Committee Chair,, or 301.509.6957

Position: Organist/Accompanist (added to the website on 1/18/2016)

The First Congregational Church, UCC, of Waterville, is seeking an organist to play for our worship services and to accompany the church choir on organ or piano.  We are an Open and Affirming church of 200 or so souls seeking the place where God’s dream for our community, the needs of our community, and what we have to offer our community, meet.  The organ is a Berkshire, completely renovated in 2008 by Bill Czelusniak of Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Northampton, MA.  You can find specifics and photos of the organ here:

Competitive pay offered.  Hours, vacation negotiable.  Start date in May.  Send resume and references to:  Organist Search, First Congregational UCC, 7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME  04901.  Resumes must be received in our office by Monday, February 15, 2016, to be considered.

Position: Church Organist/Pianist (added to the website on 1/7/2016)

 Searsmont United Methodist Church, 9:00-10:00a.m. Sunday service. No choir.

Student applicants welcome. Salary negotiable. Please call Rev. Ed Bove at (207)785-4140.

Position: Part-Time Minister of Music (added to the website on 10/15/2015)

The First Congregational Church of Camden, ME is seeking a part-time Minister of Music (~24 hours per week). Experience desired: Church music program experience/knowledge preferred.  Experience with organ, piano, voice and hand bells desired.  Ability to adapt communication style as needed to work with choirs, staff members, congregation and community.  Excellent organizational skills required. Proven ability to work with and direct the activities of volunteers.  Email Greg Worden for the full position description: and visit our website for more about FCC Camden:

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:  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 December 23, 2015)

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

Tracy Bigney   947-7710

Kay Lindstrom   207 947-3469  kayli1001@gmail,com  (Bangor-Brewer churches only)

Robin Barron   Weddings, funerals, special services anywhere in the state, any time except Sunday

Bill Voorhies       []  244-9226

Larry Halpern 937-328-5282  not available until Fall

Richard Hyman   207-992 3106,   Piano and organ. Funerals and weddings – available week days and Saturdays

Donna Runnels   948-2171, cell 416-9968 organ only, funerals only, within 50 miles of Unity, Maine

Dora Rexrode    990-5476

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