Canton Chapter

Last updated: July 24, 2019 at 15:32 pm

Message from the Dean 

Greetings from the Canton, Ohio Chapter of the AGO!

The Canton Chapter was chartered on June 14, 1954 and continues to be an active chapter to this day. We have 95 members in our chapter serving in local churches of every denomination.

Our chapter meets monthly at a different church or other venue from September through May. Visitors are most welcome to attend any of our meetings.


Local Events


PROGRAMS 2018-2019


Monday, September 24, 2018

Kegg Shop and Home Organ Tour

6:00pm Meal at The Hartville Kitchen – Hartville

7:15pm Meet at the Kegg Organ Shop

Following the shop tour we will drive to Mr. Kegg’s house to see his newly installed house organ and



Sunday, October 21, 2018

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Canton

3:00pm – Piano/Organ Recital by member Levi Muriuki


Monday, November 26, 2018

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Canton

Fall, Food, Frolic – a concert of collaborations

6:30pm – Pot Luck Dinner

7:30pm – Program


December – no meeting scheduled

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Monday, January 28, 2019

Organist/Clergy Banquet at the Massillon Woman’s Club

6:00pm Punch

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Program – Keller Consort of Akron


Monday, February 18, 2019 – (President’s Day)

Members’ Recital at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Massillon

7:30pm Members perform on new 3 manual Allen pipe/digital. Theme:patriotic music


Monday, March 18, 2019

St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Canton

7:00pm Pre-Program Evening Prayer Service featuring the new Kegg Organ

7:30pm – Open Console of accessible music – manuals only, minimal pedal


Monday, April 29, 2019

St. John’s UCC, Dover

7:30pm Program on the newly refurbished 3 manual Holtkamp by our Tuscarawas members.



Saturday, May 18, 2019

Bus Tour to Pittsburgh, Pa. – Pt. 3!

7:30am bus pick up at Trinity UCC, Canton Parking Lot

Visit – Pittsburgh – Shadyside Presbyterian, 3rd Presbyterian, Ascension Episcopal Church and

Eastminster Presbyterian Church.


















The Official Newsletter of the Canton Chapter AGO

NOTES FROM THE DEAN, Anthony Montagno


June 2019

That’s a Wrap!

Anthony Montagno

The Canton AGO concluded the season with its annual organ crawl bus tour. On a third trip to Pittsburgh, we explored the 4 manual, 106 rank Reuter organ of Shadyside Presbyterian, (Shown in photo) the 4 manual, 84 rank Austin Organ of Ascension Episcopal Church, and the 4 manual, 68 rank Aeolian-Skinner of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

More photos from our May Meeting can be found on our chapter page at “American Guild of Organists – Canton, Ohio Chapter” on Facebook.

Congratulations to AGO Member Michael Calabris!

Michael Calabris, a student of Cleveland State University’s Department of Music has been awarded the Leonard and Joan Terr Ronis Memorial Scholarship for excellence in keyboard performance. This scholarship will be applied to Michael’s final year at CSU prior to his graduation in the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

Did you know?

In the June Edition of The American Organist, “The Last Page” tells of the ministry of Charles Courboin in 1921. At that time he was a household name with a prodigious memory for most of Bach and other masters. He was AGO member’s Bob Morrison’s teacher for two summers at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. His playing was quite orchestral and he even designed the Wanamaker Organ and ended his career at St. Patrick’s.

An Update from the Scholarship Committee:

The Canton chapter has awarded Daniel Colaner $1,250.00 in scholarship money so he may continue his organ studies with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music. Daniel is now 14 years old and has recently given a half hour recital at Westbrook Park UMC for the Lenten recital series there and then gave a full recital at Fairlawn Lutheran church in Akron. The Canton chapter wishes Daniel the best in his future studies, and looks forward to hearing him perform for our chapter at sometime in the future.

Thanks to all who contribute to this fund. It is helping to ensure the continued support for our instrument and those who play it.


Mark Thewes

Scholarship Chairperson






*A note from the Membership Chair, Mark Thewes

Dennis Roden

Carolyn Dunbar

Jordan Provost

Jimmy Thieret II

Daniel Colaner

John Pellegrino

Michael Roberts



Open Position at St. Jacob Lutheran Church of Massillon
The organist/choir director plays on Sundays, 9 a.m. worship service.  The Voices of Praise adult choir rehearses at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.  She/he needs to be familiar with the Lutheran liturgy as expressed in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Book of 2006.  The Holy Communion liturgy is on the first and third Sundays of the month, plus festivals.  Our non-Communion Sundays are the second and fourth (and fifth) Sundays of the month.  The organist/choir director will meet with the pastor on a frequent basis.  The candidate will need to be available for funerals and weddings as they arise.
ORGAN INFORMATION:  We have an organ in the balcony.  It is a Schantz organ, made in Orville, OH, with 2 manuals, 14 ranks of pipes, with a pedal board made to AGO specifications.  The Swell and Great Divisions are each under their own expression pedal.
Thank you.  Pastor Lynn Williamson
St. Jacob Lutheran Church
8697 Mudbrook St. NW
Massillon, OH  44646
Phone:  330-833-2960.
Open Position at Community Christian Church of North Canton
General Provisions: This is a part-time position, with a 10-12 hour week. The time allows for the election of music, providing music and choir direction for the Traditional Worship, Choir rehearsal and personal practice. This position will report to and be supervised by the Senior Minister and the Chair of Personnel Committee. In the absence of either of these, the Chair of the Congregation will serve.
General Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Attend monthly Worship team meetings.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Follow the requirements of the Employee Policy Handbook.
    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Must be available for choir rehearsals 7pm-9:30pm Wednesday, and for rehearsal and worship
    8:30am-11am Sunday. Special services during high liturgical seasons will also be required.
  • Provide organ and/or piano accompaniment for the congregation and the choir during Sunday
    morning worship and at Wednesday evening choir rehearsals. Musical offerings on Sunday may include hymns, anthems, special music, solos, prelude, offertory, postlude, recessional, response, communion music, and on special occasions, cantatas.
  • Work with the Senior Minister and the Minister of Music to choose music for worship. Be available to work with the Worship Team regarding the role of music in the ministry of the Church. Schedule appropriate rehearsals.
  • Recruit and prepare substitutes to perform during scheduled absences, in consultation with the Senior Minister and Minister of Music.
  • May provide organ or piano accompany for the congregation and choir for special services, as discussed with the Senior Pastor, Worship Team and music coordinator.
  • May provide music for weddings and funerals. Stipends will be determined with consultation of the Organist. If a family wishes to have a guest organist, this will be coordinated with the Organist and the Senior Minister.
  • May arrange for the tuning of the organ and all church pianos, in particular, the sanctuary piano twice a year or as needed (no more than three times per year).
  • Report to the Trustee Chairperson any problems with the organ and arrange for repairs upon Trustee Approval.
Community Christian Church
210 North Main Street
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-499-5458

Faith United Methodist Church – 300 9th St NW, North Canton, OH 44720

Faith United Methodist Church is seeking a permanent part time organist. Responsibilities include providing music for traditional services on Sunday morning and accompanying the Chancel Choir. The church has two traditional services on Sunday morning and the Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evening. Additional duties include services during Lent and Advent as well as accompanying other musicians as needed. See the Organist Job Description for more details. The church has a three manual Schantz Pipe Organ and Boston Grand Piano. Please go to to see the complete job description and application forms. Please select the Worship tab on the webpage to see more details on the sanctuary instruments.

Contact Dorothy Leeson at or 330-933-5298.


St. John United Church of Christ – 516 N Wooster Ave, Strasburg, OH 44680

St. John UCC in Strasburg, OH is seeking an organist/pianist for a small but growing church. Position encompasses traditional Sunday service, Wednesday evening choir rehearsal and special services throughout the church calendar year. May be willing to consider limited organ experience. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Cindy at (330) 447-2819 or Vickki at (330) 268-3792.


First United Presbyterian Church – in Alliance, Ohio has an opening for an Organ /Piano accompanist.Position is for 10 hours per week.

To Apply: Send Resume to First United Presbyterian Church, 424 E. Market St.

Alliance, OH, 44601
Attn: Rev. James K. McCurdy 330-821-5340,





AGO National Website:

Charles Kegg organ builder and member of the Canton Chapter:

Canton Symphony Orchestra <>

Tuscarawas Philharmonic:

Akron Chapter:

Buffalo (NY) AGO Chapter:




Dean – Anthony Montagno

Sub-Dean – Kevin Kutz

Treasurer – Sid Pryor

Secretary – Vicki Ryan



If you would like to join the Canton chapter, please contact:

Mark Thewes – membership 330-833-6301 home




Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.









Contact Us

Anthony Montagno – Dean



Kevin Kutz  – Sub-Dean



Sid Pryor, Treasurer


Vicki Ryan – Secretary




Charles Kegg organ builder and member of the Canton Chapter
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Tuscarawas Philharmonic
AGO National website