Canton Chapter

Last updated: March 19, 2019 at 15:43 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

March 2019

Here we are at the beginning of a new month and the end of yet another fine meeting. If there’s one word that I could use to sum up our last meeting it would be “variety!” Not just variety in the members of our guild and the literature we play, but also in the capabilities of the Allen hybrid organ and the tonal variety it has to offer. I was especially impressed with how eager our performers were to dive right in to exploring the new technology the organ and incorporating it into their performances with little time to prepare at the console. Many thanks to Fred Locker for his generosity in scheduling our rehearsal time, allowing us to use the space, and coordinating a wonderful reception. I hope you will consider joining us on March 18th at St. Peter’s Catholic Church of Canton as we experience the Kegg pipe organ in action at an evening Vespers Service for the Feast of St. Joseph. Reverend John E. Sheridan, S.T.L. will lead the service along with the combined choirs of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist and St. Peter. Charles Kegg will also speak to us about the concept for this instrument. Lastly, there will be open console time after the service to share your favorite accessible music for the organ including, but not limited to, music with minimal pedal, manuals only, individual stops, etc. Please join us!

Congratulations to Mario Buchanan, CAGO

Congratulations to fellow AGO member Mario Buchanan for completion of the
colleague examination! The colleague exam is comprised of seven
basic requirements that fall into two categories: repertoire and keyboard
• Perform organ literature of moderate difficulty.
• Accompany a choral anthem and a vocal solo.
• Lead and accompany a congregational hymn.
• Sight-read a brief passage of organ music on three staves.
• Harmonize a melody.
• Transpose a hymn-like passage.
• Improvise a simple interlude involving modulation






*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
Paradise United Church of Christ – 619 East Main St. Louisville, Ohio 44641
Must be available for Thursday night choir rehearsals and must be able to play choir parts and accompany the
choir on Sunday on the piano.
Play for two worship services 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and any other special services the church
would have.
Please contact Patricia Fallot at 330-495-7219 for further information.
3 manual, 28 rank Schantz Pipe Organ

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.





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