Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter

Last updated: September 1, 2015 at 11:52 am

Message from the Dean 

Greetings Durham and Chapel Hill AGO members:

“Lasst uns erfreuen!” Let us rejoice indeed! On September 13th we held our kick-off dinner and concert at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. Thirty-four members, friends, and guests attended our dinner. Catered by the Mediterranean Deli in Chapel Hill, the food was delicious and even provided for our vegan and vegetarian colleagues. I noticed that several people, myself included, went back for seconds.

September 13th also just happened to be Van Quinn’s ??th birthday! David and Robin Arcus presented a “Vanticle.” It was filled with heartfelt good wishes, history and happy memories of Van’s long musical history in Chapel Hill. It was very entertaining as were other shared memories, some of the “gentle roasting” variety. The chapter presented Van with a birthday basket and sang “Happy Birthday” with improvised four parts and descant. After enjoying the delicious chocolate birthday cake, we all went into the church to hear our guest artist, Timothy Olsen.

Dr. Olsen presented a program that was both technically masterful and very entertaining. Including works by Joseph Bonnet, Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck, Bach, and Cesar Franck, my favorites were the “Three Pieces for Organ” by Aaron Travers. Edwin Lemare’s transcription of George Bizet’s Carmen was the finale earning Timothy a standing ovation from the one hundred guests attending the concert.

We then went back to the church dining room for a reception. Concertgoers had the chance to speak with Dr. Olsen and compliment him on his program. It was a lovely evening hearing beautiful music and socializing with friends, colleagues and guests.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Lyn Francisco, Mila Karamushka, and Van Quinn for all they did to make this evening possible. I look forward to more wonderful events for this chapter of the AGO.

Laurel Siviglia, Dean


Local Events

Please contact Lyn Francisco on mariaefrancisco@gmail.com if you would like your event to be listed here.—-
Saturday, October 19, 10:00 am, Kernersville Moravian Church, Kernersville: The Leupold Bach Editions, presentation by Wayne Leupold and Eleanor McCrickard. Co-sponsored by the Greater Greensboro and Winston-Salem AGO Chapters.Sunday, October 20, 4:00 pm, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Durham: Les Sirenes, Kathryn Mueller and Kristen Watson, sopranos. L’Angiosse et L’Extase: The French Baroque. Cost: $21; free ages 18 and under (call for tickets on 919-493-5451).Sunday, October 20, 5:00 pm, Duke University Chapel, Durham: Annette Richards and David Yearsley, organ (Professors of Music, Cornell University). Music by early English composers, Bach, Soler, Mozart, and Rossini (Brombaugh and Flentrop organs).

Friday, October 25, 8:00 pm, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Raleigh: Central NC AGO Members “Spooktacular” recital

Sunday, November 3, 4:00 pm, St. Thomas More Church, Chapel Hill: Schola Cantorum, Roger Petrich, director. Program: “In Memoriam,” Choral and Organ Music of Remembrance with music by Nestor, Handel, Berthier, Noble, Petrich, Brahms, Liszt and Bach. Free; reception to follow.

Sunday, November 10, 5:00 pm, Duke University Chapel, Durham: Herbert Buffington, organ.Music by Mendelssohn, Franck, Reger, Tournemire (Aeolian organ; Duke University Alumni Series)

Saturday, November 23, 1:00 pm, Siviglia Residence, Pittsboro: Harvest Party. Details to come (Durham-Chapel Hill AGO November Meeting)

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 4:00 pm, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Durham: String Trio. Alexander Beyer, piano; Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Yeesun Kim, cello. Cost: $21; free ages 18 and under (call for tickets on 919-493-5451).

Sunday, January 19, 4:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Durham: Vox Virorum, Jeremy Nabors director.

Sunday, January 26, 3:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Durham: Women’s Voices Chorus, Allan Friedman, director.

Sunday, January 26, 5:00 pm, Duke University Chapel, Durham: David Arcus, organ. Last Movements, Finales, Postludes, and Other Endings by Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, Messiaen, Arcus (Flentrop organ).

Wednesday, January 29, 8:00 pm, Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill: Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street.

Saturday, February 1, 9:30 am, White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh: Smorga(n)sbord (snow date February 8). Course offerings to be announced.

Sunday, February 2, 3:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Durham: Mallarme Chamber Players. “Baroque Hipsters”: includes world premiere of new piece by composer Stephen Jaffe. Cost: $20.00 in advance; $25.00 at the door; $5.00 students (call for tickets on 919-560-2788)

Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am, Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill: Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza. Details forthcoming. (Durham-Chapel Hill AGO February Meeting)

Sunday, February 23, 4:00 pm, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Durham: Borromeo String Quartet. Nicholas Kitchen, Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello. Cost: $21; free ages 18 and under (call for tickets on 919-493-5451).

Sunday, February 23, 5:00 pm, Duke University Chapel, Durham: Dorothy Papadakos, organ. Film accompaniment “Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Aeolian organ)

Saturday, March 8, time and place to be announced: Masterclass with Andrew Scanlon (Instructor of Organ/Sacred Music, East Carolina University)

Sunday, March 23, 4:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Durham: Women’s Voices Chorus and Vox Virorum, Allan Friedman and Jeremy Nabors, directors.

Sunday, March 23, 5:00 pm, Duke University Chapel, Durham: Robert Parkins, organ. Music by Early Iberian and French composers

Saturday, May 3, 6:00 pm, Siviglia Residence, Pittsboro: End of Year Potluck Dinner. Details forthcoming. (Durham-Chapel Hill AGO May Meeting)

Thursday, May 8, 8:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Durham: Sonam (Singers of New and Ancient Music), Allan Friedman, director.

Sunday, May 11, 4:00 pm, First Prebyterian Church, Durham: Vox Virorum, Jeremy Nabors, director.

Sunday, June 1, 4:00 pm, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Durham: Andrew Tyson, piano. Cost: $21; free ages 18 and under (call for tickets on 919-493-5451).

Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27, 2014, 2014 AGO National Convention, Boston, MA. Pre-registration is open NOW; register early! http://www.agoboston2014.org/

Wednesday, July 1 – Saturday, July 4, 2015, 2015 AGO Southeast Region (Formerly Region IV) Convention, Charlotte, NC, http://www.charlotteago.org/

Sunday, June 19 – Thursday, June 23, 2016, 2016 AGO National Convention, Houston, TX, AGO 2016 Convention


LEUPOLD AND MCCRICKARD PRESENT THE LEUPOLD BACH EDITIONSThe Greater Greensboro and Winston-Salem chapters of the American Guild of Organists present The Leupold Bach Editions at their upcoming October meeting.When: October 19th, 2013 from 10 am to 12 noon
Where: Kernersville Moravian Church, 504 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC

The presentation by Wayne Leupold and Eleanor McCrickard will discuss volume 6, in progress, in The Complete Organ Works by J.S. Bach series. Wayne will talk about how the publishing project came into being; the editorial, review and publishing processes; and how WLE approached publishing such a monumental project. Eleanor, who has just finished editing volume 6 (the concertos and unique pieces, including the Passacaglia) will discuss the three-year process she went through to research and edit her volume. (For example, she consulted sixteen different copies of the Passacaglia.) Questions will be welcome.

Anyone with an interest in Bach or musicology is invited to attend. Please spread the word among students.

A color invitation is available WLE’s Facebook page on the timeline and in the photos section (www.facebook.com/wayneleupoldeditions). This page is viewable to the public–you do not need a Facebook account to view it.

–Submitted by Marya Orlowska-Fancey



At press time, we had 48 members renew or sign up for the 2013-2014 membership year. If you’ve already submitted your membership dues for this program year, we thank you for your support. If you haven’t yet, we will still accept your membership dues at any time. Just know that if you were in a voting category, your TAO subscription will be disrupted.

Of course, new members are welcome at any time.

Welcome back to the following members:

Clare Baum, Chapel Hill
Dan Long, Durham
John Santoianni, Durham

If you have any questions regarding membership, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Lyn Francisco, on 919-688-9719 or by email on mariaefrancisco@gmail.com



Many thanks to those of you who had attended our chapter’s kick-off dinner on September 13, 2013, and had donated above and beyond what we were asking for dinner. Because of your generosity, we were able to fully subsidize the meals of the recitalist, Timothy Olsen, as well as three organ students: Raymond Hawkins, Eric Surber, and Patricia Tanzer. We took in $380.00 for the dinner. In addition to that, we collected $95.00 from the free-will offering and sold $43.00 worth of used music for a total of $138.00 to go to the chapter’s scholarship fund. Thanks again for your generosity!

If you have any questions regarding chapter finances, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Lyn Francisco, on 919-688-9719 or by email on mariaefrancisco@gmail.com



A 2013-2014 Membership Directory is currently being prepared and will be sent to you via email this month. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Membership Directory, please let Lyn know by emailing her on mariaefrancisco@gmail.com



“In Memoriam”–choral and organ music of remembrance, a program for “All Souls” [but not on All Souls’ Day]; Sunday Nov 3, at 4:00 p.m. St Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill. “Remembering” those who have passed away during the past year, The Schola Cantorum of St Thomas More Catholic Church will present choral music by Nestor, Handel, Berthier, Noble, and Petrich. Keyboard pieces of Bach, Brahms and Liszt are also included. Vocal soloists are: Aileen Sutter, Will Begley, Laura MaKay-Gondek, Tom Stumpf, Hal Crain, and Lauren Machos. Roger Petrich will direct. The program is open to the public, it is free, and a reception will follow.



Registration for the 2014 AGO National Convention is Boston is now open! It will take place on June 23-27, 2014. Centered in Boston’s Back Bay, within easy walking to many of our great churches, this 4.5 day convention will inspire and thrill with a diversity of instruments–from Meantone to WurliTzer–played by an outstanding international roster of organists. It will feature many recently installed instruments in addition to a long list of landmark organs.

We will not only feature great organs, but outstanding choral concerts, many commissioned works, a diverse array of worship opportunities, and stimulating workshops.

The convention is created for you to be comfortably paced. Celebrate your choices.

We encourage you to register before January 31, 2014 to take advantage of discounted rates. Register online now at regonline.com/agoboston2014 to ensure your choices. Registration by paper is available using the form in the October issue of The American Organist.

The Marriott Copley place is our convention headquarters hotel. You may register for hotel reservations through the Marriott’s online system at https://aws.passkey.com/reg/326GFM29-G682, or by calling the hotel directly at 800.228.9290. Ask for the AGO 2014 Convention rate of $195/night when calling.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@agoboston2014.org. We will respond quickly to your inquiries.

New England beckons you to join us for an inspirational week.

–Submitted by Ray Cornils, 2014 AGO Convention Coordinator



Schlicker pipe organ (II/6, 1964) housed in the former home of the Wesley Campus Ministry, 214 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill (directly across from the Carolina Inn’s parking lot). Asking for $25,000, and payment by installments is acceptable. Please contact Laura Gallo by email at laura@uncwesley.org or by phone at 919-942-2152



To receive the most recent edition of ‘Open Benches’ (new listings and other opportunities for organists), please contact Ruth Hoffman by email on rwhorg@aol.com.



Our monthly newsletter, Pipelines, is being delivered using MailChimp. You may access the newsletter archive here: http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/home/?u=cb1b9abdcf5c698ab94611d41&id=d7992e41bb

Remember: the newsletter is as good as the information we put in it. If you have an event or article for submission, please email the chapter dean, Laurel Siviglia, atlaurel@siviglias.com



If you would like to place advertisements with us, please contact Lyn Francisco onmariaefrancisco@gmail.com. She will let you know the advertising rates which should apply for all publications released by the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter for the program year 2013-2014.



Did you know the Durham-Chapel Hill chapter has a Fan Page on Facebook? Please don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook as we will be posting information and photos on that page.


And if you have pictures you would like to contribute to that page, please contact the page’s admin, Lyn Francisco, on mariaefrancisco@gmail.com



Speaking of New Media/Social Media sites… our Region IV Councillor, Laura Ellis, has a Region IV blog. You may access that site on http://agoregionivblog.blogspot.com/ and she keeps it updated pretty regularly. It’s a great way to keep up with news in the Southeast Region.

Region IV is also on Facebook! Please “like” the Region IV page:http://www.facebook.com/pages/AGO-Region-IV/312313912115500



Did you know that the National AGO also has a presence on Facebook? It’s part of their effort to become more active on the Social Media sites. Please “like” their page. They like to post humourous organ- and music-related pictures. They also post information of interest to organists as well. http://www.facebook.com/agohq



June 23 — June 27, 2014: National Convention 2014 — Boston, MA. Watch for more information on their website: http://www.agoboston2014.org/

July 1 — July 4, 2015: Southeast Region Convention 2015 — Charlotte, NC. Watch for more information on their website: http://www.charlotteago.org/

June 19 — June 23, 2016: National Convention 2016 — Houston, TX. Watch for more information on their website: http://www.ago-houston.org/



NOTE: Please see the end of this listing for compensation guildines for Substitutes, Weddings, and Funerals. Complete salary guidelines may be found atwww.agohq.org/profession/index.html

Name: Tom Bloom
Phone: 919-682-7528
Town: Durham
Best time to reach: anytime (leave message)
Notes: Weddings, funerals, concerts; no Sunday mornings
Travel: Triangle

Name: Paul Cornwell
Phone: 201-693-6305 (cell)
Town: Chapel Hill
Notes: Available weekends and weeknights. Experience in many denominations
Travel: Willing to travel within 30 miles of Chapel Hill

Name: Mark Gorman
Phone: 919-957-3277 (h) or 443-458-2092 (cell)
Town: Durham
Notes: No Sunday mornings

Name: Ruth W. Hoffman
Phone: 919-933-7633
Town: Chapel Hill
Notes: Weddings, funerals, memorial services anytime. Sunday afternoon/evening services. Any weekday other than Thursday afternoon/evening. Experience includes organist/choral director/children and youth choirs/handbell choirs. Available Sundays and during the week. Available for weddings and funerals.

Name: Renee McBride
Phone: 919-471-5045 (h) or 540-818-5004 (cell)
Town: Durham
Notes: Experience with UCC, Baptist, and various “lower” Protestant denominations
Travel: Will travel up to 40 miles one-way

Name: Lewis Moore
Phone: 919-418-4549 (cell)
Town: Cary
Best time to reach: anytime
Notes: Available weeknights and weekends. Experience in many faith traditions.
Travel: Mileage requested outside of the Triangle.

Name: Anne Parks
Phone: 919-732-7576
Town: Hillsborough
Best time to reach: anytime
Notes: More than 50 years experience in Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Church of Christ, etc. Available any time.

Name: Linda Reeder
Phone: 919-537-8163
Town: Chapel Hill
Best time to reach: anytime
Notes: Experience with all denominations; willing to travel far; available anytime

Name: Zollene Reissner
Phone: 910-536-9218
Town: Wilmington/Chapel Hill
Best time to reach: anytime
Notes: When in Chapel Hill with daughter: can play anytime. Also can visit daughter in order to sub.

Name: Laurel S. Siviglia
Phone: 919-929-0644
Town: Pittsboro
Best time to reach: before 10:00 a.m.; after 5:00 p.m.
Notes: All denominations; available weekdays and weekends



Single service (organist only or director only, no separate rehearsal), $100-$225

Additional services (organist or director only) not requiring additional preparation, $50-$125

Single service (organist-director combination, no separate rehearsal), $150-$275

Additional services (organist-director combination) not requiring additional preparation, $75-$175

Rehearsal fees range from $25-$100/hour, depending on whether the substitute is organist only, director only, or organist-director combination and the preparation required

Mileage of 58.5 cents/mile is charged if visits to church for practice, rehearsal, and service exceed 20 miles per round trip.

The charge for contracting singers/instrumentalists is $15-$35/person hired.


Service fees are $100-$350 (service only)

Wedding rehearsal with bridal party is $50-$100/hour.

Additional rehearsals are $30-$50/hour.

Mileage of 58.5 cents/mile is charged if visits to church for practice, rehearsal, and service exceed 20 miles per round trip.

The charge for contracting singers/instrumentalists is $15-$35/person hired.


Service fees are $100-$225 (service only)

Rehearsals $25-$100/hour, depending on the difficulty of the music and the participation of choirs, soloists, or instrumentalists.

Mileage of 58.5 cents/mile is charged if visits to church for practice, rehearsal, and service exceed 20 miles per round trip.

The charge for contracting singers/instrumentalists is $15-$35/person hired.


Please contact
Lyn Francisco, Treasurer/Registrar



f you are aware that a church/synagogue position is becoming available, [i.e., you are making a change], please contact the placement chair as soon as possible for listing in our newsletter. Contact Ruth W Hoffman at 919-933-7633 or email RWHorg@aol.com. At no time will the placement chair recommend anyone for a position, or will placement serve as an agent for any member. Placement does have resources, by request, available to members and to hiring institutions.

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




Contact Us

Laurel Siviglia (Chapter Member, Chapel Hill)
Mila Karamushka (Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Durham)


Lyn Francisco (St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Durham)

Newsletter Editor:

Professional Concerns and Placement Officers:
Ruth Hoffman (St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh) rwhorg@aol.com

Linda Reeder (Chapter Member, Chapel Hill)

Roger Petrich (St. Thomas More Church, Chapel Hill)

Members At-Large:
Tim Baker (University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill)

W. Sands Hobgood (Chapter Member, Chapel Hill)

Van Quinn (Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill)

Past Dean:
Daniel Steinert (Christ United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill)


AGO Region IV Blog: http://agoregionivblog.blogspot.com/

2014 National Convention Website: http://www.agoboston2014.org/

Classical Music Listings: http://www.cvnc.org/

Pipedreams: http://www.pipedreams.org/
Sunday evening broadcasts are available here by Tuesdays; extensive archive of past programs; many useful links to other sites.

Organ Historical Society: Organ Historical Society
Includes the extensive OHS Catalog of organ and choral CD’s, books, scores, videos, including theatre organ CD’s, along with information about OHS and its conventions.

APOBA The Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America: http://www.apoba.com/
A professional organization of 25 North American firms building traditional pipe organs. The site includes a database of organ resources.

History of the Organ: http://www.zzounds.com/edu–historyoftheorgan
Has great information on the history of the organ with links going to informative/in-depth sites.

Organ Clearing House: http://www.organclearinghouse.com/
A broker which relocates used and renovated instruments to new homes.

The American Institute of Organbuilders: http://www.pipeorgan.org/
Professional association which holds annual conventions and seminars on technical matters with visits to organ shops and instruments. The site includes a number of technical papers on windchest design, voicing and tuning, restoration, and other subjects.

American Theatre Organ Society: http://www.atos.org/
Information about the ATOS, history of the theatre organ, theatre organ locator, and more.

Organ Builders:

www.casavant.ca – Casavant Freres Limitee Sainte-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

www.cbfisk.com – C.B. Fisk, Inc., Gloucester, Massachusetts

www.dobsonorgan.com – Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Ltd. Lake City, Iowa

www.letourneauorgans.com – Orgues Letourneau Limitee Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Site features choices of background music on Letourneau instruments

www.taylorandboody.com – Taylor and Boody Organbuilders, Inc. Staunton, Virginia

AGO National website