Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter


Message from the Dean 

Thank you to everyone who came out to Pipescreams! There are many pictures that can be found on our Facebook page. I believe a good time was had by all!

There are two exciting organ concerts coming up this weekend, one of which is tonight! The Central NC Chapter is hosting Stephen Hamilton at Edenton Street United Methodist Church at 7:30 pm. Definitely don’t miss this one! More information and rep list can be found by clicking here. Then this Sunday Lee Treml will be playing his Senior Organ recital at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill at 3:00 pm.

Lots of excitement and buzz this weekend! Enjoy the concerts!

Jacqueline Nappi


Local Events

Please contact Jacqueline Nappi if you would like your event to be listed here.

Friday, November 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – Stephen Hamilton Concert. Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm – Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders Open House. Please call Tom Kraska if interested in car pooling: 919-945-0852.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 from noon until 7:00 pm – 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Choir workshop, mass handbell ringers, and a worship service under the leadership of Alfred Sturgis at Dorton Arena (1025 Blue Ridge Rd), Raleigh.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – Lee Treml Recital. University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – Veteran’s Day Organ Concert. Organists Sara Montgomery and Barbara Snead will play duets including Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody”, from Appalachian Spring, by Copland. Pre-concert music by the church band at 1:40 pm. Multi-age choirs will also present a variety of American music. Raleigh Moravian Church (1816 Ridge Road), Raleigh.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm: Raymond Hawkins, Frank Hawkins Kenan Memorial Organ Recital: performing the Adagio from Symphony III by Vierne as well as works by Alain, Bach, Buxtehude, Brahms and Daquin. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (82 Kimberly Drive), Durham.

Sunday, November 26, 2017 @ 5:15 pm – Bach Cantata Series. Duke Chapel, Durham.

Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – Organ Recital Series. Duke Chapel, Durham.




Our monthly newsletter, Pipelines, is being delivered using MailChimp. Please contact the Newsletter Editor, Jacqueline Nappi, if you would like access to the newsletter.

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 Newsletter Editor, Jacqueline Nappi.



Our membership rolls now stand at 56 members. Thanks to all who have renewed their membership for the 2017-2018 program year!

Many thanks to those of you have donated above and beyond your membership dues. It really helps us as far as planning and programming are concerned. Donations are always welcomed. Please remember that contributions beyond dues are encouraged and are tax-deductible.

We also have a scholarship fund from which we have assisted organ students and funded our Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza program. We would appreciate donations to this scholarship fund. We also have a used music sale that benefits our scholarship fund. We also accept donations of your used music, which we are happy to take any time.

Providing accurate information is important to ensure that the 2017-2018 Membership Directory, that will be released sometime this month, contains your most up-to-date contact details. Please make sure to update your data (addresses, phone numbers, email addresses) and fill in all the applicable blanks. If you don’t do so, we won’t be able to have your complete contact information, which will make compiling the directory difficult. You may also send this information directly to me, Lyn Francisco, if you’re having a difficult time with ONCARD.

Click here to access the ONCARD system:

If you have any questions on how to use the ONCARD system, or any other membership-related questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Lyn Francisco, by email.

Thank you for your continued participation in the American Guild of Organists.



If you would like to place advertisements with us, please contact Lyn Francisco. 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 2017-2018.



Did you know the Durham-Chapel Hill chapter has a 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 admins, Daniel Cherrix, Lyn Francisco, or Jacqueline Nappi.



The Southeast Region Facebook page is updated regularly. Please “like” the Southeast Region’s page to stay up to date on happenings around the region!



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 humorous organ- and music-related pictures. They also post information of interest to organists as well. https://www.facebook.com/agohq



July 2 – July 6, 2018: National Convention 2018 – Kansas City, MO. Watch for more information on their website: http://www.agokc2018.com/

June 5 – June 8, 2019: Southeast Convention 2019 – Myrtle Beach, SC. Host: Grand Strand Chapter. Watch for more information on their website: http:http://www.agose2019.com/

July 5 – July 10, 2020: National Convention 2020 – Atlanta, GA.



Please contact
Lyn Francisco, Treasurer/Registrar



The American Guild of Organists (AGO) provides a professional opportunities service to its members by sharing information about Positions Available. This includes both permanent “open benches” and also one-time “substitute dates.” The Guild cannot endorse or recommend any person for a job or substitute date. Membership in the AGO is open to all who pay dues, regardless of education, experience, ability and/or skills. The AGO Professional Relations Director passes along information, which may include salaries offered by institutions and specifics about jobs/dates, as information is received from an institution. AGO members are encouraged to negotiate salaries and explore options with each offered position. The Chapter does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of material provided for these listings. Inclusion of information in the listings does not imply endorsement by the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter, AGO.

It has come to the attention of the Professional Relations Director that we have churches that do not understand that resumes are for the purview of the appropriate search committee. If confidentiality is critical to you, please make it clear in your cover letter that this is a requirement for you, at least in the initial stages of inquiry and dialogue.

If you are seeking a supply organist, the fastest method is to contact the Professional Relations Director with all the pertinent information. When sent to all members by email, many requests are filled within one hour. This method has saved a lot of time otherwise spent in calling an ever-changing list of names. Contact information below.

If you are aware that a church/synagogue position is becoming available, (i.e., you are making a change), please contact the Professional Relations Director as soon as possible for listing and distribution. Contact Ruth W Hoffman at 919-933-7633 home office; 919-923-7006 mobile; or email: RWHorg@aol.com. At no time will the Professional Relations Director recommend anyone for a position, or will we serve as an agent for any member. The Professional Relations Director is always available to members and to hiring institutions for the purpose of answering questions.

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





Contact Us

Jacqueline Nappi (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Durham)

Zollene Reissner (Chapter Member, Pittsboro)

Lyn Francisco (Chapter Member, Durham)

Member-at-Large, Development Committee:
Lewis Moore (St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Durham)

Member-at-Large, Education Committee:
David Durkop (Grace Baptist Church, Durham)

Member-at-Large, Outreach Committee:
Daniel Cherrix (Binkley Baptist Church, Chapel Hill)

Member-at-Large, Program Committee:
Tom Kraska (Chapter Member, Durham)

Professional Relations/ Placement / Parliamentarian:
Ruth Hoffman (St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh)

Newsletter Editor:
Jacqueline Nappi (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Durham)

Past Dean:
Tim Baker (University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill)



AGO Southeast Region on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AGOSoutheast/

2018 National Convention Website: http://www.agokc2018.com/

2019 Southeast Convention Website: http:http://www.agose2019.com/

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