Grand Strand

Message from the Dean


We are glad to welcome you to an overview of our local chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Our chapter is young and growing, and we are proud of our accomplishments. During the summer of 2019 we hosted the Southeast AGO Convention here in the Myrtle Beach area. It was a wonderful event with unparalleled recitals and workshops. Now we move on . . . . with programs and events that will inspire us and enable us to continue to grow as lovers of the “King of Instruments.”


Some of us are organists. Some of us are organ buffs.

Some of us are concert organists. Some of us are beginners.

Some of us play the organ full-time. Some of us play the organ part-time.

Some of us have advanced degrees in organ. Some of us are largely self-taught.

Some of us play pipe organs. Some of us play electronic organs.

Whether you find yourself in one of these categories, or whether you are a choral director, just a lover of great music, or a retired musician, we welcome you! As part of the family of AGO, we are people who are passionate about music. We hope that you will enjoy our web site, and we invite you to contact us if you are interested in the Grand Strand Chapter or with any questions that you may have.

Roberta Rowland-Raybold, CAGO

Dean, Grand Strand Chapter of the AGO



Local Events

October 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Zoom meeting
Zoom presentation by our dean, Roberta Rowland-Raybold, for the Wilmington Chapter and the Grand Strand Chapter titled “COVID Composition and Pandemic Publishing.” This will cover improvisation, composing, and publishing in our challenging time. To join us on Zoom, contact Roberta at for information on how to log-in into the Zoom meeting.

November 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM
St. Philip Lutheran Church
6200 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC
The film “Pipe Dreams” immerses us into the world of competitive organ playing. Follow 5 young organist as they prepare for a prestigious international competition. Who will come out victorious? This is a live event. Bring your own movie snacks and a discussion will follow the film presentation.

December 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Friendly’s Restaurant (private dining room)
4705 N. Kings Hwy.
Myrtle Beach, SC
Christmas Fellowship dinner at Friendly’s Restuarant in the private dining room in Myrtle Beach, SC. After dinner you are invited to share your favorite Christmas carol with us and give a little background on the composing of the carol. We may sing, if COVID-19 lets us sing by then!



November 2019 Grand Strand News



2019-2020 Grand Strand Chapter Officers:

Roberta Rowland-Raybod, dean (Email); Eugene Borkes, sub-dean; George Giblin, Jr., treasurer; Mary Moller, secretary; Karen Meeker, newsletter editor; Fr. Wilmont Merchant, chaplain; and Arthur Ghere, webmaster & Facebook administrator

Council Members At-Large:

Judy Barrett, Laura Chandler-White, Albert Evans, Jr., Bradley Hardee, and Carlton Niven



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





Roberta Rowland-Raybold, dean


Karen Meeker, newsletter editor


Arthur Ghere, webmaster & Facebook administrator





AGO National website