Salisbury Chapter

Message from the Dean

Greetings from the Salisbury chapter.  The mission of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.  The AGO is the National professional association serving the organ, choral and sacred music fields.  Chartered in 1896, the AGO now serves over 15,000 members.  Our membership here in Salisbury includes musicians from a large geographic area, including the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland and parts of central Maryland.  We meet for dinner and programs several times per year, and also sponsor many special projects including members’ recitals, organ restorations, youth choral festivals and hurricane relief. This is a great place to live, work and make music! Join us, or let us know when you visit.

Susan Zimmer, Dean


Local Events

Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, June 18, 19 & 22
Every three years, the organ world’s brightest young talents are invited to compete in the picturesque setting of our Gardens for the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize, the largest cash prize of any organ competition in the world.  More information at

Image result for picture of children at the pipe organPipe Organ Encounters for Youth and Young Adults
Pipe Organ Encounters are invitations extended to young piano students and youth interested in the organ to get acquainted with the instrument via AGO Members.  This season the Guild announces six pipe organ encounters.  For more information go to    file:///C:/Users/rober/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/2019%20POE%20(2).pdf.  Anyone interested in the possibility of a local Pipe Organ Encounter in Salisbury?




August 2020

I’m so grateful that you have appointed me as the new Dean of the Salisbury Chapter of the A.G.O.  I am looking forward to working with you and the chapter officers to lead us into the future and build upon our strong foundation. While we are all being challenged by Covid-19 and other conflicts in the world, I know our love for the “King of Instruments” will thrive. We will be resuming concerts, workshops, and social gatherings in the future. Meanwhile, there are ways for us to stay connected and share our passion with one another through zoom meetings, virtual programs, and other online resources.

With all that has been going on it’s easy to forget to renew your membership so please pay attention to your expiration dates. If your membership has expired, I would encourage you to reconsider joining the chapter. We would love to have you with us and keep you in the loop with future events. I also welcome any suggestions for program ideas that you might want to see happen in our area. This can be anything including recitalists, educational programs, church music programs, repertoire sharing etc.

Upcoming Events:

Please mark your calendars for a Labor Day weekend patriotic organ concert on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 4:00 PM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church located at 115 St. Peter’s St in downtown Salisbury. Performers will include Daniel Cherrix, Taylor Harvey, Susan Zimmer, and Michael Stefanek. There will be limited seating, but the program will be livestreamed.

Chapter member Gerry Wood, Chairman of the Salisbury Cathedral Celebration Committee, reports that “we have “optimistically rescheduled the Salisbury Cathedral Celebration for May 19, 20 and 21 of 2021.” Hold the dates!

In addition to events in our local chapter I would encourage you to occasionally visit the national A.G.O. website as they update resources to their education tab that might be of interest to you.

Please stay tuned for more information this fall.

All Best,

Dr. Michael Stefanek
Dean, Salisbury Chapter (A.G.O.)



Salisbury Chapter Membership

Jenny Anderson
Janice Boettger
Kenneth Brown, AAGO
Cora Bruner
William Folger
Shirley Hailey
Taylor Harvey
Anne Hastings
Wendy Herr
Catherine Huey
Arthur Leiby
Jay Miller
Don Ruthig
Thomas Shores
Michael Stefanek
Jeffrey Todd
Joel Todd
June Todd
Gerry Wood
Susan Zimmer, SPC



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



Any Salisbury Chapter AGO member who presently holds any AGO degrees, please let the webmaster know, so your AGO degree can be placed next to your name in the Chapter Membership List.


Contact Us


DEAN: Dr. Michael Stefanek

SUB-DEAN: Dr. William M. Folger

SECRETARY, NEWSLETTER EDITOR, WEBMASTER: Susan E. Zimmer (W) 410-749-5792 (H) 410-677-0301 (FAX) 410-677-0301

TREASURER: Thomas E. Shores (H) 410-968-1633





Websites from Our Members Churches/Employers

Asbury United Methodist, Crisfield, MD, Thomas Shores, Director/Organist
Asbury United Methodist, Salisbury, MD, Michael Stefanek, Director of Music Ministries
Atlantic United Methodist Church, Ocean City, June Todd, Director of Music
Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore, MD, Ken Brown, Canon for Music and Worship
Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Pocomoke, MD, Catherine Huey, Organist
St. Pauls by the Sea, Ocean City, Shirley Toms Hailey, Organist/Director
Salisbury University Music Department, Bill Folger, Music Department Chair
Wicomico Presbyterian, Salisbury, MD , Susan Zimmer, Director/Organist

Favorite Music Hotspots and Websites 🙂

AGO National website
Mid-Shore Maryland AGO
Christ Church Cambridge Concert Series
David M. Storey, Organ Builder

Delmarva Public Radio
The Diapason
Lewis & Hitchcock Organ Builders
Longwood Gardens Organ Performances
Mid-Atlantic Symphony
Patrick Murphy Organ Builders
R. A. Daffer Church Organs: Ruffatti, Rodgers, Johannes, Makin Organs, Ken Brown, VP
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra
Walker Technical Organs, Skinner Organs and Additions
With Heart and Voice Broadcasts