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


Wednesday, Lenten, Noon-Day Recitals on Asbury United Methodist’s, 4-Manual, 72 Rank Casavant 
The Asbury Casavant OrganFebruary 21 at 12:00 Noon, Susan Zimmer, Organ Recital
February 28 at 12:00 Noon, Dr. Michael Stefanek, Organ Recital
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHERMarch 7 at 12:00 Noon, Ben Boellner
March 14 at 12:00 Noon, Woodwinds and Vocal Ensemble, Recital
March 21 at 12:00 Noon, Veronica Tomanek, Organ Recital
Asbury United Methodist Church, 1401 Camden Avenue, Salisbury

Piano/Organ Concert, Saturday, April 21, 4 PM, Asbury Church; Paul Binko & Ben Boeliner. Who wouldn’t love a fun organ and piano concert!  Asbury UMC, Salisbury, Maryland, is sponsoring Ben Boellner and Paul Binko from Baltimore. Ben is the Director of Music & Organist at Orems United Methodist Church, Middle River, Maryland, where he conducts the Chancel Choir, Sanctuary Choir and Children’s Choir. Paul Binko, B.S., C.A.G.O., is the Director of Music and Organist at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland. They will be performing a variety of sacred and secular pieces with some hymn singing incorporated. Asbury United Methodist Church, 1401 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD  21801

Ascension Oratorio, BWV 11, J.S. Bach, Asbury Chancel Choir, Michael Stefanek, Conductor
Saturday, April 28, 4 PM, the Chancel Choir of Asbury United Methodist Church, Salisbury, MD, will perform The Ascension Oratorio, BWV 11 of Johann Sebastian Bach. This masterwork features three impressive choral movements, recitatives, and vocal solos. John Wesley Wright, Tenor; Jeffrey Todd, Baritone; Melissa Graham, Soprano; and Carol Walston, Mezzo; with Orchestra. Asbury United Methodist Church, 1401 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD  21801.

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AGO Members Recital: On Friday evening, June 15, 2018, 7 PM, Salisbury AGO Chapter Members will be giving a recital at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury to celebrate the installation of their new organ.  The Vestry commissioned the instrument in March 2017 in recognition of their upcoming 250th Anniversary which they are celebrating in 2018.  The organ is a modern-day realization of a mid-century English Anglican Organ, using almost all Ernest M. Skinner Pipework as realized through the work of Walker Technical Company, Zionsville, PA.  The instrument is installed and completed.  So far those performing in the concert are Taylor Harvey, Michael Stephanic, Veronica Tomaneck, Susan Zimmer; and the three church organists, Robert Young, Wesley Mitchell, and Georgiana Ibach. It is scheduled for the “Third Friday” in June, the 15th, in the evening, which is a huge sidewalk venue in downtown Salisbury, so I am sure folk will be in and out, as well as many staying to listen.  St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 St. Peter’s Street, Salisbury, MD  21801.

2016 National Organ Competition Winner, Katelyn Emerson to Appear in Concert:  Katelyn Emerson, the first place winner in the 2016 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition will appear in concert at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, Maryland, Sunday afternoon, September 23, at 4:00 PM.  Katelyn is the Associate Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Advent, Boston, MA.  The Journal of American Organ Building wrote upon hearing her in concert, “Katelyn Emerson’s demonstration of the Mother Church organ [Boston, MA] really blew us away.  Not in the least afraid of this 242-rank instrument, she commanded every bit of it with a careful ear and sense of musicality that puts her at the top of recitalists performing today.”  You can experience some of this extremely gifted performer at  Katelyn will be performing on the newly installed English Anglican Organ of St. Peters Episcopal Church, 115 St. Peter’s Street, Salisbury, Maryland, 21801, 61 Ranks, 3 Manuals, 5 Divisions.  Specifications are listed below.




Specifications of the Anglican Organ at St. Peters Episcopal Church, Salisbury, Maryland:

16’ Gemshorn
16’ Bourdon
8’ Diapason
8’ Principal
8’ Gemshorn
8’ Harmonic Flute
8’ Bourdon
4’ Octave
4’ Flute
2-2/3’ Twelfth
2’ Fifteenth
1-3/5’ Seventeenth
V Mixture
16’ Tromba *
8’ Trumpet *
4’ Tromba *
16’ Wald Horn (Sw)
8’ Cornopean (Sw)
4’ Clarion (Sw)
16’ Salicional *
8’ Salicional *
8’ Voix Celeste *
4’ Voix Celeste II *
* Tremulant (and expressive)
Swell (Expressive):
16’ Viol de Gambe
8’ Diapason
8’ Principal
8’ Traverse Flute
8’ Rohrflute
8’ Rohrflute Celeste
8’ Viol de Gambe
8’ Voix Celeste (Sharp)
8’ Voix Celeste (Flat)
4’ Octave
4’ Open Flute
2-2/3’ Nazard
2’ Super Octave
1-3/5’ Terz
IV Mixture
III Mixture
16’ Wald Horn
8’ Cornopean
8’ Flugal Horn
8’ Oboe
4’ Clarion
Tremulant I
Tremulant II
Ethereal (Expressive):
16’ Sylvestrinia II
8’ Sylvestrinia II
4’ Sylvestrinia II
8’ Double Flute
16’ Hecklephone
8’ Basset Horn
8’ English Horn
8’ Hecklephone
8′ Cromorne
8’ Schalmai
8’ Tuba Mirabilis

8’ Fonds (Composite VII)
8’ Diapason (Pd)
8’ Harmonic Flute (Gt)
8’ Flute (Gt 4’)
8’ Open Flute (Sw 4’)
4’ Rohrflute (Sw 8’)
8’ Cornet (Composite VIII)
8’ St. Peter’s Horn
8’ Trumpet (Gt)
8’ Tromba (Gt)
8’ Clarion (Sw)
8’ Cornopean (Sw)
8’ Oboe (Sw)

32’ Diapason
32’ Principal
32’ Gemshorn
32’ Rorhflute (Sw)
16’ Double Diapason
16’ Diapason
16’ Principal
16′ Gemshorn
16’ Bourdon (Gt)
16’ Rohrflute (Sw)
16′ Viol de Gambe (Sw)
8’ Octave
8’ Flute
8’ Bourdon (Gt)
4’ Fifteenth
32’ Trombone
32’ Wald Horn (Sw)
16’ Trombone
16’ Contra Trumpet (Gt)
16’ Wald Horn (Sw)
8’ Trumpet (Gt)
4’ Clarion (Gt)



Salisbury Chapter Membership

Gregory Arment
Janice Boettger
Kenneth Brown
Christopher Engel
Dr. William M. Folger
Matthew Gillis
Shirley Hailey
Anne G. Hastings
Catherine C. Huey
Raymond L. Jackson
Arthur Leiby
Dr. Jay H. Miller
Thomas Shores
Dr. Michael Stefanek
Jeffrey Todd
June R. Todd
Veronica Tomanek
Gerry Wood
Robert E. Young
Susan E. Zimmer, SPC



Send job listings for the Salisbury Guild to Robert Young.  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 AND NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Susan E. Zimmer (W) 410-749-5792 (H) 410-677-0301 (FAX) 410-677-0301

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

Phone 410-713-2407, E-Mail




Websites from Our Members Churches/Employers

Antioch United Methodist Church, Princess Anne, MD, Janice Boettger, Organist
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
Buckingham Presbyterian Church, Berlin, MD, Matthew Gillis, Choir Director/Organist
Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore, MD, Ken Brown, Canon for Music and Worship
First Church of Christ Scientist, Easton, MD, Jeffrey Todd, Soloist
Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Pocomoke, MD, Catherine Huey, Organist
St. Albans Episcopal Church, Veronica Tomanek, Music Director/Organist
St. Francis de Sales Parish/Holy Redeemer, Salisbury, MD, Greg Arment
St. Pauls by the Sea, Ocean City, Shirley Toms Hailey, Organist/Director
St. Peters Episcopal Church, Salisbury, MD, Robert Young, Organist/Choir 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