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 Recitals at Asbury Church, Salisbury:
March 13: Woodwinds and Vocal Ensemble
March 20: Dr. Michael Stefanek, Organ and Piano
March 27: Jordan Prescott, Organ (Graduate Student at Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD)
April 3: Veronica Tomanek, Director/Organist with St. Alban’s Choir with guests from UMES and Salisbury University Music Departments
April 10: Dr. Christopher Reynolds, Organ, Director of Music/Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Richmond, VA
Free Admission. Offering taken. For more information please call 410-749-2131,

Image result for picture of daniel cherrixDaniel Cherrix Appointed Music Director/Organist at St. Peter’s, Salisbury
Daniel Cherrix from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has been appointed Music Director/Organist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 St. Peters Street, Salisbury, Maryland, beginning, February 28.  Daniel holds his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Church Music and Organ Performance from Erskine College, Due West, South Carolina; and a Masters Degree in Sacred Music from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.  One member of LinkedIn writes, “Daniel Cherrix has many years of providing excellent music for worship. His ability to work with choral music is exceptional, especially with volunteer choir members. Daniel works well with a variety of talented people.”  Mr. Cherrix was the Minister of Music/Organist at Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church prior to this appointment.  He comes to St. Peters with over 15 years experience having served St. Marks United Methodist Church, Atlanta; Brookhaven United Methodist Church, Atlanta; and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta.  Daniel describes himself as an Anglican, an Episcopalian.  Following are three You Tube recordings of some of his interview/audition time with the St. Peter’s Music Committee: (Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty); (Fanfare, Nicholas Lemmens); and (Bach’s, Prelude & Fugue in E  We give a warm welcome to Daniel.

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?

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 Competitors are Rashaan Allwood, 24, Canada; Ryan Anderson, 26, US; Tyler Boehmer, 27, Canada; Thomas Gaynor, 27, New Zealand; A. Nathaniel Gumbs, 30, US; Sebastian Heindl, 21, German; Chase Loomer, 22, US: Colin MacKnight, 25, US; Justin Maxey, 30, US; and, Grant Wareham, 22, US.  If interested in sharing rides and/or overnight accommodations to these events, contact Robert Young.

National Endowment for the Arts Awards $20,000 Grant to AGO
The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has been awarded a $20,000 Art Works grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support educational programs and career development for organists and choral conductors in 2019.  For more information, go to   file:///C:/Users/rober/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/2019%20NEA%20Grant%20(1).pdf

2019 AGO Gala Honors John Walker2019 AGO Gala Honors John Walker
The American Guild of Organists has selected internationally acclaimed organist and teacher, John W. Walker as their honoree for the 2019 season. Dr. Walker is to be honored at the AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception in Pittsburgh, Friday, April 26. Dr. Walker will perform a free recital at Shady Side Presbyterian Church, Pittsburg, at 7:30 PM, with a benefit reception to follow. John has given several recitals here in Salisbury in the past several years, two at Asbury UMC and one at St. Peter’s Episcopal. For more information at

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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.

Presbyterian Church, Easton, Maryland.  Organ/Piano position for Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and worship.  Reports to the Music Director.  30 Rank Moller, Steinway A–6’1″, Kurtweil–Mark 12 Keyboard.  Contact Barbara Hoehn at



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, Daniel Cherrix, Director of Music/Organist
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