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

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Gail Archer, Grammy-Nominated Organist,  International Concert Artist   
Friday, May 10, 2019, 7:00 PM
Asbury United Methodist Church
1401 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801

Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series including Max Reger, The Muse’s Voice, An American Idyll, Liszt, Bach, Mendelssohn and Messiaen. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008” in classical music and opera. Her recordings include her September, 2017 CD, A Russian Journey and The Muse’s Voice; Franz Liszt: A Hungarian Rhapsody; Bach, The Transcendent Genius; An American Idyll, A Mystic In the Making (Meyer Media); and, The Orpheus of Amsterdam: Sweelinck and his Pupils (CALA Records).  Ms. Archer’s 2018 European tour took her to Germany, Italy, France, the Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and the Slovak Republic. Highlights include the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Asti, Italy, the Cathedral of Porto San Giorgio, Porto San Giorgio, Italy, the Cathedral of St. Bertrand de Comminges, France, St. Arnual Church, Saarbrucken, Germany, St. Casimer Church, Vilnius, Lithuania, the Philharmonic Hall, Lviv, the Ukraine, and the Great Lutheran Church, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. She is the founder of Musforum, [2] an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work.  Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, a faculty member of Harriman Institute of Columbia University, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Singers. Admission is Free, Offering to be taken.

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.

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

From the Baltimore AGO
Fellow AGO members, Every ten years the townspeople of Oberammergau present the Passion Play as a thanks to God for sparing the town from the Black Plague. Lesley Radius, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran in Parkville and I invite you to consider joining us as we host a trip to Eastern Europe in July 2020. Our trip is through NAWAS, an international travel company with 70 years of experience. This is an amazing trip for an incredible price of $4099, including airfare.  At this point we have a group of 23 people. Our goal is 36 travelers. For more information, please contact me.  Martha Requard, Director of Music; St. John’s Lutheran, Parkville;;
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?
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

Announcements:Anyone desiring to post notices to this website please send info to robertedwin02@gmail.comSend job listings for the Salisbury Guild to Robert Young. 




Welcome our new member!  Jenny Anderson is the new organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin, replacing Paul Scott after his untimely death. She is also our newest chapter member. Welcome, Jenny!

Organ Recital in Salisbury at Asbury UMC.  Chapter member Michael Stefanek invites everyone to attend a free organ recital by Grammy-nominated, internationally known artist, Gail Archer at Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 PM. The recital is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken.

Our Next Chapter Meeting will meet on Saturday, May 18, at 12:00 PM at Goin’ Nuts Café in Salisbury. Lunch, purchased on your own, will be followed by a program given by chapter member Gerry Wood about the Salisbury (England) Cathedral Celebration which will be held in Salisbury, Maryland, in May 2020. Numerous exciting activities that will be especially interesting to organists are being planned.

Please reply to me, Susan Zimmer, by phone or e-mail, if you can join us on May 18 so that I can notify the restaurant.



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



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
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