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


Visit the New St. Alban’s Organ, Saturday, September 23, at 12:00, Noon, meeting for lunch at Goin’ Nuts Café in Salisbury, followed by a program at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, where our member Veronica Tomanek will show us the renovated pipe organ. Her description of the instrument is printed below. Please RSVP to Susan at the number or email above by September 21, to make sure we have enough seats for lunch.  More information from Veronica below.

Culture Wars in the Sacred Realm, Saturday, October 7.  The organ department of the Peabody Conservatory is pleased to host Dr. Jonathan Moyer in a presentation on Saturday morning, October 7. The lecture will focus on the conflict in the Church regarding art and mission. Jonathan will lead us through the history of this tension as a contextual setting for dealing with conflict in our time. The lecture will take place in Griswold Hall, located on the second floor of the Peabody Conservatory. There is no admission fee. You are invited to arrive at 10:00am, with the presentation beginning at 10:30am. Time will follow for questions and discussion. The Peabody Conservatory is located at 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202. Street parking is available, as well as in the Peabody Garage at 606 Saint Paul Street.  Dr. Jonathan Moyer maintains a dynamic career as an organist, pianist, singer, and conductor. He specializes in a vast repertoire from the renaissance to the 21st century, and he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Jonathan is Assistant Professor of Organ at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. At the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, he oversees a music program consisting of a professional and amateur choir, children’s youth and handbell choirs, one of Cleveland’s largest pipe organs (E.M. Skinner/Aeolian Skinner/Holtkamp), the Newberry baroque organ (Richards Fowkes), and a 47-bell Dutch carillon. Having earned his DMA and Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody, we are proud to welcome back this distinguished alum. For more information, contact Peabody organ faculty member Dr. Daniel Aune at

Jeremy Filsell, Organ Concert, Friday, October 13, 7 p.m., Church of the Holy Trinity, 502 South Morris Street Oxford MD, 21654.  A concert artist of the highest caliber, Dr. Filsell is one of the few virtuoso musicians that performs as a concert pianist and organist.  Audiences all over the world marvel at his brilliant technique, virtuosic playing, ease, and clarity.  Dr. Filsell serves as Artist-in-Residence at Washington National Cathedral, Director of Music at The Church of the Epiphany (DC) and Professor of Organ Studies at Peabody Conservatory. For further information, please contact Holy Trinity at  or 410-226-5134.

Rev. Don Saliers, National AGO Chaplain, Monday, October 16, at 7:00 PM, we will meet together with the Mid-Shore AGO chapter at St. Marks United Methodist Church in Easton. Rev. Saliers will be speaking on Music and Worship in the Church.

Wesley Parrott, Organ Concert, Sunday, September 17, at 4:00 p.m., Presbyterian Church, Easton. Mr. Parrott won first place in 3 organ playing competitions in the United States during 1979. In 1982 Mr. Parrott entered the Grand Prix de Chartres Organ Competition, in Chartres, France and was the only American candidate among 70 contestants to become a finalist. Mr. Parrott will perform on the church’s three manual Moller pipe organ. The program will include works by J.S. Bach, F. Couperin, Lefebure-Wely and Widor.  The concert is free and the public is cordially invited. A free will offering will be received and a reception will follow the concert. For further information, please call 410-822-3324.



Dues Are Past Due For 2017-2018. The membership year begins July 1. If you are not sure whether you have paid, if you need financial assistance, or if you have any other questions about dues, please contact Susan Zimmer.

Salisbury AGO Website: You may have noticed the website for our Guild has obtained a few cobWebs.  My humble apologies.  Susan asked me two years ago to help with the web page and I am just getting around to doing that work.  The information is now there and updated.  Please be sure yours is correct.  If not, my contact information is on the site.  We will again begin using this to advertise positions, concerts, programs, etc.  I am in the process of getting the software updated to enable us to upload photos and videos.  I hope to be able to post many of our efforts and advertisements in our individual locations through pictures and videos, etc.  Stay tuned, we hope to have more opportunities, etc.  If you have any ideas, connect!  Lastly, most important, pray for our country and its people.  Robert Young, Webmaster and Secretary

AGO Members Recital: On Friday evening, June 15, 2018, we are planning a Salisbury AGO Chapter Members’ Recital at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury to celebrate the installation of their new organ.  The Vestry commissioned the instrument this past March in recognition of their upcoming 250th Anniversary which they are celebrating in 2018.  The organ will be a modern-realization on an English Anglican Organ, using almost all Ernest M. Skinner Pipework as realized through the work of Walker Technical Company, Zionsville, PA.  The instrument is scheduled to be installed in March 2018.  It would be fabulous to have a good crew performing together, representing the Salisbury AGO.  Please connect with Susan Zimmer if you would consider participating in this members’ recital.  It is scheduled for the “Third Friday” in June, 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.  Consider representing your AGO in playing a favorite of yours at this event.

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church of Salisbury, Maryland, from Veronica Tomanek:  St. Albans is pleased to announce a major upgrade to the 1968, 7-rank, Tellers pipe organ. The church selected Walker Technical of Zionsville, Pennsylvania, to rebuild the console and add a substantial digital component to the existing pipes. The tonal design is primarily American, based on Aeolian-Skinner sound. It is incredibly well-suited to the needs and size of the church.  The work was completed on July 27, 2017.  The existing Tellers was a 2-manual, 7-rank, unenclosed pipe organ with substantial borrowing. The organ did not have any strings, reeds, or other solo stops, but was functional for congregational use. We met with John Carpenter of Walker Technical (at the suggestion of Robert Young – thank you!), and were immediately sold on the company. Hearing some of Walker’s work in person solidified our decision. Walker rebuilt and refinished the console and bench, provided their POET Digital Voice System and all speakers, and installed their solid state pipe driver system for the existing pipework. Jesse Oddis was the point man on the pipe end of the job (not easy in the cramped pipe chamber!), and he also assisted Bob Walker with the voicing. It was a real pleasure working with the Walker crew – they did not hesitate to answer any questions we had.  Although the congregation has only heard the organ once since its installation, they are completely in awe of the wonderful sounds and how well it fits the church! Stay tuned for a dedication date…  The “new” organ specifications are as follows:

Great: Unexpressed
 8 Principal, WPS
8 Rohrflöte, Pipes
8 Erzahler, Pipes
8 Erzahler, Céleste WPS
4 Octave, Pipes
4 Koppelflöte, Pipes
4 Erzahler, Pipes
4 Erzahler Céleste, WPS
2 Super Octave, Pipes (4)
2 Waldflöte, Pipes (4)
IV Fourniture, WPS
II Mixture, Pipes
8 Trumpet, WPS

Swell: Expressive

16 Lieblich Gedeckt,WPS
8 Geigen Principal, WPS
8 Gedeckt, WPS
8 Viol de Gamba, WPS
8 Viol Céleste, WPS
8 Flute Céleste II, WPS
4 Principal, WPS
4 Nachthorn, WPS
2-2/3 Nazard, WPS
2 Blockflöte, WPS
1-3/5 Tierce, WPS
III Plein Jeu, WPS
16 Basson, WPS
8 Trompette, WPS
8 Oboe, WPS
8 Clarinet, WPS
4 Clairon, WPS

Solo: Expressive
 8 Harmonic Flute, WPS
8 Cello Céleste II, WPS
4 Orchestral Flute, WPS
16 Corno di Bassetto, WPS
8 English Horn, WPS
Chimes, WPS
8 Tuba, WPS 



Pedal: unexpressed
32 Contre Bourdon, WPS
16 Principal, WPS
16 Subbass, Pipes
16 Lieblich Gedeckt, (Sw)
8 Octave, WPS
8 Gedeckt, Pipes
4 Choralbass, WPS (8)
4 Flute, Pipes
IV Mixture, WPS
32 Bombarde, WPS (16)
16 Bombarde, WPS
16 Basson, (Swell)
8 Trumpet, (Great)
4 Oboe, (Swell) 




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.

Choral Director/Organist
Christ Episcopal Church, Cambridge, Maryland, seeks a choral director for their 12-member adult choir and organist.  Single, Sunday Mass, 8-12 hours weekly, 9 or 12 month schedule flexibility.  Organ was built by Casavant Freres, St. Hycinthe, Quebec, in 1996, maintained by David Storey, built in the French Romantic style, 2 manuals, 28 ranks.  Specifications for this fine organ may be found at  Sanctuary piano is a 1993, 6′, Kawai Conservatory Grand Piano. Contact is Julia Moore, Senior Warden, 410-221-0620.  Christ Episcopal Church, 601 Church Street, Cambridge, MD 21613.



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, Dr. 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