Tidewater Chapter

Last updated: January 13, 2014 at 22:48 pm

Message from the Dean 

The Norfolk Chapter of the American Guild of Organists was organized in 1954 by Dr. Charles Vogan, Professor of Organ and Musicology at Old Dominion University. Dr. Vogan served as the first chapter Dean and was active until his death in 1986. Due to increasing membership from other cities, the name was changed to the Tidewater Chapter, effective 1982, and includes members from Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. A major chapter project is The Organ Swell, a 3 week series of recitals for organ and instruments held annually in the spring, in conjunction with the Virginia Arts Festival. The chapter welcomes all with an interest in the organ!

The Tidewater Chapter proudly celebrated its 50th Anniversary Year in 2004-2005. A year of special events culminated with the hosting of a Pipe Organ Encounter for Teenagers in July, 2005.Tidewater Chapter hosted the Region III Convention in July, 2009!

Local Events

Included here are recitals, concerts, special services, and other events involving or of special interest to our members. To add an item to this calendar, please contact Rachel Gragson 252.335.1849; wrgragson@roadrunner.com










Posted 8/30/2012
This position is open at Green Acres Presbyterian Church in Portsmouth, Virginia. The church is seeking an individual with training and experience in music of the reformed church tradition.

Incumbent will direct an adult choir, children’s choir, and handbell choir, interacting with the Pastor and lay leaders.
He/she will assume oversight for care of the church’s musical instruments and musical library. Skill in organ performance and keyboard accompaniment for choirs is essential.

Incumbent will be expected to provide instruction in vocal technique and choral singing to volunteers of varied levels.
Energy and administrative skills and ability to communicate with multi-generational singers are important.

The position requires roughly twenty-five hours per week. Salary is to be based on training and experience. A candidate must clear social and criminal background checks.

Please send resume and references to:
Green Acres Presbyterian Church
3135 Hanley Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23703
(757) 484 5125 www.greenacrespc.org

Posted 7/15/2013
Epworth United Methodist Church in Exmore, VA is seeking a Director of Music (or someone interested in playing either the piano or organ until a Director of Music is hired.) The Director of Music is responsible for coordinating music with the pastor; playing either the piano or organ during the 11:00 service; and for selecting music for, rehearsing with, and directing the adult choir. The position pays $10,000 per year. (Pay for just a pianist or organist will be prorated.) For more specific information, please contact 442-5254.

Posted 6/20/2013

Director of Youth and Children’s Music
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church of Princess Anne

Virginia Beach: Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church of Princess Anne is seeking a part-time (10 – 12 hours per week) Director of Youth and Children’s Music. The ideal candidate will be an experienced, creative and visionary individual who will establish a warm and engaging environment to develop the musical talents of the choir members in collaboration with the Worship and Leadership team. The Youth and Children’s Choirs are ministries for our church and are meant to expose youth and children to sacred music in an atmosphere that enriches their faith. A full job description is available on our website at gcpcpa.org. Please submit your resume to Secretary@gcpcpa.org.

Posted 4/28/2013

Organist position available at King’s Grant Baptist Church in Virginia Beach. Duplicate blended Sunday morning services at 8:30 and 11:00 with weekly Wednesday night choir rehearsals from 7:30-9:00. Nice two manual Ahlborn-Galanti.
Please contact:
Daniel Cooper
(Church) 757-340-0902
(Cell) 757-450-1419

Posted 12/12/2012

Organist position at Grace United Methodist Church, Newport News, for traditional service on Sunday at 11 a.m., plus special holiday events, with rehearsals the previous Thursday at 7 p.m. Competitive salary, vacation and sick leave benefits. Send email resume to admin@graceumc.hrcoxmail.com

Regina L. South
Director of Music, Grace UMC
1209 Country Club Road
Newport News, Virginia 23606


Stephen C Leist has just moved to our area and is available for substituting. Work:455-2131 Cell:859-338-9361

Rose Nelson, a former member of our Chapter, has rejoined, and is available for substituting. Her phone number is 757-548-5510 and her email address isrosenelson@cox.net

Ruth MacKay: 757.464.1542
Andrew Maurice: 757.539.9254
Peggy Kelley Reinburg: 757.625.5888
Dr. Lawrence Smith: 757.481.0928
Lucile Wiley: 757.340.0414
Joyce Whitaker: 757.340.2557
R. Thomas Griffin: 757.365.9595
E. Rodney Trueblood: rtrueblood@roadrunner.com 252.338.8256
Ian Howard: Ian.Howard27@yahoo.com,757.410.9877

To list an employment opportunity or to be included on the substitute list, please contact Rachel Gragson 252.335.1849; wrgragson@roadrunner.com

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




Contact Us

Dean – John Dixon, Johnsdixon@aol.com
Subdean – Martin Sunderlund, landersun2@aol.com
Registrar/Treasurer – Rachel Gragson, wrgragson@roadrunner.com
Secretary – Pat Spoettle, vaspoettles@peoplepc.com



Virginia Wesleyan College Center for Sacred Music: http://www.vwc.edu/csm
Symphonicity: http://www.symphonicity.org
Virginia Arts Festival – http://www.vafest.com
Virginia Symphony – http://www.virginiasymphony.org
Virginia Opera – http://www.vaoopera.org
Virginia Chorale – http://www.vachorale.org
Schola Cantorum – http://www.schola-cantorum.org
WHRO: http://www.whro.org
Pipedreams – http://www.pipedreams.mpr.org
Organ Historical Society – http://www.organsociety.org
John Dixon – http://www.JohnSDixon.com
University Music House (organ music supplier) – http://www.universitymusichouse.com
Virginia Art Song Society – http://www.artsongsociety.org
Virginia Handbell Consort: www.virginiahandbellconsort.com
Virginia Choral Society: www.vachoralsociety.org
Musical-Arts.net (http://www.musical-arts.net)

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