Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: January 9, 2019 at 18:13 pm

Message from the Dean 

Greetings from the Wilmington (North Carolina) Chapter! Founded in 1989, the Wilmington Chapter currently has a growing membership. While the majority of its members live in the greater Wilmington area, the chapter spans a large geographic area that includes southeastern North Carolina and portions of eastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. The Chapter meets monthly September through June. Each meeting includes a program which often is a concert performed by chapter members for the community, a lecture on a topic of interest or a guest artist recital. Many meetings feature a catered meal. The Wilmington chapter prides itself on presenting many concerts and events for the greater community. Many years, chapter members present a Hymn Festival for the Church Year, and a members’ organ recital. Chapter members also form the AGO Chamber Choir which performs a concert of the works of a major composer many years with chamber orchestra. The 2010 choral concert featured works of Benjamin Britten. Historic Wilmington, North Carolina, is located on the Southeastern coast of North Carolina and is home to many fine pipe organs. Builders represented include Austin, Bozeman, Casavant, Estey, Goulding & Wood, Noack, Pilcher, Schantz, E. M. Skinner, Taylor and Boody, and Visser-Rowland. For more information on the Wilmington Chapter, please contact Sara Bryant, Dean, at sara.w.bryant@gmail.com.



Greetings from the Dean

Dear Friends,

I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday season filled with beautiful music. For me, January is a lovely month. I enjoy the cooler weather and going to the beach when
the crowds aren’t as large.

Our Epiphany party at the Nichols’ house was so much fun! Martha Hayes accompanied us on Lisa’s lovely piano as we sang from the Oxford Book of Carols. We missed those of you who were not there. Thanks so much to Lisa and Bob for hosting us.

I am very much looking forward to our February program, another wonderful lecture by Bill Remele at St. Paul’s Lutheran. Please put Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. on your calendar if you haven’t already done so

Best regards,
Sara Bryant, Dean
Wilmington Chapter of the AGO

Nominating Committee

It is time to think about Wilmington Chapter officers for next year. If you would like to be an officer or have a suggestion about someone who would be a good officer, the nominating committee welcomes your input. Positions available are Dean, Sub-Dean, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large (1). Contact Justin Smith, nominating committee chair, at cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.

Smorgansboard 2019

Thank you to Al Murrell, Sub-Dean of the Central North Carolina Chapter for submitting the following information.  Contact Al for more information: 443-812-5999 (cell)

January 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Dr. Carol Williams – Concert Organist/Composer/San Diego Civic Organist Emerita
Christ Lutheran Church
600 Walnut Street
Cary, North Carolina
British born Carol Williams is a concert organist, composer and San Diego Civic Organist Emerita, where she made a name for herself performing classical, theater, jazz, rock and blues on a classical organ every week.

Carol could read music before English. Influenced by her father, a fine amateur theater organist, there was always a Hammond organ in her Welsh home.

Dr. Williams began her classical training at the Royal Academy of Music, a student of David Sanger, where she was awarded all major prizes for organ. Carol was known as Miss Wurlitzer! She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, a Fellow of Trinity College London, Associate of the Royal College of Music. Studied in Paris with Daniel Roth. Williams undertook postgraduate studies at Yale University with Professor Thomas Murray and was awarded an Artist Diploma and the Charles Ives prize for outstanding achievement. Earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Manhattan School of Music and received the Helen Cohn award.

As a teenager, she remembers hearing George Wright and Ashley Miller at the four manual Wurlitzer in Kilburn, London. And hearing Jimmy Smith in NYC. These great musicians made an indelible impression on her. Williams now travels the world with her unique “Jazzical” style.

Williams hosts “TourBus” the DVD documentary series featuring the Large & Small, Famous & Unique pipe organs of the world and is also host “On The Bench with Dr. Carol”, a YouTube series interviewing musicians.

Williams’ CDs, DVDs and compositions can be found at www.melcot.com.


You can register and pay online at http://cnccago.org

Windsor Music will have a large selection of organ music of all types available for purchase.

January 19, 2019
9 AM – 11:30 AM

Introduction to MIDI and orchestral voices in Worship
Clinician: Rodney Barbour from Cincinnati, OH

Rodney L. Barbour, native of Huntington, West Virginia, is an accomplished performer on low brass and keyboard instruments. He holds the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education and Organ Performance from Marshall University and the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Cincinnati.

Rodney Barbour’s performance career has taken many directions. From early performances in dance bands, the Holiday on Ice Orchestra and the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, Rodney developed as a featured entertainer for 10 years on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ (4 manual, 33 rank) at the Springdale Music Palace in Cincinnati. Rodney held the positions of Official Organist of the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium from 1987-1998 and Organist for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL Hockey Team from 1997-2000. As a worship leader, Rodney has directed adult and children’s vocal choirs, handbells and instrumental ensembles, written liturgy for worship to performing solo organ concerts, hymn festivals and accompanied choral and oratorio performances. Professionally, Rodney has served as Dean of the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In the Music Industry, Rodney Barbour held the position of Manager of Dealer Support Services for Church Organ Systems/Baldwin Piano and Organ Company 1993-1996 and Regional Sales Manager for Rodgers Instruments 1996-1998. As a writer, Rodney has articles published in Church Music Digest, Music Revelation and Church Business.

Current activities of Rodney Barbour include: Educator and consultant in the field of church music. Rodney’s most recent project is working with LifeWay Publishing on a project to add MIDI Orchestration to new Organ Releases with a companion “listening” CD for these collections. A recent CD release recorded on a blended MIDI/traditional Rodgers Organ—“Songs of Life—Sounds of Faith” is enjoying critical acclaim.

Noon to 1 PM – Lunch

1:30 PM to 4 PM
Free Harmonizations, Piano/Organ Duets
Clinicians: Richard and Evelyn Van Auken

Richard Van Auken, a native of Quakertown, PA, began piano lessons at age eleven and organ at age thirteen. Shortly thereafter he was appointed organist of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Kellers Church, PA. Following graduation from high school and service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea he studied at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music as an organ major with Dr. Robert Elmore.

His piano teachers include private study with Eleanor Sokoloff (of Curtis Institute), Susan Starr, Kenneth Amada, and Natalie Hinderas. He has spent many years as an organist and choir director, teacher of workshops/seminars in both piano and organ, and for nearly thirty years as an Artist-Teacher in the music department of Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA and a visiting instructor at Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

Included among his writings are three books of hymn tune arrangements for organ which serve as accompaniments to congregational singing. The hymn tunes are chosen from 57 well known traditional hymns and are meant to help generate excitement and create a depth of meaning in congregational singing.
Part of this Bio-Sketch includes information regarding Evelyn Van Auken who is often called upon to assist her husband. Programming is designed to highlight organ literature but use of the organ in ensemble has proved also to be of interest.

Young Organists Competition

Sponsored by the Greater Columbia AGO Chapter

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Open to Grades 8 – 12

First Prize $1500
Second Prize $1000
Third Prize $750
Hymn Playing Award $250
Bach Playing Award $250

For rules and application, see www.columbiaago.org

For more information contact franceswebb@sc.rr.com or 803-772-1492

2018-2019 Programs

Tuesday chapter events begin with dinner at 6:30 followed by a brief business meeting and evening program. Contact Lisa Nichol for reservations.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – Bill Remele will present a lecture recital, hosted by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 12 North 6th Street

Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Joshua Stafford, organ, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 North 16th St.

Friday, June 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – Chapter Social, hosted by John and Sharon Miller at their home. Come for a relaxing evening as we close out our program year. Bring a dish to share and
enjoy each other’s company.

Music Conferences

Furman Church Music Conference, January 24-25, 2019, Greenville, SC, featuring Bruce Neswick

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – 2019 AGO Southeast Regional Convention

June 9-12, 2019

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Charles Tompkins, Nicole Keller, Andrew Kotylo, Jared Johnson, Nigel Potts

St. Pauls, Conway; Trinity, Myrtle Beach; First UMC, Conway; First UMC, Myrtle Beach; All Saints, Pawleys Island

For more information: http://www.agose2019.com/.  Registration opens January 1, 2019.

Local Events

Click on the following links for the most current concert information!

Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW: http://uncw.edu/music/events/events-calendar.html

Wilson Center, CFCC: http://cfcc.edu/capefearstage/tickets-and-events/

Kenan Auditorium, UNCW: https://uncw.edu/arts/venues/kenan/calendar.html

Kenan Chapel, Landfall: http://kenanchapel.com/calendar

Thalian Hall: http://www.thalianhall.org/events#map

Church Concerts
First Presbyterian: http://www.firstonthird.org/music/music-at-first/

January 13, 5:00 PM, Beverly Andrews, violin; Domonique Launey, piano

St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian: https://musiconmarket.org/upcoming-performances/

No January concert

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: http://spechurch.com/MUSIC/concerts.html

January 24, Organ recital at 5:30 PM., Evensong at 6 PM



Membership in the Wilmington AGO is open to all who possess a love of organ and choral music. For more information on becoming a member, please contact Greg Gore, Treasurer, at chawk92@aol.com.  You may also join online by visiting https://www.agohq.org/oncard-login/.



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



For more information about certification, please visit http://www.agohq.org/certification or contact the Dean at sara.w.bryant@gmail.com.


Contact Us

Dean: Sara Bryant- sara.w.bryant@gmail.com

Subdean and Program Coordinator: John Sullivan – jds3rd@aol.com

Secretary: Sharon Miller – sharonmiller318@gmail.com

Treasurer: Greg Gore – chawk92@aol.com

Member at Large (2019): Bill Remele – wremele@gmail.com

Member at Large (2020): Bob Norem – noremtpc@gmail.com

Member at Large (2021): Doug Spivey – dspivey100@embarqmail.com



AGO Southeast Region Blog: http://agoregionivblog.blogspot.com/

AGO Southeast Region Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AGOSoutheast

AGO National Headquarters: http://www.agohq.org

Music at First: http://www.firstonthird.org/music/music-at-first/

Music Events at UNCW: https://events.uncw.edu/MasterCalendar/MasterCalendar.aspx

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra: http://wilmingtonsymphony.org/

AGO National website