Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: July 17, 2015 at 9:37 am

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 Justin Smith, Dean, at cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.


Local Events



Renewal Update


I just wanted to send a quick membership update to everyone.  Thanks to all of you that have already renewed your membership!  We are a little more than half way to our goal of 100% renewal by July 1.  If you have not yet renewed, please take a few minutes now to renew your support of the Wilmington Chapter!  We need you!  Our current chapter has been going strong for 25 years and we couldn’t have done it without all of our wonderful members!  You may click on the following link to renew online or print a paper invoice to renew by mail:  https://www.agohq.org/oncard-login/   I can also send you an invoice by email if this will help.

If you wish to be included in our chapter directory please complete the renewal process by Aug. 15!   Remember, renewing by mail will probably take a few weeks to process at national.  It was extremely difficult compiling the directory last year due to the many late renewals we received.  Hopefully we can avoid that this year!

Please contact me if I can be of assistance with the renewal process.

Gregory Gore

Treasurer/Membership Coordinator

Wilmington Chapter

American Guild of Organists


Six Summer Educational Programs for Teenagers and Young Adults Announced by the AGO with Generous Funding Provided by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America and the American Institute of Organbuilders

NEW YORK CITY—The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce four PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTERS (POEs) and one POE (Advanced) for students aged 13–18; and one POE (Technical) for students aged 16–23 in 2015. Generous funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) and the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) will support the summer programs, which will be held from coast to coast. Complete contact information for each Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in The American Organist Magazine and online at www.agohq.org. The summer schedule follows:

POE for ages 13–18
June 14–19 Wichita, Kans.
July 5–10 Valparaiso, Ind.
July 12–17 Columbus, Ga.
July 26–31 Brooklyn, N.Y.

POE (Advanced) for ages 13–18
June 14–19 Norman, Okla.

POE (Technical) for ages 16–23
June 14–19 Norman, Okla.

“The AGO and APOBA have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship since 1975,” declared AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. “Likewise, the AIO has been active in supporting the Guild’s educational programs, beginning with their partnership in Pulling Out All the Stops, a video produced jointly by the AGO, AIO, APOBA, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Theater Organ Society in 1996. Collectively, APOBA and the AIO have contributed more than $475,000 in support of the AGO’s educational programs during our long association. For their ongoing, committed generosity in supporting the Guild’s mission—to enrich lives through organ and choral music—we are extremely grateful.”

The PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTER (POE) is an introduction to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer organ music institutes for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Basic keyboard proficiency is required, although previous organ study is not necessary. The POE (Advanced) provides intermediate to advanced classes in areas such as organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, music theory, improvisation, conducting, and service playing for students who have achieved a high level of success in organ study. The POE (Technical) is a program designed for students who are interested in learning the art and craft of organ building.

POE site locations are selected by the AGO Committee on the New Organist and approved by the AGO National Council after application by AGO host chapters. Applications are available from AGO National Headquarters.



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/.



St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington is seeking an organist.  Please contact Bernardine Fulton at 910-762-8834 for more information about this opportunity.

Oak Island Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) is seeking an organist.  Please contact Amanda Paterson at 252-412-0028 or alhowell00@gmail.com for more information.

Topsail Presbyterian Church
Music Director
Job Description
This position is a permanent part-time position as the Director of Music. The position requires a person that is a team player, willing to work with the Minister and Worship Committee, enabling the congregation, and together, as a church family to discover, re-discover, grow in and share God’s love through music in all sacred varieties.
The Director of Music is responsible for accompanying members of the Chancel Choir and other vocalist during rehearsal and worship services; providing instrumental music for worship, weddings, and funerals; maintaining musical competence and professional skills through regular practice and continuing education.
The music Director should have good people skills and a positive attitude and be an accomplished musician, with a Bachelor’s Degree in music/or equivalent experience; should be equally comfortable with blended and contemporary styles of worship,  proficient in piano and organ, and be Christian minded.
The Music Director, along with the Minister, is responsible for choosing weekly congregational hymns, choir anthems and special music based on the main point for each Sunday.
The Music Director is responsible for weekly choir rehearsal and weekly Hand bell rehearsals.
For more information contact Susan Warren at snwmww@aol.com.


Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clinton NC is looking for a  permanent organist.  Our 24 member choir is enthusiastic and wonderful, but is kind of lost without their accompanist.  It is a congregation of 400, with one  weekly worship service on Sunday, and regular choir practice on Tuesday nights.  1979 Casavant pipe organ, 13 ranks, 2 manuals.   Please contact Diane Viser at 910-596-7025 or iron@intrstar.net for more information.

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 davidleeorgan@yahoo.com.


Contact Us

Dean: C. Justin Smith- cjs@alumni.wfu.edu

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

Treasurer: Greg Gore – chawk92@aol.com

Member at Large: Judy Siebold – judy908@bellsouth.net

Member at Large: Mark Gansor – mark@markgansor.com

Member at Large: Sara Bryant – music@thestmaryparish.org



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

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

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

Music at St. Paul’s: http://www.spechurch.com/music

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

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

AGO National website