Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: October 2, 2017 at 17:25 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.


Local Events

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

  • Oct. 15, 4:00 PM, UNCW Choirs, Mozart’s Requiem with the Opera Wilmington orchestra, $
  • Oct. 21, 7:30 PM, UNCW’s annual OctubaFest, $
  • Oct. 22, 7:30 PM, The UNCW string ensembles, $
  • Nov. 5, 7:30 PM, Chamber Music Wilmington presents Schumann Quartet, $

CFCC Fine Arts Center: http://cfcc.edu/capefearstage/tickets-and-events/

  • Oct. 3, 7:30 PM, TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, $
  • Oct. 5, 7:30 PM, ZZ Top, $
  • Oct. 6, 7:30 PM, Tony Danza, $
  • Oct. 14, 7:30 PM, Wilmington Symphony Orchestra: Mozart and Brahms, Barry Salwen, piano
  • Oct. 18, 7:30 PM, Los Lobos, $
  • Oct. 24, 7:30 PM, So You Think You Can Dance: Season 14 Tour, $
  • Oct. 28, 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM, Kinky Boots, $
  • Nov. 1, 7:30 PM, Hotel California: Salute to the Eagles, $
  • Nov. 4, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, The Wizard of Oz, $

Church Concerts

  • Oct. 13, 7:30 PM, Silent Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dorothy Papadakos, organ, St. Paul’s Episcopal, $
  • Oct. 27, 6:00 PM, Broadway Cabaret Night!, Dinner w/music from Pirates of Penzance, St. Paul’s Episcopal, $
  • Oct. 29, 5:00 PM, Gladius Music, First Presbyterian
  • Nov. 4, 7:30 PM, The Art of Music: Combining the Senses, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian
  • Nov. 5, 5:30 PM, Requiem by Gabriel Faure, St. Paul’s Episcopal

Kenan Auditorium, UNCW: http://uncw.edu/arts/calendar.html

  • Oct. 3, 7:30 PM, Sphinx Virtuosi chamber music ensemble featuring concerti for varied instruments, $
  • Oct. 12, 7:30 PM, UNCW Department of Music jazz faculty, $
  • Oct. 17, 6:30 PM, David Russell and the Port City Blues Band, $
  • Oct. 19, 7:30 PM, Ranky Tanky, a vocal jazz quintet from Charleston, $

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

  • Nov. 4, 5:00 PM, UNCW Chamber Singers
  • Nov. 5, 5:00 PM, UNC Kenan Music Scholars



Greetings from the Dean

Dear Friends–

Happy fall! Fall is my favorite season, but things are already getting busier as Advent and Christmas approach.

I hope that all of you are doing well. I missed seeing you when it became necessary to cancel the fall social because Hurricane Irma was on the way. As I write this, Hurricane Maria is causing damage and misery in the Caribbean. I know that many of your churches are sending help to the people who need it. I hope that Maria will be the last hurricane of the year.

By now you should have received your 2017—18 AGO yearbook. A huge thanks to Sharon Miller, who worked for many hours to type, format, and produce the yearbooks. Sharon’s church, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian, generously allowed the Chapter to use the church copier to make the books. I find the yearbook to be endlessly useful. When someone calls me to ask about playing for an event and I can’t do it, I pull out my yearbook and give them names and numbers of other organists. When I need advice about or help with something musical, I have numbers of all my wonderful musician friends right in the yearbook. In addition, the community concert listing is the most comprehensive one that I know of.

Our October Chapter event is a public concert, Organ Music for the Reformation, to be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited and admission is free. Bill Remele, St. Paul’s Director of Music, tells me that the people at his church are excited about the concert. Please help publicize this event in any way you can. A poster is included with this newsletter. It is not too late to volunteer to play at the concert! Contact me or Bill Remele if you would like to play. There will be no dinner or business meeting in October since our concert is open to the public.

I look forward to seeing you on October 29!

Best regards,

Sara Bryant


Member Opens Voice Studio

Angela Burns, originally from Wilmington NC, returned this past July after living and performing in the Washington DC area and has opened a voice studio for aspiring singers called Port City Voice Studio. She has performed numerous times before the President of the United States, the Vice-President, high-ranking officials and millions of listeners throughout 25 states. Angela has a vocal performance and pedagogy degree from East Carolina University. She continues to study voice and conducting to this day to maintain her musical prowess. Most recently she collaborated and participated in a master class with Renee and Rachelle Fleming assisting professional singers with classical and Broadway musical selections. May 2017, Angela was the mezzo-soprano soloist for Dan Forrest’s Requiem of the Living and conducted a choir of over 130 musicians at the National Cathedral. Angela continues to perform for local concert series, weddings and classical events.

Ms. Burns thrives on musical excellence and her expertise consists of choral, church, operatic, oratorio and musical theatre repertoire. From 1994-2016, Angela was an ensemble member, soloist, conductor, and manager of the official chorus of the Air Force, The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, DC. In addition she has soloed and conducted choirs at the Southern and National American Choral Directors Conventions to include the National Conventions in New York and Utah. In 2007, she began her Director of Music Ministries at a large metropolitan church in the DC area and has continued to coach and direct over 200 musicians to date.

Angela is a member of NATS, MTNA, CFMTA and ACDA. Her teaching is grounded in imagery while focusing on the body and vocal resonance. She teaches lyric diction in any language by using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For more information about lessons visit www.portcityvoicestudio.com or find Port City Voice Studio on Facebook.

Organ Competition and Festival

The UNC-School of the Arts/Salem College in association with the Piedmont, NC AGO Chapter is holding its annual festival and competition January 26-28, 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC. Follow this link for information and to download the application form: http://www.timothyolsenorganist.com/hs-competition.html.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – 2019 AGO Southeast Regional Convention

June 9-12, 2019

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

For more information: http://www.agose2019.com/

2017-2018 Programs

  • Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m.: Member recital to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 12 North 6th Street, no dinner or business meeting
  • November: no meeting
  • Sunday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m.: AGO members are invited to be in a choir to lead congregational singing during the Candlelight Tour at First Presbyterian Church, 125 South 3rd Street, No dinner or business meeting.
  • Friday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.: Organ recital featuring Patrick Kreeger, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 North 16th Street, reception following.
  • Friday, February 2, 6:00 p.m.: Progressive dinner and recital at St. Andrews-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Rd, Windermere Presbyterian Church, 104 Windemere Road, and Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, 2 West Fayetteville St.
  • Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m.: Music in the military and vocal technique, Angela Burns, presenter, St. James Episcopal Church, 25 South 3rd Street
  • Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Public domain organ music, Justin Smith, presenter, Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church, 10255 US Highway 17 North
  • Sunday, May 13 at 5:00 p.m.: Organ recital featuring Joby Bell, First Presbyterian Church, 125 South 3rd. Street, chapter dinner following.
  • Friday, June 15: Summer social, time/location TBD.



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/.




Trinity Episcopal Church (Lumberton)


TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 1202 N Chestnut Street, Lumberton NC, 28358. 910 739-3717. 2 manual, 13 ranks Moeller pipe organ, renovated 2012 to include digital extensions, 128 memory levels, sequencer, chimes, and cymbelstern; piano in sanctuary and choir room. Service: 10:30AM. Extra Seasonal Responsibilities: Christmas Eve [10:30 Special Music; Service: 11:00 pm], AW, MT, Good Friday noon, Coordinating visiting musicians for Advent Luncheon Series. Rehearsal Trinity Choir: Wednesday 7:00-8:30 pm. Wedding and Funerals First Right of Refusal. Teaching Privileges: yes. Other responsibilities: Monthly Worship Committee Meeting. The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor of Music degree or demonstrate equivalent experience; will demonstrate proficiency in directing choirs; will demonstrate organ and service playing proficiency.

SALARY: $16,000-$19,000 per year commensurate with experience; weddings and funerals additional remuneration

BENEFITS: 4 paid Sundays off per year; continuing education allowance negotiable.

CONTACT: e-mail resume to nikkihansen5589@gmail.com , attention Scott Ryan, Senior Warden Trinity Church.


Oak Grove Presbyterian Church (Wilmington)

Pianist to play 11:00 a.m. Sunday service at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. $125 per week. Contact Rev. Robert Bayley at robertbayley@msn.com with a brief resumé.


First United Methodist Church (Clinton, NC)

ORGANIST  FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CLINTON,  208 Sampson Street, Clinton, NC 28328, 910-592-2035.  2 manual, 25 rank Letourneau pipe organ [2008], 7’ Baldwin Grand Piano in Sanctuary, and same in Choir Room;  HandBells 5 octave Schulmerich, and 4 oct. Schulmerich melody chimes.  Service:  11 AM Traditional.  Extra Seasonal Responsibilities:  Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve [if in the Sanctuary] Rehearsal: Adult Choir [37]: Wednesday 7:00-8:00 pm.  Wedding and Funerals First Right of Refusal. Teaching Privileges: yes.  Other responsibilities:  Recitals if the candidate wishes; none required.  Choir has been on tour in Europe several times and sings often at the Biltmore Estate. The successful candidate will demonstrate skills at service playing including hymns, prelude, offertory, and postlude.

SALARY:  $15,000-$18,000 commensurate with education and experience and travel

BENEFITS:  4 pd Sundays off per year;  pension; some continuing education allowance

CONTACT:  Mail resume to attn:  Dan Holland, Director of Music at above address or email to Dan Holland at floydh@embarqmail.com.

Position Available:  Now


Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Position Announcement – Director of Liturgy and Music
Immaculate Conception Church
6650 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

The Director of Liturgy and Music provides direction and supervision for all parish liturgical celebrations through recruitment and formation of all liturgical ministers. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing; preferably possess an undergraduate degree in music and/or liturgy or a related field; have a proven appreciation for both traditional and contemporary music for worship; possess organizational, pastoral, computer, and communication skills.  Ministering to the residents of coastal Carolina Beach near historic Wilmington, NC. This is a full-time position with salary and Diocesan benefits. A full job description is available upon request. Please send inquiries to searchcommittee2017icc@gmail.com

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 – smiller@sacpc.org

Treasurer: Greg Gore – chawk92@aol.com

Member at Large (2017): Matt Rosendahl – rosematt66@gmail.com

Member at Large (2018): Bill Remele – wremele@gmail.com

Member at Large (2019): Bob Norem – noremtpc@gmail.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