Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: November 3, 2015 at 13:29 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 Justin Smith, Dean, at cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.


Local Events
  • Nov. 1, 11:00 a.m., Faure Requiem, FPC Chancel Choir, Hoggard High School Voyagers, First Presbyterian Church, free
  • Nov. 1, 5:00 p.m., Choral Evensong, St. Paul’s Choir, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, free
  • Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m., Wilmington Symphonic Winds, Kenan Auditorium, UNCW, $
  • Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., UNCW Faculty Woodwind Quintet, UNCW, Beckwith Recital Hall, $
  • Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Sounds of Freedom, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian, music of the American Wars & tribute to the Armed Forces and songs of peace, free
  • Nov. 7, 8:00 p.m., John Prine, CFCC Fine Arts Center, $
  • Nov. 8, 4:00 p.m., UNCW Chamber Winds & Wind Symphony, UNCW, Kenan Auditorium, 4 p.m., free
  • Nov. 8, 5:00 p.m., Kenan Music Scholars, Kenan Chapel, Landfall, tickets available one week prior to concert at NE Branch New Hanover County Library, free
  • Nov. 11, 7:15 p.m., David Lee Heinzman, harpsichord, in recital, Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church, free
  • Nov. 12, 7:30, NC Symphony, Russian Spectacular, with pianist Di Wu, (postponed from Oct. 4th), $
  • Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., The Chenaults, organ duo, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, $
  • Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Dominique Launey, Stephen Field, piano, UNCW, Beckwith Recital Hall, $
  • Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 15, 4:00 p.m., Cape Fear Chorale presents Bach’s Magnificat in D and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, with orchestra, Winter Park Baptist Church, free
  • Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., UNCW Jazz Ensemble II, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, UNCW, Beckwith Recital Hall, $
  • Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Julian Sands: A Celebration of Harold Pinter, $
  • Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Justin Hoke, classical guitar, UNCW, Beckwith Recital Hall, $
  • Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., UNCW Jazz Ensemble I, UNCW, Beckwith Recital Hall, $
  • Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Symphony No. 28 & Hindemith Symphony, Vaughan-Williams’ Tuba Concerto, UNCW, Kenan Auditorium, $
  • Nov. 22, 4:00 p.m., Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra & Junior Strings, UNCW, Kenan Auditorium, $
  • Nov. 22, 4:00 p.m., UNCW Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, UNCW, Beckwith Recital Hall, $
  • Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., UNCW String Ensemble & Classical Guitar Ensemble, UNCW, Beckwith Recital Hall, $
  • Nov. 29, 5:00 p.m., UNCW Chamber Singers, Kenan Chapel, Landfall, ticket required, free
    $ = admission charge



Greetings from the Dean

Dear Members and Friends of the Wilmington AGO,

Welcome to one of my favorite times of the year: fall!  After we survived all of the rains at the beginning of October, the weather has turned cooler and makes us remember that the November celebrations of All Saints’, Christ the King, and Thanksgiving are not far away.  Then we have Advent and Christmas!  I recently had a planning meeting at church where we discussed Christmas Eve and when I walked out of the church the coolness of the air reminded me that we really are not that far away from some of our favorite (and most stressful for sacred musicians) times of the year.  I hope that all of your November and December music planning is going along well.  It is certainly a busy time of the year, but I know it is most fulfilling for us as well.

Even though everyone has been busy this month, I was pleased to see a nice crowd for our October meeting at Grace United Methodist Church.  We really appreciate all of the time and effort put into this program by Linda Nance.  Linda is a wonderful resource to the Wilmington community on the topic of weddings and wedding coordination.  She provided an outstanding discussion on how weddings have evolved and what church weddings look like now.

We also thank Judy Siebold and Jerry Cribbs for their attention to detail and organization as they provided an excellent setting for our meeting.  The ladies of Grace really outdid themselves with an outstanding meal and the meeting would not have happened without the work of Judy and Jerry making arrangements to use Grace’s beautiful facility, including the large music suite.

This month, our meeting is earlier than usual, on Friday, November 6.  We have a wonderful evening of music and food planned for you with our progressive dinner program, featuring the pipe organs of Trinity United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church.  The evening will begin at 6:00 PM at Trinity UMC, 1403 Market Street, in downtown Wilmington.   Parking is available behind the church in the large parking lot and you can enter at the side door marked church office.  We will begin with some social time as we gather in the downstairs fellowship hall with appetizers.  Joann Guttman, organist at Trinity, is coordinating this course.  Following our appetizers, we will move to the sanctuary where Joann will treat us to a short recital demonstrating the church’s 1988 Visser-Rowland tracker pipe organ, opus 83.

We will then drive up the block to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (16 N. 16th Street) and park in the back parking lot.  Around 7:00, we will enjoy a lasagna dinner provided by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and coordinated by Ronnie Wise.  There will be a vegetarian lasagna option available.  Following dinner, we will then enjoy a short recital by Ronnie Wise and Richard Rhoads, musicians at St. Paul’s, demonstrating their 1995/1999 Goulding and Wood pipe organ, opus 26.

Following this, we will drive to St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church (1416 Market Street), parking along the street and in the parking lot across from the church.  We will go directly into the sanctuary for a short recital by John and Sharon Miller featuring the 1958 Casavant pipe organ, opus 2465, and their 1925 Chickering piano.  Following this, we will then enjoy dessert provided by John and Sharon.

This sounds like a lot of wonderful food!  You may be wondering how much it will cost.  I am excited to tell you that the meal this month is free!  The chapter is very grateful to Joann, Ronnie, and John and Sharon for providing our meal for us and/or working with their church folks to provide the meal for us without cost.  I am also very thankful for all of the hard work Sub-Dean John Sullivan has put into the planning of this event, coordinating all the logistics for the dinner courses.

Even though it is free, we still need dinner reservations so each of our hosts will know how much food to prepare.  Reservations are due no later than Monday, November 2 and should be made with Lisa Nichol (910-398-1648 or lisawnichol@yahoo.com).  All locations are handicapped accessible and we would love to have a big crowd for this special event.  Significant others are certainly welcome for this social and musical evening.  Please make plans now to join us!

In other news, your board is hard at work planning the details of the programs for the rest of the season.  We will especially need assistance with the April historic organ tour throughout downtown Wilmington.  Sara Bryant is coordinating this event.  Please speak to her if you would like to help with publicity, logistics, planning each stop at the churches, and more.  In addition, the board is already thinking of future planning for the next few years.  If you have any ideas about what programs you would like to see (such as choral festivals, organ recitals, educational programs, workshops, etc.), please get in touch with any of the board members (contact information is listed on the website and in the Yearbook).

I look forward to seeing all of you on November 6!

Justin Smith

2015-2016 Programs

  • Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:00 PM, beginning at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1403 Market Street: Progressive Dinner and Recital, featuring three downtown churches.  At each location, we will enjoy food and fellowship, followed by a short recital provided by members of our chapter.  The appetizers course will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, the main course will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and the desserts course will be held at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church.
  • December: No chapter event.  Happy Advent and Christmas!
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016, 6:00 PM, Home of Robert and Lisa Nichol, 6000 Forest Creek Circle, Wilmington: 12th Night/Epiphany Party.  Join us for a wonderful evening of unwinding and socializing together following the hectic seasons of Advent and Christmas.  The main course will be provided, with chapter members bringing other dishes.
  • Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church, 125. S. Third Street, Wilmington: Organ Recital.  Christopher “Kit” Jacobson is a well-known recitalist in the international organ community and is currently the Organist at Duke University Chapel.  He has served previously at Washington National Cathedral, Columbia’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and on the faculty at the University of South Carolina.  He will play a varied recital on First Presbyterian’s historic unaltered 1928 E.M. Skinner organ.  This concert is co-sponsored by the Music at First series.
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 6:30 PM, Church of the Servant (Episcopal), 4925 Oriole Drive, Wilmington: AGO Educational Program with Dr. Laura Ellis.  AGO Southeastern Regional Councillor Dr. Laura Ellis will be our guest for a wonderful educational program about the work of the AGO.  Dr. Ellis will speak on the topic of “The Future of the AGO,” and is excited to also hear ideas about what this means for our own chapter membership.  Dr. Ellis is currently Associate Professor at the School of Music at the University of Florida.  We will enjoy a catered dinner before the program itself.
  • Sunday, April 24, 2016, Time TBD (afternoon), beginning at First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third Street: Downtown Wilmington Historic Organ Tour.  The Wilmington AGO will sponsor a community-oriented organ tour through some of the historic churches of downtown Wilmington.  Each location provides an incredible view into the history of our city and how it has changed over the years.  Please plan to invite family, friends, choir members, and church members to this community outreach event.  Short demonstration recitals will be held on each organ.  Locations include: First Presbyterian Church chapel and sanctuary, St. James Parish, Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, First Baptist Church, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
  • May: No chapter event.  Happy spring!
  • Sunday, June 5, 2016, 6:00 PM, Home of Bob Norem and Carl Salisbury, 734 George Trask Drive, Wilmington: Summer Social.  Join us for a great time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company as we close out the program year.  This event feature a potluck dinner and time to talk to friends and colleagues in our chapter.

Dan Locklair: INITIAL MEMORIES to Receive World Premiere

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) College of Fine Arts and the Department of Music will present the world premiere of Dan Locklair’s INITIAL MEMORIES: A Divertimento for Organ and Wind Quintet on Saturday, November 7, at 3 p.m. A pre-concert presentation by the composer will be given at 2:15 p.m. The pre-concert event and the performance, both of which are free and open to the public, will take place in the DiCicco Rehearsal Hall, Cogswell Music Building at IUP, located in Indiana, Pa., 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. All are invited to a reception following the concert.

INITIAL MEMORIES will be presented by members of the IUP music faculty including: Dr. Joseph Baunoch, bass; Dr. Rosemary Brumbelow, clarinet; Dr. Stephanie Caulder, oboe*; Dr. Christine Clewell, organ; Dr. Mary Logan Hastings, soprano; Dr. Heidi Lucas, horn; Dr. See-Yin Lo, tenor; Dr. Therese Wacker, flute; Dr. Jason Worzbyt, bassoon; and Brianna Brickner, alto (IUP Class of ’13).

A four-movement divertimento, INITIAL MEMORIES was conceived to highlight the unique tonal aesthetic of the Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Pipe Organ, built by R. J. Brunner & Company of Silver Spring, Pa. The composition was commissioned by IUP in honor of the newly installed organ which is being used by special arrangement with the American Guild of Organists (AGO).

Named the 1996 AGO Distinguished Composer of the Year, Dan Locklair is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His compositional catalog, influenced by a wide variety of traditions, includes internationally performed symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, and numerous solo, chamber, vocal, organ, and choral compositions.

In addition to the Locklair premiere, the concert will include organ solo and ensemble works that showcase the Pogorzelski and Yankee Organ. Representative composers include J. S. Bach, PDQ Bach, Gladys Fisher, Libby Larsen, John Knowles Paine, and Wayne Bernard Sanders.

On the eve of the premiere, Friday, November 6, there will be a “Meet-the-Composer” presentation featuring Dan Locklair. This program will be facilitated by IUP Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition Dr. John Levey. Beginning at 5 p.m. in the DiCicco Rehearsal Hall, Cogswell Music Building, this event is also free and open to the general public.

For more information, contact Christine Clewell.

*Dr. Stephanie Caulder, is Chair of the Music Department and is the daughter of chapter member Joann Guttman, organist at Trinity UMC. Read Dr. Caulder’s bio here: https://www.iup.edu/page.aspx?id=174594

Organ Competition

Dear AGO Member and/or Organ Teacher:

I am happy to announce the 2016 High School Organ Festival & Competition co-hosted by the Winston-Salem AGO Chapter, UNC School of the Arts, and Salem College, on January 29-31, 2016. The competition is open to all high school seniors or younger who are studying in the U.S.

The audition requirements and schedule information can be found here: Competition

A CD Recording, application, and letters of recommendation are due by Friday, December 18, 2015 as noted on the website and registration form.

I would greatly appreciate you forwarding this to any teacher or high school organ student that might be interested.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Timothy Olsen

Timothy Olsen, DMA
Kenan Professor of Organ
Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs
School of Music, UNC School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, NC
336.770.3254 (o)
405.535.8124 (c)

This & That

Please see p. 48 of the November issue of The American Organist magazine for a favorable review of Roberta Rowland-Raybold’s collection, Winter Solstice: Carols for Organ (Augsburg Fortress). The article, written by Christopher Cook, provides suggestions for practical organ music for the fall festivals, Advent and Christmas.

Wilmington Organ Notes is published monthly January-May and September-December by the Wilmington Chapter
of the American Guild of Organists. Submissions are due by the 20th of the preceding month that you wish the item to appear. Email submissions to Gregory Gore, Editor, at chawk92@aol.com. Advertising rates available upon request.

The Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is proud to announce the 2016 Pipe Organ Encounter to be held Sunday, July 24-Friday, July 29, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Atlanta Chapter will accept students ages 13-18.  Students should be interested in Pipe Organs with Piano or Organ proficiency from Intermediate to Advanced.  Join us for an exciting week of study with
the King of Instruments.  Watch our website for future announcements.  Website: www.agoatlanta.org/html/POE.htm

Contact: Nicole Marane, POE Director at nicmarane@gmail.com.

Young Organist Competition 2016

sponsored by the

Greater Columbia AGO Chapter

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Columbia, S.C.

Open to Grades 8-12

First Prize $1,000

Second Prize $500

Third Prize $300

Hymn Playing Award $250

Best Bach Performance $250

For rules and application see

Young Organist Competition 2016

at www.columbiaago.org




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/.



Director of Liturgy and Music

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Wilmington

In collaboration with the Pastor, the Director of Liturgy and Music provides direction and supervision of all parish liturgical celebrations.  This is accomplished through preparation for the parish liturgies, the recruitment, formation, and continuation of liturgical ministers; planning for and realization of the music ministry of the parish, including providing piano/organ accompaniment for parish liturgies, as well as direction for parish choir(s) and instrumentalists.  In addition, the Director works in relationship with other staff members to support the community to live out the parish vision and mission statements.

Immaculate Conception Parish is located in the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina. The community Lives Jesus Christ” by proclaiming the Gospel, by celebrating the Eucharist, by nourishing our Faith and by loving and serving all God’s people. The community commits themselves to do all things in the spirit of St. Francis de Sales with compassion, humility and gentleness.

The ideal candidate will be a practicing Catholic in good standing; possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree in liturgy or related field along with a degree and/or experience in (Sacred) music; have a demonstrated knowledge of and respect for the liturgy of the Catholic Church and have a proven appreciation for both traditional and contemporary music for worship; exhibit the necessary skills as an accompanist on the piano and organ; possess organizational, pastoral, computer, and communication skills.  Professional and personal faith growth is expected.

This is a full-time position with salary and Diocesan benefits.  The position is open immediately.

A full job description is available upon request.

A cover letter expressing the candidate’s understanding of liturgy and music, and resume may be submitted via email to searchcommittee2015icc@gmail.com by November 11, 2015.

Military Base Musician Needed

Location: Jacksonville, NC
Compensation: $1,200 per month
Hours of Operation: Sundays, Catholic 9:00-10:00, Protestant 11:00-12:30
2 hours of Choir Practice weekly (Schedule TBD)
● Have extensive knowledge of both Catholic and Protestant music, religious
service organization, and program development. Has leadership ability to direct
choirs and develop musical programs for other Chapel programs.
● Shall have at least a minimum of two years of experience playing in a church
● Must be able to effectively play the piano, keyboard, and organ. Individual must
be able to sight read music.
● Must be able to play a wide variety of music from traditional church hymns to
contemporary church music in order to support all Catholic and Protestant
● Must be able to recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers for choir, praise team,
cantatas, a band, or other musical groups in support of chapel programs.
Company: Sawyer Contracting LLC
Point of Contact
Contact Person: Anne Rose
Email: anne@sawyercontracting.com
Office: 407-602-7780, ext. 102
Fax: 321-765-6437


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