Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: June 3, 2019 at 11:24 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 Sara Bryant, Dean, at sara.w.bryant@gmail.com.



Greetings from the Dean

Dear AGOers—
I hope you have had a chance to get some rest after a wonderful Easter. This is my lastEaster as a church musician, and things have not gone perfectly even once in the past forty-eight years I have been doing this. I figured out a long time ago that there would always be things that would not go as planned. I have enjoyed these forty-eight years.

As explained in my email last week, we are changing the date of our May event. As often happens with new organs, the installation of the organ at Church of the Servant is taking longer that expected. Our new date is Friday, May 24 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. This celebration will be a parish event, and I am grateful that the Wilmington AGO is being invited. Matt Rosendahl, CoS organist/choirmaster, invites us to bring our sheet music, organ shoes and glasses, and play the beautiful new organ. This will be an informal evening, so our playing does not have to be flawless. Punch and cake will be served, and everyone will be able to walk around, see the organ, and chat with others. I look forward to seeing you there.

We will have a short meeting at CoS for the purpose of electing officers for next year.  Here is the slate of officers from the nominating committee:

• Dean—Greg Gore
• Subdean—John Sullivan
• Secretary—Sharon Miller
• Treasurer/Membership chair—Justin Smith
• Member at large—Angela Burns
• Bob Norem and Doug Spivey will continue their terms as members-at-large.
• Bob’s term ends in 2020, Doug’s in 2021.

Other nominations may be made from the floor at the May meeting. If you plan to nominate someone, check first to make sure the person is willing to serve.

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

Chapter Events 2019

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

Friday, May 24, 2019, 7:00 PM – – Church of the Servant, 4925 Oriole Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28403, hosted by Matt Rosendahl; Enjoy an evening with dessert, punch, and coffee and an introduction to their new pipe organ!

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.

Member Renewals

For members who have a renewal date of July 1, you will soon receive an invoice in the mail or an email concerning your membership renewal. You are vital to the success of this chapter and we need you! Please take a few minutes to renew as soon as you receive your renewal information. Click on the following link to renew online: https://www.agohq.org/membership/ When you renew, be sure to update all of your personal information in ONCARD as we will use this to compile our member directory. Thank you to the members who have already renewed!

Note the following important information from national concerning renewals:

The AGO will be upgrading to a new membership database to better serve our members and chapters. The transition to the new system is scheduled between May 20 and June 10. During this time, AGO members and chapter leaders will not have access to online membership information and renewals through ONCARD.

Upon receiving a renewal invoice, members with an expiration date of July 1 or earlier (see TAO Magazine label) can renew online prior to May 20 or beginning on June 10, but between those dates, membership renewals can only be accepted if paid by check.

Molly Davey, 212-870-2310 (M-F, 9-5 Eastern)
Leah Semiken, 212-870-2311, ext. 7512 (M-F, 9-5 Pacific)

If you have questions or need assistance with the renewal process, contact Greg Gore at chawk92@aol.com.

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 is now open.

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/

  • May 19, 5:00 PM, David Jernigan, organ

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

  • May 3-4, 7:30 PM, May 5, 3:00 PM, Nunsense: The Musical, Brown Hall (SOLD OUT) SEE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO.

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

  • May 30, Choral Evensong – organ recital 5:30 PM, Evensong 6:00 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/.



Organist, Trinity United Methodist Church

Wilmington, North Carolina

Instrumentation Specification:  Visser-Rowland (1988) Tracker Pipe Organ, 34 stops – 48 Ranks
Trinity United Methodist Church, 1403 Market Street, Wilmington, NC, a 500 + member congregation located in historic Wilmington, is seeking a part-time organist/accompanist.
In addition to having musical competencies and talents, we are seeking a candidate who is committed to Christian ministry, one who is familiar with Methodist hymnody and eager to share their musical gifts with our congregation.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and references to jimrouse57@gmail.com.


Music Director, First United Methodist Church

Wallace, North Carolina

First UMC in Wallace is looking for a music director. Here is a description:
One adult choir – sings on Sunday morning – one service.  Practice is at 7 pm Wed. evening. (totally could be modified to suit all concerned).  [Choir does meet on Sunday morning at 10:30 to “warm up” in chapel.]  Worship is at 10:55 and includes two hymns from Methodist Hymnal, offertory and response.  Play for all worship services or arrange substitute.  Funerals – Weddings added on contract basis.
Compensation is $16,600 – $ 18,600 depending on variables.
Contact Reverend Carey Carlberg if you are interested: doccarey@outlook.com, 256.679.7350.
The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary (Catholic)
Wilmington, North Carolina

The Basilica Shrine of St. Mary is searching for a part-time organist to play 11 a.m. Sunday masses. The Basilica has beautiful acoustics and an Estey pipe organ. This position begins on July 1, 2019.

Contact Sara Bryant, Director of Music, to apply: music@thestmaryparish.org

Organist, First Baptist Church
Whiteville, North Carolina
First Baptist Church in Whiteville, NC is searching for a part-time organist. Our present organist is retiring (for the second time). There is one Sunday service at 11:00 a.m., one Wednesday evening choir rehearsal each week, and two to six occasional services (i.e. Advent Service, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, etc.) The organ is a two manual, eighteen rank Schantz. The church is traditional in worship style, following the Revised Common Lectionary. Repertoire for the choir is eclectic, including classics, traditional anthems, spirituals and contemporary anthems. The salary is negotiable based on experience. A full job description is available on request. Interested organists may contact Eddie Fort, Minister of Music efort@fbcwhiteville.com or (910) 642-2139.
Director of Music, Messiah Lutheran Church (LCMS)
Wilmington, North Carolina

We are in search for our next, qualified, Director of Music. Position will be open July 7.

The church has a talented, dedicated 20-voice choir, singing September-May.

Sunday service is 9:30-10:40, with special services during Lent, Easter and Christmas Eve. The Pastor is young, creative, energetic and easy to work with.

Hours average 10-15 per week. Responsibilities include:

Accompanying choir and congregation on organ (Rodgers) and piano (acoustic and keyboard), conducting choir while accompanying.

Choosing weekly congregational hymns, choir anthems and special music based on main point for each Sunday.

Weekly choir rehearsals September – May. Arranging for special music during the summer months.

Working with musicians (one church member is a professional flutist with the Wilmington Symphony); provide music for weddings and funerals (for additional fee).

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in music, at least 5 years experience with church music and be Christian minded. Equivalent experience can be substituted in lieu of formal education.

Salary $16,000-$20,000, depending on experience.

Mission for the Director of Music: To create a music experience that transcends.

Please email your resume to: office@messiahwilmington.org, or call 910.791.7040.

Job Description

Title: Director of Music

Mission of Worship Services: To lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by creating an environment where those attending are led to
worship, challenged to connect, and encouraged to embrace the principles and values of God’s Word.
Mission of Music: To lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ by creating music that connects with everyone who attends (insiders as well as outsiders), and leads them to a different place emotionally and spiritually than they were in before they attended.
One Sentence Job Description: To create a music experience that transcends.
Accountable to: Pastor
1. Lead and facilitate music and musical leadership for all worship services.
2. Direct, accompany, and lead choir, including all rehearsals.
3. Direct and lead all instruments and soloists for all worship services.
4. Seek participation in the music ministry of the church by recruiting and organizing instrumentalists, vocalists, and choir members.
5. Consult with the Pastor to plan themes for all worship services, especially for hymn selection and scheduling/selection of special music. Regular meetings with Pastor.
6. Ensure accurate information is printed in the worship bulletin and other printed materials.
7. Ensure music library and all music resources are organized and well-maintained.  Purchase new materials as required.
8. Ensure the proper maintenance of musical instruments, keeping them in good playing condition. Manage relationships with external service providers such as piano tuners and organ technicians.
9. Monitor copyright restrictions and ensure appropriate licensing is maintained.
10. Work with the Pastor and others to drive innovation in the congregation’s music ministry, seeking out new and alternative worship styles and formats. Participate in continuing education opportunities to gain new ideas and expertise.
11. Budget for music ministry in annual church budget. Manage expenses to the approved budget.
12. Absences for accepted personal leave or illness are handled as far in advance as possible. Handle the scheduling and coordination of required substitutes.
13. Schedules substitute when personal leave is taken, handles requirements for substitute to practice/perform, and ensures substitute has required resources and is ready for the worship service.
1. Accomplished organist, pianist, with choral group experience.
2. Expert knowledge of music selections and styles of music for the music ministry.
3. Ability to create unique worship services around music and themes; incorporates culture for relevancy.
4. Instrumental skills and ability to improvise are desired.
5. Seeks to expand and excel with music in the church.
6. Encourager, casts vision for volunteers, and thrives in a team environment.
7. Ability to work with multiple age groups, from elementary school children to adults.
8. Leader with organizational skills. Excellent personal communication skills (written, verbal, and listening) are essential.
9. Bachelor’s degree with a music major or minor. Equivalent experience and knowledge can be substituted in lieu of this educational requirement.
Personal Characteristics
1. A relationship with Jesus Christ.
2. A passion for music excellence.
3. A visionary for the role music plays in worship environments and those who attend.
Compensation: Compensation commensurate with experience.
Director of Music, Shallotte Presbyterian Church
Shallotte, North Carolina

FLSA STATUS: Exempt/Part-time

PURPOSE:  To train and maintain an adult choir known as the Chancel Choir and a hand bell choir

ACCOUNTABILITY/RELATIONSHIPS:  Shall be responsible to the Pastor and Session; works in cooperation with the Worship & Outreach Committee         


  • Train and maintain an adult choir to be known as the Chancel Choir and a Hand Bell Choir. Through these choirs, s/he shall carry on the ministry of choral and hand-bell music at services of worship.
  • Cooperate with the Pastor in making the program of choral and or hand-bell music an integral part of the services of worship.
  • Provide vocal and/or hand-bell music for special programs and services of worship upon request.
  • For special occasions, provide a choral program in cooperation with the Worship & Outreach Committee, including, but not limited to, Easter and Christmas.
  • Cooperate with the Worship Committee in the continuous program of enlistment of singers and other musicians.
  • Initiate improvement to the quality of music in the life of the congregation and in the service of worship.
  • Oversee proper care of the choir robes, stoles, bells, and other equipment, as well as the SPC Church Library of Sacred Music.


  • Four weeks per year of paid vacation will be allowed, in cooperation with the Worship Committee, providing the Director of Music obtains supply personnel to be paid by the Church.
  • When extenuating circumstances require time off, not covered by vacation, it shall be the responsibility of the Director of Music, in cooperation with the Worship Committee, to provide supply personnel who will be compensated at a rate to be determined by the Worship Committee, and said compensation will be deducted from the Director of Music’s yearly contract salary.

EVALUATION:  The Personnel Committee shall conduct an annual review of the Director of Music’s job performance.  Members of the Worship Committee, Chancel Choir, and/or Hand Bell Choir will provide input.

Interested parties may formally apply by submitting a written resume and any supporting material as soon as possible to:

Shallotte Presbyterian Church

Personnel Committee

PO Box 3256

Shallotte, NC 28459

Inquiries may be addressed to hpo0513@atmc.net.

Helen P. Odum, Personnel Committee Chairperson

C  910 477-8086          H  910 575-2298

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



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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/

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