Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: April 3, 2017 at 22:47 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

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

  • April 7, 7:30 pm, Ryan Mulder, saxophone, student recital
  • April 9, 4:00 pm, Paige Zalman, percussion, student recital
  • April 9, 7:30 pm, Rhiannon Dewey, saxophone, student recital
  • April 19, 7:30 pm, UNCW Saxophone Ensembles
  • April 21, 7:30 pm, Cape Fear Jazz Society Scholarship Concert
  • April 23, 3:00 pm, Jasper Quartet
  • April 23, 7:30 pm, UNCW String Ensemble
  • April 24, 7:30 pm, UNCW Classical Guitar Ensemble
  • April 26, 7:30 pm, Department of Music Honors Recital

Cape Fear Chorale: www.capefearchorale.org

  • April 29-7:30 pm, April 30-3:00 pm, Great Choruses from Masterworks

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

  • April 8, 2:00 pm, Pippin
  • April 12, 8:00 pm, Home Free
  • April 20 & 21, 7:30 pm, Trisha Brown Dance Company
  • April 22, 7:30 pm, Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Season Finale, w/Justin Hoke, guitar
  • April 23, 7:30 pm, North Carolina Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, w/ North Carolina Master Chorale
  • April 27, 7:00 pm, Comedian Arvin Mitchell
  • April 30, 6:00 pm, Ballet Magnificat
  • May 2 & 3, 7:30 pm, Dirty Dancing

Church Concerts

  • April 7 & 8, 7:30 pm, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian, A Living Last Supper
  • April 14, 7:30 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir-The Crucifixion, John Stainer
  • April 21, 7:30 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlantic Chamber Ensemble
  • April 30, 5:30 pm, Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, Schola Cantorum

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

  • April 6, 7:30 pm, UNCW Jazz with Juan Alamo, percussion
  • April 8, 7:30 pm, UNCW Dance Company 10th Anniversary Showcase
  • April 18, 5:30 pm, Rush Hour Series: Randy McQuay
  • April 20, 7:30 pm, UNCW presents Ethel: DOCUMERICA
  • April 23, 4:00 pm, UNCW Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
  • April 24, 7:30 pm, OLLI New Horizons Band
  • April 26, 8:00 pm, Physical Graffeeti
  • April 30, 4:00 pm, Wilmington Youth Symphony Orchestra and Junior Strings

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

  • April 9, 5:00 pm, Pianists and their Partners, UNC School of the Arts



Greetings from the Dean

Dear Members and Friends of the Wilmington AGO,


This year, with the Triduum and Easter, along with Passover, taking place right in the middle of April, we are surely in store for a busy month for all church and synagogue musicians. Add to that the end of the semester coming up for those who teach lessons and have student recitals, it promises to be a hectic time over the next several weeks. With that in mind, the program planning committee came up with the idea to have a somewhat different type of meeting for April, rather than just cancelling the meeting outright, as many AGO chapters do.

We will be having a dinner meeting and informal discussion on Tuesday evening, April 25 at 6:30 PM at the home of Sara and Herman Bryant. Our approach revolves around the fact that we have a major concert scheduled for Friday, May 12, at First Presbyterian Church, featuring a past winner of the AGO’s National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance. Many of you may have heard Jonathan Rudy win the competition in Boston, or possibly been in Houston when he played at the 2016 national convention. Now we have the opportunity to welcome him to Wilmington and to enjoy his magnificent playing here.

Because our chapter programs that are organ recitals usually do not involve a dinner or meeting before the recital, we often do not have much time to sit down and discuss our thoughts regarding the music that we will be hearing at the recital. This does not allow us to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge in our chapter membership. Therefore, the program committee thought it would be a good idea to have an evening devoted to just informally discussing the pieces that we will be hearing at the upcoming concert. This will allow us to call on some chapter members to more fully participate in leading our meeting, and it will give us an opportunity to better understand the pieces and have something to expect when we do hear the concert on May 12. Please plan to bring some questions regarding the pieces below, because we would like your participation as well. It will not be a lecture or formal presentation!

Jonathan Rudy will be playing the following pieces on the historic 1928 E.M. Skinner organ at First Presbyterian, and we will be briefly discussing them: Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541, Wagner/Lemare: Ride of the Valkyries, Debussy/Heywood: Claire de Lune, Mendelssohn: Sonata III, op. 65, Dupré: Symphonie-Passion, op. 23.

Our chapter will sponsor the recital on May 12 with assistance from the Music at First series, which will be helping in covering part of Jonathan’s accommodations, as well as printing the programs. Like last year’s May recital, it is free and open to the public and now is the time to start publicizing it, especially because there are some other concert conflicts that evening. We would like to have some help from chapter members in getting the word out to the community. If you can assist with the publicity or sharing information among your choir members and/or students, please let me know. We would like to have a big crowd from the community for this event, since it features a rising star of the organ world. Many people in Wilmington have never heard a pipe organ or been to a concert like this, and with a young organist and interesting program, it is the perfect time to introduce the organ to our city and region. If we do not promote the organ, who will?

We are so thankful for Sara Bryant hosting us at her home for our upcoming April meeting. Knowing how hectic the month can be, Sara even volunteered to cook for everyone! This is a rare treat and we are very grateful to Sara for her hospitality. She will be providing a ham dinner, since we will be in the Easter season. She will also be providing tea and has asked folks to bring their beverage of choice. There is no need to bring food. As always, spouses, partners, and significant others are welcome.

We would like to have a count so Sara can make the right amount of food for everyone. To make a dinner reservation, please email Lisa Nichol at lisawnichol@yahoo.com or call her at 910-398-1648. The deadline for reservations is 3:00 PM on Friday, April 21.

Please make plans to join us on Tuesday, April 25, and then again at First Presbyterian on Friday, May 12 for these two interesting programs. We are grateful for the chapter members who have volunteered to talk about these tremendous organ pieces and for your support of our chapter, making community concerts like the one in May a reality.

Justin Smith

AGO Membership Renewals

If your AGO Membership expires on July 1, 2017, please keep an eye out for your renewal notice. Depending on your preferred invoice method, your notice will arrive in your inbox or your mailbox in mid-April. If you have any questions or would like to renew your membership over the phone by credit card, please call (212) 870-2310 after you have received your renewal notice. The board appreciates renewals before July 1 so we will know how to plan when the planning committee meets this summer. We would also like to keep as many members as possible on the July 1 renewal date for planning purposes and in order to compile our member directory. A few changes have been made to the dues structure. A letter from national headquarters with more information about the changes can be found later in this newsletter and on p. 7 of TAO. If you need assistance with the renewal process, please feel free to contact Greg Gore (chawk92@aol.com) or the national office. The board appreciates your continued support of the Wilmington, NC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists!

Schola Evensong in Wilmington

Schola Cantorum of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina will present an evensong at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary in Wilmington on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m

Notre Dame Celebrates New Organ


The University of Notre Dame and the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies will co-sponsor a conference to celebrate the new Fritts Organ on the University of Notre Dame campus. The conference will take place beginning the afternoon of September 10, 2017 and ending at 1:00 PM on September 13, 2017. You can register for the conference at: https://westfield.org/notre-dame You can also learn more at the Sacred Music website: https://sacredmusic.nd.edu/sacred-music-events/reformations-and-the-organ-1517-2017 I hope to see you in September!

Craig Cramer University of Notre Dame




AGO Southeast Regional Convention

June 11-14, 2017

Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida

Click on the link below to register!


2016-2017 Programs

  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:30 PM, Home of Herman and Sara Bryant: Pre-concert discussion and presentation on music being played at the May program. This program will be a bit different when compared to our usual events. We will enjoy dinner (provided by Sara Bryant) and chapter members making short presentations and leading discussions about the music that we will hear at our May chapter program. If you would like to speak about a piece or pieces that will be played, please contact Justin Smith.
  • Friday, May 12, 2017, 7:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third Street, Wilmington: Recital by 2014 NYACOP winner Jonathan Rudy. This organ concert, sponsored and produced by our chapter, crowns our program year with an evening of beautiful organ literature on the stunning 1928 E.M. Skinner organ at First Presbyterian. Mr. Rudy has won and been a finalist in several organ competitions over the past several years and presented a featured recital at the 2016 AGO national convention in Houston. He studied organ in graduate school with Janette Fishell and Bruce Neswick, while also teaching at Indiana University. Please invite friends and family!
  • Friday, June 9, 2017, 6:30 PM, Home of Bob Norem and Carl Salisbury: Summer Social. Join us for a great time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company as we close out the program year. This event features a potluck dinner and time to talk to friends and colleagues in our chapter




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/.



Shallotte Presbyterian Church

Position Announcement – Organist/Pianist

Shallotte Presbyterian Church, located in the town of Shallotte, NC in Southeastern, NC (Brunswick County) announces a staff opening for the position of a part-time Organist/ Pianist.

The Organist/Pianist is responsible for two weekly traditional services (8:30 and 11:00 AM) and accompanying the Chancel Choir at weekly rehearsals and in services.  Additional special services are also covered by the Organist/Pianist (Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve, etc.).  There may be an occasional additional rehearsal required as needed for special services and other work with soloists, ensembles, etc.  Weddings and funerals held at the church are offered to the Organist/Pianist with remuneration over and above the base salary.  There may be other opportunities for additional remuneration through special events and meetings scheduled at the church.  The church owns a Rogers Trillium 928 Organ and Baby Grand Piano.

Compensation range is $15,000-$18,000 annually based on experience and training.  The position offers four Sundays and four rehearsal days of annual vacation and two Sundays and two rehearsal days of sick/family leave.  Opportunities for professional development are available and encouraged.

To apply for the position, submit a cover letter, resume and supporting materials to:

Barry Auman, Music Director

Shallotte Presbyterian Church

P.O. Box 3256

Shallotte, NC  28459

The Search Committee may ask for references at a later date.

Questions relating to the position may be directed to Barry Auman at:

bauman@atmc.net, 910-579-1485

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 cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.


Contact Us

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

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

Secretary: Sharon Miller – smiller@sacpc.org

Treasurer: Greg Gore – chawk92@aol.com

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

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

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



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