Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: March 8, 2019 at 11:34 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 am happy to tell you that our nominating committee presented the slate of proposed officers for next year at our February meeting. Thanks to the committee: Justin Smith, chair; Martha Hayes, and Bill Remele. Here are the nominations:

• 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.

We will vote at our May meeting at Church of the Servant, where we will have a chance to the see the new organ we are all excited about. The date for that meeting is not yet set. 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.

I look forward to seeing you at the Joshua Stafford recital on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Our chapter is sponsoring this recital with St. Paul’s. Joshua’s biography and recital program are included in this newsletter. He is going to play the wonderful “Sonata Eroica” by Jongen that Patrick Kreeger played last year. I loved the way it sounded on the St. Paul’s organ, and I look forward to hearing Joshua’s interpretation.

I hope everyone is doing well.

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

Joshua Stafford program and bio

Concert Organist
2016 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize Winner
Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wilmington, North Carolina

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:30pm


Toccata in F Major, BWV 540 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Symphonie No. 4, Op. 32 Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Rondo Capriccio, Op. 64 Edwin H. Lemare (1865-1934)

Improvisation on “Nearer my God, to thee” Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)

Sonata No. 1 in F, minor, Op 65 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
I. Allegro moderato e serioso
II. Adagio
III. Andante recitativo
IV. Allegro assai vivace


Pièce heroïque, FWV 37 César Franck (1822-1890)

Elegiac Romance (1903) John Ireland (1879-1962)

Sonata Eroica, Op. 94 Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

The meticulous technique, innate yet highly mature musicality, and constant musical engagement exhibited by Joshua Stafford unanimously and quickly compelled the jury of the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition to name him the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize Winner of this illustrious event.

Already in demand as a recitalist, improviser, and choral accompanist, Joshua has performed at many notable venues, including the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Spivey Hall in Georgia. His recital at the 2015 Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians was hailed as “technically flawless yet exceptionally nuanced and spontaneous.” His performances have been aired on MPR’s Pipedreams and WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour. In June 2018, Joshua gave the premier performance at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia of a transcription for organ of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite which accompanied the animated film “Who Stole the Mona Lisa” produced and directed by Micah Chambers-Goldberg. Highlights of his 2018-19 season include performances at the Basilica of Notre Dame in Montréal and at the Christopher Cohen Center at California Polytechnic University.

A native of Jamestown, New York, Joshua Stafford received the bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2010 and his master of music degree from the Yale School of Music.

He is the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey.

Joshua Stafford is represented in North America exclusively by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, LLC.

Joshua Stafford

Organ Evensong at St. John’s Episcopal

Bonhoeffer and Beatitudes: An Organ Evensong

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 5:00 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 762-5273

• Featuring the original organ composition, The Beatitudes: Organ Reflections on the Blessings of Jesus, played by the composer, Roberta Rowland-Raybold.
• With readings from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic book, Discipleship, along with reflections by Bonhoeffer scholar, Dr. Wayne Whitson Floyd.

Based on the traditions of the sung version of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer’s “An Order of Worship for the Evening,” An Organ Evensong builds on the framework of the prayers of the Evensong service, now voiced for pipe organ.

• A celebrated soloist and composer, Roberta Rowland-Raybold currently serves as organist and choirmaster at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Each of the nine short pieces in this collection is a musical reflection on one of the blessings of the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew.
• One of the General Editors of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Dr. Wayne Whitson Floyd, is the author of The Wisdom and Witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Following each short organ selection, Dr. Floyd will read a brief comment on the theme of the Beatitude by Bonhoeffer, and then will say a few words tying Bonhoeffer’s insights to spiritual life today.

Justin Smith in recital

Organist C. Justin Smith will be playing a brief twenty-five minute recital for the Thursday Morning Music Club on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third Street, Wilmington. All are welcome at this recital, which will feature music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Virgil Fox, Charles Villiers Stanford, and Henri Mulet. Please come and bring a friend!

2018-2019 Programs

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

Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Joshua Stafford, organ, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 North 16th St.

Friday, May 10, 2019, 7:00 PM – Exploring the recently installed pipe organ, with open console for all to play.  Church of the Servant (Episcopal), 4925 Oriole Drive.

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.

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/

  • March 14, 1:00 PM, Justin Smith, organist (Thursday Morning Music Club)
  • March 24, 5:00 PM, Tallis Chamber Orchestra

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

  • March 16, 7:30 PM, The Bracken Band, (Brown Hall)

St. John’s Episcopal: http://www.stjohnsepiscopalchurch.org/welcome.html

  • March 10, 5:00 PM, Organ Evensong

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

  • March 1, 7:30 PM, Joshua Stafford, organ
  • March 29, 7:30 PM, Requiem – Mozart



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/Accompanist, 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
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



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