Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: October 3, 2016 at 16:28 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

  • Oct. 14, 3:30 pm, Whose Legacy? Controversial Casting Calls in Hamilton
  • Oct. 16, 4:00 pm, UNCW Concert Choir & Chamber Choir
  • Oct. 22, 7:30 pm, OctubaFest
  • Oct. 23, 7:30 pm, UNCW String Ensemble, The Accidentals
  • Oct. 28, 7:30 pm, Dominique Launey, Steven Field, piano
  • Oct. 30, 4:00 pm, Cypress Duo
  • Nov. 3, 7:30 pm, Sharyn Edwards, piano

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

  • Oct. 5, 7:30 pm, Kansas
  • Oct. 7, 8:00 pm, Paula Poundstone
  • Oct. 16, 8:00 pm, Keb’Mo’
  • Oct. 22, 7:30 pm, Wilmington Symphony Orchestra-Seasons & Serenades
  • Oct. 26, 7:30 pm, Daloy Dance Company
  • Oct. 28, 7:30 pm, Jordan Smith
  • Oct. 30, 3:00 pm, North Carolina Symphony Young People’s Concert-Music of Star Wars
  • Nov. 4, 8:00 pm, Air Supply

Church Concerts

  • Oct. 7, 6:00 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Roderick Demmings, organ
  • Oct. 14, 7:30, pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Silent movie: Nosferatu, Dorothy Papadakos, organ
  • Oct. 16, 5:00 pm, First Presbyterian, Rocky Mount Chamber Singers
  • Oct. 21, 6:30 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal, St. Paul’s Choir presents Broadway Cabaret Night w/dinner
  • Oct. 28, 6:00 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Wilmington Boys Choir Fall Concert
  • Oct. 29, 7:30 pm, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian, Tallis Chamber Orchestra
  • Nov. 4, 6:00 pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal, David Jernigan, organ

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

  • Oct. 6, 7:30 pm, Branford Marsalis Quartet w/Kurl Elling
  • Oct. 21, 7:30 pm, Hubbard Street 2
  • Oct. 22, 2:00 pm, Hubbard Street 2: Mariko’s Magical Mix
  • Oct. 26, 7:30 pm, Decades Rewind
  • Oct. 27, 7:30 pm, Birdman Live w/Antonio Sanchez
  • Oct. 30, 7:00 pm, Wilmington Symphonic Winds
  • Nov. 3, 7:30 pm, UNCW Wind Ensemble & E.A. Ashley Wind Ensemble

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

  • Oct. 16, 5:00 pm, David Heinzman, organ



Greetings from the Dean

Dear Members and Friends of the Wilmington AGO,

Another month has flown past, and I find myself writing this column as the days begin to get a bit shorter, with the afternoons not being quite as oppressively hot, and as planning certainly has ramped up for the busy seasons of Advent and Christmas that will be here before we know it. Advent begins in two months, and Christmas is less than three months away too. I hope that the program year has started off successfully for each of you as we have all gotten back into the swing of things in our church music positions.

I want to show appreciation to everyone who came to our September chapter event, held this year at the beautiful home of John and Sharon Miller in Kure Beach. Thank you to everyone for bringing the delicious food and drink and making our time together so pleasant and relaxed as we were able to visit and catch up. Obviously, a very big thanks goes to John and Sharon for having us and for providing the BBQ. While I did not eat it (I’m a vegetarian!) I’m sure it was very good. John and Sharon always step up and do whatever is asked of them, including making sure their home is prepared for partying! Please thank them when you see them.

Our October program is coming up soon on Tuesday, October 11 at 6:30 PM and will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in downtown Wilmington. St. Paul’s is located at 12 N. Sixth Street, on the corner of Sixth Street and Market Street, one block from Kenan Fountain. Plenty of parking is right beside the church and our time together will begin in Keever Hall (the fellowship hall), which is behind the sanctuary. The catered meal will consist of: beef pot roast, new potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, rolls, and pumpkin pie. There will be a vegetarian option available. The cost will be our usual $12.00, payable in cash or check to the Wilmington AGO.

The program committee specifically endeavored to come up with a variety of programs this year that would be of interest to both organists and choral directors alike, while providing education for our members, community outreach opportunities and recitals for the public, and events that allow for time for us to relax and reconnect as a chapter. Our October session provides an opportunity to learn new things and continue our musical education with a program entitled “Bach for All Seasons – Lessons for Modern Organists from Orgelbüchlein.” This lecture/demonstration will cover a brief history of Bach’s famous collection of choral preludes, examine performance practices of the music, and discuss its use in modern services of worship. You are all invited, but certainly not required, to bring your scores to follow along as we discuss this important collection. You are also invited, if you would like, to play a favorite Orgelbüchlein chorale prelude on the St. Paul’s Lutheran Casavant organ. The program will be led by our resident Baroque expert and chapter member Bill Remele. As someone who has studied, played, and taught this work over many years, Bill is very well suited to bring us a new perspective on this impressive collection of works. You will find Bill’s bio and a stoplist of the St. Paul’s Casavant organ later in the newsletter.

Looking ahead, our November program will be a very special one. We are planning a hymn festival celebrating the “end of the church year” liturgical days that occur each November. These include All Saints’ Day, Christ the King, and Thanksgiving. Sometimes these days are overlooked or overshadowed by other important events such as stewardship season, or you may have to pick between celebrating Thanksgiving or Christ the King since Christ the King Sunday often begins Thanksgiving week and there is not a separate Thanksgiving service. The hymn festival will be open to the public and we need your help getting the word out about this event. We hope that you will not only come, but encourage your choir members and church members to join you in singing some of these wonderful hymns and hearing organ settings of the hymns. While more information will be shared as we get closer to the event, I would like to encourage you now to consider serving the chapter by helping with publicity. We need volunteers to reach out to media organizations, assisted living facilities, other music organizations, etc., in order to share information about this program and our chapter far and wide in the community. If you can help with publicity for this, please contact me as soon as possible. Please mark your calendars, if you have not already. The hymn festival will be held on Sunday, November 13 at 4:00 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Six chapter members will be playing the mechanical action Bozeman organ at St. John’s, which was recently outfitted with a new Taylor and Boody detached console with many modern amenities while maintaining its unique tracker action system.

I hope to see all of you at our next two chapter events, both at St. Paul’s Lutheran and St. John’s Episcopal. Please do not forget your dinner reservations; it is sure to be a wonderful meal and program. Thank you to everyone for all of your support and participation in our chapter.

Justin Smith

Bill Remele Bio 


A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Bill has worked in church music and taught in schools (K-12) and community colleges in the Southeast and Midwest. His degrees are from Centre College of Kentucky (BA) and Samford University of Alabama (MM). Bill has served St. Paul’s since 1993 in the capacities of principal organist and music director.
He also has taught mathematics and is the lead instructor of fine arts, specializing in music, at Brunswick Community College. Music classes he has taught include music appreciation, music fundamentals, music theory, class piano, chorus, and introduction to jazz. Bill is active in the greater Wilmington music community serving on advisory boards of the Wilmington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Wilmington Boys Choir, Wilmington Symphonic Winds, and Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. He has played numerous organ recitals in our area and beyond and accompanied the Southeastern Oratorio Society.
Bill holds membership in the American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of Organists, Choristers Guild, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Though he appreciates and performs music of most genres, his areas of specialty are music of the Renaissance and Baroque. Favorite pastimes include walks outdoors, travel, keeping up with friends and former choir members and students, and a good cup of coffee.

St. Paul’s Organ Specs

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Casavant   Op. 2681   1962   3/41


GREAT                         POSITIV

16′ Quintaton        61        8′ Gedeckt        61

8′ Principal        61        4′ Spitzprincipal 61

8′ Bourdon          61        4′ Koppelflöte    61

4′ Octave           61        2′ Gemshorn       61

4′ Rohrflute        61    1 1/3′ Quinteflöte    61

2′ Superoctave      61       II  Sesquialtera  122

IV  Fourniture      244      III  Cymbel        183

8′ Trumpet        61 (1995)


8′ Rohrflöte        61           PEDAL

8′ Salicional       61       16′ Contrabass     32

8′ Voix Céleste  tc 49       16′ Subbass        32

4′ Geigen Principal 61       16′ Quintaton      GT

2′ Waldflöte        61        8′ Principal      32

IV  Scharff         244        8′ Pommer         32

16′ Fagott   L/2     61        4′ Octave         32

8′ Trompette        61       II  Mixture        64

Tremulant                 16′ Posaune  L/2   32

Sub                       16′ Fagott         SW

Unison Off                 4′ Schalmei F/L   32




Young Organist Columbia Competition 2017

Sponsored by the Greater Columbia (SC) AGO Chapter

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Columbia, S.C.

Open to Grades 8-12

First Prize $1,500

Second Prize $1,000

Third Prize $750

Best Bach Performance Award $250

Hymn Playing Award $250

For rules and application see Young Organist Competition 2017 at www.columbiaago.org


2016-2017 Programs

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 6:30 PM, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 12 N. Sixth Street, Wilmington: Lecture on Bach’s Orgelbüchlein by Bill Remele. Bill is our resident expert in all things Baroque. Members always enjoy his informative discussions of music that is a very important part of the organ repertoire. In this dinner meeting and program, Bill will discuss the Orgelbüchlein and how this collection of chorale preludes has some of the most beautiful and accessible music that Bach ever wrote. He will provide suggestions on how these pieces can be used in worship.
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016, 4:00 PM, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Drive, Wilmington: Hymn Festival played by chapter members with the theme of November liturgical days. While the seasonal cycles of Advent/Christmas/Epiphany and Lent/Easter/Pentecost are often well-represented in musical events and hymn festivals, the liturgical feast days of November are often left out or pushed to the back burner. This year, we will put these interesting and important days in focus by having a community-wide Hymn Festival featuring music for the great “November festivals:” All Saints, Thanksgiving, and Christ the King. If you would like to help plan this event or play in the festival (hymn preludes and hymns), please contact Justin Smith.
  • December: No chapter event. Happy Advent and Christmas!
  • Friday, January 6, 2017, 6:30 PM, Home of Robert and Lisa Nichol: 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.
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 6:30 PM, Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street, Wilmington: Workshop on leading choral rehearsals by Jerry Cribbs. Jerry is well-known throughout the state as one of the best choral conductors and choir trainers of his generation. Presently he serves as conductor of the Cape Fear Chorale and the chancel choir at Grace United Methodist Church. In this event, which features dinner at the church, Jerry will lead chapter members through a mock choir rehearsal in which we can learn effective choral rehearsal techniques for various situations. By experiencing an actual rehearsal (those in attendance will be the “choir”) we can see how Jerry runs a rehearsal first-hand, with opportunities for questions and comments.
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 6:30 PM, St. James Parish, 25 S. Third Street, Wilmington: Anthem Reading Session (featuring music for various liturgical seasons), led by chapter members. This program promises to provide a lot of creative and fun music planning ideas. Chapter members have volunteered to bring anthems related to liturgical seasons, baptism and communion, as well as music for the small choir. They will lead us in singing through the pieces. Plan to make notes on what will work for your own choir! Dinner will be served in the Great Hall, followed by the program in the Choir Room.
  • 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/.


Coordinator of Music and Liturgy

Email: opdir@stthereseparish.net

Website: www.stthereseparish.net

St. Therese Parish is seeking a full-time Coordinator of Music and Liturgy to serve our 500+ households in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Responsibilities include planning and leading the music programs for three (3) weekend Masses (4 in summer), Holy Days, funerals, weddings and other special events of the parish. It involves adult and children’s choirs, cantors, and instrumentalists. The position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in music and knowledge of liturgy; worship in the Roman Catholic Church; proficiency as organist; skills in choral direction, being collaborative, strong leader, and capable of recruiting parishioners to music ministry while inspiring the parishioners. Compensation is commensurate with education, skills, and experience.

Please email cover letter and resume, no later than Monday, July 25, 2016, to: Joseph A. Baiunco, opdir@stthereseparish.net.


Piano Accompanist / Organist Position
Pine Valley United Methodist Church
3788 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28403

Piano accompanist /organist needed at Pine Valley United Methodist Church. We are looking for someone to play piano and organ for our two Sunday morning traditional/blended services. You must also be available every Wednesday night for choir practice. Other rehearsals and services are needed but are negotiable if the best person is not available to play for everything. Please send your resume to: PVUMC, Attn. Music Director, 3788 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28403. Or fax it to 910-452-4583.

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