Wilmington Chapter

Last updated June 16, 2020.


The American Guild of Organists is thrilled to announce the first online OrganFest, which will take place July 20-24. Each evening’s broadcast will premiere a new work which had been commissioned for the 2020 National Convention in Atlanta, accompanied by interviews with the composers.

Featured performers will be Jens Korndörfer, Amanda Mole, Alan Morrison, Thomas Ospital, and Catherine Rodland. Additional recorded performances by recent international organ competition winners will be presented, and short presentations will share exciting news and updates from the AGO.

The daily YouTube premiere (8pm Eastern) and accompanying Festival website will be available at no charge.

OrganFest 2020 promises to be an exciting way to showcase our beloved instrument and the great work of the AGO. Please share this information widely with your music-loving friends.

While we are saddened by the cancellation of many musical events this spring and summer, including our National Convention in Atlanta, we look forward to celebrating the future of organ music together online next month.

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. In past years, chapter members have also formed the AGO Chamber Choir which performs a concert of the works of a major composer  with chamber orchestra.  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 Greg Gore, Dean, at Email.



Greetings from the Dean

Dear Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you well and healthy both physically and mentally. These are challenging times for sure as we learn to live with the novel coronavirus. The national AGO website has a list of resources available here: https://www.agohq.org/responding-to-covid-19/.   In response to the pandemic, the remainder of our programs have been postponed until a time it is safe for us to be together again.

Please plan to join the chapter in a Zoom meeting on May 18, 7:30 PM. The purpose of the meeting will be to connect with one another and discuss plans (or not) for next year. Be thinking of creative program ideas! If you are not able to attend the meeting, please share your thoughts with me through email: chawk92@aol.com.  Many thanks to Justin Smith for his help facilitating this meeting!

Thanks to all of our voting members who voted in the chapter election! Thirty of our forty-five voting members cast ballots. The officers for 2020-2021 are: Dean: Greg Gore, Sub-Dean: John Sullivan, Treasurer/Membership Chair: Justin Smith, Secretary: Lani Beuerman, Member-at-Large: Martha Hayes. Angela Burns and Doug Spivey will continue as Members-at-Large. We welcome Lani and Martha as new members to the Board! Thanks so much for your willingness to serve!

For those of us with a July 1 renewal date, it’s time to renew our membership! I received my renewal email a few days ago. All members will receive their renewal notices this year by email due to the pandemic. Instructions are included on how to renew. Our Treasurer/Membership Chair, Justin Smith, encourages all of us to check our emails and “pay particular attention to any national emails. I ask that they renew as soon as possible once they get it so they don’t forget that they received the email. Everyone is also welcome to invite friends, choir members, colleagues, etc. to join as chapter members or friends.” Most of our members have a July 1 renewal date which we hope to continue since it makes planning and budgeting easier.

This is also the time of year that we usually send a donation to the AGO Annual Fund. In recent years the amount has been $500. We can discuss this at our Zoom meeting and possibly vote. I may use the Opavote online voting again so if you receive an email from Opavote with a reference in the subject line to Wilmington AGO Annual Fund, please take a few minutes to vote.

I have enjoyed serving as Dean this past year as challenging as it has been. Thanks for your support and encouragement. I think I may now know what I am suppose to do!

I look forward to seeing you on Zoom on May 18, 7:30 PM!



David Enlow Online Organ Workshops

Join me for two sessions and expand the possibilities for playing hymns!

Topics to be covered:
The first verse
Tempo & breathing
on Facebook Live

I always enjoy hearing new thoughts about old things, and I look forward to exploring some ideas about hymn playing with you all. Please email me in advance or send comments on FB as I ‘go live’ to talk about the organist’s bread and butter, hymn leadership.

Topics to be covered:
More introductions
Last verses

Saturday, May 16 at 2pm
on Facebook Live

Let’s dig deeper into the material and talk about what happens when the organist can be a really creative force, and
how much is too much?

Missed Last Week on Console Techniques? Watch it here:


YouTube Videos

From the Editor: Below are some links to YouTube videos that I thought you might enjoy.

Easter Day 2020 Organ Recital at the Washington National Cathedral

J.S. Bach’s Fugue in G-minor BWV 578 performed by Charlie Brusquini. Recorded in Kristine Kryrka, Falun, Sweden in August 2018. (Notice the all toe pedaling!)

Thanks to Lani Beuerman for sharing this video of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus quarantine style featuring
the College Church Choir, Wheaton, Illinois.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag6CYY0cbFc&feature=youtu.be

A Conversation: What Do Science and Data Say About the Near Term Future of Singing May 5, 2020 Webinar: You can view the presentation documents or watch the full webinar.

Chapter Events 2019-2020

All remaining events for this chapter season, 2019-2020, have been cancelled.  We hope to see you in the fall.

Local Events

Click on the following links for the most current concert information!

Many concerts have been cancelled or postponed. Please check with each organization directly.

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/

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

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


AGO National Convention 2020



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 Justin Smith, Treasurer, at email.  You may also join online by visiting https://www.agohq.org/oncard-login/.



Associate Minister of Music, North Raleigh United Methodist Church

Raleigh, North Carolina

I’m writing to share with everyone an opportunity at North Raleigh UMC: we have begun a search for a fulltime (30 hours per week) Associate Minister of Music. Imperative qualifications include advanced keyboardaccompaniment skills, highly organized work management, strong servant’s heart and calling to ministry. Additional details and deadline/application information may be found at http://nrumc.org/now-hiring-associate-minister-of-music/.

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please forward this along; in addition to being posted at www.nrumc.org, the position is also listed at www.churchjobs.net, www.churchstaffing.com, and various other denomination- and vocation-based sites.

Questions may be directed to me at Email or Church email.

Many thanks and please stay safe and well.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Michael Glasgow

Director of Music and 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/Choir Director. This position requires an individual who is experienced and demonstrates competence on the organ/piano and direction of a choir for scheduled worship services and rehearsals in support of the music ministry of the church.  A Bachelor degree in music is preferred.  Salary is negotiable, consistent with the candidates education, experience and skill level.   Any questions or interest should be directed to Burt Womble at 910-399-6481 or e-mail at Email.   


Organist (alternating Sundays), St. Mary Episcopal-Lutheran Church

Burgaw, NC

St. Mary’s Episcopal-Lutheran in Burgaw is in need of a part-time organist to alternate with current organist. Pay is $125 per Sunday. One service at 11:00. Contact number is (910)604-1165.
Thank you,
Jennings Trawick

Director of Music, Trinity United Methodist Church

Jacksonville, NC

The Staff Parish Committee of Trinity United Methodist Church in Jacksonville is accepting applications for the position of Director of Music. This is a part time, salaried position (salary commensurate with experience).

The Director of Music will oversee the music program at Trinity, including direction of the chancel choir, and will report directly to the Senior Pastor.

Requirements: music degree, conducting experience, piano proficiency, be a person of recognized Christian character. Applicant must have effective communication skills, emotional maturity, sound judgment and moral temperament consistent with the teachings of the church, demonstrate discretion and compatibility with the laity and professional staff, and support the liturgy, ritual, and educational ministry of TUMC.

Email a resume and 3 references to Email

Organist, St. Mark Catholic Church

Wilmington, NC

Organist needed for weekend Masses (Sat 5:00, Sunday 7:30, 9:30, 11:30), Holy Days, Weddings, Funerals and Wednesday morning School Mass. Position could be shared among several musicians. Compensation $80-$125 per Mass depending upon experience/expertise. Weddings ($250) and funerals ($125) paid separately by family. No planning required. All music provided in organized binder. Rodgers three manual digital organ.

Please contact Angela Daughtry, Interim Music Director, St. Mark Catholic Church, Email

Chinquapin Presbyterian Church

Chinquapin, NC

Chinquapin Presbyterian Church in Chinquapin is in need of a pianist.  If you have any suggestions or for further information, please contact Pastor Charles Smiley at Email.


Pianist, Caswell Presbyterian Church

Atkinson, NC

Caswell PC in Atkinson is in need of a pianist.  If you have any suggestions or for further information, please contact Certified Ruling Elder Randa Scott at Email.

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: Email, 256.679.7350.

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: Email, 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.

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 Email.


Contact Us

Dean: Greg Gore Email
Subdean and Program Coordinator: John Sullivan – Email
Secretary: Sharon Miller – Email
Treasurer and Membership Coordinator: Justin Smith – Email
Member at Large (2020): Bob Norem – Email
Member at Large (2021): Doug Spivey – Email
Member at Large (2022): Angela Burns — Email



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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/

AGO National website