Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: January 31, 2015 at 20:39 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 David Lee Heinzman, Dean, at davidleeorgan@yahoo.com or Justin Smith, webmaster, at cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.


Local Events
  • Sunday, February 1, 2015, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 5:00 PM: The Choir of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church sings Evensong with music by Mendelssohn and Robert Benson. Ronnie Wise conducts the choir and the organist is Richard Rhodes, playing music of Reger and Mendelssohn.*
  • Friday, February 6, 2015, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7:00 PM: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church presents organist Andrew Scanlon in recital as part of the platinum anniversary organ recital series. Andrew is organist/choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville and is organ professor at East Carolina University.  He will play works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Langlais, Messiaen, and Widor.*
  • Saturday, February 7, 2015, Kenan Auditorium (UNCW), 8:00 PM: The Wilmington Symphony presents a concert entitled “Bachfest,” featuring works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Joseph Haydn. In addition to Bach’s Air on the G string from Suite no. 3 in D major, “Jesus bleibet mein Frude” from Cantata no. 147, and the complete Cantata no. 4 (Christ lag in Todesbanden) the orchestra will play transcriptions of the Toccata and Fugue and D minor and the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.
  • Friday, February 13, 2015, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6:30 PM: The Wilmington Boys Choir presents “A Valentine Serenade,” an evening of drinks, dinner, and entertainment.
  • Saturday, February 14, 2015, Kenan Auditorium, 7:00 PM: The UNCW Presents performing arts series brings Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to Wilmington for a Valentine’s Day performance featuring a variety of New Orleans-style jazz music. A free open rehearsal will be held in the auditorium from 4:30 PM until 5:30 PM.
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015, St. Therese Catholic Church, 3:00 PM: St. Therese Catholic Church celebrates their new Allen organ with an organ blessing and recital. Fr. Joe Vetter will preside at the blessing and the recital will be performed by chapter dean David Lee Heinzman.*
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015, First Presbyterian Church, 5:00 PM: Music at First presents the Tallis Chamber Orchestra in their annual concert at First Presbyterian. The orchestra, made up of Wilmington musicians, plays music from the 16th century to the present.*
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015, Frank H. Kenan Chapel at Landfall, 5:00 PM: The Kenan Chapel concert series presents a program of music by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts entitled “Pianists and Partners.” Free tickets are available from the northeast branch of the New Hanover County Library beginning on February 9.*
  • Saturday, February 19, 2015, Kenan Auditorium, 7:00 PM: The UNCW Presents performing arts series offers Blue13’s latest dance production entitled “Fire and Powder.” Blue13 is a modern, innovative, and unique dance troupe known from their signature urban and Bollywood dance styles.
  • Friday, February 20, 2015, Beckwith Recital Hall (UNCW), 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) in a concert directed by Jerald Shynett.
  • Sunday, February 22, 2015, Church of the Servant (Episcopal), 7:30 PM: Chamber Music Wilmington presents the Zephyros Winds in concert. One of America’s distinguished chamber ensembles, Zephyros brings together five of the finest wind virtuosos of their generation, having won both the first prize and grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
  • Monday, February 23, 2015, Kenan Auditorium, 7:30 PM: The North Carolina Symphony, under the direction of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, presents music of Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Beethoven, including Beethoven’s monumental Symphony no. 7.
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Kenan Auditorium, 8:00 PM: The UNCW Department of Cultural Arts presents the six-time Grammy winning Irish music ensemble The Chieftains in a concert featuring Irish folk music that pushes boundaries in a variety of ways.
  • Friday, February 27, 2015, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents pianists Domonique Launey and Barry David Salwen in a recital of music for two pianos.

 *free, donations are accepted



From the Dean

David Lee Heinzman, Dean, Wilmington AGO

Dear Chapter Friends and Members:

What a great time we had at the Twelfth-Night Social hosted by Lisa and Bob Nichol last month!  It was a joy to be together and to “make merry” after the Christmas rush.  Sincere thanks to Bob and Lisa for their hospitality and to everyone who attended, brought food, drinks, and presents to share.  Elaine Porter did a spectacular baking job on the “king cake,” a true labor of love which was outstanding. Capping off the night, the white elephant gift exchange was a hoot, especially when Howard Beuerman opened his gift of a shower cap – LOL.  It would be safe to propose that the Twelfth-Night Party become an annual tradition with our chapter.

Our next chapter meeting is Tuesday, February 10 at the Little Chapel on the Boardwalk Presbyterian Church in Wrightsville Beach and includes a catered dinner by Kathy Gregor beginning at 6:30 pm.  If you are a Wilmingtonian, then you will remember Kathy as owner of PrimeThyme restaurant and former head chef of Temptations. Food for the evening will be baked ziti in homemade marinara sauce with (or without) sausage, rolls, salad, dessert, iced-tea and bottled water.  Cost is $12.50 per person and reservations must be made by Thursday, February 5.  Make your reservations with Lisa Nichol by phone: (910) 792-6210 (H); (910) 398-1648 (C) or e-mail at lisawnichol@yahoo.com.

The program for the night will be an “in-house, hands-on” hymn workshop led by Mark Gansor and myself.  For those of you who don’t know Mark, he is truly a treasure – humorous, talented and scholarly – a fairly recent addition to our chapter.  We will cover everything there is possibly to know about creative hymn playing including: introductions, tempos, text-painting, registrations, free-harmonization, improvisation, internet resources, and any other issues for which time allows.   Plan to participate as well on any level for fun and experience. The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk is located at 2 West Fayetteville St. at the corner of Lumina Ave., 3 blocks south of Jonnie Mercer’s Pier.

Just a heads up for the March meeting – due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to re-schedule March’s meeting so that Loretta Brady could make her presentation and lead the Lenten retreat for us.  The program will remain the same, but the new date is MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015.  More details in next month’s newsletter.


As always, be sure to check out Wilmington’s musical events and some new advertising listed at the end of our newsletter.  See you on February 10th.


David Lee Heinzman

News from the Another AGO Chapter

Upcoming Event: Friday, March 20, 7:00 PM, Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 East Main St., Brevard, North Carolina

Dr. John Schwandt, organist, will accompany a showing of the 1927 classic silent movie, King of Kings, the perfect movie to see prior to Holy Week!

John D. Schwandt is Associate Professor of Organ and Director of the American Organ Institute (AOI) at the Oklahoma University  School of Music. He is a nationally acclaimed performer and is in demand as a clinician, recitalist, leader of hymn festivals, silent film accompanist and as an organ consultant. Dr. Schwandt has been a featured performer for the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) and the Organ Historical Society (OHS). He has been featured numerous times on American Public Media’s Pipedreams broadcasts. Equally at home on a classical or theatrical pipe organ, he is known for his musical versatility and ability to excite and engage audiences of every kind.Among the numerous notable organ competitions in which Schwandt has participated and won, he placed first by a unanimous jury decision in the 1998 National Competition in Organ Improvisation sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

Admission to the movie is free of charge; an offering will be taken for the Music Fund with ten-percent going to the Sharing House.

Saturday, March 21, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Dr. Schwandt will present a workshop on hymn improvisation, co-sponsored by the Blue Ridge Chapter of the AGO, which will also be held at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church.

East Carolina Young Artists Competition

East Carolina’s 9th Annual Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance:

The deadline to apply for ECU’s 2015 competition is coming up quickly: February 20.

A CD recording must be postmarked by that date in order to be considered for the final round on March 21. Please see details here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/music/organsacredmusic/youngartistscompetition.cfm.

2015 Southeast Regional Convention

Wednesday, July 1, 2015—Saturday, July 4, 2015

Charlotte, North Carolina

Register online: http://www.agocharlotte2015.org/

Experience Queen City Grandeur with Flourishes of France!


Charlotte, North Carolina is known for its many houses of worship soaring amid majestic tree canopies. Our convention will showcase fine organs played by legendary artists of illustrious renown, protégés of monumental French organists of the last century. You will enjoy Charlotte’s great diversity in varied choral and organ traditions. Ned Rorem and David Conte are among our seven commissioned artists. We have orchestrated varied concert and worship opportunities, with more than 15 dynamic seminars for both novice and professional alike over the course of our 3½-day offering. Nestled in the heart of North Carolina’s piedmont plateau, OMNI Hotel Charlotte is minutes away from our many venues. Consider an extended stay beyond our beautiful metropolitan Queen City and visit the west to experience the scenic Great Smoky, Blue Ridge, and Brushy Mountains or the east to explore the incredible coastal plain. The convention fee includes ground transportation, a wine and cheese soirée, two lunches, dinner, banquet, evening concert receptions, and a farewell brunch. We’re proud to offer the best of Charlotte at amazing affordability. Let us welcome you!


8th Annual Sacred Music Workshop

You are invited to attend the 8th Annual Sacred Music Workshop at the University of Florida on May 4-5, 2015. Our guest clinician this year is Dr. Wilma Jensen. As usual, there will be a variety of workshops and an opportunity to visit with Wilma. If you haven’t had a chance to meet her — now is your chance. She is down-to-earth and has great ideas to share! This year’s workshop will begin at 1PM on Monday, May 4 and run until 5PM on Tuesday, May 5 (with an optional masterclass on Tuesday evening). Our new website has all of the details (including a downloadable registration form!): http://ufsmw.weebly.com. Please contact Laura Ellis (lrellis@ufl.edu) or Scott Ziegler (scottrziegler@ufl.edu) if you have any questions. Join our Facebook group so that you can stay up to date as we get closer to the event: https://www.facebook.com/Ufsacredmusicworkshop.

2014-2015 Programs

MONDAY, March 16, 2015, Location and Time TBA: Lenten spiritual retreat led by Loretta Brady.

Friday, April 17, 2015, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7:00 PM: The Wilmington Chapter of the AGO and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church presents international concert organist Marilyn Keiser in recital.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, St. Andrews-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 7:00 PM: Organ concert presented by Carolyn Craig, Southeast Regional winner of the National Young Artists Competition of the AGO.




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/.



St. Peter Lutheran Church has an opening for a year round, part-time music director. We are looking for an experienced choral director. Proficiency on piano and organ is preferred.  We are a growing congregation with 2 Sunday Services and 2 adult choirs, a Yamaha upright piano and a Wicks pipe organ with 2 manuals and  9 ranks.

A shared position will also be considered.  Salary is negotiable and commensurate with education and experience.

POC: Mary Jones – 910-253-7022

Please email your resume to splc@bellsouth.net


by mail send to:

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church

4843 Southport-Supply Road SE

Southport, NC 28461



Small congregation which has two weekly services, one on Wednesday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 10:00 am, is looking for an organist/pianist.   The musician would play organ for Sunday service, but may play piano or organ for the Wednesday service.   There is no choir, but the organist accompanies a soloist on a hymn on Sunday.  The church has an electronic Hammond organ that, while older, has a great sound.   The church is located close to downtown Wilmington.   If interested in substituting with a possibility of a permanent position and for additional information call Darrell Irwin at 910-520-3958 or the First Church of Christ, Scientist at 910-762-5202.

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/education/indexpcertify.html or contact the Dean at davidleeorgan@yahoo.com.


Contact Us

Dean: David Lee Heinzman- davidleeorgan@yahoo.com

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

Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster: Justin Smith – cjs@alumni.wfu.edu

Treasurer: Greg Gore – chawk92@aol.com

Member at Large: Lani Beuerman – lbeuerman@ec.rr.com

Member at Large: Judy Siebold – judy908@bellsouth.net

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



AGO Southeast Region Blog: http://agoregionivblog.blogspot.com/

AGO National Headquarters: http://www.agohq.org

Music at First: http://www.firstonthird.org/Music/MusicatFirst/tabid/73/Default.aspx

Music at St. Paul’s: http://www.saintpaulsepiscopalchurch.com/Events.htm

Music Events at UNCW: https://events.uncw.edu/MasterCalendar/MasterCalendar.aspx

Wilmington Concert Association: http://www.wilmingtonconcert.com/

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra: http://wilmingtonsymphony.org/ AGO National website