Last updated April 9, 2021.
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
And speaking of Covid statistics, even though much-improved, your executive board has decided to cancel our April anthem reading session and the May organ concert by Chelsea Chen. We are still learning about the long-term effectiveness of the vaccine and many people are not yet comfortable meeting indoors. At this time no programs are planned for April and May but we may have a zoom social gathering. Watch your emails for more information. Hopefully we can gather in person for an early summer social!
As our program year slowly draws to a close, the main items of business will be electing officers and planning for next year’s programs. We will vote online later this month using Opavote like we did last year. Please be thinking about programs for next year. Don’t be afraid to think “outside the box!”
The national office has proclaimed July1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 as the Year of the Young Organist! We have a few young organists in our chapter! If you know anyone under age 30 that may be interested in the AGO, please encourage them to join. They will be gifted with a free membership! You can read more here.
The chapter now has a Facebook group page! Please join if you haven’t done so already. If you have a Facebook account, you can join the group by clicking here.
Remember, there are many great resources for learning and inspiration on the AGO national website. Click here for upcoming webinars, or here for past webinars. The list of offerings continues to grow!
Chapter Events 2020-2021
April and May – In-person meetings are cancelled, there may be a Zoom social gathering.
June – Possible summer social.
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
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
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/.
Grace United Methodist Church, Wilmington, North Carolina
Grace UMC, Wilmington, NC is seeking a permanent part-time organist for immediate hire. GUMC is a thriving congregation with a long-standing reputation for its quality music program. The music is traditional with an
eclectic mixture of repertoire. The successful candidate will report to the Director of Music Ministries and is responsible to prepare and perform music on piano and Möller Pipe Organ, supplemented by a Rodgers Midi-
Digital Organ, during traditional weekly Sunday worship services (8:30 am and 11:00 am) as well as special worship services. The role of this position is to help shape worship through the musical experience.
Possesses a high level of accomplishment in organ and piano performance
Provides supportive, flexible and sensitive accompaniment to the Chancel Choir and soloists
Provides spiritual leadership through music in support of the worship services
Demonstrates musical versatility, attention to detail, organization, and diligent preparation
Demonstrates exemplary sight-reading and strong interpersonal skills
Participates in weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals
This is a permanent part-time position averaging 16 hours per week (including practice and performance)
Demonstrates passion about the Christian faith and committed to the mission of spreading the love of Jesus Christ
2 years experience in organ/piano leadership in worship is preferred
Knowledge and experience with hymn selection, liturgy, worship themes and special services
How to Apply:
Submit resume/cover letter and contact information to Jerry Cribbs, Director of Music Ministries, Grace United Methodist Church, 401 Grace Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Optional) Submit any supporting audio/video recordings
Application deadline is March 31, 2021
The position is available immediately and compensation is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications, certification, education, and experience
Process for Interview and Audition:
Interview of selected candidates including an audition of organ prelude, hymn, and postlude as selected by the candidate
Finalists will accompany a brief choir rehearsal with proper COVID-19 protocols in place
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHAPEL – CAMP LEJEUNE – JACKSONVILLE, NC
Must be able to read music and play an organ, piano, or keyboard.
Familiar with liturgical or contemporary worship service formats.
Must have the ability to play liturgical or contemporary Christian music.
Experience working with Military desired.
Must have the ability to lead specific faith group music services.
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE:
The contractor shall perform organist, pianist, or keyboard musician services in support of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Chapel Mass services and other religious events as determined by the Marine Corps Base Chaplain’s Office and is required to support the missions and responsibilities of the Command Religious Program.
Shall coordinate the musical arrangements with the Chapel Priest or Officiating Chaplain prior to conducting any rehearsals or services.
Shall perform 2 Mass musician services per week not to exceed 104 services per year. Worship services should last for approximately 1 hour.
Is authorized to provide support for up to 20 special services which may be scheduled during the church calendar year or during civic holidays and will be coordinated by the Chapel Priest. The
special services include such events as Holy Days of Obligation, funerals, memorials, and special religious observances. Services for weddings are not authorized.
The period of performance is from 19 January 2021 through 18 January 2022 plus 2-option years and shall not exceed 124 services per year.
The musician shall perform their services on site at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Chapel, Bldg. 17, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina or other sites as coordinated by the Chapel Priest.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Director of Music, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Carolina Beach, NC
Blessings, everyone! We are searching for a new Music Director for our traditional worship service at St. Paul’s in Carolina Beach. We need someone who plays the piano and can direct the choir and ensembles. Ability to play the organ would be a bonus. If you know of anyone you might recommend, please let me know or feel free to share my contact information with them.
Director of Music, SNEADS FERRY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
SNEADS FERRY, NC
Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time Director of Music. This person will work with the Worship & Music Ministry to plan for, develop and direct the vocal and instrumental music ministry at church. Must possess excellent instrumental and vocal skills (music training required and Bachelor’s or Master’s college degree preferred) and a demonstrated track record of leadership in music and ministry with 5-10 years of music ministry experience; technical skills in utilization of audio, visual, and lighting hardware and software; and supervisory experience in guiding, evaluating, and interacting with supervised personnel.
PLEASE FORWARD RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO:
SFPC, P.O. Box 579, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460 or
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full job description available upon request from above address. No phone calls please.
Organist (alternating Sundays), St. Mary Episcopal-Lutheran Church
Pianist, Chinquapin Presbyterian Church
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
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.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.
Dean: Gregory Gore Email
Subdean and Program Coordinator: John Sullivan – Email
Secretary: Sara Bryant – Email
Treasurer and Membership Coordinator: Justin Smith – Email
Member at Large (2021): Doug Spivey – Email
Member at Large (2022): Angela Burns — Email
Member at Large (2023): Martha Hayes – Email
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/