Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: August 2, 2019 at 17:11 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 Greg Gore, Dean, at chawk92@aol.com.



Member Renewals

For members who have a renewal date of July 1, you have received an invoice in the mail or an email concerning your membership renewal. You are vital to the success of this chapter and we need you! Please take a few minutes to renew as soon as you receive your renewal information. Click on the following link to renew online: https://www.agohq.org/membership/ When you renew, be sure to update all of your personal information in ONCARD as we will use this to compile our member directory. Thank you to the members who have already renewed!

If you have questions or need assistance with the renewal process, contact Justin Smith at cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.

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/

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 cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.  You may also join online by visiting https://www.agohq.org/oncard-login/.



Pianist, 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 casmiley@coastalnet.com.

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 randa1967@yahoo.com.

Director of Liturgy and Music, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Wilmington, NC

Please submit your resume with cover letter expressing your understanding of liturgy and music via email to icccsearchcommittee@gmail.com.

For more information about our parish please visit our website www.iccwilm.org.

Do Liturgy & Music Ministry & The Sound Of The Surf Appeal To You?
Come to Coastal NC – to a growing Catholic parish seeking to further develop its liturgy and music programs.

In collaboration with the Pastor, the Director of Liturgy and Music provides for the liturgical life of the parish. This is accomplished through the guidance, preparation, and direction of all parish liturgical celebrations. Responsibilities would include the formation and on-going support of all liturgical ministers and parish musicians. In addition, the Director works in relationship with other staff members to support the community to live out Living Jesus Christ” by proclaiming the Gospel, celebrating the Eucharist, nourishing our Faith, and serving all God’s people with compassion, humility and gentleness.

Required Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in music, liturgy, or related field.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of, and proven experience with Catholic liturgy.
  • A practicing Catholic in good standing.
  • Skills as an accompanist on the piano and organ with good sight-reading skills, preferred.
  • Special emphasis on leading the assembly in song, as well ability to improvise, prepare and play creative accompaniments to the hymns and liturgical music.
  • Proven experience with choral conducting with volunteer choirs.
  • Experience contracting professional instrumentalists and students for special liturgies and Holy Days.
  • Possess pastoral, organizational, computer, communication, motivational and people skills.

This candidate will be involved in giving input toward the design of an eventual new church building.

This is a regular fulltime, 40-hour per week, salaried, exempt position.

In addition to a competitive salary, Immaculate Conception provides a comprehensive benefits plan, including:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision insurance
  • Group life
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • A generous 403(b) plan

Immaculate Conception is a parish of 1,000 households ministering to the faithful coastal communities of Carolina Beach and historic Wilmington, NC. The community is administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.


Organist, First Baptist Church

Wilmington, North Carolina

Part-time (salary-based; 10 hours a week)

First Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC is seeking a part-time organist to assist the Minister of Traditional Worship. Responsibilities include one Sunday service at 11:00 a.m., one Thursday evening choir rehearsal each week (7:00 PM), four Saturday rehearsals in the Fall (special Christmas rehearsals), and special services around Advent, Christmas, and Holy Week (i.e. Thanksgiving Community Service, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, etc.). One of the main responsibilities is playing the organ and accompanying the choir in the fully orchestrated annual production of “Christmas at First Baptist,” a multi-concert production in December. The organ is a three manual, 55 rank Schantz, and is one of the largest organs in Wilmington. The 11:00 worship service is traditional in worship style, and the FBC music ministry has a long history of offering a wide variety of quality, experiential sacred repertoire. The ideal candidate will select service music (Prelude, Offertory, and Postlude) that complements this worship service’s tradition, as well as perform simple transpositions and harmonizations on a regular basis for the hymns each Sunday. Salary is negotiable based on experience. A full job description is available on request. Interested organists may contact Steven Thomason, Minister of Traditional Worship, at sthomason@fbcwilmington.org (preferred), or through the church office (910-763-2471).


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/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.


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: doccarey@outlook.com, 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: office@messiahwilmington.org, 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 chawk92@aol.com.


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/

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