Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: August 21, 2017 at 18:00 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 Sara Bryant, Dean, at sara.w.bryant@gmail.com.


Local Events

Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW: http://uncw.edu/music/events/events-calendar.html

  • April 28 & 29, Opera Symposium with Opera Wilmington (see website for more info.)
  • April 29, 7:30 pm, The Gypsy Life, Mainstage Theater (Cultural Arts Building-Room 1069)
  • May 7, 4:00 pm, Dept. of Music Trombone Studio Recital

Cape Fear Chorale: www.capefearchorale.org

  • April 29-7:30 pm, April 30-3:00 pm, Great Choruses from Masterworks, Winter Park Baptist Church

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

  • April 28 & 29, 8:00 pm, CFCC presents Director’s Showcase
  • April 30, 6:00 pm, Ballet Magnificat
  • May 2 & 3, 7:30 pm, Dirty Dancing
  • May 6, 7:30 pm, HMS Pinafore-Gilbert & Sullivan,
  • May 7, 7:30 pm, NC Symphony, The Pirates of Penzance-Gilbert & Sullivan
  • May 14, 4:00 pm, Wilmington Choral Society, A Dozen Roses: Honoring Our Mothers
  • May 20, 7:00 pm, May 21, 3:00 pm, City Ballet: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • May 24, 7:30 pm, Brit Floyd: Immersion World Tour 2017

Church Concerts

  • April 30, 5:30 pm, Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, Schola Cantorum (Evensong)
  • May 5, 7:00 pm, St. Therese Catholic, Wilmington Boys Choir
  • May 12, 7:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Jonathan Rudy, organ
  • May 26, 12:10 pm, St. James Parish, Memorial Day concert featuring soloists, sing-a-longs, with organ and brass
  • May 28, 5:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Carolina Voices’ Festival Singers

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

  • April 30, 4:00 pm, Wilmington Youth Symphony Orchestra and Junior Strings
  • May 16, 5:30, Rush Hour Series: Justin Cody Fox, singer, songwriter, guitarist from Wilmington, NC

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

  • May 14, 5:00 pm, Tallis Chamber Orchestra, Mother’s Day Concert



Greetings from the Dean

Dear Members and Friends of the Wilmington AGO,

Happy Easter! We have made it through another Holy Week and Easter, and we undoubtedly touched thousands of people who attended the special services and concerts over the past several weeks. Your work makes an impact each week on the people of our region. Thank you for your musical service to the people of the Wilmington area week in and week out!

I also want to thank you for your support for our chapter. We would not be a strong chapter and a leader in our broader organization without the many hours of volunteer time given by everyone in the chapter, especially the members of the board, including: John Sullivan, Sharon Miller, Greg Gore, Mark Gansor, Sara Bryant, and Bill Remele. It has been a pleasure serving with these board members over the past program year. Please thank these people when you see them, as well as the many others who have volunteered to host meetings, present anthems, talk about composers and organ music, and prepare food for our gatherings. Special appreciation goes to Sara and Herman Bryant for hosting our wonderful April program at their home. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and food, and the evening was just what we all needed as we continue to recover from the busy month of April.

I want to encourage you again to attend our May event, which is scheduled for Friday, May 12 at 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church and is co-sponsored by the Music at First performing arts series. Concert organist and AGO competition winner Jonathan Rudy will be with us and will be playing a spectacular program on the historic 1928 E.M. Skinner. You will find Jonathan’s bio and program information elsewhere in this newsletter. We have been working on getting Jonathan here for a year now, so please make plans to attend. We need every AGO member in attendance to support him and our chapter, as this is a major outreach event and is open to the public.

I hope you will post the flyer in this newsletter at your places of work, choir rooms, studios, as well as other places in the community, such as bulletin boards all around town. Please print several copies of it and share them as widely as possible. I personally have also included a blurb about the program in my own church bulletins as well. Please consider putting it in your church publications, if possible, and mentioning it specifically to your choirs.

We have attempted to publicize it as much as possible, and the Music at First series will be publicizing it through their usual means as well. We still need your help in getting the word out. There is never too much publicity! Please invite friends, neighbors, family members, choir members, and anyone else who might be interested in hearing a program that is sure to please many different audience members. We would love to have a large cross-section of people from the community in the audience. This especially includes people who have never been to an organ recital before. Jonathan is playing interesting and enjoyable music that many people will recognize, even if they have never heard the organ before in concert.

For a sneak peak of Jonathan playing a famous organ, check out this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAw58rO7jLg.

I look forward to seeing you all in a few short weeks on May 12.

Justin Smith

Jonathan Rudy Bio

Jonathan D. Rudy is recognized by colleagues and audiences for excellence as a performer, church musician, improviser, educator, and conductor. A native of Batavia, Illinois, Mr. Rudy’s recent concert appearances, including recitals, master classes, competitions, and dedicatory/commemorative events, have included locations all across the United States. A recent performance was an invited appearance at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston TX.

Mr. Rudy is a laureate of several performance competitions and most recently won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the American Guild of Organists 2014 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, the Guild’s premiere young organist competition. He was also a finalist in the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, as well as the Second Prize Winner of the Regional Competition for Young Organists (Quimby Competition) in 2011.

He received the Immanuel Organ Scholar Award in 2009 (Evanston, IL) in recognition of excellence in performance and sacred music, as well as high praise and prizes during competitions hosted in Detroit, Bloomington IN, Wheaton IL, and Glen Ellyn IL.

In addition to appearances as organist and church musician, Mr. Rudy maintains a career as a conductor. He studied Choral Conducting at Indiana University with Dr. William Gray and Dr. Richard Tangyuk, and regularly leads choral and instrumental ensembles. He has served as conductor for the Valparaiso University Men’s Chorus, the AGO Bloomington Choralfest Ensemble, and the choral and instrumental ensembles at his church positions, amongst other leadership positions.

Mr. Rudy received his Masters Degree in Organ and Sacred Music at Indiana University, where he studied organ with Janette Fishell, improvisation and sacred music with Bruce Neswick, and pursued minors in Music Theory and Choral Conducting. Mr. Rudy completed his undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University, studying Organ and Sacred Music with Lorraine Brugh and Karel Paukert. While at Valparaiso, he was initiated into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honors society, and received the Reidenbach Award in Church Music. In his early years he studied organ with Karl Bruhn and piano with his mother, Melinda J. Rudy.

Jonathan D. Rudy currently serves as Music Director at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cookeville, TN, where he lives with his beautiful wife, Katie. He tutors students privately in Aural Skills, Music Theory, Piano, and Voice, and maintains an amateur recording studio. Mr. Rudy has served as Organist at Central Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute, IN, as Associate Instructor of Music Theory and Aural Skills at Indiana University, and as Dean and Member-At-Large of the American Guild of Organists Bloomington Chapter.

May 12 Program Listing

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541

Wagner/Lemare: Ride of the Valkyries

Debussy/Heywood: Claire de Lune

Mendelssohn: Sonata III, op. 65

Dupré: Symphonie-Passion, op. 23

Nominating Committee Report

Many thanks to Lani Beuerman, Jerry Cribbs and Bill Glisson for serving on the Nominating Committee this year and for their hard work in preparing a strong slate of officers for the 2017-2018 program year.

Nominations for the 2017-2018 year are:

Dean: Sara Bryant

Sub-Dean: John Sullivan

Secretary: Sharon Miller

Treasurer: Greg Gore

Member at Large (one year unexpired term): Matt Rosendahl

Member at Large (three year term): Bob Norem

Bill Remele remains on the board as a Member-at-Large until 2019. Thanks to Mark Gansor for his service as Member-at-Large and to our fearless leader, Justin Smith, for serving as Dean for the past two years. The chapter is grateful to both of you for your service and leadership! We will vote on this slate at our June social on Friday, June 9th, 2017.

Charles Woodward Retirement

The chapter celebrates with Charles Woodward as he retires from his position at Temple of Israel in Wilmington. Charles has been associated with the Temple since 1962. He was honored at the Shabbat service on March 31 with a presentation by Rabbi Apple, with whom Charles served, and also during the Oneg following the service. The Temple was full of well-wishers during this special occasion. During his tenure at the Temple, Charles served with five Rabbis. He was made an honorary Temple member in 1999 and the 1906 Pilcher Organ is named in his honor. Congratulations Charles!

AGO Membership Renewals

If your AGO Membership expires on July 1, 2017, please keep an eye out for your renewal notice. Depending on your preferred invoice method, your notice will arrive in your inbox or your mailbox soon. If you have any questions or would like to renew your membership over the phone by credit card, please call (212) 870-2310 after you have received your renewal notice. The board appreciates renewals before July 1 so the planning committee will know how to plan when it meets this summer. We would also like to keep as many members as possible on the July 1 renewal date for planning purposes and in order to compile our member directory. A few changes have been made to the dues structure. A letter from national headquarters with more information about the changes was included in the April newsletter and on p. 7 of the April issue of TAO. If you need assistance with the renewal process, please feel free to contact Greg Gore (chawk92@aol.com) or the national office. The board appreciates your continued support of the Wilmington, NC Chapter of the American Guild of Organists!

Schola Evensong in Wilmington

Schola Cantorum of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina will present an evensong at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary in Wilmington on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 5:30 p.m

Upcoming Concert


Hello, My name is Dana Taylor and I am music director of the women’s vocal ensemble Angelus. Angelus will present a concert of sacred music at 7:00pm on Saturday, June 10 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St, Wilmington. The concert is free and a free will offering will be received.

Comprised of seven young women from the Mt. Vernon Sr. High School Fine Arts Academy (Mt. Vernon, IN), the ensemble is dedicated to the performance of sacred works of varied historical periods and religious traditions. With music ranging from chant and polyphony to the American Sacred Harp tradition, the ensemble has performed over eighty concerts in sixteen states and has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and on NPR through the syndicated program, “Celtic Connections”. In April of 2016, they made their Lincoln Center debut as a featured ensemble in a performance of Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns”.

We ask that you might print and display the attached flyer and would make mention of it in your church bulletins. Thank you for your consideration.

Warmest Regards,

Dana Taylor,

Music Director Angelus

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – 2019 AGO Southeast Regional Convention

June 9-12, 2019

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

For more information: http://www.agose2019.com/


2016-2017 Programs

  • 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/.



First United Methodist Church (Clinton, NC)

ORGANIST  FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CLINTON,  208 Sampson Street, Clinton, NC 28328, 910-592-2035.  2 manual, 25 rank Letourneau pipe organ [2008], 7’ Baldwin Grand Piano in Sanctuary, and same in Choir Room;  HandBells 5 octave Schulmerich, and 4 oct. Schulmerich melody chimes.  Service:  11 AM Traditional.  Extra Seasonal Responsibilities:  Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve [if in the Sanctuary] Rehearsal: Adult Choir [37]: Wednesday 7:00-8:00 pm.  Wedding and Funerals First Right of Refusal. Teaching Privileges: yes.  Other responsibilities:  Recitals if the candidate wishes; none required.  Choir has been on tour in Europe several times and sings often at the Biltmore Estate. The successful candidate will demonstrate skills at service playing including hymns, prelude, offertory, and postlude.

SALARY:  $15,000-$18,000 commensurate with education and experience and travel

BENEFITS:  4 pd Sundays off per year;  pension; some continuing education allowance

CONTACT:  Mail resume to attn:  Dan Holland, Director of Music at above address or email to Dan Holland at floydh@embarqmail.com.

Position Available:  Now

All Saints Catholic Church
Hampstead, NC
Director of Music Ministry

DO MUSIC MINISTRY AND HEAR THE SURF! Coastal NC growing parish seeks to further develop its music program. New Chapel Series Allen Organ, Kawai Baby Grand Piano, and 5 Octaves of Hand bells. Adult choir, bell choirs, and cantor program in place. Strong organ and piano keyboard skills a must, as well as choral direction. Background in Catholic liturgy a plus. Generous salary and benefit package.  Application deadline August 23, 2017.   Send cover letter and resume to employment@allsaintsccnc.org or fax 888-368-9203.

Key responsibilities / day-to-day job functions
Planning and overseeing music for all Masses and special liturgies
Direction of all choral groups and instrument ensembles
Supervision of Bell Choir director
Collaboration with faith formation music needs
Budgeting, planning for music program including any outside musician needs
Accompaniment @ weekend Masses/Holy Days/special liturgies

Bell choir director
Contracted musicians
Volunteers including choral ensembles, cantors, musicians, music secretarial assistants

All Saints Catholic Church is a growing parish of 1,000 families located in beautiful coastal North Carolina. Our parish continues to grow and represents a mix of young families, young professionals, to retirees to the North Carolina coast. All Saints Parish is a place for all people to live out their Baptismal call and find a place to grow in the maturity of faith and discipleship, from whatever point they may currently be on their faith journey. From our active youth and family programs, prayer groups and Bible studies, outreach activities, and engaging and welcoming liturgies during the week and Sunday, All Saints accompanies each individual to grow in their faith, become true stewards, and form community so all can live a life worthy of the calling they have received. (Ephesians 4:1). Learn about our parish at www.allsaintsccnc.org.

Minimum Requirements
Education Bachelors
Years of related work experience – 5 minimum preferred
Area of related work experience – Organ, piano, choral direction

Preferred Qualifications
Strong keyboard skills – organ and piano
Choral direction
Catholic liturgy planning

$50,000.00 – $55,000.00 


Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Position Announcement – Director of Liturgy and Music
Immaculate Conception Church
6650 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

The Director of Liturgy and Music provides direction and supervision for all parish liturgical celebrations through recruitment and formation of all liturgical ministers. Must be a practicing Catholic in good standing; preferably possess an undergraduate degree in music and/or liturgy or a related field; have a proven appreciation for both traditional and contemporary music for worship; possess organizational, pastoral, computer, and communication skills.  Ministering to the residents of coastal Carolina Beach near historic Wilmington, NC. This is a full-time position with salary and Diocesan benefits. A full job description is available upon request. Please send inquiries to searchcommittee2017icc@gmail.com


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 sara.w.bryant@gmail.com.


Contact Us

Dean: Sara Bryant- sara.w.bryant@gmail.com

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

Secretary: Sharon Miller – smiller@sacpc.org

Treasurer: Greg Gore – chawk92@aol.com

Member at Large (2017): Matt Rosendahl – rosematt66@gmail.com

Member at Large (2018): Bill Remele – wremele@gmail.com

Member at Large (2019): Bob Norem – noremtpc@gmail.com



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

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/

AGO National website