Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: January 3, 2016 at 15:55 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 Justin Smith, Dean, at cjs@alumni.wfu.edu.


Local Events
  • Sunday, Jan. 3, 5:30 pm, Choral Evensong, St. Paul’s Choir, St, Paul’s Episcopal Church, free
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 pm, North Carolina Symphony, Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto”, Inon Barnatan, piano, CFCC Fine Arts Center, $
  • Friday, Jan. 22,7:30 pm, WindSync Concert, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, www.windsync.org, $
  • Saturday, January 23, 7:30 pm, Elisabeth Von Trapp, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, free
  • Sunday, Jan. 24, 7:00 pm, Grace Potter with Her Band, CFCC Fine Arts Center, $
  • Sunday, Jan. 24, 7:30 pm, Chamber Music Wilmington, Calidore String Quartet, Beckwith Recital, UNCW, $
  • Sunday, Jan. 24, 5 pm, Coastal Strings Chamber Music, Kenan Chapel, Landfall, free, ticket required
  • Sunday, Jan. 24, 4:00 pm, UNCW Flute Ensembles Festival Recital, Mary Jo White, director, Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW, free
  • Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:30 pm, Norman Bemelmans, Elizabeth Loparits, pianists, Kenan Auditorium, UNCW, $
  • Sunday, Jan. 31, 5 pm, Dominique Launey, piano; Beverly, Andrews, violin; Jennifer Muehrcke, oboe; First Presbyterian Church, free

$ = admission charge



Greetings from the Dean

Dear Members and Friends of the Wilmington AGO,

I trust that everyone is having a relaxing week following the whirlwind of December.  For church musicians and music lovers alike, it is certainly an incredibly busy time. I have been reminded of this over and over this past month with something going on seemingly every day. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend as many concerts as I would have liked during December and I apologize for missing many of your events. The season has gotten busier and busier, and it seems there is nothing that we can do. What we have been able to do, however, is provide meaningful music for many people throughout the entire month of December at various concerts, cantatas, and services. Many
of these people may not have ever heard an organ before, or only hear it once or twice a year. We have much to be proud of in our work this past month, and indeed, over the entire year of 2015. Even if you are retired, there is much that you have done to promote our art in our community. For those of us who just made it through our first Christmas at our current churches (and we have a few), a special congratulations! I have always felt the first Christmas is so difficult because you do not know quite what to expect or exactly how to prepare for the plethora of services and events that come your way in a short amount of time. Thank you for all that you do for our musical community.

Besides reflecting on our work in the past month, it is also important to spend some time looking towards the future, especially this month, as we begin a new year together. It has been an exciting time for the Wilmington AGO over the past several years, but I believe the best is yet to come as we work together to make our chapter stronger. Besides our special January event, which I will discuss below, I wanted to draw your attention to two exciting events in February and March. In late February, we will be hosting, as a chapter, the magnificent concert organist Christopher (Kit) Jacobson from Duke University. Kit was previously at the Episcopal cathedral in Columbia, SC, and at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. He is now the Chapel Organist at Duke University and has played throughout the world as a rising young concert artist. Our chapter and Music at First (First Presbyterian) are
sponsoring this event for the community, so I hope you will make plans to join us on February 26 and invite
your family and friends. In addition, we are having Dr. Laura Ellis from the University of Florida visit us on
March 15 to discuss the changing role of the AGO in the greater musical world and how we can use our chapter
to promote our instrument throughout our community. This chapter event will be held at Church of the Servant.
Make plans to come.

Finally, and most pertinently for us this month, we are excited to be having the Second Annual Wilmington AGO Twelfth Night and Epiphany Party at the home of Robert and Lisa Nichol on Sunday, January 10 at 6:00 PM. Robert and Lisa opened their home to us last year and it was such a rousing success that everyone has asked for the party to
return there this year. Fortunately for us, the Nichol’s agreed. The party will be similar to last year, and if you were able to come, you remember that it was a highly enjoyable evening of food, drink, fun, socializing, the exchanging of White Elephant gifts, and most importantly, relaxation. We plan to begin the evening with social time with appetizers and drinks, followed by dinner. After dinner, we will enjoy the famous King Cake baked by Elaine Porter.  And finally, we will have some fun with the White Elephant gift exchange. Who can forget last year’s turkey hat and Howard’s shower cap!?  As always, significant others are invited. Please plan to bring an appetizer, salad, vegetable, or dessert (your choice) along with whatever you would like to drink. Lisa will be providing the main dish, the excellent eggplant parmigiana from A Taste of Italy. Also, please bring wrapped a white elephant gift from your home
(something that you would like to part with or any type of gag gift is fine) so we can have a large selection when we play the gift game after dinner! Lisa and Robert live at 6000 Forest Creek Circle. Lisa tells me that you can park anywhere along the street or in the driveway. She says the curves on her street can be somewhat confusing, but to ask any neighbor and they will be able to point you to the right house if you happen to get lost. Lisa would like a head count by January 8. Please contact her by that date by calling her at 910-792-6210 or 910-398-1648 or emailing her at lisawnichol@yahoo.com . We had a fantastic time last year and this year promises to be even better. Please come on January 10!


Justin Smith

4th Annual Smorga(n)sbord

The Eastern and Central North Carolina Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) invite you to attend the THE 4TH ANNUAL SATURDAY SMORGA(N)SBORD. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016 (Inclement weather date Saturday, February 13, 2016)

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Edenton Street United Methodist Church

228 W. Edenton Street

Raleigh, NC 27603

919-832-7535 ext. 2634

Registration Deadline: January 15th, 2016 (You can mail, email, or RSVP registration)

What is the Saturday SmORGA(N)sbord? The Smorgasbord is a day filled with worship and enrichment work-shops for organists and choir directors.

What does the event cost? Registration is $25 and includes breakfast (pastries, muffins, fruit, coffee, and juice); lunch (Smoked Gouda Tomato Bisque Soup, Chicken Salad Croissants, salad, and dessert)

Windsor Music Publishing: will be on site for all of your choral and organ music needs. Windsor Music specializes in choral and organ music, stocking new and used/out of print music. Windsor Music Publishing represents over 400 music publishers. (Telephone: 704-636-5400) (Toll Free: 855-636-5400) (Fax: 704-639-9305) (Email:windsormusic1@yahoo.com)

Featured Hymnal: Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship. This indispensable hymnal is the most comprehensive resource on the Psalms for use in Christian worship ever published. The book contains all 150 Psalms, most in multiple formats, and utilizes a wide variety of musical and spoken settings. It also provides complete musical settings for morning and evening prayer. This invaluable resource for churches of all traditions is well- suited to congregational use, helping pastors, worship leaders and planners, and choirs bring the Psalms back to the heart of congregational worship. The hymnal will be available in limited quantity at a reduced cost of $25 for AGO members.

Used Music Sale: There will be a used music table open all day as a fundraiser for the CNCCAGO Cooper-Miller Organ Scholarship Fund. All attendees are encouraged to bring some of your gently-used organ music pieces and books to donate, and then browse through the treasures that others brought. We ask a few dollars for each piece or book you buy; every penny goes to fund our $1,000 scholarship. We must do all we can to encourage and develop the next generation of young organists


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.          Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibits Open (Edenton Street UMC Commons Area)

9:30 – 10:20 a.m.        Opening Worship: “Psalms for All Seasons” led by Sally Ann Morris, liturgist and Andrew Scanlon, organist (Sanctuary)

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.      Session 1: “Addressing Common Music Copyright Issues” led by Rob Monath (Chapel)

11:30 – 12:20 p.m.      Session 2: “Trends in Worship Music” led by Sally Ann Morris (Chapel)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.        Lunch/ Exhibits Open (Commons Area)

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.          Session 3: “What’s New for Sunday Morning?” led by Josh Dumbleton (Chapel)

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.          Session 4: “Improvisation Workshop” led by Andrew Scanlon (Sanctuary)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.          “Hinshaw Music Publishing Choral Reading Session” led by Dr. William Carroll (Choir Room)

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.           Exhibits open


Addressing Common Music Copyright Issues – Rob Monath will lead a session on church copyright issues. For any church musician it is essential to understand and sensibly address music copyright issues. This session will also cover recent issues and developments in the ever-changing landscape of church music and music publishing.

Trends in Worship Music – Sally Ann Morris will present a workshop on recent trends in worship music representing both congregational and service choir components.

What’s New for Sunday Morning? – Josh Dumbleton will present a workshop of organ music that has been published in the last couple of years that would make wonderful additions to your music library and the worship life of your congregation. The session will include literature of easy to medium difficulty, for small to medium-sized organs, for general, special, and specific occasions and appropriate for all denominations.

Quick, play something! A workshop in beginning improvisation techniques– Andrew Scanlon will present a few practical techniques, exercises, and directions that will help equip organists to improvise immediately.


Dr. William P. Carroll– Professor Emeritus in Choral Conducting in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Editor and Educational Consultant of Choral Music at Hinshaw Music, Inc., Chapel Hill, N.C.

Josh Dumbleton– Associate Director of Music/ Organist at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC.

Robert A. Monath– Attorney at Law, Raleigh, NC; In- House Counsel on Copyright Issues for Hinshaw Music, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC.

Sally Ann Morris– Church Musician, Composer, and Musician in Residence at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston Salem, NC.

Andrew Scanlon– Teaching Assistant Professor of Sacred Music and Organ Performance at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; Organist- Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, NC.

AGO Scholarships

The American Guild of Organists announces the start of the application period for the 2016-2017 Ronald G.
Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Scholarships. These are the largest monetary scholarships
awarded by the Guild each year to individual organ students. They are made possible by the generosity and
vision of the late Messrs. Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee. The scholarships support the education
of talented young organists who are dedicated to making significant contributions to the field of organ playing.
Applicants are expected to have existing talent and be able to demonstrate achievements in the field of organ
playing along with an expressed commitment to post graduation teaching, performing, or other serious endeavor
with respect to the organ. Each student applicant must also demonstrate a verifiable financial need to be
eligible to receive a scholarship.

Six scholarships are presently awarded each year with a total distribution of $60,000 in scholarship funds annually.
Four scholarship awards of $7,500 each are awarded to an incoming college freshman, sophomore, junior,
and senior, as well as two graduate awards of $15,000 each, one for a student beginning a master’s degree
program and one for a student in the second year of a master’s degree program. The scholarships are renewable
annually if requirements are met.

For the 2016–2017 academic year, the AGO will begin accepting online scholarship applications on January 1,
2016 from qualified students entering their freshman year in college and starting their first year of graduate
study. Complete details of the Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarships can be found on the AGO website,

Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarships

For more information, contact Harold Calhoun at hc@agohq.org or 212-870-2311, ext. 4318.

2015-2016 Programs

  • Sunday, January 10, 2016, 6:00 PM, Home of Robert and Lisa Nichol, 6000 Forest Creek Circle, Wilmington: 12th Night/Epiphany Party.  Join us for a wonderful evening of unwinding and socializing together following the hectic seasons of Advent and Christmas.  The main course will be provided, with chapter members bringing other dishes.
  • Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:30 PM, First Presbyterian Church, 125. S. Third Street, Wilmington: Organ Recital.  Christopher “Kit” Jacobson is a well-known recitalist in the international organ community and is currently the Organist at Duke University Chapel.  He has served previously at Washington National Cathedral, Columbia’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, and on the faculty at the University of South Carolina.  He will play a varied recital on First Presbyterian’s historic unaltered 1928 E.M. Skinner organ.  This concert is co-sponsored by the Music at First series.
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 6:30 PM, Church of the Servant (Episcopal), 4925 Oriole Drive, Wilmington: AGO Educational Program with Dr. Laura Ellis.  AGO Southeastern Regional Councillor Dr. Laura Ellis will be our guest for a wonderful educational program about the work of the AGO.  Dr. Ellis will speak on the topic of “The Future of the AGO,” and is excited to also hear ideas about what this means for our own chapter membership.  Dr. Ellis is currently Associate Professor at the School of Music at the University of Florida.  We will enjoy a catered dinner before the program itself.
  • Sunday, April 24, 2016, Time TBD (afternoon), beginning at First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third Street: Downtown Wilmington Historic Organ Tour.  The Wilmington AGO will sponsor a community-oriented organ tour through some of the historic churches of downtown Wilmington.  Each location provides an incredible view into the history of our city and how it has changed over the years.  Please plan to invite family, friends, choir members, and church members to this community outreach event.  Short demonstration recitals will be held on each organ.  Locations include: First Presbyterian Church chapel and sanctuary, St. James Parish, Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, First Baptist Church, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
  • May: No chapter event.  Happy spring!
  • Sunday, June 5, 2016, 6:00 PM, Home of Bob Norem and Carl Salisbury, 734 George Trask Drive, Wilmington: Summer Social.  Join us for a great time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company as we close out the program year.  This event feature a potluck dinner and time to talk to friends and colleagues in our chapter.



Organ Competition

Dear AGO Member and/or Organ Teacher:

I am happy to announce the 2016 High School Organ Festival & Competition co-hosted by the Winston-Salem AGO Chapter, UNC School of the Arts, and Salem College, on January 29-31, 2016. The competition is open to all high school seniors or younger who are studying in the U.S.

The audition requirements and schedule information can be found here: Competition

A CD Recording, application, and letters of recommendation are due by Friday, December 18, 2015 as noted on the website and registration form.

I would greatly appreciate you forwarding this to any teacher or high school organ student that might be interested.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Timothy Olsen

Timothy Olsen, DMA
Kenan Professor of Organ
Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs
School of Music, UNC School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, NC
336.770.3254 (o)
405.535.8124 (c)

Young Organist Competition 2016

sponsored by the

Greater Columbia AGO Chapter

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Columbia, S.C.

Open to Grades 8-12

First Prize $1,000

Second Prize $500

Third Prize $300

Hymn Playing Award $250

Best Bach Performance $250

For rules and application see

Young Organist Competition 2016

at www.columbiaago.org




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/.



Organist, Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clinton

Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clinton, NC is seeking a church organist. Contact the church office for complete job description and further information. 910-592-2677.

Director of Music Ministries, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Durham

Director of Music Ministries needed for this active, growing, vibrant downtown parish with a strong musical tradition.  As an inclusive and diverse congregation in Durham, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church strives to be a church for all people.  Our worship and music is rooted in the Anglican tradition, honors the diversity of our community, and promotes joyful participation by members and visitors.

Durham is a thriving city in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina.  With a population of approximately 2 million people, the Research Triangle is home to three major research universities and is a vibrant cultural center of the state.  Durham is ideally situated in the state, roughly three hours’ drive from the North Carolina mountains and a two hours’ drive from the Atlantic coast beaches.

The Director/Organist will work closely with the Rector to further develop our ministry of music.  This includes long-term music planning and preparation (Hymns, Anthems, Psalm arrangement, liturgical settings), rehearsing and cultivating the adult choir 10:00-10:45 on Sunday mornings, and Wednesday nights 7:30 to 9:00 PM, playing both the 9 am, and the 11am Choral Eucharist, and promoting congregational singing and engagement.  He/She must be here for Holy Days (Christmas Eve, Holy Week and Easter), and has first refusal for weddings and funerals.  He/She will also participate in quarterly Worship Committee meetings.

The Organ is a Goulding & Wood, Inc., Opus 11 (1987), with 42 total ranks, and 2,333 pipes.

The Position is currently half-time position, with the potential to grow as the congregation grows.

Base Salary $27,500. Work 19 hours per week.  There are 4 paid Sundays off plus two personal or sick days.

Mail, fax or email cover letter and resume with education, experience and references to the church by December 31st, 2015.


The Rev. M. Jonah Kendall

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

403 East Main Street

Durham, NC 27701


(919) 682-5708 (phone)

(919) 683-1857 (fax)



Military Base Musician Needed

Location: Jacksonville, NC
Compensation: $1,200 per month
Hours of Operation: Sundays, Catholic 9:00-10:00, Protestant 11:00-12:30
2 hours of Choir Practice weekly (Schedule TBD)
● Have extensive knowledge of both Catholic and Protestant music, religious
service organization, and program development. Has leadership ability to direct
choirs and develop musical programs for other Chapel programs.
● Shall have at least a minimum of two years of experience playing in a church
● Must be able to effectively play the piano, keyboard, and organ. Individual must
be able to sight read music.
● Must be able to play a wide variety of music from traditional church hymns to
contemporary church music in order to support all Catholic and Protestant
● Must be able to recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers for choir, praise team,
cantatas, a band, or other musical groups in support of chapel programs.
Company: Sawyer Contracting LLC
Point of Contact
Contact Person: Anne Rose
Email: anne@sawyercontracting.com
Office: 407-602-7780, ext. 102
Fax: 321-765-6437


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 davidleeorgan@yahoo.com.


Contact Us

Dean: C. Justin Smith- cjs@alumni.wfu.edu

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

Treasurer: Greg Gore – chawk92@aol.com

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

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

Member at Large: Sara Bryant – music@thestmaryparish.org



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

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

Music at First: http://www.firstonthird.org/music/music-at-first/

Music at St. Paul’s: http://www.spechurch.com/music

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

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra: http://wilmingtonsymphony.org/

AGO National website