Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: May 4, 2015 at 14:18 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



From the Dean

David Lee Heinzman, Dean, Wilmington AGO

Dear Wilmington Chapter:

Well, the year is wrapping up and we have saved the best for last!  For this month’s chapter event, we are gathering on Tuesday, May 12 at St. Andrew’s-On-the-Sound Episcopal Church (101 Airlie Road) for a wonderful evening beginning with a catered dinner at 6 PM followed by an organ recital by national Young Artist Winner CAROLYN CRAIG.  We’ve attached a photo flier at the end of this correspondence for you to print and post at your church or place of business as soon as possible.

We are asking all members to help promote the recital among piano teachers and younger players, as Carolyn is 18 years old and a total inspiration to younger musicians.  It would be great if you all would invite choir members and put an announcement in your church bulletin this coming Sunday, May 10.  Following the recital there will be a punch and cookies reception for Carolyn.  Everyone is invited to stay for this reception, as it is being hosted by the AGO.

The dinner will include a short general meeting for all members when we hope to present nominations for next year’s Chapter Officers.  The dinner meeting will be held in St. Andrew’s new Parish Hall.  You will need to make dinner reservations by e-mailing me at davidleeorgan@yahoo.com or by phone (910) 264-2104.  Cost is $12 and caterer Kathy Gregor will offer a “bouquet of salads” (tuna or chicken or vegan) with rolls iced-tea and bottled water.  Please make your reservations ASAP and indicate which salad selection you prefer; deadline for reservations is Friday, May 8.

I urge all members to attend this May event and let’s have a good showing for Carolyn!

David Lee Heinzman

Renewal Update

I am happy to report that we have 11 members who have joined for the 2015-2016 program year!  You should have received your renewal email from “renewals@agohq.org” with the subject line “It’s time to renew your AGO membership.”  I received mine on April 17. Whenever you renew your membership, please remember to review/update all of your contact information that you wish to have included in our member directory such as phone numbers, email address, mailing address, church name and position as well as substitute availability.  Also remember to check the days of the week that you are available to sub.  You can update this information anytime even if you have completed the renewal process. Please try to renew by June 30th in order for your membership year to be extended to July 1, 2016.  To those who haven’t renewed their membership, please take a few minutes to renew your membership today!  I am hoping to have a 100% renewal rate this year!

Greg Gore


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!




Six Summer Educational Programs for Teenagers and Young Adults Announced by the AGO with Generous Funding Provided by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America and the American Institute of Organbuilders

NEW YORK CITY—The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce four PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTERS (POEs) and one POE (Advanced) for students aged 13–18; and one POE (Technical) for students aged 16–23 in 2015. Generous funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) and the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) will support the summer programs, which will be held from coast to coast. Complete contact information for each Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in The American Organist Magazine and online at www.agohq.org. The summer schedule follows:

POE for ages 13–18
June 14–19 Wichita, Kans.
July 5–10 Valparaiso, Ind.
July 12–17 Columbus, Ga.
July 26–31 Brooklyn, N.Y.

POE (Advanced) for ages 13–18
June 14–19 Norman, Okla.

POE (Technical) for ages 16–23
June 14–19 Norman, Okla.

“The AGO and APOBA have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship since 1975,” declared AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. “Likewise, the AIO has been active in supporting the Guild’s educational programs, beginning with their partnership in Pulling Out All the Stops, a video produced jointly by the AGO, AIO, APOBA, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Theater Organ Society in 1996. Collectively, APOBA and the AIO have contributed more than $475,000 in support of the AGO’s educational programs during our long association. For their ongoing, committed generosity in supporting the Guild’s mission—to enrich lives through organ and choral music—we are extremely grateful.”

The PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTER (POE) is an introduction to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer organ music institutes for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Basic keyboard proficiency is required, although previous organ study is not necessary. The POE (Advanced) provides intermediate to advanced classes in areas such as organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, music theory, improvisation, conducting, and service playing for students who have achieved a high level of success in organ study. The POE (Technical) is a program designed for students who are interested in learning the art and craft of organ building.

POE site locations are selected by the AGO Committee on the New Organist and approved by the AGO National Council after application by AGO host chapters. Applications are available from AGO National Headquarters.

2014-2015 Programs

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, St. Andrews-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 6:00 PM: Dinner meeting and 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/.



Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church

Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church seeks a permanent, part-time Director of Music starting June 1, 2015.  Position is responsible for the music ministry of the church including:

–            Directing the choir

–            Playing the organ/piano for both Sunday services and seasonal services

–            Fostering new opportunities for development of musical talents in worship

This position requires a skilled musician prepared to play or be trained on the Rogers 588 digital organ and experience/training in preparing and leading the choir.

Minimum requirements:

– College degree in music or demonstrated competence and experience

– Master’s degree or equivalent experience in organ performance, choral music and vocal techniques preferred

Salary:  negotiable.  For complete position description, email rwilliams95@ec.rr.com.  Resumes may be submitted to Personnel, Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, 1209 Lake Park Blvd.,  Carolina Beach, NC 28428.


Messiah Lutheran Church

Messiah Lutheran Church, 3302 S. College Road, Wilmington, is seeking a qualified Director of Music.

Position open May 18.

The church has a talented, dedicated 20-voice choir, singing September-May.

Sunday service is 9:30-10:40, with special services on Wednesdays during Advent and Lent. 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 (church member is a professional flutist with the Wilmington Symphony); help with Children’s Choir; 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-$18,000, depending on experience.

Mission for the Director of Music: To create a music experience that transcends.

Email resumes to: office@messiahwilmington.org, or call 910.791.7040. Read about Messiah at www.messiahwilmington.org.


Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church

Graves Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clinton NC is looking for a  permanent organist.  Our 24 member choir is enthusiastic and wonderful, but is kind of lost without their accompanist.  It is a congregation of 400, with one  weekly worship service on Sunday, and regular choir practice on Tuesday nights.  1979 Casavant pipe organ, 13 ranks, 2 manuals.   Please contact Diane Viser at 910-596-7025 or iron@intrstar.net for more information.


First United Methodist Church (Henderson)

First United Methodist Church in Henderson, N.C., is seeking a Church Organist to assist its Music Ministry in enabling its congregation, individually and together as a church family, to discover, re-discover, grow in and share God’s love through music in all of its sacred varieties.

The Church Organist is responsible for accompanying members of the Chancel Choir and other vocalists during rehearsals and worship services; providing instrumental music for worship, weddings and funerals; maintaining musical competence and professional skills through regular practice and continuing education; and working as a team player, supporting and encouraging other staff members, among other duties.

Candidates for Church Organist should have good people skills and a positive attitude; be an accomplished musician with a Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent degree and/or experience; have a foundation and experience in utilizing the vast tradition of United Methodist music and liturgy while being equally comfortable with blended and contemporary styles of worship; and be proficient in organ and piano.

The time commitment for the position will vary but will require an estimated average of 16 hours per week at an annual salary of $18,260.

The purpose of Music Ministries and the position of Church Organist at First United Methodist Church of Henderson is to proclaim the Gospel of our risen Savior Jesus Christ and to glorify God by fulfilling our Mission: “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”

Applications are available from the Rev. Terry Huffines, pastor, by writing to thuff_55@yahoo.com or by calling 252-438-8791. A job description is available upon request.

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 Symphony Orchestra: http://wilmingtonsymphony.org/

AGO National website