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Message from the Dean 

The new year is here and WAGO officers have worked hard to schedule exciting programs. Events and details are listed below. We look forward to a great year and hope to see you in September.

Executive Board

Dr. Steven Cooksey, WAGO Dean
St. James Episcopal (Organist/Director)
Leesburg, VA
501 S. Loudoun (home)
Winchester, VA 22602-6920

Jesse Ratcliffe, WAGO Sub-Dean Programs
St. James Episcopal (Choirmaster)
73 Culpeper Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
P.O. Box 204 (home)
Warrenton, VA  20188

Dr. Heather Ankerbrand, WAGO Sub-Dean Membership
St. Paul’s On-the-Hill (Director of Music)
1527 Senseny Road
Winchester, VA  22602
530 York Avenue, Apt. 101 (home)
Winchester, VA 22601

Daniel Hannemann, WAGO Secretary
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (Music Director/Organist)
26 West Boscawen Street
Winchester, VA
209 Cranberry Court (home)
Winchester, VA 22602

Daniel Miller, WAGO Treasurer
St. David’s Episcopal Church (Organist/Choir Master)
Ashburn, VA
331 W. Piccadilly Street (home)
Winchester, VA 22601-3907

Dr. Charles Leeper, WAGO Historian
Cadenzaq Music LLC Mg Ptnr
P. O. Box 820 (home)
Stephens City, VA 22655

Members At Large

Gloria Harris, WAGO Web Master
469 Fodderstack Road (home)
Washington, VA 22747

Marcia Merry
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Organist)
Leesburg, VA
106 Prospect Drive, SW
Leesburg, VA  20175
703/771-9529 or 703/777-4912

Jane Kane
Trinity Episcopal Church (Choir Director/Organist)
Washington, VA
572 Bifrost Way
Linden, VA  22642
540/635-8017 or 540/660-1864


Local Events

American Guild of Organists –  Winchester Chapter

2015 WAGO Activities:

June 7, July 5, August 2 and September 6, 2015
6:45 p.m. – Carillon Prelude by Jesse Ratcliffe, Carilloneur
8:00 p.m. – Sunset Vespers at Luray Singing Tower
Luray, Va
Revitalization of an old Luray tradition – Local ministers, choirs and instrumentalists will present beautiful and meditative interdenominational services on the lawn of Luray’s Singing Tower. Bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.
Contact Jesse Ratcliffe for more information at or 304/575-9027
Free to public

June 14-19, 2015 (Sunday-Friday)
Church Music Institute (CMI)
Improvisation in the French Manner with Maurice Clerc
Shenandoah University
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601

July 6-10, 2015
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
“Sing God’s Glory” (SINGGG!)
10th Annual Celebration – Northern Shenandoah Valley Area
Summer Choir and Creative Arts Camp
Braddock Street United Methodist Church
115 Wolfe Street
Winchester, VA
Registration – Online at or call Megan Cassada at 540/667-3453

October 16, 2015 (Friday)
8:00 p.m.
Bach-Handel Festival
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
$12 (3 concerts for $36)

October 17, 2015 (Saturday)
8:00 p.m.
Bach-Handel Festival
Grace Evangelican Lutheran Church
26 West Boscawen Street
Winchester, VA
$12 (3 concerts for $36)

October 18, 2015 (Sunday)
5:00 p.m.
Bach-Handel Festival
Shenandoah University, Goodson Recital Hall
Winchester, VA
$12 (3 concerts for $36)

Winchester AGO Membership:

Dr. Jeffrey M. Alban, CAGO
Dr. Heather Ankerbrand, CAGO
Dr. Patricia Jo Avery, SPC
Linda Beville
Thomas R. Bowen
Patricia Byers
Beverly C. Clark, CAGO
Judy B. Connelly
Dr. Steven Cooksey
Larry G. Correll
Peggy L. Craig
Opal Davis
George Donovan, Jr.
Laura B. Douglass
John W. Fast
Daniel P. Hannemann
Gloria D. Harris
James W. Hutchinson
Dr. O. Vernon Joyner
Jane A. Kane
Dr. Karen Keating
Dr. James Kriewald
David Lang
Dr. James H. Laster
Dr. Charles K. Leeper
Dr. Richard E. McPherson
Daniel J. Miller
Marcia Merry
Colleen S. Miller
Alan Moser
Dudley Oakes
Wendy Oesterling
Lon Quinones
Jesse Lee Ratcliffe
Jo Rothenhoefer
Judy Segaar
Dr. Steven K. Shaner
Linda Smith
Wilson Troxell
Carol Westervelt
Julia J. White, MM


Substitute List:

Elizabeth (Beth) Caluda – 540/665-4629 (office);
Familiar with Roman Catholic and Protestant services

Sue Correll – 540/545-4018 (home);
Familiar with most Protestant services (Episcopal & Lutheran)

Peggy Lacey Craig – 304/258-8088;
Familiar with Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian and other Protestant services

Opal Davis – 540/431-5474 (home);
Familiar with different liturgies; masters in organ with Wilma Jensen

Gloria Harris – 540/675-3627 (home);
Familiar with most Protestant services (Episcopal & Lutheran), available for funerals and weddings

Dr. James Laster – 540/662-4907 (home); 540/664-5378 (cell);
Familiar with all Protestant services (Episcopal & Lutheran), available for funerals and weddings

Colleen Miller – 540/888-3321;
Played for Trinity Lutheran, Stephens City and Opequon Presbyterian; prefers “less liturgical services”

William (Bill) T. Moersen – 304/724-6831 (home); 301/665-0193 (cell);
Experienced with various denominations

Jim Moon – 571/246-1604 (cell);
Has masters in organ performance from Catholic Univ., studied with Dr. Cooksey at SU. Subbed at St. Peters, Purcellville

Dudley Oakes – 202/413-7473;

Karen Snyder – 540/868-0763;
Familiar with Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, some Roman Catholic. Also a pianist.

Employment Opportunities:

Bethel Lutheran Church (ELCA), Winchester, VA
Part-time (10 hours/week) organist and accompanist
Submit resume to George Donovan Director of Music & Arts at or call 540/662-3245, ext. 102


Churches/Organs in the Winchester area:

Braddock Street United Methodist Church
115 Wolfe Street

Winchester, VA  22601
Organ:  Letourneau, Opus 124
Specs:  2,332 pipes, 3 manuals, 40 ranks

Christ Episcopal Church
114 West Boscawen Street
Winchester, VA  22601
Organ:  M.P. Moller, Opus 11435, 1981
Specs:  2 manuals, 25 ranks

First Baptist Church
205 W. Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA  22601
Organ:  Randall Dyer & Associates, Inc.
Specs:  2 manuals, 25 ranks

First Presbyterian Church
116 South Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA  22601
Organ:  Austin
Specs:  3 manuals, 35 ranks

First United Methodist Church
308 N. Braddock Street
Winchester, VA  22601
Organ:  Schantz
Specs:  2 manuals, 18 ranks

Goodson Chapel and Recital Hall
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA  22601
Organ:  M.P. Moller, Opus 11327, 1980
Specs:  3 manuals, 45 ranks

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
26 West Boscawen Street
Winchester, VA  22601
Organ:  Schantz, Opus 2086, 1994
Specs:  2 manuals, 28 ranks

Market Street United Methodist Church
131 S. Cameron Street
Winchester, VA  22601
Organ:  M.P. Moller, Opus 11594, 1982
Specs:  3 manuals, 29 ranks

Churches outside Winchester area:

Trinity Episcopal Church
9108 John S. Mosby Highway
Upperville, VA  20185
Organ:  AEolian-Skinner, Opus 1316 (installed 1960); Lawless-Johnson, 1995-1996
Specs:  3 manuals, 55 ranks