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Executive Board

Dr. Steven Cooksey, WAGO Dean
St. James Episcopal (Organist/Director),  Leesburg, VA

Judy B. Connelly, WAGO Sub-Dean Programs
Braddock Street United Methodist Church, Winchester, VA  22601

Linda Beville, WAGO Sub-Dean Membership/Secretary
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Woodstock, VA  22664

Daniel Hannemann, WAGO Newsletter
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (Music Director/Organist), Winchester, VA

Daniel Miller, WAGO Treasurer
First Baptist Church (Organist), Winchester, VA 22601

Executive Committee Members At Large

Dr. Heather Ankerbrand
Wesley United Methodist Church, Winchester, VA 22601

Marcia Merry
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Organist), Leesburg, VA

Dr. Steven Shaner
Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Arlington, VA  22207

Gloria Harris


Local Events

American Guild of Organists –  2016-2017 Winchester Chapter Activities:

April 1 through end of May, Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Luray Singing Tower Recital Season, Jesse Ratcliffe, Carrilloneur
More information @

June 18-23, 2017 (Week 1)
Church Music Institute
Choral Conducting with Scott Allen Jarrett
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
For more information contact Dr. J. Thomas Mitts, Director of CMI – 202/425-4586

June 25, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.
Music on the Corner Concert Series @ First Baptist Church
James Gann, baritone; Daniel Miller, pianist
Music of Dvorak, Schubert, Copland, Faure, Puccini, Mendelssohn
205 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA

June 25, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Fiori Musicali @ Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Aime Sposato, soprano and Dudley Oakes, organ
Works by Dupre, Handel, Mozart, Rutter, Saint-Saens, Tournemire
26 W. Boscawen, Winchester, VA
Admission – Free

June 25-30, 2017 (Week 2)
Church Music Institute
Children’s Choirs with Giovanna Reyes-Mir; Handbell Choirs with Lori Horne Pendleton
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
For more information contact Dr. J. Thomas Mitts, Director of CMI – 202/425-4586

July 10, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Organ Music for a Second Monday @ Village at Orchard Ridge
Brian Batholdus, organ; James Martin, trombone
400 Clocktower Ridge Drive,  Winchester, VA 22603

July 23-28, 2017
Pipe Organ Encounter (POE)
Sponsored by Shenandoah University and Braddock Street United Methodist Church, Winchester, VA
An educational outreach program of the American Guild of Organists for teenagers 13-18 who have achieved an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. Previous organ study not required.
POE highlights include Felix Hell and Katelyn Emerson in concert, trip to Taylor and Boody Organ Builders, tour of Luray Caverns and Carillon performance.
Faculty Members:  Steven Cooksey, Ted Dix, Julie Vidrick Evans, Katelyn Emerson, Nathaniel Gumbs, Felix Hell, Marvin Mills, Kaori Hongo, Jonathan Moyer, Tom Mitts and Donald Sutherland (Subject to change without notice)
Coordinators – Jeff Alban and Judy Connelly
Contact Judy Connelly, Director of the POE (jconnelly@su.ed), for information on initiating online scholarship application process.
Registration for POE events available at
Application form at


The Newsletter of the Winchester Chapter, American Guild of Organists

Daniel Hannemann, editor

Click on an issue. It will download to your computer as a pdf document. Click to open it.

May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
Summer 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016


Winchester AGO

Membership in the American Guild of Organists is open to all, professional organists and choir drectors, students and organ
enthusiasts regardless of musical ability or denominational affiliation.

  • Regular: $100

  • Special (age 65 or over, under 21, or disabled): $75

  • Partner (2nd member at same address, no TAO): $75

  • Full-Time Student (with student id): $40

  • Chapter Friend (no TAO): $40

  • Lifetime member: $3,000​

Substitute List:

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

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

George Donovan – 540/313-0498;
Familiar with most 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 all Protestant services (Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian), available for funerals and weddings

Tom Lang – 860/930-9350 (cell),
14280 Ridenour Road, Smithsburg, MD  21783
Experienced choral director and organist for all denominations

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”

Jim Moon – 571/246-1604 (cell);
Has masters in organ performance; familiar with Lutheran and Episcopal services

John Myers 804/238-0295
40+ years experience as choir director and organist; Familiar with most Protestant churches

Dudley Oakes – 202/413-7473;

Marilyn Shenenberger –

Karen Snyder – 540/550-7113;
Familiar with Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, some Roman Catholic. Also a pianist.

Barbara Bulger Verdile (organist, pianist, choir director) – 540/338-7471 (home), 703/772-4367 (cell);
P.O. Box 803, Purcellville, VA  20134
Familiar with Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist services and available for weddings and funerals

Employment Opportunities:

Part-time Organist/Pianist for Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church
PO Box 268, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
2 manual pipe organ, play for Sunday service, choir practice and other special occasions.
Compensation negotiable based on experience.

Organist for Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg, VA
Position is 1/4 time for one weekly Sunday morning service, a weekly Wednesday choir rehearsal, a monthly Sunday Evensong service and some special services. 1988 Moeller electric action pipe organ, two manuals and AGO pedal, 14 ranks, 28 stops. Choir of 20+ includes 4 paid choral scholars. Salary $12,000. Contact Dr. Linell Gray Moss, Choirmaster at

Organist/Accompanist/Handbell Co-Director for First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606
Work with/report to Minister of Music in order to lead congregation in a spirit of worship that draws people to discipleship in Jesus Christ. For more information contact Dennis Adams, Minister of Music at

Organist/Choirmaster for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Hagerstown, MD
1/4 time salaried position involving six Sunday services a month, plus Holy Days.  Historic Moeller (7 ranks) and a new digital two manual Rodgers with orchestration and midi features.  Performances/recitals encouraged plus annual Christmas cantata.  For more information, contact the Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt, Rector, or call 301/582-0417.

Part-time Organist/Choir Director for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 North East Street, Culpeper, VA  22701
One Sunday service weekly, one choir rehearsal weekly from September-May plus extra services during Holy Week and Christmas. Small adult choir.
Casavant pipe organ, 2 manuals, 22 ranks
Contact Father Benson Shelton (Father Ben) at 540/525-8786 of
For additional information contact Judith Maxfield at 540/825-9237 or

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
Taylor and Boody Rebuild, 2015
Specs:  2 manuals, mechanical action, 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