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 at WAGO events.

Executive Board

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

Judy B. Connelly, WAGO Sub-Dean Programs
Braddock Street United Methodist Church
115 Wolfe Street
Winchester, VA  22601
540/667-3366 (church)
540/667-0829 (home)

Dr. Heather Ankerbrand, WAGO Sub-Dean Membership
Wesley United Methodist Church
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. Paul’s on the Hill
1527 Senseny Road
Winchester, VA 22702
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/Organist
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 –  2015-16 Winchester Chapter Activities:


Date tbd 
Choral Evensong led by Ronald Stolk (Dutch organist of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Washington, DC)
Christ Episcopal Church
114 West Boscawen Street
Winchester, VA  22601
Open to the public


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.

January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016
May 2016


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
Ricky E. Gearhart
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
Dr. Thomas Mitts
Alan Moser
Wendy Oesterling
Lon Quinones
Jesse Lee Ratcliffe
Jo Rothenhoefer
Dr. Steven K. Shaner
Don Stoner
Wilson Troxell
Carol Westervelt

Substitute List:

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

Sue Correll – 540/395-4923;
Familiar with all Protestant services (Episcopal & Lutheran)
Available as mezzo (soprano II) or alto substitute for paid section leaders

Larry Correll – 703/395-4267;
Familiar with most 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

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

Dudley Oakes – 202/413-7473;

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

Employment Opportunities:

Organist for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Mt. Jackson, VA
Small church, one service at 9:15 a.m., no choir rehearsal
Salary $100-125/week; contact Wilson Troxell at

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 UMC Short Hill Charge (Hillsboro and Ebenezer UMCs)
Hillsboro, VA
2-3 Sundays per month or weekly, 11:00 a.m. service
The Rev. Mark Jagoe (contact), 703/999-5860,



 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