|Last updated: April 23, 2013|
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 John Miller, Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Justin Smith, webmaster, at email@example.com.
|Thursday, April 25, 2013, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the UNCW Jazz Combos in concert.
Friday, April 26, 2013, Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30 PM: The UNCW Department of Music presents the Spring 2013 Honors Recital, featuring the best vocal and instrumental students at UNCW.*
Saturday, April 27, 2013, Kenan Auditorium, 8:00 PM: The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents their final concert of the season, entitled St. Petersburg Sojourn. Featuring Paolo Andre Gualdi at the piano, this concert will include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 and Shostakovich's Symphony no. 9.
Sunday, April 28, 2013, First Presbyterian Church, 5:00 PM: The final Music at First event of the season features Wilmington concert pianist Domonique Launey in recital. She will perform music of Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.*
Monday, April 29, 2013, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 PM: The Southeastern Oratorio Society’s spring concert, under the direction of Dr. Larry Cook, features J. S. Bach's most beloved cantata, the joyous Christ lag in Todesbanden for the Easter Season. Also two shorter cantatas (also based on familiar German hymns) by the young genius, Felix Mendelssohn, inspired by his intense study of the music of Bach. Bill Remele, organist, and a chamber orchestra will accompany the ensemble.*
Friday-Sunday, May 3-5 2013, St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, 7:30 PM (each night): The finale of the Music on Market series features three performances of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. This show will be presented by the music ministry of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, directed by Sharon Miller. Tickets are free but must be reserved through the church office, 762-9693.*
Saturday, May 4, 2013, Kenan Auditorium (UNCW), 8:00 PM: The North Carolina Symphony, conducted by William Henry Curry presents the season finale of their Wilmington series. Music featured includes Verdi’s Overture to La forza de destino; Wagner’s Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Gotterdammerung, Verdi’s Triumphal March and Ballet from Aida; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 6, “Pathetique.”
Sunday, May 12, 2013, Frank H. Kenan Chapel at Landfall, 5:00 PM: The Frank H. Kenan Chapel presents the Tallis Chamber Orchestra in concert. The concert is free but tickets are required and can be picked up at the Northeast Branch of the New Hanover County Library.*
Sunday, May 19, 2013, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4:00 PM: The Wilmington Choral Society, directed by Paula Brinkman and accompanied by Byron Marshall, will present their spring concert entitled “Mozart: the Boy Genius.” The choral group will also be joined by the Hanover Singers of New Hanover High School. Tickets may be purchased for $10 by visiting www.wilmingtonchoralsociety.com/upcoming.php.
*Free concert, donations are accepted
|From the Dean
John Miller, Dean, Wilmington AGO
Greetings Fellow Musicians!
Can it really be that our Chapter’s program year is coming to a close? We will go out in the proverbial “big bang” with a truly fantastic May program provided by Dr. Bettsy Curtis from Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church who will lead us in an exploration of West African drumming. Looking for interesting ways to incorporate children or youth in your ministry in ways other than singing even if you only have a few? You won’t want to miss this program!
It seems like only yesterday when we met for our first program at St. John’s. There are so many people to thank for this truly terrific year; the Executive Committee; the Program Committee; the hosts for our monthly meetings; the various program coordinators, presenters, and performers; our Nominating Committee, Rachel Mann and Bill Remele; our newsletter editor, Justin Smith; our yearbook editors, Sara Bryant and Sharon Miller; our outgoing Member-at-large, Doug Spivey, for three years of faithful service; and to our entire membership for your faithful attendance and support for our terrific Chapter. As we individually take a few months to rest, regain strength and perhaps sharpen our skills, know that I am excited about the energy and strength of our Chapter. We’ve got more to explore, more questions to ask, and more musicians in our community we could and should involve in our membership. Philippians 1:6 says, “… be confident of this, that God who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” See you in September!
Our Chapter’s May program will be held on Tuesday, May 14 with dinner at 6:30 PM and program at 7:30 PM at St. Andrews-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Road. Park in the church’s parking lot and there will signs directing you to the correct entrance. The dinner will be catered by Sweet and Savory and will feature Mediterranean Chicken and Risotto. The cost for dinner is $12.00. Reservations should be made by 10:00 PM on Thursday, May 9 with Greg Gore at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the change in reservation contact person!
Dr. Bettsy Curtis was invited to travel for two weeks to the Ivory Coast in West Africa by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Part of their mission was to listen and document music and rhythms from this region of the world. The result was three volumes of music titled “Global Praise.” Bettsy will lead us in a study of this music and will have a number of her drums so that we might learn and participate in these rhythms. She will organize the music we learn into:
Songs as we assemble,
Songs as we enter,
Songs as we evoke the Holy Spirit, and
Songs of praise.
The main language of the Ivory Coast is French and she will also share with us a fantastic Call to Prayer which she transcribed during her visit. Bettsy is Minister of Music at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and one of her many ministries is an after school drumming circle. We are so fortunate to have locally an expert in global music who is willing to share her knowledge with us. You won’t want to miss this program!
Minor triad goes into a bar...the WHOLE story:
C, E-flat, and G go into a bar. The bartender says, "Sorry, but we don't serve
minors." So E-flat leaves, and C and G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished, and G is out flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough. D comes in and heads for the bathroom, saying, "Excuse me; I'll just be a second."
Then A comes in, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and says, "Get out! You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight."
E-flat comes back the next night in a three-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says, "You're looking sharp tonight. Come on in, this could be a major development." Sure enough, E-flat soon takes off his suit and everything else, and is au natural.
Eventually C sobers up and realizes in horror that he's under a rest. C is brought to trial, found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of D.S. without Coda at an upscale correctional facility.
Submitted by Lani Beuerman
Southeastern Oratorio Society
The Southeastern Oratorio Society’s spring concert features J. S. Bach's most beloved cantata, the joyous Christ lag in Todesbanden for the Easter Season. Also two shorter cantatas (also based on familiar German hymns) by the young genius, Felix Mendelssohn, inspired by his intense study of the music of Bach.
Monday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St., Wilmington.
As always, admission is free; donations are gratefully received.
April Meeting Minutes
Minutes from Wilmington Chapter AGO meeting – April 9, 2013
Held at Grace United Methodist, Wilmington, NC
Report from Rachel Mann, Nominating Committee Chair: Rachel and Bill Remele served on the Nominating Committee. All existing officers have agreed to continue if re-elected except Doug Spivey who rolls off as Member-at-Large class of 2013. Nominated for Member-at-Large Class of 2016 is Judith Siebold. The official elections will happen at next month’s meeting.
The group was reminded of the Planning Committee Meeting on Friday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Library at St. Andrews-Covenant.
The Executive Committee made a recommendation to make a $300 contribution to the 2013 AGO Annual Fund in honor of Charter Member Betty Saunders and Member Bill West, both of whom died in 2012/2013. A motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously.
The current Treasurer’s Report was published in the April newsletter.
Rachel Mann announced that organist, Sam Porter, is back in the southeast and looking for local venues to play in September. Anyone interested should let her know.
Julia Walker Jewell
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at St. Andrews-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 6:30 PM: Dinner meeting and program led by Bettsy Curtis on Global Music, and in particular West African music. Bettsy was one of six musicians traveling on behalf of the United Methodist Church to the Ivory Coast, Africa in 2008, and she will share her knowledge with us.
Sunday, June 2, 2013, at home of Zollene Reissner: Social Time at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:15 PM: Annual covered dish summer social.
|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 or to request a membership form, please contact Greg Gore, Treasurer, at email@example.com.
Renewing members are encouraged to return their renewal forms as soon as possible!
| Music Director/Organist Position Announcement
Covenant Moravian Church is seeking a Music Director/Organist to direct and coordinate the worship and choral music ministry of our church. Our needs are for a person to fulfill the duties of a voice choir director and organist. The Search Committee is looking for an individual who:
· Possesses interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well with adults and children,
· Functions well in a small church ministry,
· Is skilled musically, preferably someone professionally trained with experience
· Will seek to build and maintain the choir's confidence, offer challenge, enthusiasm, and promote the growth of the music program
· Is receptive to a blend of various music styles within the traditional genres of sacred music while giving consideration to the Moravian musical heritage
Consistent with the mission of our church, we desire a person of Christian commitment and character.
Interested individuals should submit a resume by April 30, 2013 to:
Covenant Moravian Church
4126 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28412
Email resumes will also be accepted. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The position of Director of Music at Messiah Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, 3302 S. College Road, is currently open. This position includes playing the electronic organ, conducting one adult choir, and rehearsing with other instrumentalists who play in worship. The contact person is Rev. Timothy Steele, Pastor of Messiah Lutheran and his phone number is 910-791-7040.
I represent Calvary Lutheran Church, LCMS, in Jacksonville, NC. At the moment, we
are without competent accompaniment for our worship services and choir rehearsals.
We have a good organ and a good piano, but regular use for accompaniment is uncertain.
During this past year our Council has budgeted $4,000 for the organist’s annual salary.
We do not know what the Budget for 2013 will be. It will come to the people for approval later this month.
Our organist/pianist would serve in one worship service and one choir rehearsal per week. We will be sending job-opening announcements to high school and community college students in the Jacksonville area, in hopes of finding a talented student who is looking for opportunity to expand his or her experience in classical church music.
If you know of any one in this area who might meet our needs, we would be very happy to talk with him or her.
*Reposted as of 9/30/12*
Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church (USA) is seeking applications for the part-time position of Minister of Music. Submit a completed employment application and resume to email@example.com. For more information call Rev. Perry D. Griffin at 910-442-7761
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild's National Website.
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|Dean: John Miller- email@example.com
Subdean and Program Coordinator: Zollene Reissner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary and TAO Correspondent: Julia Walker Jewell - email@example.com
Treasurer: Greg Gore - firstname.lastname@example.org
Member at Large: Doug Spivey - email@example.com
Member at Large: Lani Beuerman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Member at Large: Sara Bryant - email@example.com
Newsletter Editor and Webmaster: Justin Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Music at St. Paul's: http://www.saintpaulsepiscopalchurch.com/Events.htm
Music Events at UNCW: https://events.uncw.edu/MasterCalendar/MasterCalendar.aspx
Wilmington Concert Association: http://www.wilmingtonconcert.com/
Chamber Music Wilmington: http://www.chambermusicwilmington.org/
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra: http://wilmingtonsymphony.org/
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