Wilmington Chapter

Last updated: September 11, 2018 at 22:41 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 Sara Bryant, Dean, at sara.w.bryant@gmail.com.



Greetings from the Dean

Dear Friends,

I hope that all of you have had a wonderful summer. Like many of you, I am preparing for the fall choir season, with Advent and Christmas coming up fast. I always enjoy this time of year.

(CANCELLED) I look forward to seeing you at our fall social on Sunday, September 16 at Ted’s Fun on the River. The address is 2 Castle Street. Our social will begin at 5:30, which is a little earlier than our original time. Plan to join your chapter friends for an informal potluck social at this fun coffee-shop/hangout space on the Cape Fear River. Proprietor and chapter member Julia Walker Jewell will have drinks for sale (cash bar). You may remember that we planned a social at Ted’s last year, but it had to be canceled because a hurricane was approaching Wilmington.

Chapter yearbooks will be distributed at the social. If you are unable to attend, your book will be mailed to you.

We are changing the date of our Pedals and Pals concert from May 19 to June 2 to avoid a conflict. The time will be 4:00 p.m. This will be a member’s concert with organ and other instruments/voices. John Sullivan is in charge of this event. Be thinking about what you would like to play!

Thanks to Greg Gore for producing the newsletter! I am grateful for his willingness to do this.

Best regards,
Sara Bryant, Dean
Wilmington Chapter of the AGO

2018-2019 Programs

Tuesday chapter events begin with dinner at 6:30 followed by a brief business meeting and evening program. Contact Lisa Nichol for reservations.

CANCELLED Sunday, September 16, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – Social dinner followed by group sharing of summer activities and conferences; Bring a dish to share. Beverages available for purchase. A fun evening of food and fellowship hosted by Julia Walker Jewell at Ted’s on the River, 2 Castle Street.

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – Henry Webb, organ, First Presbyterian Church, 125 South Third Street
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – Lecture on composer Nadia Boulanger presented by Dr. Helena Spencer,
hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1219 Forest Hills Dr.

Sunday, January 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – Epiphany party hosted by Bob & Lisa Nichol at their home. Bring a dish to share.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – Bill Remele will present a lecture recital, hosted by St. Paul’s Lutheran
Church, 12 North 6th Street

Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Joshua Stafford, organ, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 North 16th St.

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – Pedals and Pals, a concert with organ and other instruments/singers, hosted by
Church of the Servant, 4925 Oriole Drive

Friday, June 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – Chapter Social, hosted by John and Sharon Miller at their home. Come for a relaxing evening as we close out our program year. Bring a dish to share and
enjoy each other’s company.

Music Conferences

Oasis Music and Worship Conference, Oct. 19 & 20, 2018, Campbell University,

National Conference on Sacred Music, January 9-11, 2019, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Charleston, SC

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – 2019 AGO Southeast Regional Convention

June 9-12, 2019

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Charles Tompkins, Nicole Keller, Andrew Kotylo, Jared Johnson, Nigel Potts

St. Pauls, Conway; Trinity, Myrtle Beach; First UMC, Conway; First UMC, Myrtle Beach; All Saints, Pawleys Island

For more information: http://www.agose2019.com/

Local Events

Click on the following links for the most current concert information!

Beckwith Recital Hall, UNCW: http://uncw.edu/music/events/events-calendar.html

Wilson Center, CFCC: http://cfcc.edu/capefearstage/tickets-and-events/

Kenan Auditorium, UNCW: https://uncw.edu/arts/venues/kenan/calendar.html

Kenan Chapel, Landfall: http://kenanchapel.com/calendar

Thalian Hall: http://www.thalianhall.org/events#map

Church Concerts
First Presbyterian: http://www.firstonthird.org/music/music-at-first/
September 30, 5:00 PM, Elizabeth Field, soprano, Stephen Field, piano

St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian: https://musiconmarket.org/upcoming-performances/
September 29, 7:30 PM, Robert Mabe Bluegrass Band (Brown Hall)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: http://spechurch.com/MUSIC/concerts.html
September 21, 7:30 PM, Richard Rhoads, organ
October 5, 7:30 PM, Colin Lynch, organ



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://amguildorg.wpengine.com/oncard-login/.


Grace United Methodist Church – Wilmington, NC
Children and Youth Choirs Director (Part-time)

Son Shine Singers (grades 3-5) & Solid Rock Singers (grades 6-8)

Introductory Statement

Grace UMC in Wilmington, NC is committed to offering to its young Christians weekly opportunities for faith growth while developing musical talent and appreciation through vocal music education by providing a comprehensive music ministry program for children.


  • Musical training in choral music and proficient in keyboard. A bachelor’s degree in music is preferred.
  • Knowledge of music pedagogy and experience teaching music to children, grades 38.
  • Excellent communications skills with children, young people, parents, colleagues and staff.
  • A Christian foundation.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in conducting choirs, grades 3-8.
  • Computer skills.


  • Plan.
  • Provide a warm, friendly, and inviting environment for the choir members.
  • Instruct the young singers on basic rudiments of singing as well as music: pitch, harmony, rhythm, and dynamics.
  • Communicate well with choir members, parents, and staff.
  • Meet as needed and appropriate with the Director of Music Ministries and/or the Director of Family Ministries.


  • Meet with Son Shine Singers (gr. 3-5) for 30 minutes & Solid Rock Singers (gr. 6-8) for 45 minutes each one time per week Wednesday evenings.
  • Have each choir sing one time per month for either an 8:30 a.m. service or an 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service including seasonal music programs.


  • Lead the music program during Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the VBS presentation on the Sunday immediately following the week of VBS.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@gracedowntown.net by August 19, 2018.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church- Wilmington, NC

Church Organist & Choir Director


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is a family size church in the historical district of downtown Wilmington. The Vestry of St. Mark’s seeks a qualified person to serve as Church Organist & Choir Director, part time (5-10 hours per week). This person will work with the Priest in Residence to provide musical leadership for church Services. The Priest will provide supervision, while accountability will be to the Senior Warden.  For more information and to apply, please contact Kenneth Chestnut at kschestnut@att.net.

• Understand liturgy and churchmanship
• Conduct choir rehearsals
• Select and prepare anthems, hymns, psalms and service music
• Recruit additional choir members
• Attend parish events
• Report maintenance needs of the organ to Junior Warden
• Appraise and replace vestments through Altar Guild
• Provide music for funerals and weddings
• Recruit and secure an organist to play at all worship services in organist’s absence
• Develop an annual budget for music ministry and submit it to the financial committee for approval
• Act as a good steward of Church’s finances
• Performance to be reviewed annually

Skills & Competencies:
• Exceptional ability to play the organ and direct a small choir
• Knowledge of contemporary Christian and gospel music a plus
• Ability to understand and support the long-term plans of the Vestry
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Attention to detail
• Effective interpersonal skills with a variety of people
• Demonstrates initiative, integrity and trust
• Demonstrates high standards of professionalism, discretion, confidentiality and courtesy
• Professional references requested
• All new employees must be cleared through the Priest and Senior Warden and appropriate background checks completed
• Due to the desired safety culture throughout St. Mark’s, employee children shall not accompany Church staff at work

Description of Organ
Rodgers electronic organ, digital, two manual, variety of stops and appropriate amplification in the sanctuary

600 Grace St
Wilmington, NC 28401-4127

St. Andrew’s-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church

Interim Director of Music Ministry

St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church in Wilmington is seeking an interim Director of Music Ministry. This half-time position involves directing a children’s choir, a handbell choir, and an adult choir. Funding is available for section leaders as well as a separate fund for paying guest musicians to enhance worship. There are two services: 9:00 and 11:15 and a 1995 Cornell Zimmer pipe/digital instrument. Please contact Richard Elliott at 910-256-3034.

First Christian Church

Music Director

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Wilmington, NC is seeking a skilled and passionate leader to become our next Music Director.
This is a part time position that is in charge of leading our choir and directing the music program of the church, with the assistance of an organist/accompanist who is already in place.

Major duties include selecting music, conducting rehearsals of the choir, and the planning and implementation of schedule special music events.Preferred Education and Experience

  • Conducting experience, preferably with church choirs
  • Familiarity with a broad range of sacred music, with an emphasis on traditional and classical, but a willingness to incorporate more contemporary music as well
  • Interpersonal communication and planning skills
  • Proven ability to plan, with consultation of the ministers, the music program of the church
  • Ability to direct handbells and/or children’s choirs as needed.
  • Actively seeking out new choir members.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume (including professional references) to:

First Christian Church
2035 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, N. C. 28403
Attn: Music Committee

or by email to: dfurr1@ec.rr.com

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Position Announcement – Director of Liturgy and Music
Immaculate Conception Church
6650 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412


Come to Coastal NC – to a growing Catholic parish seeking to further develop its liturgy and music programs.

In collaboration with the Pastor, the Director of Liturgy and Music provides for the liturgical life of the parish. This is accomplished through the guidance, preparation, and direction of all parish liturgical celebrations. Responsibilities would include the formation and on-going support of all liturgical ministers and parish musicians. In addition, the Director works in relationship with other staff members to support the community to live out Living Jesus Christ” by proclaiming the Gospel, celebrating the Eucharist, nourishing our Faith, and serving all God’s people with compassion, humility and gentleness.

Required Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in music, liturgy, or related field.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of, and proven experience with Catholic liturgy.
  • A practicing Catholic in good standing.
  • Skills as an accompanist on the piano and organ with good sight-reading skills, preferred.
  • Special emphasis on leading the assembly in song, as well ability to improvise, prepare and play creative accompaniments to the hymns and liturgical music.
  • Proven experience with choral conducting with volunteer choirs.
  • Experience contracting professional instrumentalists and students for special liturgies and Holy Days.
  • Possess pastoral, organizational, computer, communication, motivational and people skills.

This candidate will be involved with the selection of a new piano for the current worship space and giving input toward the design of an eventual new church building.

This is a regular fulltime, 40-hour per week, salaried, exempt position.

In addition to a competitive salary, Immaculate Conception provides a comprehensive benefits plan, including:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision insurance
  • Group life
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • A generous 403(b) plan

Please submit your resume with cover letter expressing your understanding of liturgy and music via email to icccsearchcommittee@gmail.com.

Immaculate Conception is a parish of 1,000 households ministering to the faithful coastal communities of Carolina Beach and historic Wilmington, NC. The community is administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

For more information please visit our website www.iccwilm.org.

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://amguildorg.wpengine.com/certification or contact the Dean at sara.w.bryant@gmail.com.


Contact Us

Dean: Sara Bryant- sara.w.bryant@gmail.com

Subdean and Program Coordinator: John Sullivan – jds3rd@aol.com

Secretary: Sharon Miller – smiller@sacpc.org

Treasurer: Greg Gore – chawk92@aol.com

Member at Large (2019): Bill Remele – wremele@gmail.com

Member at Large (2020): Bob Norem – noremtpc@gmail.com

Member at Large (2021): Doug Spivey – dspivey100@embarqmail.com



AGO Southeast Region Blog: http://agoregionivblog.blogspot.com/

AGO Southeast Region Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AGOSoutheast

AGO National Headquarters: http://amguildorg.wpengine.com

Music at First: http://www.firstonthird.org/music/music-at-first/

Music Events at UNCW: https://events.uncw.edu/MasterCalendar/MasterCalendar.aspx

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra: http://wilmingtonsymphony.org/

AGO National website