Welcome to the Southeast Region Blog!

Welcome to the Southeast Region Blog!

Greetings to all members in the Southeast Region of the American Guild of Organists. I hope that this blog can be an easy way for us to keep in touch. Please contact me for news and events from your chapter that should be included. I'm happy to spread the word! Scroll to the bottom of the page for the regional events calendar.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2014-2015 season.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Treasure Coast Chapter Installation

Your southeast regional councillor traveled to Vero Beach on Sunday, September 21, to install officers for the Treasure Coast chapter. The AGO officer installation was part of the annual Massed Choir Festival Service. Guest director for this year's festival was Andrew Walker, Director of Music at St. Micheal's Episcopal Church, Orlando.

Here's an impromptu 'after-festival' photo of the choir. Fun event!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Brennan Szafron in Recital at Holy Cross

Comes Autumn Time is the theme of Brennan Szafron's organ recital at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Tryon, NC, on Friday, October 10, 2014, at 7:00 pm. Autumnal music by composers Leo Sowerby and Joseph Bonnet will be heard, as well as music by J. S. Bach and Charles-Marie Widor.

A native Canadian, Brennan received a Bachelor of Music degree, with distinction, from the  University of Alberta, a Masters of Music degree from Yale University, and a Doctoral of Musical  Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Michigan. He was hired in 2003 as the first full-time organist/choirmaster of the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, SC.

Dr. Szafron maintains an active recital schedule. In 2012-13, he reprised the Barber Toccata Festiva with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra), and gave recitals at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, GA and St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, NC. In the summer of 2013 he dedicated the organ at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spartanburg and gave a recital at First United Methodist Church, Charlotte. 2013-14 included a recital at the Church of the Advent celebrating their organ’s 25th anniversary, a solo recital with guest pianist Doug Weeks in Twichell Auditorium, a performance with the Converse College Symphony Orchestra as the soloist for the Poulenc organ concerto, a recital at Central Synagogue, NYC, and a recital at Landrum Presbyterian Church, Landrum, SC.

The Chancel Organ at Holy Cross was rebuilt by John Dower and Company in 1994-1995, incorporating pipes from the previous Möller and Holloway instruments.

Dr. Szafron’s concert at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 150 Melrose Avenue, Tryon, NC, is free, and the public is invited to attend. For more information, please call the church office at 828-859-9741.

Submitted by Susie Mahnke, organist/choir director, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Tryon, NC

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A report from the National Convention in Boston!

Greetings from Boston! My favorite events so far: the regional meeting held on Wednesday morning (with lots of door prizes!); the Rising Star concert on Wednesday afternoon performed by our own Carolyn Craig; and seeing good friends and renewing acquaintances.

Here's a photo from the first concert at Boston Symphony Hall (James David Christie performing with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

Friday, May 23, 2014

A visit to Blue Ridge!

On Thursday, May 22, your trusty Regional Councillor made a visit to the Blue Ridge chapter in North Carolina. A fine dinner (prepared by host Jamie Bryson -- thanks!) and fine conversation was held at Ewotah United Methodist Church. Your RC shared information about the guild, ONCARD, the national restructuring, etc. Thanks to all who attended (see picture below). It was a joy to meet you all!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Installation of officers in St. Petersburg

Last evening, I took a wonderful drive south to St. Petersburg to install the newly elected officers. A wonderful evening prayer service and dinner held at Holy Faith Catholic Church. Congratulations!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

News from the Spring National Council Meeting

Members of AGO National Council met in St. Louis this past week. Here's my top ten list:

10. Buds and blossoms in St. Louis – spring is certainly in the air!
9.  The view from the 11-floor reception site following the Charles Callahan recital. Yes, I could see the Arch!
8. The TAO should be going online soon. Look for it.
7. Have you considered joining the Clarence Dickinson society? What is it? A group of people who have decided to leave an estate gift of any size to the guild.
6. There is still time to register for Boston; be sure to book your hotel if you haven’t done so.
5. The Charles Callahan AGO Endowment Recital. He even played his “Aria”! (Bet you all know it).
4. Welcoming a new chapter to our region: Fayetteville-Sand Hills Area (NC)!
3. A chance to share membership concerns from Region IV/Southeast with the Council.
2. Online renewal of dues. Invoice should be coming to an inbox near you J
1. Getting excited about the Region IV/Southeast meeting at Boston. Will there be raffle prizes? Yes, there will. See you there!

Charles Callahan, the AGO Distinguished Artist, performed a recital at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. What a wondrous space!

Monday, March 3, 2014


Did you know that there is a new POE page on Facebook? Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/PipeOrganEncountersoftheAGO

Our Southeast region is looking for chapters to host POEs during the summer of 2015. Let me know if you are interested in becoming a part of the most fun and exciting outreach program the AGO has to offer!