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Previous Chapter Meetings

Friday, May 19     5:30 p.m.

Chapter Dinner

Sea Captain's House, Myrtle Beach

Dutch treat.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4pm

Members' Recital

All Saints Parish Church, 3560 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

This year we're asking for instrumental solos, instrumental duets of all kinds, vocalists, etc... If you have an accomplished student preparing for a spring recital we'd love for him/her to play. Organ music that you offer in your churches would be most suitable to play. We are not concert organists, but colleagues who can benefit from gathering together to share our music and enjoy each other.

The church includes a wonderful Casavant Pipe Organ and you won't want to miss this opportunity to play and hear it. This is one of the organs that will be featured when we host the Regional AGO Convention in 2019.

The recital is free. At the conclusion of the recital, we will have a reception and time of fellowship, please plan to bring a tray of sweets or veggies, your choice, a punch will be provided.

Please email Brian Monroe with your pieces, title and composer, no later than April 26 so that he can create a program. His email is 

Friday, October 14     6:00 p.m.

Organ Recital with Paul Thomas of Charleston

Trinity Church, 3000 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The recital was free. Reception to follow.

All are welcome. For more information, contact Ashley Sosis, Director of Music or (843)-448-8426.


Toccata in F, BWV 540 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

From Orgelbüchlein - J.S. Bach

  • Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599
  • Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603
  • In dir ist Freude, BWV 615

Fugue in A-flat minor, WoO 8 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Fantasie Choral No. 1 in D-flat - Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)

Two Preludes on Early American Hymn Tunes - George Shearing (1919-2011)

  • Jerusalem, My Happy Home (LAND OF REST)
  • I Love Thee, My Lord (I LOVE THEE)

Soliloquy - David Conte (b. 1955)

Sonata No. 4 in B-flat - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

  • Allegro con brio
  • Andante religioso
  • Allegretto
  • Allegro maestoso


Paul Thomas is the Organist & Choral Ministry Director of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul in Charleston, SC. He earned the Master of Music degree in organ performance and Certificate in Church Music Studies from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied organ with Thomas Murray and organ improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. While at Yale, he received the Richard Paul DeLong prize for the student "whose work best exemplifies the dedication and the use of those special gifts required of practicing church musicians." His undergraduate studies were at Furman University, where he studied organ with Charles Tompkins.

Paul has given solo organ recitals throughout the eastern United States, notably at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Woolsey Hall at Yale, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, and Washington National Cathedral.

An accomplished choral musician, Paul conducted the professional choir of the Episcopal Church at Yale for three years, and he has sung as a solo baritone with The King's Counterpoint and the Pro Musica chamber ensemble of the Yale Camerata. He has accompanied choirs on domestic and international tours, including weeklong residencies at Ely and Wells Cathedrals in England. He frequently accompanies the College of Charleston Concert Choir, The King's Counterpoint, and the Taylor Festival Choir, with whom he has recently performed Duruflé's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. He received second prize in the Schoenstein Competition in the Art of Organ Accompaniment.

Paul is a committed teacher of young musicians, having founded the Cathedral Choir of Boys & Girls, affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music. He teaches private music lessons and has adjudicated the Young Organist Competition of the Columbia, SC American Guild of Organists. He is on staff at Charleston Southern University as a vocal accompanist.

Saturday, September 24      9:30 a.m.

Anthem Reading Session

Church of the Resurrection, Surfside Beach

With brunch.

Friday, August 26     6:00 p.m. 

Opening Convocation

Trinity United Methodist Church, 706 14th Avenue South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Albert Evans and Karen Meeker, host organists. Pre-service concert at 5:30 by Harpist Becky Nissen.

Music by Trinity Choir, Trinity Orchestra, Albert Evans, Karen Meeker, and a Blessing for all those who serve the church.

Light refreshments were served after the Convocation.

Pictures are available here.

Friday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m.

Chapter Banquet at Angelos of Myrtle Beach

Angelo's Steak and Pasta, 2311 South King's Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The Grand Strand Chapter met for dinner on May 6 at Angelo's Steak and Pasta in Myrtle Beach to conclude our program year. 

Members, prospective members, and guests enjoyed a delicious meal and each other's company in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Sunday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. 

Festival of Hymns and Harmonizations with Choirs, Brass, and Organ

Belin United Methodist Church, 4183 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

The festival will incorporate many genres of hymnody (new and familiar) and will be led by the Choir at Belin and members of the chapter. The program is free and will be interactive. All are welcome to attend and participate.

Sunday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Organ and Piano Duos with Chapter Members

First United Methodist church, 901 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The Grand Strand Chapter of American Guild of Organists presented members in recital on March 13 at First United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach. Pat Downes was host organist. Members played a varied program of piano/organ duos, and organ solos. FUMC, MB hosted a reception for all in attendance immediately following the program.

Members performing were (l-r) Mary Moller, Reverend Jean Norton, Ashley Sosis, Karen Kearney, Roselle Williamson, Brian Monroe, Billy Fallaw, Reverend Bud Esper, Linda Downes, and Pat Downes (not pictured).


Saturday, February 6 at 9:00 a.m.

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza

Trinity Church, 3000 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Piano students and musicians of all ages were invited to learn about and play two splendid pipe organs, enjoy a brief organ recital, build a mini pvc pipe organ and share a pizza lunch at the "Pedals, Pipes and Pizza" program (9am - 12pm on Saturday, February 6th at Trinity). The event was sponsored by the Grand Strand Chapter of the AGO. 

We built a pvc pipe organ from household items - see the pictures here!

Sunday, January 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Post Epiphany Party

Home of the Monroes on Pawley's Island

Friday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Conducting for the Bi Vocational Church Musician

Kingston Presbyterian, 3rd Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Tim Koch, presenter
Bradley Hardee, host organist

The meeting began with a covered dish meal.

Photos of the event are here.

Friday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Choral Technique and Rehearsing the Volunteer Choir

Trinity Church, 3000 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Terri Sinclair, presenter
Ashley Sosis, host organist

Dinner with a covered dish meal at 7:00. The program began after dinner.

Bi-vocational directors, volunteer directors, and volunteer choristers were invited to join us for this program. Those in attendance were the "choir" for Terri's demonstration.

The goal of the executive committee in planning this program was to reach out to churches in our communities with volunteer music directors and offer them something that would help them in service to their churches.

Photos of the event are here.

Friday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.

The Alexander Technique: Avoiding Injury in Practice and Performance

Trinity United Methodist Church, 706 14th Ave S, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Renee Jackson, presenter

Covered dish meal began our meeting.

Photos of the event are here.

Friday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Convocation "When in our music God is glorified"

First Presbyterian Church, 1300 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Brown Bradley, host organist.

A night filled with music featuring the Beach Brass Quintet, the ASO String Quartet, Organists, and Singers. More than 100 were in attendance including members and guests. The reception was delightful and we met new member, Lana Stephens Pollard of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. 

Thanks to Brown Bradley, FPC Vocal Ensemble, Susan Cadwell, Linda Downes, AOS Strings, Beach Brass Quintet, and Bull Canty for providing exceptional music! Those present who are involved in music ministry received a blessing from FPC Associate Minister, Christ Brewer.

Download a poster here.

Photos of the event are here.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:00 am - 1.00 pm

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza at First United Methodist Church, Conway

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza is designed to introduce piano students aged 10 to 18 years to the organ in an effort to encourage budding organists.

Billy Fallaw, Chapter Dean reported:

Our Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza event was a great success! There were nine students who participated ranging in age from 10-17. In addition, 3 piano teachers joined their students for the morning.

Our presentation of the organ (console, blower, pipework) was made by Stephen Spake of Lincoln Pipe Organ Co. (formerly John Dower Organ Co.) of Lincolnton , N.C. Stephen brought hands-on equipment that allowed students to see and touch a reservoir, various leather used in sealing the reservoir, 3 different pipes and pipe-making materials, a see-through electro-pneumatic mechanism (key) attached to a pipe attached to a wind source, and a replica of a mechanical action key. Using a bellows, students were able to be the wind source for sounding a pipe. Not an easy task to keep air regulated for a desired tone!

Lunch followed the presentation. After lunch, we returned to the organ for students to play their piano and organ pieces for each other, on the
church's 3 manual, 34 stop Schantz Pipe Organ. All were very talented students! The day concluded about 1:15. This event was a great outreach for the AGO Grand Strand Chapter. We looked good to the community, again, and only time will tell how many lives may have been affected by our efforts. 

Each student received a complimentary copy of The Diapason Magazine, brochures and information from AGO National Headquarters. 

Many thanks to our chapter members who were available to help: Mary Moller, Roberta Rowland-Raybold, Bud Esper, Karen Kearney, Karen Meeker, and Ashley Sosis. 

Photos from the event are here.

Saturday, February 21 all day

A Day Apart Lenten Event at Mepkin Abbey

Reverend Jean Norton, Facilitator

The stress of Advent and Christmas hopefully has abated, and the glow and beauty of the musical season remains a fond memory.  To prepare for the next potentially stressful season, the Grand Strand Chapter of The American Guild of Organists is offering a time of reflection at the beginning of the Lenten / Easter road.  

We invite you to take some time, A Lenten Day Apart, to be with us to do just that.

Time for silence and writing, worship and singing, wandering and sitting.

Time to prepare our hearts, drawing on our love and passion for the power of music.

Time to fill our pitchers before we must pour out so fully again.  

Here is some information about the retreat:

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015Time: 9:30 - 3:30
Place: Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Invited: American Guild of Organists of any chapter, and their friends
Cost: $10 to Grand Strand AGO members.
$15 for others
Booking: Please complete this form and post, together with a check, to the address on the form.
You can also book by emailing Billy Fallaw ( but your booking is not confirmed until payment is received.
You will receive a confirmation email once your booking form and check arrives.

A Day Apart will be led by the Rev. Jean Norton, Board Certified Chaplain, minister in the United Church of Christ, and AGO member.  Jean has created and led retreats from New Mexico to New York City for over 25 years.  She served as minister of music and organist in Iowa for a dozen years before semi-retiring in North Myrtle Beach in 2013.



Saturday, November 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Organ Crawl in Georgetown

A tour of churches and their organs in the Historical District of Georgetown: 

  • Prince George Church
  • St. Mary's Catholic
  • Bethel AME Church. 
  • Duncan Memorial United Methodist

A free event beginning at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, 300 Broad St, Georgetown, SC 29442 at 9:00 a.m. From there we go to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bethel AME, and Duncan Memorial United Methodist.

At each location we will be greeted by the folks and hear the rich church history as well as that of the organ.

Bring your organ shoes - you won't want to miss playing these nice instruments. 

Members of other chapters will be joining us, so it's a great way to get acquainted with other organists or to renew friendships! Expect to see folks from the Charleston chapter; we have heard from some of them!

Our Georgetown adventure will finish at noon. At that time we will drive quite a distance to Hemingway, where we will be welcomed by the organist and members of Indiantown Presbyterian Church . . . Where we will all have the opportunity to play the Flentrop!

Lunch on your own en route home . . . Please do join us for an unparalleled autumn organ crawl!

See photos of event here.

Friday and Saturday October 3 and 4 

Choral Festival And Evensong with Dr. Matthew Hoch

Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach.

Dr. Matthew Hoch is Assistant Professor of Voice at Auburn University and author of A Dictionary for the Modern Singer.

Download the festival brochure in PDF format here. The application form is here.

Friday, October 3rd  Saturday, October 4th
5:30 p.m. - Sign-in begins
6:00 p.m. - Dinner
7:00 p.m. - Session One
9:30 p.m. - Dismissal

(A simple sung compline will be offered in the chapel at 9:45. All participants are welcome to stay.)

8:30 a.m. - Coffee and Breakfast 
9:00 a.m. - Welcome
9:15 a.m. - Session Two
11:00 a.m. - Break
11:15 a.m. - Session Two continued
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:30 p.m. - Session Three
3:30 p.m. - Break & Vest for the Service
4:00 p.m. - Choral Evening Prayer

Download the Choral Festival Evensong poster here.

About Dr. Hoch

Dr. Matthew Hoch is currently Choirmaster and Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, Alabama, as well as Assistant Professor of Voice at Auburn University. Until recently, he served as Choirmaster and Director of Music at St Peter's Episcopal Church in Rome, Georgia, as well as Assistant Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Shorter College. From 2003-2005, Dr. Hoch held the position of baritone soloist and section leader at Trinity Church on Copley Square in Boston. His second book, Welcome to Church Music and The Hymnal 1982, will be released in 2015 by Morehouse/Church Publishing. 

Deeply devoted to choral music, Dr. Hoch has performed and recorded extensively as a professional chorister. During his eight seasons at the Oregon Bach Festival (2005-2012), he performed over forty different major works under the batons of Helmuth Rilling and other major conductors, including a complete recording of Haydn's late mass cycle for the Hännsler Classics label. In 2008, Dr. Hoch recorded Kile Smith's Vespers for Navona Records with The Crossing, a Philadelphia-based new music ensemble under the direction of Donald Nally. As a member of the 2001 Coro di Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, he recorded Gian Carlo Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street and Canatas under the baton of Richard Hickox for the Chandos label. Other professional choral engagements include six Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops, two seasons with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and performances with the Handel and Haydn Society, Conspirare, the Minnesota Chorale, the Alchemy Project, Connecticut Choral Artists (CONCORA), the Vox Consort, the Woodland Scholars, and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. 

Dr. Hoch holds the BM (summa cum laude) from Ithaca College with a triple major in vocal performance, music education, and music theory; the MM from The Hartt School with a double major in vocal performance and music history; and the DMA from the New England Conservatory in vocal performance and literature. He lives in Auburn, Alabama, with his wife, Theresa, and three children: Hannah, Sofie, and Zachary.

Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m.

Rodney Ward in Concert

First Baptist Church, Elm Street, Conway

With reception.














The four manual Reuter/Moller (with some Walker veins running through it) will be at its best with the music of Bach (of course), Bobo, Bridge, Franck, Mendelssohn and Whitlock. This program you won't want to miss. We invite you to meet members of other chapters at a gala reception after the event. Bring a friend - young people will get their sox knocked off watching Rodney's footwork! 

The recital is free but donations are welcomed at the door to help with expenses.


Toccata (Plymouth Suite)

Percy Whitlock (1903 - 1946)

Cantabile sar Franck (1822 - 1890)
Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Appalachian Prelude  Len D. Bobo (b. 1949)
Three Pieces (1905) II. Adagio Frank Bridge (1879 - 1941)
Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op. 65, No.1 Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)


Rodney Ward, a recent graduate of Appalachian State University, has just completed a dual degree in both sacred music and organ performance. A native of Conway, South Carolina, Rodney served as Organist for the Saturday mass at St. James Catholic Church from age fourteen until he left for his studies at ASU. He also served as Associate Organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church from 2005-2007.

At the age of fifteen, Rodney won First Prize in the Grand Strand Yamaha piano competition. Throughout junior high and high school, he accompanied numerous choirs and vocalists. In the summer of 2006, Rodney visited the Washington, DC area where he performed on organs at St. Paul's Episcopal - K Street, the Catholic Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, and at the National Cathedral. In March 2007, he was a featured soloist on organ at the American Church in Paris, France while touring there with a chamber choir from Conway. In April of 2009, Rodney was chosen to present a recital on the famous Tannenberg organ in Old Salem, NC. 

Rodney is currently pursuing a Master's of Music degree in organ performance at Appalachian State. Rodney has studied piano and organ for several years and his teachers include Melody Edge, piano and organ and Ann Miles, organ. He is currently studying with Dr. Joby Bell, Associate Professor of Organ at Appalachian State. Rodney also serves as Organist for First Baptist Church of Lenoir, North Carolina.


Sunday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Opening Convocation with District Convener, Tony Roof

Church of the Resurrection, Surfside. 

Evening Prayer with voluntaries, anthems, hymns and responses.

Salad meal to end.

Click here for photos of the event.

Download poster in PDF format here.


May 3 at 10:00 - 12:30 (or stay late and play the instruments)

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza

Trinity Church, 3000 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

An introduction to the organ for youth. 

Open to piano students and other interested youth ages 8-18.

Ages 11-16 Pedals, Pipes and Pizza

  • 10:30 - 10:55    Pedals, Pipes and Pizza movie in Choir room 
  • 11:00 - 11:25    Pedals, Pipes and Pizza demonstration in Sanctuary
  • 11:30 - 11:55    Organ Recital for all ages in Sanctuary 
  • 12:00 - 12:25    Pizza for all ages in Gravely Hall
  • 12:30 - 12:30   All ages invited to take turns playing pieces of music on the organ

Grades 3-5 Pipe Up! Let it Resound!

  • 10:30 - 10:55    Pipe Up! Let it Resound! Demonstration in Sanctuary
  • 11:00 - 11:25    Pipe Up! Let it Resound! movie in Choir room 
  • 11:30 - 11:55    Organ Recital for all ages in Sanctuary
  • 12:00 - 12:25    Pizza for all ages in Gravely Hall
  • 12:30 - 12:30   All ages invited to take turns playing pieces of music on the organ

Here are links so you can download and print:

Participation was free, a but $5 donation per student helped cover the cost of pizza.


Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 9:30 

Conway's Historic Church-Oragn Crawl

Meet at Kingston Presbyterian Church, 800 Third Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

Members of the Grand Strand AGO Chapter and area churches in Conway invite you to join a tour of some local churches and their organs.  Learn about Conway's church history and experience the different sounds of the organs with which we worship!

Meet on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. at Kingston Presbyterian Church on Third Street.  We will proceed from there and visit Trinity United Methodist Church, St. Paul's Church, First Baptist Church, and First United Methodist Church.  The tour will conclude by noon. 

If you love the old "organ crawl," you will really love this updated version where you will not only hear and see our organs, but have an interesting lesson in local history and lore! 

Don't miss this event with us.  There is no cost for this event. 

Chapter members interested in lunch at the conclusion, please contact Roberta Rowland-Raybold:

Mini report after event:

Just a quick report on the "Historic Tour of Churches and Their Organs" this past Saturday in Conway.  Bradley Hardee, Andrew Fowler, Nancy Owens, myself and Billy Fallaw hosted our churches.....Kingston Presbyterian, Trinity United Methodist, St. Paul's, First Baptist, and First United Methodist.  The clergy welcomed us at each site, followed by a presentation by the church's historians, then followed by a demonstration and "mini recital" by each organist.  We had about 80 in attendance, made up of church members and community folks (also visitors from Canada and North Carolina who had seen the article in newspapers).  Historically, it was really interesting to learn of the churches' backgrounds as well as their plans for the future.  Musically, it was truly interesting to hear five totally different instruments: Kingston's nicely placed 3 manual digital Allen, Trinity's Moller, St. Paul's Casavant, First Baptist's Reuter/Moller, and First United Methodist's.  Billy Fallaw's ten year old son Ross closed the morning playing a Bach Minuet on his dad's organ - and playing it very well!  Several of us lunched at Rivertown Bistro.

Sunday, February 9, 2014, at 3:00 

Hors d'Oeuvres/Member's Recital

Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church (113 Baskervill Drive, Pawleys Island) 

Brian Monroe hosted us for this event. 

Members brought Hors d'Oeuvres and then entertained with organ solos and organ / piano duets.

Sunday, January 4, 2014 

Wine and Cheese Party with Appetizers

at the home of Ashley and Clifford Sosis, Surfside Beach, SC

Ashley is the newly appointed Choirmaster/Organist at Trinity Church, Myrtle Beach. Her husband, Clifford, is a philosophy professor at Coastal Carolina University.

Welcome Ashley and Clifford!

Friday, 18 and Saturday, 19 October, 2013

Choral Festival for Adults 

with Mark Schweizer of St James Press.

Georgetown Presbyterian Church
558 Black River R
d, Georgetown, SC 29440

Friday Night Schedule includes:

  • 5:30 pm    Gathering and registration
  • 6:00 pm    Dinner (spaghetti, salad, rolls, dessert)
  • 7:00 pm    Presentation on the books published by St. James Press (Mark Schweizer)
  •                  Radio Mystery Theater production following "The Mystery of St. Yogi the Unbearable!"
  •                  Members will read parts
  •                  We will have some sound effects and singers to complete the production

Saturday Schedule includes:

  •   9:00 am    Stand-up breakfast
  •   9:30 am    Overview of the anthems of St. James Press. 
  •                   Rehearsal of 6 anthems (2 Advent, 2 Epiphany, 2 Christmas) 
  •                          to present at the end of the morning
  • 11:30 am    Break for snacks
  • 12:00 am    Rehearsal
  •   1:00 pm    Lunch on your own. 

Participation fee was $20.00, including music packet and dinner.

Learn more about Mark at 

Download the poster here (opens in a new tab / window).


Friday, July 19, 2013, 7 pm

The Grand Strand Chapter of American Guild of Organists and Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, 113 Baskervill Drive, Pawleys Island, SC, present Angelus : A Sacred Music Concert for Women's Voices at Holy Cross on Friday, July 19 at 7:00 P.M.

Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church (113 Baskervill Drive, Pawleys Island) 

The concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be received and the ensembles CD's will be available for purchase.

Whether the stark beauty of an 11th century chant, the rich harmonic language of a contemporary Irish work or the rusticism of a Sacred Harp tune, Angelus finds its voice in the wide range of sacred works it performs.
Completely unique among American high school ensembles, Angelus is dedicated to the performance of sacred music of varied religious traditions and historical periods. Angelus is comprised of six young women who perform music ranging from medieval chant and polyphony to the American Sacred Harp tradition as well as contemporary American and Irish works.
Angelus has appeared in concert in cathedrals and churches in Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, New York, San Francisco and St. Louis and as well as churches throughout the Midwest. They have been featured on "Celtic Connections" on National Public Radio and in Europe on the Dutch program, "Song from Ireland".

Download the poster.


Friday, January 18, 2013, 7.30 pm

AGO Grand Strand & Trinity Concert Series present:

Nicole Keller, Organ Recital 

including the works of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Vierne, and others


Trinity Episcopal Church, Myrtle Beach
3000 N. Kings Hwy at 31st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577

Download the poster here.

Trinity Episcopal Church and Grand Strand Chapter of American Guild of Organists will present Nicole Keller in concert on Friday, January 18 at 7:30 at Trinity Church, 3000 North Kings Highway Myrtle Beach. Nicole Keller is in demand as a solo and chamber music recitalist and clinician in the United States. She enjoys exploring all aspects of organ repertoire, especially pairing new music for the instrument with the staples of the repertoire. She performs regularly as a solo and collaborative artist on the organ, piano and harpsichord, exploring organ duo repertoire with Timothy Olsen, Kenan Professor of Organ at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.

Ms. Keller is co-director of Festival of Liturgical Arts of the Western Reserve (FLAWR), an organization devoted to exploring the symbiotic relationship between music and preaching. FLAWR debuted in June of 2011 with a 4 day conference hosted by Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson, OH. Together with co-director Rev. Brian Suntken, Ms. Keller assembled a distinguished roster of clinicians and guest performers for the first conference including Dr. Gerre Hancock, Todd Wilson, Rev. Paul Westermeyer of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and Rev. Mitties MacDonald DeChamplain of The General Seminary of the Episcopal Church, NY. 

Ms. Keller received the Performer's Certificate and the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York under the tutelage of David Higgs. While at Eastman, she studied continuo with Arthur Haas and improvisation with Dr. Gerre Hancock. She received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio, studying piano with George Cherry and Jean Stell and organ with Margaret Scharf. She was previously on the faculties of Cleveland State University and the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7 pm - followed by a reception

Festival of Harmonizations
With Organists from The Grand Strand

Favorite Hymns with delicious harmonies

Hosted by Brown Bradley

First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach
1300 North Kings Highway Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Download the poster here.


Sunday 15th April, 2012 - 4pm followed by a reception

Music for Instruments and Organ

A concert of music for instruments and organ.

The program will include:

    - Piano and Organ

    - Brass ensemble and Organ

    - Voice and Organ

    - Strings and Organ

First United Methodist Church, 901 North Kings Highway Myrtle Beach SC 2957.

The church has a 3 manual, Cornell-Zimmer organ.

Sunday 15th January, 2012 - 4pm followed by a reception

Winter Convocation

'A Light To Lighten The Nations'

A service of worship with music led by four Choirs, Organ.and a Brass Ensemble.

Guest Speaker - Larry Cook, Dean of the Wilmington Chapter of the AGO.

Organist - Karen Kearney

Church of the Resurrection, 8901 Highway 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach, SC

Pictures from the service.

Download a poster.

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th September, 2011

Choir Festival

First United Methodist Church in Conway (1001 5th Avenue, Conway, SC 29526)

Kick starting your fall singing season!

Join young singers from the Grand Strand area for a dynamic and intensive weekend of singing and as much fun as you can have in a robe. You'll make new friends and rise to the challenge of a new level of choral singing. The weekend is open to boys and girls, children and young people, minimum 6th grade through college age.

Festival Choral Evensong 

The final service of Choral Evensong at 4pm on the Sunday, with organ recital prelude, at First United Methodist Church, Conway is open to the public.

Choral Instructor - Olivia Huggins 

Olivia will lead the weekend. As well as being active in local churches, she also runs the Beach Singers program and teaches music K through fifth grade at McDonald Elementary School in Georgetown.

More information & Timetable

Brochure (PDF)

Choir Festival FAQ page

Sunday 1 May, 2011 - 4pm

Organ Recital - Karen Kearney

St Paul's Episcopal Church, 710 Main Street, Conway, SC 29526

Toccata on Veni Emmanuel    
        Andrew Carter
        Louis-Claude Daquin
Wie Schon Leuchtet der Morgenstern    
        Dietrich Buxtehude
O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde Gross
        Ernst Pepping
Cortege et Litanie
        Marcel Dupre
        William Mathias
Preludium und Fuge uber das Thema B-A-C-H
        Franz Liszt

The May Chapter meeting featured an Organ Concert by Karen Kearney, Organist and Choirmaster at the Church of the Resurrection in Surfside Beach, Sunday. Pieces were chosen with the seasons of the church year in mind; therefore Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and a final work to finish. This concert was free and open to the public.

Karen M. Kearney is Organist and Choirmaster at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Her undergraduate education was in Music Education at Florida State University followed by graduate work at Westminster Choir College. She has a Master's Degree in Church Music with an emphasis in Organ and Voice. Following graduation, she served as a full-time musician at Grace Episcopal Church, Lockport, New York; Christ Church, Mobile, Alabama; and Galilee Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 2000, Karen and her family moved to the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts and Karen became a licensed Kindermusik Educator. Then in January 2004, she and her family moved to South Carolina where she now serves as full time Organist & Choirmaster at The Church of the Resurrection. 

Karen enjoys concert work, as a solo artist and as a member of an ensemble. She has been a recitalist with the Virginia Beach WAVE festival; the noon-time concert series at St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo, New York; artistic director of the Music at Mid-Day series in Mobile, Alabama; guest artist at St. James Church, Sydney, Australia and several venues in the Grand Strand area, including Trinity Episcopal Church; Prince George, Winyah; First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown and of course, Church of the Resurrection, Surfside Beach. Her teachers have included Michael Corzine, Joan Lippincott, and Colin Andrews.

She has a zeal for helping people experience the goodness of the Lord through the Word of God and through worship. Her family consists of husband, Andy, a skilled craftsman of Fine Furniture, and two daughters, Vicka and Oksana. 

7pm - Friday 28 January, 2010 - Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Rd, Georgetown, SC 29440

Installation Service & Reception

Pictures from the meeting

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Program from the evening


Installation Service

  • Installation of offices by Mark Husey (South Carolina AGO Convernor)
  • Premier of 2 new pieces commissioned by the Chapter:
    •       Psalm 71 - a new setting by Karen M Kearney (Resurrection, Surfside)
    •       'On Patmos' - a new work for choir, tenor soloist, piano and organ by Jon Blamire (Prince George, Georgetown)
  • Long time AGO member Sebron Hood who recently passed away was honored
  • Choir formed from Georgetown Presbyterian, Prince George and Indigo Choral Society sang
  • Prelude - Dr Mark Cheney - Trinity Episcopal Church - Myrtle Beach
  • Postlude - Billy Fallaw MM - First Methodist Church - Conway
  • Pianist - Zhongliang Chen - Georgetown Cultural Council's 'Young Treasures' scholar


  • Drinks and Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
  • Meet other members and the public

7pm - Trinity Episcopal Church, Myrtle Beach

Pictures from the meeting

Program from the evening, including specification of the Trinity organ and list of anthem we sang

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Covered dish supper

Business meeting

An introduction to Trinity's beautifully restored tracker pipe organ

Dr. Mark Chaney, Organist/Choirmaster at Trinity is our host and in charge of the program.

Anthem Reading

The Trinity Organ

The 30-rank 1876 William Johnson & Son "Centennial" tracker pipe organ was rebuilt and restored by J. Allen Farmer of Winston-Salem, North Carolina who, with the help of Alan Laufman of the Organ Clearing House, discovered the instrument in a state of nearly complete disrepair in an inner city church in Dayton, Ohio. Recognizing it for the musical treasure it had once been and could once again become, Farmer encouraged Trinity to purchase the organ and have it completely restored and rebuilt. The instrument was dismantled and brought to Farmer's workshop, where restoration and rebuilding took place intermittently over the next several years until work was completed and the organ installed in October of 2001.