Greenville, SC


Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Community Events

Below is a listing of nearby or unique events which may be of interest to local organists. Please contact info@greenvilleago.org to contribute to the list.

February 22-23 2020, Shandon United Methodist Church, Columbia SC. Winter workshop and handbell festival featuring Brent te Velde and John Behnke. (registration) $50.

Tuesday February 25, 2020 7pm, John Knox Presbyterian Church. Shrove Tuesday members' recital. [flyer]

Friday February 28, 2020 7:30pm, Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. Charlotte, NC, presents David Enlow in concert on the David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series. The recital is free and open to the public. [event page]

Sunday, March 1, 2020 3pm, First Presbyterian Church Greenville, Charles Frost presents a program of organ music by black composers.

Monday, March 2, 2020 7pm, The Concordia Choir, directed by René Clausen, hosted by The Basilica of Saint Peter, Columbia. [tickets]

Saturday, March 7, 2020, Columbia SC AGO Young Organists Competition.

Monday March 23, 2020 7pm, Bethel United Methodist Church, Spartanburg. [Spartanburg AGO] Creative Hymn Playing Workshop by Donald Duncan.

Tuesday May 5, 2020 6:30pm, General Meeting.

June 29-July 4 2020, The Oregon Bach Festival Organ Institute led by Paul Jacobs. Participants are selected through auditions and the deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 24. Auditors can enroll until June 1. [website]

July 26-31 2020, Richmond AGO hosts a POE+. This event is targeted to adult students of all experience levels. [website]

Every Thursday 8-9pm: On SC Public Radio, David Kiser hosts On the Keys.

Every Sunday 5-6am: On WEPR 90.1 FM, Michael Barone hosts Pipedreams.


Historical events:

Sunday February 16, 2020 3pm, Daniel Memorial Chapel, Furman University. Dr. Boyd Jones plays a recital on the Hartness Organ Series. The recital is free and open to the public. [program]

Friday February 14, 2020 7pm, Twichell Auditorium, Converse College. [Spartanburg AGO] The 1923 classic Safety Last! accompanied by acclaimed theater organist Scott Foppiano.

Thursday January 30, 2020 8pm, Christ Church Episcopal, Dr. Charles Tompkins presents a free concert with Dr. Alison Trainer (soprano) and Dr. Gary Malvern (trumpet). Works by Cook, Farrell, Vierne, Mozart, and Jongen. [flyer]

January 30-31 2020, Furman University. Church Music Conference featuring Pearl Shangkuan, Director of Choral Activities at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and Dan Forrest, noted composer and Greenville native and Bob Jones graduate. [brochure]

Saturday January 25, 2020 9am, Spartanburg organ crawl.

Saturday January 25, 2020 7pm, graduate organ recital by Stephen Schaub, Rodeheaver Auditorium on the campus of Bob Jones University. Works by Bach, Mozart, Rheinberger, Schumann, Franck, and Debussy.

December 12 and 13, 2019, 7:30pm, Bob Jones University presents portions of Handel's Messiah. Tickets avaiable at bju.edu.

Sunday December 8 5pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lessons and Carols. [poster]

Friday December 6 7:30pm, Christ Church Episcopal, Brennan Szafron all-Bach organ recital for SC Bach. Tickets $5-$20.

Fuga sopra il Magnificat BWV 733
Three Orgelbüchlein chorales (Nun komm, Gelobet seist du, Von Himmel Hoch)
Three settings of Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland (Leipzig Chorales) BWV 659, 660 and 651
Wachet auf (from the Schübler Chorales) BWV 645
Two settings of In Dulci Jubilo BWV 651
Pastorale BWV 590
Prelude and Fugue in A major BWV 536
Prelude and Fugue in F major BWV 540

Monday November 18, 2019 7pm, First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, SC. [Spartanburg AGO] Masterclass by Dr. Charles Tompkins.

Saturday November 16, 2019, Buncombe Street UMC Chapel. All Creatures of Our God And King, featuring Catie Moyer, organ, Julianne Henry, flute, and Skip Moyer, musical glasses. [postcard]

Monday November 11, 2019 5pm, Fletcher United Methodist Church, Fletcher, NC. The Astralis Chamber Ensemble presents Pathways (flue, cello, piano).

Sunday November 10, 2019 3pm, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Mr. Vance Jenkins performs an organ concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the sanctuary Estey pipe organ. [program]

November 9-10, 2019, Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 2600 Wade Hampton. Dan Miller, former organist at Calvary Church, Charlotte, dedicates the church's new Rodgers Infinity organ Sunday November 10th at 3pm. Mr. Miller presents a free workshop the day before, starting at 10am and followed with a luncheon. Register for the workshop by contacting Al Murrell.

November 4-17, 2019, Pittsburgh PA. Richard Spotts plays Charles Tournemire's L'Orgue Mystique across ten venues and recitals in the Pittsburgh area. The events will be livestreamed. [flyer]

Sunday November 3, 2019 6pm, Christ Church Episcopal, Mass for Two Organs and Choir, Louis Vierne. Dr. Charles Tomkins & Dr. Robert Glick, organ. [poster]

Thursday October 31, 2019 7pm, Second Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, SC. [Spartanburg AGO] Halloween Recital. Children will experience a hands-on introduction to the pipe organ and receive a bag of candy. Costumes are encouraged!

Saturday October 26, 2019 6pm, The Porter Center at Brevard College presents the silent film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" accompanied by Dr. Vance Reese. $10 adults, $5 students. Free with a costume! [brevard.edu listing]

Saturday October 19, 2019 10:30am, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1512 Blanding Street, Columbia, Pipe Organ Discover Day. [flyer]

Sunday October 13, 2019 5pm, St. James Episcopal Church, Hendersonville, NC. Choral Evensong followed by an organ recital by Dr. Karen Eshelman, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the church's Harrison & Harrison pipe organ.

Saturday October 5, 2019 4pm, Fourth Presbyterian Church. Workshop by Tom Trenney on hymn improvisation.

Tuesday October 1, 2019 8pm, Daniel Chapel, Furman University. Recital by Paul Jacobs, Professor of Organ at Julliard. Admission $20/adult, $5/children. [flyer]

Monday September 30, 2019, Furman University. Masterclass by Paul Jacobs, featuring organ students from Furman and Bob Jones. Contact Furman for location and time.

Sunday September 29, 2019 5pm, Christ Church Episcopal. Michaelmas Evensong with honored guests from the Greenville Police Department. [flyer]

Sunday September 29, 2019 4pm, Catawba College Chapel, Salisbury, NC. Organ dedicatory concert featuring Deux Voix (trumpet and organ duet).

Friday September 13, 2019, All Souls Cathedral, Asheville. Dr. Charles Tomkins in recital with a program which includes music from our own Bob Powell.

Friday June 28, 2019 4pm, War Memorial Chapel, Bob Jones University. Donations to benefit the BJU Music Scholarship Fund.

June 13-14, 2019: Minnesora MusForum at St. Olaf College, the network for Women Organists.

June 9-12, 2019: AGO Southeastern Regional Convention, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Sunday May 19, 2019 4pm, First Presbyterian Church, Greenwood, 108 East Cambridge Ave. Seasons: Catie Moyer, organ and Jonathan Simmons, cello. Works by Vivaldi, Saint-Saëns, Guilmant, and others. program.

May 4-5, 2019: Jonas Nordwall concert at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, St. Giles Chapel, 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Saturday May 4 at 7:00pm, and Sunday May 5 at 3:00pm. Free.

Sunday May 5, 2019 4pm: Greater Anderson AGO presents Rodney Cleveland in recital at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, Clemson, SC. Rodney studied with Margaret MacKay at Anderson College and finished his Master of Sacred Music degree at Emory University. He is Music Director and Organist for Our Lady of Lordes Catholic Church, Greenwood and interim organist at Main Street UMC, Greenwood.

Friday, April 12 2019 7pm: Solemn Stations of the Cross featuring the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi. Prince of Peace Catholic Church; 1209 Brushy Creek Road; Taylors.

Saturday-Sunday April 20-21 2019: Mozart Missa Brevis, K 194 at the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Easter Masses. Prince of Peace Catholic Church; 1209 Brushy Creek Road; Taylors.

Monday, April 1 2019: La Maïtrise de Reims Childrens Choir and Chicora Voices, Prince of Peace Catholic Church; 1209 Brushy Creek Road; Taylors. $10 advance, $15 at the door.

Saturday, March 30, 2019: Young Organists Competition, Brainerd United Methodist Church, Chattanooga, TN. Deadline for entry is December 15.

Saturday, March 16, 2019: Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza. For teenage pianists (ages 13-18), 9:30-3 at First Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg. The cost to attend is $10. Contact Brennan Szafron.

Saturday-Sunday, February 16-17, 2019: Dan Miller workshop and dedicatory Rodgers recital. Saturday workshop 9am-noon; Sunday concert 4pm. Surfside UMC, Surfside Beach, SC.

Tuesday, Feburary 12, 2019, 8pm: Chenault Duo recital, Hartness Organ Series, Daniel Memorial Chapel, Furman University.

Choral (Sonata à Deux) (1992)
Gaston Litaize
(1909-1991)
Eclogue (1991)
Richard Shephard
(b. 1949)
Allegro for Organ Duet (1993)
Philip Moore
(b. 1943)
The Emerald Isle (1994)
Charles Callahan
(b. 1951)
Shenandoah (1993)
Nicholas White
(b. 1967)
Phantom of the Opera Medley (2012)
Andrew Lloyd Weber
(b. 1948)
(arr. Chenault)
A Fancy for Two to Play (1987)
Gerre Hancock
(1934-2012)
Variations on 'Veni Creator Spiritus' (2007)
David Briggs
(b. 1962)

Sunday, February 2, 2019, 7:30pm: St. Olaf Choir Winter Tour concert at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville.

Thursday-Friday, January 24-25, 2019: Furman University Church Music Conference featuring Dr. Bruce Neswick, Canon for Cathedral Music at Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal) in Portland, Oregon. To participate in singing Evensong, register by November 15 ($75).

Friday-Saturday, January 18-19, 2019: Central North Carolina Chapter SmOrgansBord 2019, featuring workshops and an opening concert by Dr. Carol Williams.

Friday, December 14, 2018, 7pm: Bach Christmas Oratorio by the SC Bach Choir and Soloists and NC Baroque Orchestra at Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, Wofford College; 130 Memorial Drive; Spartanburg, SC 29303.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 12:10pm: Advent Organ Recital, War Memorial Chapel; Bob Jones University.

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7pm: Bach Christmas Oratorio by the SC Bach Choir and Soloists and NC Baroque Orchestra at First Baptist Church; 847 Cleveland St; Greenville, SC 29601.

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5pm: Lessons and Carols, Greenville ARP Church; 741 Cleveland St; Greenville, SC 29601.

Friday, December 7, 2018, 7:30pm: Governor's School choral concert. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2310 Augusta St, Greenville. Music for the season and choral gems. Free. Program.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12:10pm: Advent Organ Recital, War Memorial Chapel; Bob Jones University.

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 2:30pm: Catie Moyer, organist, presents Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs, a Sacred Thanksgiving Concert, at Buncombe Street UMC; 200 Buncombe Street; Greenville SC 29601.

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 12pm: Mass of Christ the King. Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1209 Brushy Creek Road, Taylors: Extraordinary Form Latin Mass celebrating the feast of Christ the King featuring Missa "O quam gloriosum" by Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7:30pm: Spooktacular Organ Concert at Christ Church; 10 N Church Street, Greenville, SC 29601. Brennan Szafron. Free.

Sunday, October 28, 2018: Reformation Sunday at Trinity Lutheran, featuring the Capital City Brass quintet. 9am and 11:15am.

  • Prelude:
    • Es ist das heil ("Salvation Unto Us Has Come") - settings by J. S. Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude
    • Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott (BWV 680) - J. S. Bach
    • Partita on "Nun freut euch" (Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice) by Kevin Hildebrand
  • Anthem: "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan" (What God Ordains Is Good Indeed) (BWV 75) - J. S. Bach
  • Festival settings of hymns:
    • A Might Fortress
    • Now Thank We All Our God
    • Dear Christians, One and All Rejoice
    • Salvation unto Us Has Come
  • Postlude: Prelude in G Major (BWV 541) - J. S. Bach

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 4pm: Fireworks for Organ and Orchestra at St. James Episcopal Church; 301 Piney Mountain Road; Greenville, SC 29609. Spartanburg organist, Brennan Szafron. Gary Malvern will offer a pre-concert talk 30 minutes prior.

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 7pm: Fireworks for Organ and Orchestra at Episcopal Church of the Advent; 141 Advent Street; Spartanburg, SC 29302. Spartanburg organist, Brennan Szafron. Gary Malvern will offer a pre-concert talk 30 minutes prior.

Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, 2018: Organ Invitational, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fritts organ.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 7pm: Philip Manwell in recital at First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg. The organ is an Aeolian-Skinner. "OTHER TIMES... OTHER PLACES" features music from Sweelinck, Handel, Walther, Bach, and others.