Greenville, SC

Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

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

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:

Monday, May 9, 2022 5:30pm, Closing Dinner and General Meeting at Southern Fried Green Tomatoes.

Friday, April 29, 2022, 7:30pm, Fountain Inn First Baptist Church. The Fountain Inn Chorale presents "Music of Home" - American Music of Joy and Remembrance. Adults $15, Seniors $12. See

Saturday, April 16, 2022, 7pm, Buncombe United Methodist Chuch. Boston Lyric Opera soprano, Tamra Grace Jones, a Greenville native, performs an Easter concert of Bach & Spirituals titled "Were You There?". Free admission.

Friday, April 8, 2022, 7pm, Twichell Auditorium at Converse University, Scott Foppiano accompanies Buster Keaton's 1924 classic silent comedy Sherlock, Jr.

Sunday, March 27, 2022, 4pm, First Presbyterian Church Greenwood, Seipp/Sheets Duo: The King of Instruments & The Instrument of Kings. [flyer]

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 8pm, Daniel Chapel, Furman University. Furman University Professor of Music and University Organist Charles Tompkins will present a recital of works ranging from Sweelinck to Persichetti. Free of charge and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 7pm, Steinway Piano Gallery. Dr. Svetlana Smolina in concert. Please RSVP to

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, Members' Recital at Our Lady of the Rosary.

Monday, February 21, 2022, 7pm, Daniel Chapel, Furman University. Nolan Anthony, junior organ recital.

Praeludium in F Sharp Minor
Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV 544
Fantasie in C Major
Voluntaries in D Major

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 8pm, Daniel Chapel, Furman University. Internationally acclaimed organist Jens Korndörfer will perform a recital as part of the annual Church Music Conference. Free of charge and open to the public.

Thursday-Friday, January 27-28, 2022, Furman University Church Music Conference. Features guest clinician Stephen Darlington, Director of Music Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Professor of Music Emeritus at Christ Church College, the University of Oxford. During the conference, he will lead two on-campus rehearsals of conference attendees, focusing on three splendid English anthems to be performed at the concluding Evensong service on Friday night. He will also conduct an open rehearsal of Furman’s acclaimed choral ensembles, the Furman Singers and Furman Chamber Choir; present lectures on the English Choral Tradition and the Sacred Music of Tallis and Byrd; and lead a choral reading session. During the Friday Evensong, he will conduct the Furman Singers, as well as a Festival Choir consisting of conference attendees, the Christ Church Parish Choir, and the Furman Chamber Choir.

Saturday, January 22, 2022 10am, Organ crawl at Bob Jones University.

Saturday, December 4, 2021 7pm, St John's Methodist Church, 515 S McDuffie Street, Anderson, free handbell concert by Carolina Bronze directed by Dr Alan Lohr.

Sunday, November 14, 2021, 4:00pm, First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, 108 East Cambridge Avenue. Folk Songs: Stores of Childhood by Catie Moyer, organ, and Leora Moyer, narrator. Livestream link.

Three Taiwanese Folk Songs
  1. Four Seasons
  2. The Cradle Song
Chelsea Chen
Melodia & Major Octave Go to Preschool
Martha Sobaje
Sweet for Mother Goose
  1. Little Bo-Peep
  2. The Clock
  3. The Cats of Kilkenny
  4. The Tale of Miss Muffet
  5. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
  6. The Fiddlers
Variations on Kum Ba Yah
  1. Someone's Praying, Lord
  2. Someone's Crying, Lord
  3. Someone's Singing, Lord
John Behnke
Organist's Audition
  1. Hymn
  2. Flourish
  3. Easy Listening
  4. Tango (Homage to Ives and Hammond)
  5. Trumpet Tune (Homage to Clarke)
  6. Canon (Homage to Pachelbel, Yon, and Co.)
  7. Blues and Boogie Woogie
  8. Toccata (Homage to Widor, more or less)
Dennis R. Johnson
Hills in the Springtime (From Taiwanese Suite)
Chelsea Chen

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 3:00pm and 7:00pm, Lutheran Church of Our Savior. 2600 Wade Hampton Blvd. Broadway's Christine Daae (Phantom of the Opera), Kimilee Bryant, and organist Marlon Scott perform "Bach to Broadway". Download the flyer. Update: Masks are optional.

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 7:00pm, Central Presbyterian. 1404 North Boulevard Anderson SC. Anderson AGO program: Silent film featuring Ron Carter from the Atlanta ATOS accompanying "Safety Last" starring Harold Lloyd.

Sunday, October 31, 2021 7:30pm, Christ Church. Pipe Screams Spooky Concert. Join us for a fun, spooky, and eclectic concert of organ and vocal music featuring works by Bach, Reger, Vierne, Gounod, Puccini & lots more! The concert will feature a mystery guest organist from the Greenville Chapter of the AGO, along with professional soloists from the Christ Church Parish Choir. Please join us! Costumes encouraged!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 8pm, Daniel Chapel, Furman University. Hartness Organ Series presents Dr. Caroline Robinson, a Greenville native, Curtis Institute of Music graduate, and Eastman School of Music Master’s and Doctorate recipient. Free of charge and open to the public.

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 8pm, Peace Center. Greenville Chorale and Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem."; local composer Dan Forrest's "St. Patrick’s Hymn" and "Gloria in excelsis Deo". The chorale celebrates its 60th Anniversary and the 40th Anniversary of Artistic Director Bing Vick.

Sunday, October 3, 2021, 5:00pm, Christ Church. Choral Evensong for Michaelmas. The Parish Choir of Christ Church, under the direction of Donald Duncan, will sing the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C by Charles Villiers Stanford, as well as Mendelssohn's beloved "Hear My Prayer." The service will also include a new anthem by Greenville AGO chapter member Bob Powell, "Christ, the Fair Glory of the Holy Angels." The organ voluntaries will be works by George Thalben-Ball and Joseph Jongen.

Sunday, October 3, 2021, 4:00pm, St. John's Methodist. 515 S McDuffie St Anderson SC. The Rev. Robert Glick, solo recital. (program)

Saturday, July 10, 2021, 7:00pm, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. Georgia Boy Choir presents SOLACE - Post Tenebras Lux.

Saturday, June 26, 2021, 7:00pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1357 Hwy 56 S, Clinton SC, Lullabies: An Evening of Music for Cello and Organ. Jonathan Simmons, cello, Catie Moyer, organ.

Saturday, June 5, 2021 9:00am, Organ Crawl at First Baptist Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Saturday, April 10, 2021 8:00pm; Sunday, April 11, 3:00pm, Greenville Symphony performs Magic of Organ with guest organist and Greenville native Dr. Caroline Robinson. The program includes Albinoni's Adadgio for Strings & Organ and CPE Bach's Concerto for Organ in G.

Monday, May 3, 2021 5:30pm, General Meeting at Southern Fried Green Tomatoes.

Monday April 19, 2021, 7:00pm, silent film with Scott Foppiano on the Twichell Auditorium Stage at Converse College.

Saturday April 3, 2021, 7:00pm, Buncombe Street UMC presents Were you there?, the Passion through Bach and Spirituals. [program]

Monday, February 15, 2021 7pm, Members Recital at Christ Church (Episcopal).

Sunday December 13, 2020, 6:30pm, Alan Montgomery plays works of Bach, Bruhns, Karg-Elert, and Elgar [flyer]. Sunday November 22, 2020, 2:00pm, Catie Moyer presents a sacred Thanksgiving organ concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1387 Highway 56 S, Clinton [flyer].

Friday November 20, 2020, 7:00pm, Larry Loftis, Benjamin Phillips, and Ed Dunbar present an organ concert at White Oak Baptist Church in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the organ [flyer]. Sunday November 15, 2020, 6:00pm, Rita Hassig presents an organ concert at Mitchell Road -Presbyterian Church featuring works of Bach, Franck, Purvis, Jongen, Biery and Larsen.

Thursday October 29, 2020, 7:00pm, Shelton Love livestreams a Halloween (/Reformation/All Saints) organ recital on at First Baptist at this link.

Sunday October 25, 2020 at 7:30pm, Charles Tompkins presents a Pipe Screams concert at Christ Church. The program is free but does require a reservation.

Saturday, October 17, 2020 10am, Workshop with Dr. Jack Mitchener at White Oak Baptist Church.

Sunday, September 20 2020 4pm, Felix Hell concert, First Presbyterian, Greenwood, SC. Bach / Prelude and Fugue in D Major, Liszt / Adagio, Mozart / Fantasy in F minor, K608, Vierne / Berceuse, Dupre / Prelude and Fugue in B Major, Jongen / Toccata, Widor / Andante from the Symphony No. 9, op. 70, Guilmant / Sonata No. 1

Saturday, September 12, 2020 10:30am, Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza at First Presbyterian Church.

Tuesday August 25, 2020 6:30pm, Opening Meeting at Chuy's Tex-Mex.

June 21 2020, Winchester AGO summer virtual organ concert.

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

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

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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

Sunday December 8 2019 5pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lessons and Carols. [poster]

Friday December 6 2019 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! [ 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
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
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.