Greenville, SC

Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Member Directory

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Mr. Larry Blackman

Larry received his undergraduate degree from Lander University; he earned a Master of Education degree from Clemson and the Ed. Specialist degree from the University of South Carolina. Though he has had no formal training on the organ, Larry has played for several churches in the area. He enjoys the gym, reading, and gardening.

Dr. Ed Dunbar, DMA

An Arkansas native, Ed Dunbar served on the faculty at Bob Jones University in Greenville from 1978-2019. He served as chair of the Division of Music for 37 years (1981-2018). Now Professor of Music, Emeritus, he continues as an adjunct professor teaching organ and Counterpoint. 

Dr. Karen Eshelman, DMA

Dr. Karen Eshelman enjoys a varied career as a college educator and as a professional church musician. Since 2004 she has taught classes at Furman University in music theory, music appreciation, organ and harpsichord as needed. At St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, S.C., where she has served since 1988, Dr. Eshelman directs the children’s, youth and adult choirs and plays the church’s new pipe organ, built by Halbert Gober in 2007.

Mr. John Gentry, MM

John served as Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville for 30 years. He is now organist at Second Presbyterian Church.

The Rev. Robert Glick, MSM, MDiv

Robert Glick is a retired Professor of Worship, Church Music, and Organ at Erskine College and Theological Seminary, where he taught for 29 years. He also served 30 years before retiring as Organist and Teaching Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, SC. An active teacher and organ recitalist, Mr. Glick's compositions and arrangements for both organ and choir are widely published. He has written a book, With All Thy Mind: Worship That Honors the Way God Made Us, published in 2006.

Mr. Jonathan Jacobs

Jonathan’s interest in the organ was sparked after finishing his Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a concentration in piano performance from Erskine College. While focusing on piano technician work now, Jonathan still maintains a strong interest in organ music. If you have need for piano tuning, repair, etc., consider Palmetto State Piano Service!

Mr. Brendon Johnson, MA, BMus, CRCCO

Brendon Johnson is Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Religion at Bob Jones University, having previously served as a faculty assistant in BJU's Division of English Language and Literature. He studied piano with Christine Purvis in his hometown of Courtenay, British Columbia, and organ with Ed Dunbar at BJU. In addition to his AGO membership, he belongs to the Victoria Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Mr. Alan Montgomery, MM

A native of Vacaville, California, Alan recently completed his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Paul Jacobs. He has spent much of his life in the United Kingdom and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in London. Mr. Montgomery maintains an active recital schedule in the United States and in Europe and currently serves as Organist and Choirmaster of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Greenville.

Ms. Catie Moyer, BMus

Catie is passionate about making the organ and its music accessible to the average, untrained, or even skeptical listener. In addition to her responsibilities as Print Music Specialist at Musical Innovations, a music education and retail company in Greenville, SC, Catie serves as Organist and Choir Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clinton, SC.

Rev. Dr. James C. Parham III, DMus, MDiv

Dr. Jim Parham serves as Associate Pastor for Worship and Music at Trinity Lutheran Church. Jim has served congregations with his musical talent for 30 years. He became an ordained Lutheran pastor in 1997 and has served four congregations in South Carolina. Jim enjoys soaking up time with family, experiencing the beautiful outdoors, and playing music.

Mr. Benjamin Phillips

Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Benjamin studied organ with Wayne Leupold while working with John Farmer Pipe Organs. In 2016 he relocated to Greenvile where he studied organ with Mr. Ed Rea and Dr. Ed Dunbar while obtaining a degree in Business Administration from Bob Jones University. Benjamin works at Foothills Pipe Organ and is an active substitute organist. Read more about Benjamin in our member spotlight.

Mr. John Polo

John is formerly from Fairfield County Connecticut, a computer science and business management graduate of the University of Connecticut. John is Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Boston-based, Top Flight Technologies, Inc and has a long career as Global Business Executive and Sr. Information Technologist in the high technology industry specializing in new company launches, mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Bob Powell, FAGO, ChM, MSM

Robert Powell, Organist Emeritus of Christ Church (Episcopal), Greenville, served the parish for 35 years. Bob previously served Trinity Methodist Church (16 years) and Epicopal Church of the Redeemer (1 year). A noted improviser and prolific composer, Bob has had over 1,200 pieces published by a variety of music houses. Read more about Bob and his wife, Nancy, in our member spotlight.

Mrs. Nancy Powell, AAGO, MSM

Nancy Powell, a Greenville resident for 52 years, served as organist at Fourth Presbyterian Church for 30 years. An Ohio native, Nancy studied at Baldwin-Wallace University (BM) and earned her MSM from Union Theological Seminary, where she met her husband Robert. She has served churches in Ohio, New Jersey, Mississippi, and New Hampshire. Read more about Nancy and her husband, Robert, in our member spotlight.

Mr. Don Sandor, MAT

Don Sandor was born and raised in Akron, OH. Upon losing his wife of 51½ years to cancer, he recently relocated to Greenville from Michigan so he could be close to one of his three daughters and to get out of the cold Michigan winters. One of Don’s greatest joys was rebuilding and installing his own home pipe organ.

Dr. Charles Tompkins, DMA

Charles Tompkins is recognized as one of America's most outstanding organ teachers and concert organists. A member of the Furman faculty since 1986, his students have gained admission to major graduate schools in organ performance and may be found in significant church and university positions throughout the country. An active church musician throughout his career, Tompkins currently serves as Associate Organist and Artist in Residence for Christ Church (Episcopal) in Greenville.

Mr. Keith Wannamaker, CAGO

Keith studied organ with William Bates at the University of South Carolina and Larry Smith at Indiana University. Following a career as a software engineer, he flies regional airline jets for an American Airlines subsidiary. He currently serves as a captain on the Bombardier (now Mitsubishi) CRJ-700 and -900 aircraft. He is an experienced user of the Hauptwerk virtual organ software.

Mrs. Sarah Wannamaker, MM, ChM, FAGO

Sarah is organist at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville and organ/piano instructor at North Greenville University. She holds music degrees from the University of Iowa and Lebanon Valley College PA; she has a computer science degree from San Jose State University. She previously lived in Pittsburgh and the San Francisco Bay Area. When not playing the organ, she is busy with three small children.