2020/2021 Season

Creating Community. Be the best musician

you can be.

All programs are virtual: pre-recorded, live-stream, or Zoom. 

Monday, January 25, 2021 // Pre-recorded video & 7:30 pm Live Q&A

Historically Informed Performance Practice for Church Organists

What is Historically Informed Performance Practice and why is it valuable for church organists? Explore this question among others in a short pre-recorded video that delves into concepts such as authenticity and musical liberties in music before 1800, presented by organist and harpsichordist Jacqueline Nappi. The video will premiere on the Durham Chapel Hill Chapter's YouTube channelon Monday, January 25th, followed by a live Q&A/discussion at 7:30 pm on Zoom. It is recommended that you start the video at 7:00 pm in order to finish on time for the 7:30 pm Q&A/discussion. 


Monday, January 25th Timeline

  • YouTube Video Link & Zoom Link sent out in the morning

  • You may watch the video at any time, but we recommend viewing starting at 7:00 pm

  • Live Q&A Discussion on Zoom link at 7:30 pm

  • No sign up required

Saturday, February 20, 2021 // 10:00 am

"Did We Have a Substitute Organist?... I didn't notice" 

Panel discussion on ways to improve the substitute organist experience, not only for the substitute and host organist, but most importantly for the congregation. Panel includes chapter members: Susan Beschorner, Tom Kraska, Julie Mitchell.

This 10:00 am program addresses the issues that substitute, supply, or interim organists are most likely to encounter, with a focus on our local region. Our discussion will be helpful to those who hire or support guest musicians, too, including music ministry staff, clergy, or lay leaders.

The experiences of our three panelists include answering "last minute" emergency calls, being hired as long-term interim organists, navigating successful job-sharing arrangements, serving congregations during the current pandemic, and more. We welcome your questions and will allow time to answer them during the meeting.

Topics we plan to cover include:

- Preparation, professionalism, and "best practices" for guest musicians
- Logistics, technical issues, and learning about a new organ, quickly
- Communication, diplomacy, setting expectations, and serving congregations in the midst of turmoil or transition
- How to welcome and support a substitute
- Flexibility and preparing for surprises


Monday, April 19, 2021 // 7:00 pm

Compose Yourself! (your own music, that is)

Panel discussion on composing. Participants may submit questions and suggested topics prior to the event. Panel includes chapter members: David Durkop, Zollene Reissner and Daniel Steinert.

Friday, May 14, 2021 // 7:30 pm

Virtual Members Recital After-Party

Chapter members have again graciously prepared pre-recorded pieces for your enjoyment. Come to the after party to help us celebrate. If interested in pre-recording a piece, please contact David Durkop.

Sunday, May 30, 2021 // 5:30 pm

End-of-Year Potluck

Join us for another virtual party! Members BYO to enjoy drinks and food in the comfort of your own home. Another chance to socialize, share stories about past AGO programs and discuss future events.