Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

Last updated: January 18, 2014 at 13:50 pm

Message from the Dean 

Coming Events

Sunday, September 29, 2013 DARIA BURLAK RECITAL(Russian organist – resident of Germany) 3:00 PM St. Anthony’s Church 1359 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford
Daria Burlak was born in 1986 in Vladivostok (Russia). She received her first piano lessons at the age of five in Moscow. In 2010, she achieved two diplomas with distinction as both concert organist and concert pianist , and again in 2012, obtained the Master of Music degree in organ and piano solo performance at the Cologne Conservatory of Music.  Daria has played several times in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall and performed as part of international festivals and played piano and organ recitals in Germany, France, Holland, Sweden, Lithuania and Russia. Daria Burlak is the winner of the 6th International Mikael Tariverdiev Organ Competition (Hamburg, Germany – Worcester, MA – Moscow – Kaliningrad).

Daria’s recital was a masterpiece Her contemporary French program was dazzling. A screen was placed in the front of the church and her every motion at the console was easily visible. An out of tune great trumpet pipe didn’t faze her as she slipped inside the organ and tuned it. Her finale was the Durufle Toccata which was stunning. Such an afternoon! We had supper at Antonio’s after which the performer went off to Providence. We must hear her again.

October 20, 4:00 p.m.
James David Christie at Harvard University Memorial Chapel on the new Fisk Organ and the 1929 E. M. Skinner. This was a stunning recital on a perfect fall afternoon. James began with the Fisk and finished on the Skinner. An appreciative audience included Steven Young and Richard Hill from our chapter.


Local Events

Organ Historical Society CD of the 2005 Convention

It is finally here, the long awaited four CD recording of 37 organs in Southeastern Massachusetts. This set can be bought on line at This collection features performances by 37 different organists including Brian Jones, Thomas Murray, Peter Sykes, and Barbara Owen. More than just a memo of the convention, this is an important documentation of many historic organs that have never before been recorded, featuring instruments by Beach, Erben, Hook, Hutchings, Skinner, Johnson, and more. The repertoire is equaly varied, ranging from Buck Brahms, and Borowski to Foote, Fedak, and Farnaby.

Since the summer of 2005 some of these organs have been lost. The 1925 Hook and Hastings played by David Chamers was lost in a fire that destroyed the church. The United Methodist Church of Marion where Judith Conrad performed was closed and the organ bought by a Baptist Church in Fairhaven, It has yet to be restored to use. The 1923 Hook and Hastings theater organ at St. Casimir’s Church in Brockton has been removed. The church was closed in 2008. St. Anne’s in New Bedford where the 1874 Hutchings was played by Renea Waligora has also closed. And the United Methodist Church in New Bedford where Peter Sykes performed our final concert on the 1859 E. & G.G. Hook has closed.

Meanwhile several of our churches have survived and flourished. The 1852 Hook on the cover of the CD is alive and well. as is the 1911 E. M. Skinner played by Lorenz Maycher at Fall River’s First Congregational. The 1887 S.S. Hamill played by SharonRose Pfeiffer at First Congregational in Middleboro has been restored by Dan Lemieux. The most encouraging report is that at St. Anthony’s Church where Timothy Smith played the St. Saens “Carnival of the Animals” (which is included on the CD) has developed an annual recital series which has been quite popular over the last seven years and hosted several well known organists. Much of the credit for “Historic Organs of Southeastern Massachusetts” goes to Christopher Marks who played Dudley Buck’s “Variations on the ‘Star Spangled Banner” on the 1876 Hillborne Roosevelt at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St.James, New Bedford. The set includes a 48 page booklet.

Sunday, November 10, 2013 3:00 PM
St. Mark Congregational Church 200 Townsend Street, Dorchester
Unity Church Handbell Choir in Fall Concert
Donations at Door

Sunday, November 17, 3:00 pm, Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Providence: Beverly Jerold, performer and author of many articles about performance practice in national and international journals, will present a slide show lecture/demonstration entitled “New Findings for Bach Interpretation (with a side trip to Paris).”

Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:00 PM
Christ Congregational Church 1350 Pleasant St. Brockton
Handbell Concert with Ringers from Brockton and North Easton
Open to All

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:15 PM
Unity Church 13 Main Street, North Easton
Richard Hill, Organist in Ode to Thanksgiving

Saturday, December 7, 2013 7:00 PM
Unity Church 13 Main Street, North Easton
Annual Christmas Concert with Vocalists, Choirs, Instrumentalists
Donations at Door

Sunday, December 8, 2013 2:00 PM
Borderland Mansion Library 259 Massapoag Avenue, North Easton
Unity Church Handbells in Annual Holiday Concert
Admission to benefit Borderland Mansion Preservation

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:15 PM
Unity Church 13 Main Street, North Easton
Richard Hill, Organist in “Sounds of Christmas”

Thursday, December 19, 2013 8:00 PM
Immaculate Conception Church 193 Main Street, North Easton
Messiah Sing with Easton Chamber Orchestra and
Oliver Ames High School Concert Choir
Bring your own score and sing along.



Leslie Amper, a concert pianist who lives in Sharon, has a Baldwin grand for sale.

Baldwin R Grand Piano For Sale
5′ 8″
Just Refurbished !
Great Sound
Please Contact Leslie at 781-784-7101
or email (please put “Baldwin” in the subject line)
picture is on Craigslist:
music instr
Baldwin piano

November Birthdays
1 Charles Quef 1873
4 Alfred Sittard 1878
10 Francois Couperin 1668
12 Gustav Merkel 1827
13 Louis J. A. Lefebure Wely 1817, George W. Chadick 1854
14 Aaron Copland 1900
16 F. Scotson Clark 1840, Paul Hindemith 1895
18 Louis Thiele 1816
20 Daniel Gregory Mason 1873
21 Sigfrid Karg-Elert 1879
22 Wilhem Friedemann Bach 1710, Benjamin Britten 1913
23 Paul de Maleingreau 1887
25 Virgil Thomson 1896
27 Alphonse Mailly 1883
29 Friedrich Klose 1862
30 Charles-Valentin Alkan 1813



e mail Richard Hill: for membership form.

Our chapter covers the 53 towns and cities south of Boston, north of Cape Cod and east of Rhode Island. It includes the cities of Brockton, Taunton, Attleboro, Fall River and New Bedford along wth several small towns, many with historic pipe organs. The oldest continually active E & GG Hook pipe organ in the United States, an 1834 installation is in the Berkley Congregational Church. Our programs are held throughout the region and celebrate organs and organ music throughout the year. To join the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter, E Mail Jim Moore at for the membership application.


2013-2014 Compensation for Sacred MusiciansAMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS Fee Guidelines recommended by the Professional Concerns Committee for churches and synagogues in the Boston area.
The resident organist of a church, synagogue, or temple has the right of first refusal for all weddings and funerals in the employing institution. No AGO member shall accept any engagement in any institution without the prior apporval of the resident organist. Fees are paid prior to the wedding or funeral unless other agreement has been made.Wedding or Funeral (includes one consultation) $250=$400
Wedding Rehearsal (one hour) $125-$200
Ancillary Musician Rehearsal $100-$150
(per hour; minimum half-hour fee)
Special requirements (including contracting musicians) negotiated on a case by case basisSubstitute Organists
Substitute Organist for one service $200-$350
Substitute Organist and Choir Director $250-$400
Extra rehearsal accompanying soloist or choir $100-$150POSITION AVAILABLESaint Gerard Majella Parish, in Canton is seeking a part time
organist/pianist to accompany two Sunday Masses (10:30am and 6pm) including rehearsals, as well as Holy Week, Christmas, Holy Days of
Obligation and any other liturgical services as needed, including Weddings.
The Organist/Pianist will be responsible for working directly with the Director of Music.Qualifications:
Excellent piano and organ skills
Comprehensive knowledge of Catholic Liturgy (preferred but not required)

Salary negotiable – Commensurate with skill level and experience.
Interested parties should contact: Tracy Zwicker-Suplee, the parish Music Director at


The Congregational Church of Mansfield, MA (UCC) has an opening for a Music Director/ Organist. This part-time (8-10 hours/wk) position entails providing service music for one regular weekly Sunday service and special services through the year, and rehearsing and directing the adult voice choir. The congregation enjoys blended musical styles which enhance worship, drawing on an array of musical genres. The Director also coordinates an established program of special musical artists for summer worship and once a month in the winter. The sanctuary has an Austin organ and a Steinway grand piano; the fellowship hall has a Roland electronic piano.

The successful candidate will be knowledgeable in a variety of musical genres, and able to work with the pastor and Ministry teams to plan services and special events, such as a Christmas Caroling open house, Veteran’s Day luncheon, and fundraising events. Special consideration will be given to candidates able to direct the adult hand bell choir as well.

Compensation $16,000 per year. Weddings and funerals will be compensated separately.

Please send letter of interest, resume, and references to:

Congregational Church of Mansfield
Music Search Team
17 West St.
Mansfield, MA 02048-0322


Office phone: 508.339.4793

The First Congregational Church of Marion, MA, seeks an experienced organist/choir director to begin January 2014. Historic mechanical action organ. Pedal skills necessary. Interested applicants should call the Church office at 508-748-1053 and/or send a resume to: The First Congregational Church, Box 326, Marion, MA 02738.

Ben Dunham
472 Point Road, Marion, MA 02738
Home: 508-748-1734 Fax: 508-748-1928

There is an opening for Music Director/Organist at the Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church in Middleboro, starting in September. Jesse Woodberry 1900 2-12; Andover O. Co 1973 2-19

Bryan Young
Senior Warden, COS
508 813-1282

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church Hingham (Old Ship)

Please submit a resume cover letter, and professional references. Send application materials by was of e mail to or mail to First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church 107 Main Street Hingham, MA 02043

This half time position consists of 20 hours a week with attendance expected on Sunday mornings from mid-September through mid- june and at other times as necessary. The salary range is $18,000 to $22,000 within accepted UU guidelines and is commensurate with experience.

Qualifications: Accomplished musician and choir director
Instrumental skills: organ, piano
Knowledge of musical selections across many genres of music
Organized, with the ability to work with multiple groups.

For more information, go to
The Old Ship organ is an Allen Custom Digital Organ

Part-time Music Director wanted for 1st Congregational Church of Walpole, NH, UCC. The church has 200+ members and adult, bell, and children’s choirs. Keyboard and directing skills required. Go to for job description and salary information. Contact: Judy Spinella, 603 756 9221

Part Time Organist- Director, Starting Fall 2013
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 111 High Street, Taunton, MA 02780

Seeks a part-time organist-director for an active 250 member parish with a strong musical tradition. Adult choir, 1 Sunday service. 7 additional services: 2 on Christmas Eve; 5 in Holy Week. Historic 3-manual 1898 Jardine organ, rebuilt and enlarged in 1989 by Roche Organ Company.

The Music Director will be responsible for all aspects of the spiritual music ministry in conjunction with the Rector and Music Committee, including but not limited to serving as the senior choir director, hiring paid section leaders and overseeing the eventual development of a children/youth music program. Primary responsibilities will include planning and providing organ music for all regular and special services, directing and accompanying the senior choir during weekly evening rehearsals and Sunday 10am worship. Weddings and funerals compensated separately.

A successful candidate will have demonstrated proficiency in organ, choral conducting, and working with children and youth. A Bachelors’ degree in organ, sacred music, choir master, CAGO Certificate or its equivalent and a minimum of 5 years experience in church music or related experience is required. Compensation ($15,000-$20,000) will be commensurate with education and experience. Four weeks paid vacation (time arranged in advance with the Rector.)

Please send letter of interest and resume with references to:

The Rev. Dr. Richard Bardusch, Rector
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Taunton, MA 02780

Part Time Organist Starting January 2014
The First Congregational Church of Sharon, MA, a UCC affiliated church, is seeking a regular part-time organist to start January 2014. FCC of Sharon has a strong music tradition with a committed and energetic 25-30 member adult choir, a pastor who loves music and working with music leaders, and many gifted musicians, adults and children, within the congregation.

Organist will provided organ music for weekly 10AM Sunday service September through June, holiday worship services, and special cantata concert. Piano and/or organ accompaniment, as required, for weekly adult choir Tuesday evening rehearsal and Sunday morning warm-ups under the direction of the Music Director. Additional services such as weddings and funerals may be performed for additional compensation. The organist will work with the Music Director, Pastor, and Music Committee Chair as necessary for the conduct of the music program
A successful candidate will have demonstrated proficiency in organ. A Bachelors’ degree in music, sacred music, CAGO certificate or its equivalent, and 3 years experience in church music or related experience is preferred, but not required. Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.


Contact: Martha MacMillin , Music Committee Chair
First Congregational Church of Sharon
P.O. Box 423
29 North Main Street
Sharon, MA 02067

Avon Baptist Church
119 North Main Street, Avon, MA
508 583 8076

Seeking Organist to accomany church services and choirs
Roche Organ 2 manuels 12 stops

First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist
19 Town Square
Plymouth, MA 02360

Position: Organist/Pianist

Membership: 80

Submission Deadline: Until Filled

First Parish Church, Plymouth, MA, the oldest church in North America, is seeking a ¼ time organist/pianist effective mid August 2012. Music is an integral part of the life of this historic church and an important element of our growth process.

We are seeking an organist/pianist for Sunday morning worship services (one service at 10a.m.) and other special church services (e.g. Thanksgiving Day Interdenominational Service, Christmas Eve, etc.) This music professional will accompany the church choir under the leadership of the Music Director and provide service music such as preludes, interludes, postludes, and occasional anthems. He/she must be comfortable with a variety of musical styles, including:
classical, contemporary, multi-cultural, and gospel, in keeping with the spirit of Unitarian Universalist beliefs and principles. Access to and wide knowledge of organ and keyboard repertoire is highly desirable. Choir rehearsal is scheduled for Sunday morning at 8:30; occasional rehearsals are added for special events.

We seek someone who is a good communicator and brings creative energy to his/her work. This position reports to the Music Director.

Percent of fulltime: 1/4 time, 12 months per year (Six Sundays of leave per year.)

Salary range: $6,000 to $8,000 (in accordance with UUA Salary recommendations for small church in Region 4)

Organ: Allen Organ Model ADC-500. Purchased in 1987


Organist (pianist), weekends 3 masses (all or some), Contact Fr. Daniel Gray, Pastor, St. Anthony Church, Portsmouth, RI 401-683-0089

Pearl Sreet United Methodist Church
415 Pearl Street Brockton, MA 02301
Pianist/Organist Needed 1914 2-8 Estey Tubular
Sunday Service 11:00 AM
Choir Rehearsal Thursday 7:30-9:00
Salary $135.00 weekly
Contact Janice Schuster
508 801 8414

First Baptist Church Scituate,MA is looking for person who will be a good fit for a team-oriented staff to lead music for their traditional Sunday morning worship service (10:00am). The full time position needing to be filled is that of a pianist/organist who would accompany the church choir at worship services, play other service music as well as direct choir rehearsals on a weekly basis (day/time is negotiable) The person that would be considered is familiar with traditional hymns, praise/contemporary music and some anthem presentations on special occasions. Sight-reading is a must. The church is now accepting requests for auditions. The audition will include playing a hymn from sight, a praise/contemporary song from sight and playing certain choral responses on the organ (2 manual Allen). Contact the office at 781-545-0058 for application. Applications due by May 31st, 2012.

Available: Lowry Electronic Organ 50+ years old
Come and get it:

Organist/Choir Director – Whitman
Posted On: August 23, 2012
Contact: Music Committee
Phone: 781-447-5557
Address: 519 Washington Street, Whitman, MA 02382
Position Start Date: TBD

Please send letter of interest and resume with references by September 30, 2012

First Congregational Church of Whitman, MA, seeks a music director to lead our volunteer choir of 10-12 singers and to play the organ through out services. Our ideal candidate is a creative individual that can read music. For many years our church has used traditional hymns from the Pilgrim and New Century Hymnals and sung classically based four part anthems. There is an interest within the church to integrate more modern music and explore musically appropriate ways to showcase the choir of mostly non-musically trained individuals whose ages range from 12 to 80.

Weekly responsibilities Include:
• As keyboardist/organist, he or she shall provide music for all regular and holiday worship services. Music will consist of (i) appropriate preludes, offertories, and postludes selected by the keyboardist, (ii) accompaniment for choirs and congregational singing (anthems, hymns, Doxology, offertories, and responses), and (iii) additional background music at the request of the pastor.
• As keyboardist/organist, he or she will accompany the choir rehearsals, one hour prior to services (in most cases 9 AM September through June).
• As music director, he or she shall prepare for services by selecting music and practicing as needed.
• As music director he or she will assist in the preparation of a children’s choir and or bell choir.
Compensation: $9,115 (annually). Calendar year begins January 1st.
*if hired October 1, 2012 or after- salary would be prorated based on weeks remaining in year.
Organ: A 2010 digital Rogers organ.
Website: www

Substitute List

David Baker
Email or call 617-367-4260.

Fred Brewer 508 586 9527

Ron Brown 508 226 1565 (All) $125. minimum

Claire DeCusati

Bruce Gardzina

Dr. Gary Mazzola, Organist/Pianist/Choir Director, 508-873-7805 cell and home 508-668-2595.

Jim Moore available long term
61 Oak Street
Norton, MA 02766-1103

Joan Nahigian
81 King Philips Pathe
Marshfield, MA 02050
(781) 834-4105

Brandon Santini – 781-331-0930
Available for Funeral & Weddings

Beverly Jerold Scheibert, MM, AAGO
I play all denominations, and am available weekends and weekdays.

Sarah Hostetter 781-740-1283
303 Linden Ponds Way, Apt. T-20
Hingham, MA 02043

Howard Phelps 508-224-8475. email address:

Pat Potter 508-226-2277 weekdays and Saturdays

Maria Rivera 774 222-3352
BM Eastman MM Juilliard

Jim Russell

Ronald P. Shepard: 413 783 4280
860 243 7424

Mary Whelan 508 222 5762
weekdays and Saturdays

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



The AGO PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM dates from 1896, when the Guild received its charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. The following certificates are offered under the auspices of the AGO Committee on Professional Certification: Service Playing Certificate (SPC), Colleague (CAGO), Choir Master (ChM), Associateship (AAGO), and Fellowship (FAGO). While the lower-level Guild examinations (CAGO and SPC) test competence in a number of skills that an organist uses regularly, such as hymn playing, accompanying, and sight-reading, the more advanced examinations also test the candidate’s literacy and musicianship at a higher level. For example, tests in writing counterpoint, accompanying from a figured bass, and essay questions in music history are included in the upper-level exams.
“An AGO certificate benefits the member, contributing to professional advancement and to an increase in confidence in performance, and it strengthens the Guild in its mission to maintain standards in organ playing, choral conducting, and worship music,” notes Philip Gehring, PhD, FAGO, immediate past director of the AGO Committee on Professional Certification. “A Guild with a large number of certified members sends a message to the public that we are serious about quality in the practice of our profession.” Approximately 10% of the AGO membership is certificated. Of those, 39% hold the Service Playing Certificate; 29% hold the Colleague; 7% hold the Choir Master; 18% hold the Associateship, and 7% hold the Fellowship.


Contact Us

Officers for 2013-2014

Dean – Dr Steven Young, AAGO 508 823 0504
68 Briarwood Drive Taunton, MA 02780-3754
Old South Union Congregational, Weymouth

Sub-Dean – Philip Jones FRCO 508 583 3022
127 Tilton Avenue, Brockton, MA
02301-3029 Christ Congregational Church UCC Brockton

Treasurer/Registrar/Membership – Jim Moore 508 223 9646
61 Oak Street, Norton MA 02766-1103
Pilgrim Congregational Church, Taunton

Secretary/Newsletter/Webmaster – Richard Hill 508 238-6081
18 Main Street North Easton, MA 02356 1430
Unity Church of North Easton (Unitarian Universalist)

Education Coordinator – Fred Brewer 508 586 9527
40 Ellen Road Brockton, MA 02302=2527


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44 Saint John Avenue
Binghamton, New York 13905
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