Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

[last updated July 10, 2014]

Message from the Dean 

Pipe Organ Encounter comes to SE Mass July 13-18, 2014

This summer, our chapter is hosting its first Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) during the week of July 13th.  18 high school students from throughout the eastern seaboard will descend on our region to study at, play on, and listen to some of the marvelous instruments in our chapter.  The schedule of public events follows.  Please try to attend one or more of these concert, and support and encourage these young organists as they learn more about the instrument.

Sunday, July 13, 2014     Faculty Recital,  St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 111 High Street, Taunton, MA

At 7:30 p.m., five members of the faculty will perform works by Bach, Bedard, Dubois, Karg-Elert, Jongen, Locklair, and others on the three-manual, fifty rank, 1899 Jardine and Sons organ.

Monday, July 14, 2014     Christian Lane, winner of the Canadian International Organ Competition, Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

Photo: Please join us for these Free Public Concerts:<br /><br />
Sunday July 13, 7:30PM, Faculty Recital<br /><br />
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 11 High Street, Taunton<br /><br />
Monday July 14, 7:30PM, Christian Lane<br /><br />
 Harvard Memorial Church, One Harvard Yard, Cambridge<br /><br />
Tuesday July 15, 7.30PM, Rising Stars Recital<br /><br />
 2nd Congregational Church, 50 Park Street, Attleboro<br /><br />
Friday July 18, 1PM, Student Recital<br /><br />
 First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 900 Main Street, Brockton</p><br />
<p>Contact Philip Jones, 508-427-0081, for further information.

At 7:30, Chris will perform a recital on the two organs of Memorial Church, the new Fisk and the Skinner.  His program includes works by Bach, Buxtehude, Cooman, Reger, and others.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014     “Rising Stars” faculty recital, Second Congregational Church, 50 Park Street, Attleboro, MA

At 7:30, the four young rising stars faculty (Jennifer McPherson, Katelyn Emerson, Monica Czausz, Christopher Gage) will play a  varied concert of music from Buxtehude to Decker on the Schlicker organ.

Photo: Meet Chris Gage who will also be teaching at our POE next week.  We have a great week lined up.  Check out our evening concerts - pinned to the top of this page. </p><br />
<p>CHRISTOPHER GAGE is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance at the University of Kansas, where he studies with Dr. James Higdon.  He previously attended the Eastman School of Music, where he earned two master’s degrees—a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature, for which he studied organ with Professor David Higgs, and a Master of Arts in Music Theory Pedagogy; during his time at Eastman, Chris also studied theatre organ and improvisation with Dr. William Porter.  He holds an Honors Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in Organ Performance from the University of Delaware, where he studied with Dr. David Herman and served as guest organist, pianist, harpsichordist, and celestist for several university ensembles. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, men’s music fraternity, and Pi Kappa Lambda, a music honor society.</p><br />
<p>Chris recently competed on Italian baroque instruments in the Premio Elvira di Renna International Organ Competition in Faiano, Italy.  In 2012, he was a finalist in the Strader Competition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and was awarded second prize in the West Chester International Organ Competition.  In addition to performances in Rochester, New York, Chris has played recitals on the East Coast from Rhode Island to Virginia, including Washington, D.C., where he has been featured several times on the five-manual Möller organ at National City Christian Church; he has also taught and performed at Pipe Organ Encounters in Boston and Winchester, Virginia.  He has participated in master classes with Michel Bouvard, Janette Fishell, McNeil Robinson, and Peter Sykes.</p><br />
<p>In his academic career, Chris has taught music theory at the collegiate level.  In Rochester, he taught aural skills and written theory both at Eastman and at the University of Rochester, and he was a finalist for the 2012 and 2013 Eastman Teaching Assistant Prizes.  This fall, he will teach freshman music theory at the University of Kansas.</p><br />
<p>He is the Choirmaster and Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Aside from playing organ, Chris enjoys cooking, baking, and watching old sitcoms, although he will deny having seen every episode of The Golden Girls.

Christopher Gage, one of our Rising Stars


Photo: Jennifer McPherson is one of our Rising Stars, Faculty and Chaperones.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Historical Performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying organ with Jonathan Moyer and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins. She graduated cum laude from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, as Organ Scholar of the class of 2013. At Holy Cross, she was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship and studied with James David Christie. Throughout high school, Jennifer studied organ with Abbey Hallberg-Siegfried, and was a founding participant with The Young Organist Collaborative of New Hampshire. Jennifer served as Organ Scholar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH, from 2007-2009.</p><br />
<p>As a recitalist, Jennifer McPherson has performed throughout New England, including Mechanics Hall, First Unitarian, Wesley Methodist, All Saints Episcopal in Worcester, MA, as well as Old West Church and King’s Chapel in Boston. This past spring, she was featured in The Church of the Covenant’s recital series in Cleveland, OH. She has performed as organist on concert tours of Ireland and Prague with the Boston College University Chorale under music director John Finney. She has also performed as a free-lance organist with the Newton Choral Society and the Heritage Chorale.<br /><br />
During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Jennifer studied harpsichord and continuo with Lisa Crawford and Webb Wiggins at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. She attended the McGill Summer Organ Academy in 2009 and 2011, studying continuo with Hank Knox and improvisation with Jan Overduin. She has also participated in organ masterclasses with Olivier Latry, Marie-Louise Langlais, Gerre Hancock, John Grew, Paul Jacobs, Harald Vogel, and Douglas Major. At the age of 21, Jennifer was awarded Third Prize in the prestigious 2012 International Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Organ Competition held at Sweelinck’s church, the Oude Kerk, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the summer of 2013, she won first prize in the AGO Quimby Region I competition, representing the Boston chapter. She will perform a Rising Star recital at Old South Church in Boston at the National AGO Convention this June.  She will also be featured on the 2014 Organ Recital Series at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Methuen, MA. Jennifer is currently employed as Assistant Organist and Music Intern at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood, OH.

Jennifer McPherson, another of our Rising Stars


Photo: Katelyn Emerson is one of our Rising Stars, Faculty and Chaperones.  She is from York, ME, just completed her third year in the organ studio of James David Christie at Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH where she pursues bachelor’s degrees in both organ performance and French with minors in music history and historical performance, with a concentration  in fortepiano. Katelyn began her organ studies in 2005 through a scholarship of the Young Organist’s Collaborative in Portsmouth, NH, and, since then, has performed throughout the United States. She has studied with Marie-Louise Langlais, widow of composer Jean Langlais, Olivier Latry, organiste titulaire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Ray Cornils, municipal organist of Portland, ME, and Dr. Abbey  Halberg-Siegfried, organist of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH.  Katelyn has studied improvisation with Balint Karosi and Marie-Louise Langlais. She also studies fortepiano with David Breitman as well as harpsichord and continuo with Webb Wiggins. </p><br />
<p>Katelyn was one of three winners of the North American round of the VIII Mikaël Tariverdiev International Organ Competition that took place in April 2013 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She will continue  on to compete in the second round of three in Kaliningrad, Russia in September 2013. Winner of the 2011 Region V (Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio) Quimby/Regional Competition for Young  Organists, Katelyn performed as a “Rising Star” at the American Guild of  Organists’ (AGO) National Convention in Nashville summer 2012.  She also won first place in the 2010 L. Cameron Johnson Memorial Competition  for High School Organists. </p><br />
<p>Katelyn attended McGill’s 2009 and 2011 Summer Organ Academy where she studied French Romantic music, Improvisation, and French Classical music with Michel Bouvard, Sietze de Vries, and John Grew, respectively.  In 2011, Katelyn was honored with a scholarship to attend the Summer Institute for French Organ Studies in Épernay and Poitiers, France, where she performed on organs of the French Classical and Romantic styles.</p><br />
<p>Katelyn is the music director of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Amherst,  OH where she leads worship through the organ, piano, and directing the adult and bell choirs.  She is the 2013 Sacred Music Intern at the Church of the Advent in Boston where she assists Mark Dwyer and Ross Wood in service playing and choral conducting. Katelyn was also the 2012  Oberlin Sacred Music Intern at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, studying with Keith Tóth, and she will substitute for Mr. Tóth at the Brick Church in July of 2013.

Katelyn Emerson, yet another Rising Star


Monca Czausz, our fourth Rising Star


Friday, July 18, 2014     Student Recital,  First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 900 Main Street, Brockton, MA

At 1:00 p.m., the POE students will strut their stuff, playing pieces learned and polished during their POE experience on the newly refurbished three-manual Schantz.

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Methuen Memorial Music Hall 2014 Summer Series

Bielefeld, Germany 
Works by Handel, Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner and Gershwin 
Sponsored by Edward S. and Susie W. Rowland 

Bay Shore, New York 
Works by Langlais, Saint-Saëns, Phillips, Reuchsel, Woodman and Dupré 
Sponsored by Mark Dirksen – Keller Williams Realty 

Eliot, Maine 
Works by Bach, Pärt, Buxtehude, Eben, Messiaen, Wammes and Liszt 
In Memory of Lee W. Malone 

New Haven, Connecticut 
Summer Scholarship Fund Organ Recital 
Works by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Bolcom, Buck, Hancock and Dupré 
Sponsored by Methuen Village Assisted Living 

Savannah, Georgia
Works by Planyavsky, Bach, Weinberger, Bolcom, Sokola and Dupré 
Sponsored by Campbell Steward 

August 20 - DONGHO LEE
Durham, North Carolina 
Works by Stanford, Franck, Rheinberger, Dupré, Buck and Eben 
Sponsored by Carl, Sarah, Martha Evelyn and Christopher Klein 

Atlanta, Georgia 
Works by Bairstow, Weaver, Clokey, Saint-Saëns, Decker, Bolcom and Dupré 
Sponsored by Michaud Insurance Agency, Inc.


Old West Organ Society 2014 Summer Series

  • July 15          Dennis King-Yeung Chan | Hongkong & Harvard
  • July 22          Abraham Ross | Holden, Maine
  • July 29          Douglas Witte | Charlestown, Massachusetts
  • August 5       Reiko Okamoto | Yamanashi, Japan & Andover, Massachusetts
  • August 12     Susanna Valleau | Seattle, Washington
  • August 19     Matthew Hall | University of Leeds (UK), Boston University & Cornell
  • August 26     Andrew Senn | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



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. gray-bar-1px

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-$150  POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Saint 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 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 E-mail: 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 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. Website: Contact: Martha MacMillin , Music Committee Chair First Congregational Church of Sharon P.O. Box 423 29 North Main Street Sharon, MA 02067 781-784-2631 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 508-747-1606 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 Website: 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 E-mail: 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 Description: 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 781-582-8722 Bruce Gardzina 508-951-0899 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 508-339-0579 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. gray-bar-1px


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. gray-bar-1px

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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 gray-bar-1px

Links Boston Chapter-AGO - religion RobertI. Coulter� Organbuilder 2233 Faulkner Rd Atlanta, Georgia30324 404-931-3103 http://coulterorgans. Richard S. Hedgebeth Stuart Organ Company 44 Saint John Avenue Binghamton, New York 13905 607 237-0125 (voice and fax) AGO National website