Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

[last updated July 2, 2015]

Message from the Dean 

New Haven Convention–a resounding success!

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Lars Gjerde and the members of the steering committee for hosting such an outstanding convention this past week in New Haven, CT.  The convention was an unqualified success with great concerts, workshops, and fellowship opportunities.  The Woolsey Hall organ never sounded better in the capable hands of both Peter Richard Conte and Thomas Murray.  The Festival Hymn Sing was a joyous and joyful celebration of music sung lustily by the 300+ attendees.  It was a treat to see chapter members Eleanor Calvin, Matthew Dion (our youngest member), Cheryl Duerr, and Beverly Scheibert in attendance. Eleanor’s grandson, Richard, also attended and sang in the choir for the Hymn Festival. It was also great to see three other students from last summer’s POE at the convention–a first for them.  It was truly an inspirational week.  Next year, the national convention will be in Houston, and Montreal, Canada will be the site of a combined convention of the Northeast Region and the Royal College of Canadian Organists, and the Canadian International Organ Competition.  Check this site and the TAO for details.


St. Mary’s Cathedral installs new Peragallo organ–plan to attend the dedication recital

SE MASS-organ save the date


Chapter Leadership

We in the leadership would welcome the opportunity for some new people to help lead the chapter forward.  This spring, we would like to put together a nominating committee to present a slate of officers for an official chapter election.  If you would like to serve on the committee and/or run for one of the offices, please let me know.


August 4, 2015 at 12:15, Steven Young will play the organ at King’s Chapel Boston.  The program will feature music of Vincent Lubeck, William Bolcom, and Johann Adam Krygell.


Plan to attend one or more of these fabulous recitals on the great organ at Methuen.

The MMMH Trustees invite you to enjoy all the 2015 Summer Series recitals and thank you for your attendance and support of MMMH!

JULY 1 Suzanne Ozorak / 8 Marvin Mills / 15 John Walker (national President, American Guild of Organists) / 22 Susanna Valleau / 29 Glenn Kime

AUGUST 5 Brian Glikes / 12 Monica Czausz / 19 Anne Laver / 26 Carl Klein

*W. Eugene Thayer was one of the organists for the 1863 inaugural recital for “The Great Organ” in the Boston Music Hall, built by E. F. Walcker of Ludwigsburg, Germany. The colorful history of the organ is summarized on and detailed in Barbara Owen’s book, The Great Organ at Methuen. Edward Searles purchased the organ, then in storage, in 1897 and relocated it to Methuen for his new, elaborate, private concert hall, completed in 1909 and now known as the Methuen Memorial Music Hall.

If you have an event you would like posted, please email Steven Young :



  POE in Springfield, July 2016.  

Interested students should plan to get details about the exciting summer opportunity in western MA next year. Details forthcomong



Please continue to check our webpage regularly for news about chapter events, job placement, and other information on the chapter. Interested in becoming a member of our chapter or finding a way to serve the chapter?  Please contact Steven Young (  for further information.




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 Philip Jones at for membership form.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-$150POSITIONS 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 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 orjudyspin@gmail.comSubstitute List:David Baker Email or call 617-367-4260.Fred Brewer 508 586 9527Ron Brown 508 226 1565 (All) $125. minimum bachfanbrown@comcast.netPhilip Jones E-mail: pjones345@comcast.netClaire DeCusati 781-582-8722Bruce 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

Contact Us

Officers for 2013-2014:

Dean – Dr Steven Young, AAGO 508 823 0504 68 Briarwood Drive Taunton, MA 02780-3754 St. Thomas Episcopal, Taunton.

Sub-Dean -Philip Jones FRCO 508 583 3022 127 Tilton Avenue, Brockton, MA 02301-3029

Treasurer/Registrar/Membership – Philip Jones (see above)

Secretary/Newsletter/Webmaster -Steven Young (see above)

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



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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)

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