Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

[last updated July 26, 2014]

Message from the Dean 

SE Mass Pipe Organ Encounter 2014 was a great success!

Eighteen teenagers spent six days studying at, listening to, and playing on many of the wonderful instruments in our region and beyond.  Their final recital at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brockton, was a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the faculty, students, and volunteers who helped make the event such a success.     POE students following a tour of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall hosted by our own Matthew Bellochio of the Andover Organ Company.

 

Don’t miss Jennifer McPherson’s upcoming recital the the Music Hall on July 30th.  See newsletter for more details!

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 /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><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 /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><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

 

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 (s1young@bridgew.edu)  for further information.

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Newsletter

Methuen Memorial Music Hall 2014 Summer Series
July 30 - JENNIFER MCPHERSON 
Eliot, Maine 
Works by Bach, Pärt, Buxtehude, Eben, Messiaen, Wammes and Liszt 
In Memory of Lee W. Malone 

August 6 - STEPHEN BUZARD 
New Haven, Connecticut 
Summer Scholarship Fund Organ Recital 
Works by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Bolcom, Buck, Hancock and Dupré 
Sponsored by Methuen Village Assisted Living 

August 13 - MONICA ALEXANDRA HARPER 
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 

August 27 - NICOLE MARANE
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 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

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Membership

e mail Richard Hill: rwsmhill@verizon.net 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 jimm88@comcast.net for the membership application. gray-bar-1px

Placement
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 tracy@saintgerard.org  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. Email:fcdanhauser@yahoo.com. Ben Dunham 472 Point Road, Marion, MA 02738 Home: 508-748-1734 Fax: 508-748-1928 E-mail: dunhamb@post.harvard.edu 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 musicdirectorsearch@oldshipchurch.org 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 www.odshipchurch.org 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 www.walpolenhucc.org/employment.html for job description and salary information. Contact: Judy Spinella, 603 756 9221 orjudyspin@gmail.com 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: http://fccofsharon.org 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 mmacmillin@uwalumni.com 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: www.FirstParishPlymouth.org Organist (pianist), weekends 3 masses (all or some), Contact Fr. Daniel Gray, Pastor, St. Anthony Church, Portsmouth, RI 401-683-0089 stanthonych@msn.com 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 schusterjanice@gmail.com 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 orpraisebe@comcast.net for application. Applications due by May 31st, 2012. Available: Lowry Electronic Organ 50+ years old Come and get it: vhgboiros@comcast.net Organist/Choir Director – Whitman Posted On: August 23, 2012 Contact: Music Committee E-mail: UCCWhitman@verizon.net 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 dgb137@mac.com or call 617-367-4260. Fred Brewer 508 586 9527 Ron Brown 508 226 1565 (All) $125. minimum bachfanbrown@comcast.net Claire DeCusati decusati@verizon.net 781-582-8722 Bruce Gardzina Brugar244@aol.com 508-951-0899 Dr. Gary Mazzola, Organist/Pianist/Choir Director, 508-873-7805 cell and home 508-668-2595. garymazzo@aol.com Jim Moore available long term 61 Oak Street Norton, MA 02766-1103 jimm88@comcast.net Joan Nahigian 81 King Philips Pathe Marshfield, MA 02050 pinkltink@verizon.net (781) 834-4105 Brandon Santini – 781-331-0930 Available for Funeral & Weddings Beverly Jerold Scheibert, MM, AAGO 508-339-0579 bvjerold@aol.com I play all denominations, and am available weekends and weekdays. Sarah Hostetter 781-740-1283 sarahhostetter@verizon.net 303 Linden Ponds Way, Apt. T-20 Hingham, MA 02043 Howard Phelps 508-224-8475. email address: howard703@verizon.net. Pat Potter 508-226-2277 weekdays and Saturdays prpotter@aol.com Maria Rivera 774 222-3352 mdlarw@aol.com BM Eastman MM Juilliard Jim Russell jimrussell52_@yahoo.com Ronald P. Shepard: organsub@gmail.com 413 783 4280 860 243 7424 Mary Whelan mwhelan@wheatonma.edu 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.

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Certification

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 s1young@bridgew.edu Old South Union Congregational, Weymouth Sub-Dean – Philip Jones FRCO 508 583 3022 pjones345@comcast.net 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 jimm88@comcast.net 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) rwsmhill@verizon.net Education Coordinator – Fred Brewer 508 586 9527 40 Ellen Road Brockton, MA 02302=2527 gray-bar-1px

Links

http://www.organsociety.org/ www.unity-church.com http://www.uua.org/index.html http://www.catholiclinks.org/parichesmassachusetts.htm www.elsenerorganworks.com http://www.ucc.org/ http://www.pipedreams.org/ http://www.pldi.net/~murrows/organ.html Boston Chapter-AGO http://www.pldi.net/~murrows/organ.html the-Insight.com - 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) inquiries@stuartorgan.com www.stuartorgan.com AGO National website