New London County Chapter

[Updated 25 October 2019]


From Your Dean

Matthew Provost, Dean
Matthew Provost, Dean


Greetings friends!

Just a reminder about a new initiative from Calvary Church in the borough of Stonington. We’re calling it Bach in the Borough. The series is dedicated to the great master’s work, but not solely his organ works. Although organ works will play a large part, there will be singers and instrumentalist of all kinds participating in this new venture. Our hope is that this yearly event will grow into a two or maybe even three-day yearly Bach festival utilizing the three wonderful churches plus the La Grua Center in the historic seaside borough. So, friends, please stay tuned for more detailed info about the first Bach in the Borough concert on Friday, Bachtober 25th.


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Steve Anderson

New London chapter member Steve Anderson passed away on August 27. An enthusiastic member of our chapter for over a decade, he served as organist/director at both St. James Episcopal Church in New London and Calvary Church in Stonington, after which he and his wife Patty continued their association with St. James, singing in the choir.

I knew Steve as an excellent musician. I enjoyed his organ performances, especially the solo recitals he worked hard to present during the time that his abilities were gradually declining. And the few snippets I heard of his jazz piano playing were clearly those of a talented jazz pianist.

When Steve and I were both board members of the AGO, we often shared rides to board meetings. I enjoyed our time together; Steve was a good listener and had many entertaining stories to tell.

Please extend your condolences to Steve’s widow, Patty Anderson. There will be a memorial service at St. James Episcopal Church, New London, on Sunday, September 29, at 1 pm.

–Elizabeth Limkemann

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2nd Mondays!
  • September 8 – Chapter Picnic & Season Kick-Off (That’s right, it’s a Sunday!): Calvary Church, Stonington, 5-8 pm
  • October 14 – Chapter Installation Service & 70th Anniversary Supper
  • November 11 – Joint Event with NECT Chapter
  • December 9 – Advent Members’ Recital
  • January 13 – Viewing Party: “The Genius of CavaillĂ©-Coll”
  • January 26 – Children’s Choir Festival (also a Sunday)
  • February 10 – Roberta Bitgood Scholarship Auditions
  • March 9 – Guest Presentation
  • April – No event: Easter is April 12
  • May 11 – University Organ Student Presentation
  • June 8 – End of Year Banquet

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About Our Site

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Executive Board, 2019-2020

Dean — Matthew Provost — matthew.n.provost[at]gmail[dot]com

Sub Dean — Elizabeth Limkemann — elim44[at]99main[dot]com

Secretary — Maryann McCary — maryann0320[at]aol[dot]com

Treasurer — Susan Rees Jones — uppereight[at]aol[dot]com


John Anthony — jpant[at]conncoll[dot]edu

Ellen Bowlin — bobellenbowlin[at]gmail[dot]com

Susan Paisley — spaisley[at]optonline[dot]net

Simon Holt — smo.artisticdirector[at]yahoo[dot]com

Jake Troy — j.troy[at]icloud[dot]com

Newsletter Editor — Maryann McCary — maryann0320[at]aol[dot]com

Membership Directory — Matthew Provost — matthew.n.provost[at]gmail[dot]com

Education/Exams — John Anthony

Librarian — Douglas Green

Placement — Alan McNeely

Professional Development — Douglas Green

Scholarship Coordinator — Jesse Glaude

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Newsletter : Things Great & Swell

Things Great & Swell  is published on the first of each month from September through June, with one unscheduled summer issue published at the Dean’s discretion. Issues are disseminated to members only via e-mail (or snail mail, as needed).

Past issues of TG&S are available for download at this archive page.

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Membership Policy

The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ. Membership in the New London County chapter of the AGO is open to anyone with an interest in the organ and to all organists from new beginners to seasoned performers.

The New London chapter welcomes church musicians regardless of education or ability.

A directory of local members is published and disseminated annually. To update your information in the directory or provide other content, please contact Matthew Provost (matthew.n.provost [at] gmail [dot] com).

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Employers and job seekers are invited to log in and post or search listings of available positions on the AGO national website. Also, you may join our chapter to receive the monthly Things Great & Swell  which does publish relevant local information. Thanks to Alan McNeely for agreeing to serve as our new local placement officer!

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For local information about continuing education opportunities or official AGO Exams, you may contact John Anthony (jpant [at] conncoll [dot] edu).


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Contact Us

DEAN Matthew Provost — matthew.n.provost[at]gmail[dot]com

SUB DEAN Elizabeth Limkemann — elim44[at]99main[dot]com

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Roberta Bitgood Organ Scholarship

Katy King, of Groton
William “Billy” Wolfe, of Colchester

For further information, see: Roberta Bitgood Scholarship

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2019-2020 Encore Organ Scholarship

The New Haven Chapter of the AGO is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Encore Organ Scholarship. The deadline to apply is September 30th. Please forward this message to any interested piano students and teachers.

The chapter is seeking music students, ages 10 to 16, who are interested in studying with a qualified local organist.

Scholarships are given in an amount sufficient to pay for 10 hour-long organ lessons. More frequent, shorter lessons can be arranged if this is amenable to the teacher and scholarship recipient. Scholarship recipients will take part in a short recital at the end of the year of study. For detailed requirements and to download the application form, see the New Haven chapter web site at

Questions should be directed to Jay Lindsay, Education Coordinator of the New Haven AGO Chapter (email: jaylindsay1[at]gmail[dot]com).

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