New London County Chapter

[Updated 11 July 2019]


From Your Dean

Matthew Provost, Dean
Matthew Provost, Dean


Hello dear friends!

Here’s a preemptive wish for a happy and safe July 4th celebration! It’s quite astonishing how many musical things there are to do this week: our regional convention is taking place in Buffalo; the Association of Anglican Musicians is holding their annual conference in Boston as I write; and patriotic music events are happening everywhere! So whatever you’ve got planned, I wish you all the best as we celebrate our nation’s birth.

A big thank you to all who attended our year-end banquet in Niantic. It was wonderful to see so many of you there. Before the communal cocktails and supper, the board met to close out the year’s business and set a course for the 2019-2020 chapter season. We agreed to continue with our Second Monday routine with just one tiny tweak. So, to whet your appetite, here’s a little preview of what’s in store. Please, stay tuned for more detail. We plan to finalize all event locations before we kick off the new season in September.

  • September 8 – Chapter Pic-Nic & Season Kick-Off (Yup, that’s right, it’s a Sunday!)
  • October 14 – Chapter Installation Service & 70th Anniversary Supper
  • November 11 – Join Event with Neighboring Chapter
  • December 9 – Advent Members Recital
  • January 13 – Viewing Party (oh? yup!)
  • January 26 – Children’s Choir Festival (also a Sunday)
  • February 10 – Roberta Bitgood Scholarship Auditions
  • March 9 – Guest Presentation
  • April – no event as Easter is April 12
  • May 11 – University Organ Student Presentation
  • June 8 – End of Year Banquet

Finally, I’d like to thank two members who’ve agreed to take on new roles as we move forward. Past Dean Elizabeth Limkemann has agreed to fill the remainder of our former Sub-Dean Maryann McCary’s term. I look forward to having Elizabeth’s wisdom and enthusiasm back on the board. This makes it possible for Maryann to make a lateral shift and take over as chapter secretary. As you know, our dear Kathleen Bartkowski has passed off the newsletter torch after many years of dedication to it. Maryann has graciously agreed to take up that task. Thank you, thank you, Maryann, for stepping up to keep our administration on track.

Cheers friends & Happy 4th!

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Carr Sacred Music Scholarship

The Connecticut Conference of the UCC has a Sacred Music Scholarship program, designed to aid a person of any age intending to further her/his skills in some aspect of sacred music at institutions of higher education. Deadline for applications is July 29. The completed application should be returned via email or hard copy to Jill Ford (e-mail: jillf[at]ctucc[dot]org), or contact her at 860-761-7112.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application forms, visit the web site at

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2nd Mondays!
  • Stay tuned, for final program listing with venues in September!

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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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Jeremiah Mead Concerts

June 23 at 4 pm, Christ Church, Guilford CT

Here is a link to the event page.

July 14 at 6:30 pm, Congregational Church, Killingworth CT (With a special guest)

Here is a link to the event page.

Jeremiah Mead is a Second year student of Paul Jacobs in the Bachelor of Music organ program at The Juilliard School. Mead is a native of Madison, Connecticut, and studied organ with Dr. Ezequiel Menéndez at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut, and Dr. Andrew Kotylo at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, Connecticut. He studied piano with Ms. Victoria Reeve of Guilford, Connecticut, and sang for ten years as a member of the Trinity Church Choir of Men and Boys in New Haven, Connecticut, under the direction of Mr. Walden Moore.


Alleluyas by Simon Preston (b.1938)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 by J.S.Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude on an Evening Hymn (world premiere performance ) by Jerry Mead (b. 1998)
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten BWV 647 by J.S.Bach
Sonate II Op.65 by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Praeludium in C BuxWV 137 by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Adagio in E by Frank Bridge (1879 – 1941)
Final from Symphony No.1 in d minor Op. 14 by Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

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