New London County Chapter

[Updated 30 October 2017]

Message from the Dean


Marianna Wilcox departed on October 22, 2017. She had been the dean of our chapter from 1991 to 1993, and was very active in the local music scene as an accomplished organist and choral director. Marianna Wilcox established the Anglican Singers in 1997 and served as its director for 10 years.

Recently I have felt particularly inspired on several occasions. I have heard a few concerts that greatly inspired me. I saw a wonderful double rainbow a few weeks ago. I’ve been enjoying the autumn colors on trees. I have taken opportunities to walk and eat and talk with friends, enjoying great conversations. And I have read several inspiring books.

I felt inspired each time I saw Marianna Wilcox during the last few years. In spite of physical problems, she made the effort to get out to concerts and gatherings, and she always had encouraging and positive things to say.

I think it is always useful and very important to find ways to be inspired. Especially during times of trial and stress. I’ve also been thinking about the opposite of inspire–that is, “expire.” The news of Marianna’s passing is fresh in my mind, and at the same time my family has been alerted to the likelihood of my 102-year-old mother’s demise in the very near future. But until we do expire, we owe it to ourselves and to those around us to find opportunities to get inspired. And those of us who are in positions of music leadership owe it to the people we serve to do what we can to inspire them. We might never know who is being inspired by our playing, or directing, or teaching, but we can do our best to be inspired and inspiring. And our influence may continue even after we are gone. We all have memories of teachers, performers and composers who have left their positive influence on us. And now it is up to us to do the same, in our own way, for the people around us.

Elizabeth Limkemann, Dean

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Local Events



Friday, November 10, 2017
7 PM
Groton Congregational Church, UCC
162 Monument Street, Groton, CT 06340



Sunday, January 28, 2018
4 PM
Christ Episcopal Church
78 Washington Street, Norwich, CT 06360

  • Program to include: “Dona Nobis Pacem”; “We Are Singing for the Lord is Our Light” (Hopson); “Sing to the Lord” (Raabe)



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).

Online archiving of past issues “here” is currently under discussion.



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.

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



We regret to say that our local placement officer (Joey Ripka) will soon be relocating to another state and chapter! A willing volunteer to serve in this capacity is currently being sought.

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



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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SUB DEAN Myra Day (myraday [at] aol [dot] com)



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