Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

[last updated February 2, 2016]

Message from the Dean 


AGO National Convention, Houston, Texas, June 19-23, 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 National Convention in Houston.  The program and details can be accessed from this website:  (click link to go to the site). The program and the venues look amazing and the price is reasonable if you register early.  The Houston Steering Committee is publishing a newsletter with updates on the convention that you can request, so please visit their website and consider attending.


Chapter Leadership

W–e 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.


March 6, 2016–THE BOSTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS will be presented in concert by Grace Episcopal Church in collaboration with the Zeiterion Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday March 6 at 3pm. The concert will be held at the Zeiterion and tickets are available through the box office.  A portion of each ticket will be donated to “A Perfect Place” the New Bedford Alliance For Gay and Lesbian Youth. The chorus, one of the largest community choruses in the northeast with 175 members, is known for their musical artistry, creative programming and community outreach.

May 1, 2016–Bridgewater State University Chorale and the Jubilate Chorale combine forces with the Brockton Symphony to present Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and other choral classics.  Visit the website for more information:

May 15, 2016Organ Recital and Choral Evensong for the Feast of Pentecost, 3:30 p.m.  St. Thomas Episcopal Church will host an organ recital by Steven Young, AAGO, performing works of Mendelssohn, Franck, and others on the 1899 Jardine and Sons Organ.  Following the 30 minute recital, the parish choir of St. Thomas will sing Evensong featuring music by 20th century composers.  A reception will follow the service.

July 10-15, 2016Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) in Springfield, MA.  Never to early to plan for next summer’s musical adventures.  Contact Lad Pfeifer at for more information.

Tuesday Evenings in July and August at Old West Church, Boston.  The Old West Organ Society will presents its annual summer series of 45 minute recitals on Tuesday evenings during July and August at 8:00 p.m.  Check back soon for performers and program details

July 2-7, 2017–Northeast Regional Convention, Montreal, Canada.  Check back later for details!





2016 Anniversaries

This year, the musical community celebrates the anniversaries of many composers.  Among them is the composer Cyril Taylor, composer of the hymn tune Abbot’s Leigh, one of the great tunes of all time.  You may know it as “Lord, you give the great commission” or “God is here.” Here is some information about him from the Hope Publishing Company website:

Cyril Vincent Taylor (1907-1991) was born in Wigan, Lancaster, England, the son of a Church of England priest. A student at Christ Church, Oxford, he was ordained in the Church of England and precentor of Bristol Cathedral and later Salisbury Cathedral. During World War II, he was BBC’s producer of Religious Broadcasting and, while stationed in Abbot’s Leigh, he composed his famous hymn tune of the same name. ABBOT’S LEIGH is generally regarded as the “Rule Britannia” of hymn tunes. In 1953,  when the Royal School of Church Music moved from Canterbury to Addington Place, he became its first Warden. For many years he served as a proprietor of Hymns Ancient & Modern,  playing a major editorial role in compiling two supplements and The New Standard Edition.

Please use this hymn this year in your church and re-post this biographical material for the edification of your congregation.

Further posts about anniversaries will be forthcoming

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 with 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 Musicians AMERICAN 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

Trinity Episcopal Church, located in Stoughton Massachusetts is a vibrant, growing, family-oriented community of faith. We are looking to call a part-time organist to begin in the late summer, fall of 2015.  As we grow in our mission focus to our local community, we seek a musician who is flexible musically and is willing and able to learn, play, and lead music that is appealing to people of varying backgrounds. He or she will accompany our Sunday 9:00 A.M. service on the organ and piano, playing with a small volunteer adult choir. We are a flexible, fun, down-to-earth worshipping community. We enjoy music, traditional and new, that is spiritually grounding and uplifting.  The primary work day for the organist will be Sunday mornings, with a short choir rehearsal before worship. We also celebrate some of the principal feast days of our church calendar with festive and musical worship and offer a full slate of Holy Week and Advent services each year requiring additional days of playing. The organist will report to the Priest-in-charge and collaborates frequently with the choir.  Our sanctuary organ is a Wicks; our sanctuary piano is a Young-Chang.

We are looking for a part-time organist to:

 Provide music at the weekly Sunday morning liturgy

Provide music at Christmas and Holy Week liturgies

Provide music at weddings and funerals, and other special liturgies, as your schedule permits (with additional compensation)

Help select music for our liturgy in consultation with the choir and Priest-in-Charge

It’s important to us that you play with joy, energy, confidence and accuracy, be comfortable playing publicly and be willing to learn the rhythms and patterns of our worship and liturgy. Applicants must be flexible, work well with others and have your own reliable transportation. At this time, the position is structured primarily as a Sundays-only position (plus other holidays and Advent/Holy Week services) but will grow. Compensation is approximately $10,500 per year. Special events (e.g. weddings, funerals) may provide opportunities for additional income. The position includes three paid Sundays off, accessible after a year of successful employment. Candidates will be asked to provide a full employment history, references, and undergo a background check if required.  Send resumé and cover letter, and address any questions to The Rev. Harry Walton at: or c/o Trinity Episcopal Church, 414 Sumner Street, Stoughton, MA. 02070

Unity Church, North Easton: 

Unity Church of North Easton is looking for a temporary/part time music director and/or accompanist, to help with weekly church services while we develop fuller plans based on the hiring of a minister which is in process and is not expected to be concluded until January 2016 at the earliest. In the meantime, we are looking for someone to help us with the music program to accompany our lay-lead and guest minister services. The duties could include things like accompanying the congregation on the piano and/organ for a few songs per Sunday (approximately three Sundays per month), to coordinating or perhaps helping out with rehearsals with various groups, including bell choir, adult choir, and the Unity Band.  Other possible duties could be paid details for weddings, funerals and other ceremonies that my come up from time to time.  The description is necessarily vague, as we need to see where the congregation is going as far as our minister search, as well as the abilities, education and training of the prospective interim music minister.  In short, we are open to chatting with anyone.

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish & St. Basil’s Chapel in Bridgewater, MA is seeking an enthusiastic Director of Music who will lead and develop a diverse program, exhibiting proficiency as an organist while providing accompaniment and choral conducting.


Include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing music for three weekend masses, funerals, weddings, Holy Days and liturgical celebrations
  • Serve the liturgy by playing a high quality Rodgers 578 digital organ (2 manuals, 116 pipe organ stops, Velocity-sensitive “Ivory Feel” keyboards with optional tracker touch and 32-note radiating AGO pedalboard) with Integra 7
  • Pursue exciting opportunities to build and develop adult and youth choirs (currently involves total of ~25 people that meet infrequently)
  • Develop and train cantors/leaders of mass music (experience varies)
  • Oversee a six-member contemporary band and a folk duet (guidance only, not direct participation)
  • Perform administrative duties (staff meetings, program assessments, etc.) as required


  • Dependable, dedicated, self-motivated and creative
  • Proficiency in playing the organ is required; vocal and piano skills a plus
  • thorough understanding of liturgical norms and customs
  • strong organizational and communication skills
  • Effective collaboration with clergy, musicians, staff and congregation
  • an appreciation for the breadth and depth of Catholic musical tradition (versatility is preferred as different masses impart different musical styles)

Parish Information

  • Multiple worship sites: main church near center of town (historic church structure with high ceilings) and chapel situated within BSU campus (more modern church with slanted acoustic ceiling)
  • Surrounded by youthful and growing community
  • Conveniently located at the junction of Rts. 24 and 495; MBTA commuter rail station nearby
  • Regularly maintained facilities


  • Salary commensurate with qualifications
  • Range competitive with market standards (based upon NPM guidelines)
  • Funerals and weddings are paid in addition to the base salary

Candidates should email cover letter and resume to

Substitute List:

David Baker Email or call 617-367-4260.

Fred Brewer 508 586 9527

Ron Brown 508 226 1565 (All) $125. minimum

Philip Jones E-mail:

David Fedor, MM., Fairhaven, MA
(201)-207-9925 (mobile), (508) 997-0730 (home) (e-mail)
retired and available weekends and weekdays. Significant experience in liturgical traditions.

Merry Foxworth, B.Mus
865 748 7545
 Claire DeCusati 781-582-8722
Bruce 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:

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,
St. Thomas Episcopal, Taunton.

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

Registrar/Membership – Philip Jones (see above)

Treasurer – Jim Moore, 61 Oak Street, Norton MA 02766-1103 508 223 9646
Webmaster -Steven Young (see above)

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



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