Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

[last updated November 17, 2014]

Message from the Dean 

Choral Evensong at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Taunton, MA

On Sunday, May 24th, St. Thomas Church will host a choral Evensong directed by Philip Jones.  The program begins at 4:00 p.m.  Interested singers are asked to be at the church at 2:00 p.m. for a rehearsal.  Come sing and hear music to close the Easter Season at this Pentecost celebration.

Chapter Leadership

We 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Briarwood Ensemble performs “What’s in a Name?” at St. Joseph Church, Fall River

The twenty-two voice a capella ensemble, directed by Steven Young, will perform a free concert at St.Joseph Church, 1335 North Main  Street, Fall River, MA beginning at 7:30 p.m.   Musical highlights include works by Heinrich Biebl, John Tavener, and Eric Whatiacre’s masterpiece, Leonardo dreams of his flying machine.  All are invited to this wonderful event.

 

If you have an event you would like posted, please email Steven Young : s1young@bridgew.edu

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Newsletter

  POE in Brooklyn this summer.  

Interested students should follow this link to get details about the exciting summer opportunity in New York with teachers like Renee Louprette, David Hurd, and Christopher Houlihan.  The program is so popular, that students are now being wait-listed.  The link below provides information about other POEs across the USA.

 

https://www.agohq.org/education/poe/poe/

 

 

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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Membership

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 Philip Jones at pjones345@comcast.net for membership form.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-$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 tracy@saintgerard.org  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

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

Philip Jones E-mail: pjones345@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 shostetter85@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 St. Thomas Episcopal, Taunton.

Sub-Dean -Philip Jones FRCO 508 583 3022 pjones345@comcast.net 127 Tilton Avenue, Brockton, MA 02301-3029

Treasurer/Registrar/Membership – Jim Moore 508 223 9646 61 Oak Street, Norton MA 02766-1103 jimm88@comcast.net

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

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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