Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

[last updated August 28, 2015]

Message from the Dean 

It is clear that fall has arrived!  The mornings are crisp and the days are shortening.  But there is no shortage of musical events to help us re-energize.  Please mark your calendars with the dates below and plan to attend one or more events in our region.  It looks to be an exciting concert season with several interesting educational opportunities as well.

Thank you

The Chapter received a thoughtful thank you note from the director and students of the Brooklyn POE which we supported with a donation.  The POE is a great program for young people and will help keep the organ alive.  I hope we can continue to support this worthwhile national endeavor.


Important renewal information from our Regional Councillor:

In case you haven’t renewed your membership – August 31st is the last day of the two-month grace period in which AGO will accept renewal payments for memberships that lapsed on July 1. Members who do not renew by August 31 (and there are still about 3,000 of them) will be considered inactive and will no longer receive TAO or other member benefits. Members can renew now through ONCARD. Members who renew in September will be reinstated with a September 1-August 31 membership year instead of July 1-June 30. To renew online through ONCARD – simply go to, click on the link for ONCARD at the bottom of the homepage (in links) and type in your membership number – found on label of TAO. Join me in supporting organs and our many wonderful colleagues through AGO!

SAVE THE DATE!!!  The Chapter is planning a Columbus Day (October 12) organ crawl on Martha’s Vineyard.  Details forthcoming

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.


October 12, 2015Martha’s Vineyard Columbus Day Organ Crawl (details forthcoming)

November 1, 2015: 3:30 Organ Recital by Matthew Dion performing works of Bach, Boellmann, and others followed by 4:00 p.m. Choral Evensong at St. Thomas Church, 111 High Street, Taunton, MA.  Music by Helvey, Willan, and others.

November 8, 2015:  3:00 p.m.  Matthew Dion performs works of Bach, Boellmann, Langlais, and others at First Baptist Church, 228 North Main Street, Fall River. (Free-will offering)

November 15, 2015: 3:00 p.m.  We will have a recital by chapter member’s playing music specifically designed for the small two-manual organ.  The recital will take place at the First Universalist Church of Assinippi on Rte 53 near the Hanover/Norwell line.  If interested in playing, please contact Merry Foxworth at 865.748.7545.  She will assit with scheduling practice time.  We will also have some new music for sale by Carson Cooman written specifically for smaller instruments. See details below.

November 15, 2015: 4:00 p.m.  Steven Young will perform at the First Congregational Church of Marion as part of their concert series.  Program will feature music of Lubeck, Bach, Bolcom, Cooman, Paine, and others.

November 15, 2015:  St Anthony of Padua, New Bedford presents Peter Krasinski accompanying the Cecil B. DeMille’s silent film “King of Kings.” For more details, see link: MASA.Nov.15.2015 (1)

November 29, 2015: 3:00 p.m.  The Briarwood Ensemble will perform at the First Baptist Church of Avon.  The program entitled Music for a Sacred Space will feature choral works by Henryk Gorecki, Johann Altnickol, Vladimir Martynov, Ola Gjeilo, Jocelyn Hagen, Matthew Culloton, and others.  The program will be repeated on December 6th at 4:00 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Taunton, MA.

December 6, 2015:  4:00 p.m.  Briarwood Ensemble at St. Thomas Church, 111 High Street, Taunton, MA.  Admission:$10.00. (See Nov, 29th listing for concert details)

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.





Music for the Small Organ will be the focus of our November 15th meeting at the First Universalist Church of Assinippi.  The organ is a 7 rank Hook and Hastings and our performers will be focusing on literature, old and new, that is playable and effective on smaller instruments.  Additionally, Cambridge-based composer has provided pre-publication copies of some recent compositions that will be for sale.  Lastly, we will compile a bibliography of suggested pieces that will enhance your repertoire.  We hope this meeting will help educate our members o]about the wealth of possibilities available for typical New England instruments.

Notice of program and concert for Sunday November 15th at 3PM.
A members’ recital demonstrating the organ at:
Universalist Church
484 Washington Street
Norwell (Assinippi), Massachusetts 02061
The program will focus on organ music particularly suitable for smaller organs of limited resources. Volunteers to play are very welcome. The specification is below. You can obtain access for practice via Merry Foxworth 865 748 7545  When you have made your music selection please email me with details.

Hook & Hastings, Opus 1626, 1894

Gr.  8′  Open Diapason        58
Gr.  8′  Dulciana             58
Gr.  4′  Octave               58
SWELL (Expressive)
Sw.  8′  Viola                46
Sw.  8′  Stop’d Diapason      46
Sw.  8′  Unison Bass          12
Sw.  4′  Flute                58

Ped. 16′ SubBass              27

 COUPLERS (Drawknob)
Swell to Pedal               [8]
Great to Pedal               [8]
Sw. to Gr. Unison            [8]
Sw. to Gr. Super 8ve         [4]
Swell Expression          (bal.)


Richard W. Hill has announced his retirement June 30, 2015 as organist and director of music in Unity Church of North Easton. Dick has served Unity Church for the last 38 years. He is now available as a substitute organist and accompanist at 18 Main Street North Easton MA 02356 and 508 238 6081. Dick joined the Brockton Chapter AGO in 1958 and has served this chapter which eventually became the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter for some 57 years.

The Chapter congratulates Dick Hill on his successful career and wished him the very best in this new phase of his musical life.


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

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:

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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