Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter

[last updated May 23rd, 2016]

Message from the new webmaster:  


My name is Matthew Dion and I am being installed as the new webmaster, director of publicity, and member at large on the chapter board this coming June. Thank you for taking the time to visit our AGO page.

We as a chapter are in the final stage of building our new website which we expect to go live within the next week or so. The link will be posted here and eventually this page will be taken down. In the meantime please take a look at our newly created Facebook page and also our news bulletin on our chapter election/installation to be held on June 12th.

Thanks Again!

Matthew Dion,

Webmaster/Director of Publicity/Member at Large



On June 12th 2016 at 4pm our chapter will be holding our annual meeting, installation of new chapter officers, worship, and reception.

Please RSVP to Cheryl Duerr by June 6th if you plan to attend:

We hope to see you as out chapter leadership changes hands and enters another phase of its life.



Thomas Sargent is the Parish Music Director and Organist at St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford. He retired in 2000 from the  Providence, RI school Department as Music Director at Classical High School. His formal education includes the degrees: Bachelor of Church Music from Boston University, Master of Music Education from the University of Lowell, and the Choir Master certificate from the American Guild of Organists. He also has post graduate credits from Brown University and Providence College.

Dennis E. Ferguson received a Master of Music degree with studies in choral conducting and organ at the University of Memphis and did some additional studies in Oxford, England and Lausanne, Switzerland.  In May of 2014 he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. He is currently a music teacher for Worcester Public Schools, conducts Prolatio Singers of Franklin, MA and serves as music director for Murray Unitarian-Universalist Church in Attleboro, MA.

Bernadette Nadeau is the Music Director at the Old Ship Church in Hingham. You might be amused to know that the first time I ever saw someone play the organ, my first thought was, “How awkward, who would ever want to play such a thing in public?” The absurdity did not escape me when I eventually declared the organ as my primary instrument. Over the last 30 and some odd years, I have played at least once for almost every major U. S. denomination. I have served as Music Director at Catholic, Episcopal and Unitarian/Universalist parishes. This will be my first experience in a leadership position for the AGO. I look forward to getting to know many new people and working on issues of importance to all of us.

Dr. Steven Young is Professor of Music at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA, where he teaches courses in music theory, music history and choral techniques. He also serves as the Director of Choral Activities, conducting the college’s two choral ensembles. He earned degrees in organ performance from Barrington College and New England Conservatory of Music as well as his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. He is the organist and music director at the Espicopal Church of St. Thomas in Taunton, MA. Dr. Young has performed throughout the United States and Europe as an organ soloist and accompanist. Dr. Young formerly served the chapter as Dean and is also very active in ACDA.

Newsletter Editor
Donna M. Costa, South Easton, MA, retired in 2011 as a diaconal minister in the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church. Over a 30 year period, she had served in urban ministries, as assistant editor of the conference newspaper, and in social services.
Donna began organ studies with Philip Jones in 2009, after a break of 50 years from music lessons! She has enjoyed attending chapter events and the Boston 2014 AGO Convention, helping with the POE, and getting to know area organists. Now a member of Christ Congregational Church, UCC, in Brockton, Donna currently serves there as chair of the Organ Completion Committee.

Webmaster/Director of Publicity/Member at Large

Matthew Dion is an Organist, Pianist, and Baritone from Somerset Massachusetts. He is a junior at Somerset Berkley Regional High School where he is the resident accompanist for the choirs as well as president of the drama department. In addition to music at the high school, Matthew is also the president/treasurer of the video club.  Outside of school, Matt has studied organ with Madeline Grace and Piano with Erik Thompson. He currently studies organ with Dr. Steven Young, AAGO. Matthew is a 2015-16 recipient of the YOI (Young Organists Initiative) Scholarship from the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Matthew serves as organist and cantor at Saint Louis DeFrance Church in Swansea MA. His other interests include driving, traveling, hanging out with friends, audio/music/video production, and eating at various restaurants.


Special Thanks!

Chapter Board:

We thank the following who have served on our chapter board for many years who’s term ends in June 2016:

Dean – Dr. Steven Young, AAGO

Sub-Dean/Registrar/Membership- Philip Jones, FRCO

Treasurer – Jim Moore

Education Coordinator – Fred Brewer