Upcoming October 2017 WorcAGO workshop – organ-choral

Saturday Oct 14 2017 10AM-2PM   Trinity Lutheran

WorcAGO Workshop – All are invited.

RSVP for lunch, Lunch Cost: $10  (vegetarian and gluten-free available, please specify)   (Workshop:  free for any AGO member).  Organ and Choral Music Scores for sale- CHEAP!

Three areas covered:

  • Organ repertoire for accessible service playing for ALL organists
    “Playing pieces everybody will love”  “go-to” favorites for different traditions
    List of vendors will be provided. Door prizes of music randomly given!
    – Marjorie Ness
  • Innovative Choral reading session with repertoire accessible for small church choirs
    – special guest: Rebekah Schulz (cannot find bio on ACDA.org)
  • Addressing creative solutions to a variety of common small choir situations, including smaller music ministries, older voices
    – Mark Mummert


www.WorcAUD.com  –  read all about the 1933 Kimball, brought back to life in 2016;
currently closed per order of Fire Marshal


(with a few not-to-miss neighboring chapter events intermingled) (see bottom of page for 2016)

2017  (scroll down, to see past events in 2016-17)

Saturday May 6  @ 7PM Pipe Organ + 2(!) Pianos    (Co-sponsored by WorcAGO)

40-Fingers Steinway Extravaganza 20th Anniversary Celebration
Members Malcolm Halliday & Will Sherwood join Olga Rogach and James Haupt for a varied and eclectic evening of mixtures of three fine instruments.
Included are two world premiere arrangements.
Part of the 2017 Court Hill Music Festival series.  More info and repertoire and commemorative program book PDF at www.FirstUMusic.com
Tickets: $5


Sunday, May 7 3:00 p.m.  Organ “Plus” concert – Pipe organ with Instruments presented by Members of WorcAGO

First Congregational Church, 1070 Pleasant St, Worcester

Facilitators: Dorothy Frisch and Kurt Blomstrom

A feast for the ears:  Varied, eclectic, sacred, secular.  Organ will be joined by brass, winds, strings and piano.   Organists are Elizabeth Sproul, Deborah Page, Leonardo Ciampa, Lorraine Mihaliak, Kurt Blomstrom, and Scott Yonker.





Friday, May 12 7:00 p.m.  Katelyn Emerson in concert – Young Artist Showcase.

Katelyn Emerson
Part of COURT HILL MUSIC FESTIVAL  —  First Unitarian/Worcester

European Giants from Bach to Widor

Organist Katelyn Emerson, praised for her “great sensitivity” and “exciting artistry” (The American Organist), showcases repertoire from the 14th-21st centuries in performances throughout the United States and Europe. She has performed in numerous esteemed venues, notably including the Hallgrímskirkja (Iceland), Cathédrale Saint-Omer (France), Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Hall (Russia), Cathédrale St-Quentin (Hasselt, Belgium), the Hauptkirche St. Petri (Hamburg, Germany), on the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ of Merrill Auditorium (Portland, ME, U.S.A.), Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.), Reith Recital Hall at Goshen College (IN, U.S.A.), and others.  Tickets: $5


May 15 Monday 7PM   Scholarship Recital and 68th Annual Meeting (6:45), preceded by social time(6PM) with hors d’oeuvres
First Congregational Church, Shrewsbury   Facilitator/Host:  Malcolm Halliday
Organ:  Casavant Frères Ltée. (1958, Opus 2446) 3 manuals. 27 ranks


Sept 11 6PM  Boston: Cathedral Church of St Paul – Alice Parker

Aug 2 Wednesday Noon  Mechanics Hall Organ Concert Series Mark Mummert in concert
Aug 9 Wednesday Noon  Mechanics Hall Organ Concert Series Christian Copeley

Nov 29 Wednesday Noon – All That (Holiday) Jazz – fresh arrangements for the holidays for Jazz Ensemble & Organ


Regional Convention in Montreal – July 2-7, 2017

Get your passports updated!
This regional convention is a special affair because it is being planned jointly with
the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Performers include Roomful of Teeth,
Cherry Rhodes, Nathan Laube, Olivier Latry, and the choir of Kings College
Cambridge which will do evensong each evening of the convention, among many
other notable performers.
Our 2017 regional convention coincides with the Montreal Jazz Festival,
www.montrealjazzfest.com/default-en.aspx, The 150th Anniversary of Canada,
canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1468262573081,and the 375th anniversary of the founding
of Montreal, www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog/montreals-375th-celebrations-
2017/. It is sure to be an exciting week.
Registration is now open at www.Montrealorganfestival.org and the deadline for
early registration is March 2, 2017. Today’s exchange rate is .7573 American
dollars to equal a Canadian dollar, making the member rate before March 2nd
Also find us on Facebook at Montreal Organ Festival. The Festival is the Regional
Convention for the Northeast Region, the National Convention for the RCCO
(Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the CIOC (Canadian International
Organ Competition).


Winter 2017:

Friday, January 6 – 12th Night Social   Host: Sean Redrow

Feb 12 Sunday  4PM   Sat Feb 18 7PM – Mechanics Hall – FREE – Hook Organ with WYO Symphony Orchestra

– A Symphonic Merger: The Organ in Symphonic Repertoire
– Organ & Orchestra arrangements: Tschaikowsky 1812, Elgar Nimrod, Holst Jupiter, Saint-Saens Organ Symphony in C – Will Sherwood, organ;
Organ Solo – Joshua Pak (Mechanics Hall debut)

Feb 25 Sat. –  8:30AM MVAGO MidWinter Jubilee Mini-Convention First Calvary, N Andover

March 18 Saturday  BOSTON  Bach Festival  (all day)

NATALIS: Johann Sebastian Bach Birthday Organ Concert

Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.    (Co-sponsored WorcAGO)     Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester
Worc AGO member Mark Mummert celebrates the 332nd birthday of J. S. Bach with a program of organ works by the master. The program includes the Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C Major, portions of the Orgelbuchlein, and the Great Eighteen Leipzig Chorales, and his ClavierUbung III. Everyone can help blow out the candles on the birthday cake following the program in Jeppson Hall. The program is part of the Music at Trinity series 2016-2017 NOVUS VETERIS: The New Old. The concert is free; and offering will be received.

Friday March 24 7:30PM   TRANSCRIPTIONS, TIENTOS, AND TOURNEMIRE – Assumption Chapel  – Dr. Loreto Aramendi, Organist of Santa Maria Basilica, San Sebastian, Spain
(co-sponsored by WorcAGO)

Sunday April 2  3:00PM –   (Co-sponsored WorcAGO)
Holy Cross Chapel Artists Series
St. Joseph Memorial Chapel at College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester
Cost: Free
Performing: Edoardo Bellotti, Organist    
Details: Professor of Organ, Harpsichord and Improvisation, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY

Saturday, April 8 10AM-noon PPP- Pedals Pipes and Pizza – an introduction to the pipe organ.  Brett Maguire, presenter & host
Wesley United Methodist, 110 Main St, Worcester  Please RSVP  for Free Pizza at noon

Come see, hear, play, and explore the insides of one of Worcester’s great organs. No previous experience with organs is necessary, though we do ask that you have some background in piano playing. A pizza lunch will be provided afterward.

Wednesday April 12 Noon – Mechanics Hall – Leonardo Ciampa, organist
works by: Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Saint-Saens, and the world-premiere of a new composition by Ciampa

Apr 28 Friday 7PM Young Artist Showcase – Mitchell Miller, organist
St. Joseph Church, Worcester     1928 Casavant Op 1239  III/29   http://organweb.com/specs/st-joes-specs.html
Works by Franck, Vierne, Guilmant       Co-sponsored by Worcester AGO

A native of Cincinnati, OH, Mitchell Miller is currently a fifth-year student at the Oberlin College and Conservatory, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music in Organ Performance and a Bachelor’s of Arts in German. He studies organ with James David Christie, harpsichord and continuo with Webb Wiggins, and piano with Jonathan Moyer.

Most recently, Mitchell was a finalist in the 2015 Taylor Organ Competition, being one of only five undergraduate organ majors from the US to be selected for the final round. He has also garnered such honors as first place in the 2013 Quimby Competition for Young Organists, and as a finalist in the 2014 Arthur Poister Competition in Organ Performance.

An active recitalist, Mitchell has performed at notable venues including Church of the Covenant (Cleveland, OH), Church of the Advent (Boston, MA), Calvary Episcopal Church (Cincinnati, OH), St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington, KY), First Congregational Church (Columbus, OH), The Brick Church (New York City, NY), and Musée des Augustins (Toulouse, France).

Fall 2016:


Sat Sept 24 2016 10AM  
(refreshments at 9:30)
Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St, Auburn (over the hill from Holy Cross/I-290)

Clinician: Dr Marjorie Ness

Dr Ness will share her tips on service playing and hymn playing.
This workshop is for ANYONE
who wants to tune up their skills, or get some new perspectives on how to approach “this thing we do each week”

The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who are studying for (or considering)
the AGO Service Playing & Colleague Exams.

Pakachoag’s Dobson tracker is particularly suited for clear hymn playing, and we will be up front and close to the console to get a front row view of the techniques being discussed.
RSVP to reserve your free seat!

Hey – did we mention it is FREE?   Invite your students and piano enthusiasts too.

Service Playing: Looking “under the hood”  –  Inspiring your congregation to SING!

  • What parts of the hymn tune are important to consider in accompanying
  • Improvising Accompaniments & Introductions
  • Implications of the tune;  appropriate styles to use

Hymn Transposing – the Ups and the Downs –

  • The low-hanging fruit – visual tricks for when the transposition key fits a recipe
  • How to practice
  • Shape and structure
  • Understand the basic chords in a hymn tune (for example, harmonic analysis and secondary dominants)
  • Fingering and Feeling: following proper voice leading

August 3
Sean Redrow in concert, Worcester Organ Seires, Mechanics Hall, Wednesday noon

August 10
Brett Maguire in concert, Worcester Organ Seires, Mechanics Hall, Wednesday noon

Aug 21 (Sunday)  12:30-2:30   Preservation Worcester Tours,  Worcester Auditorium 1933 Kimball
with mini-concerts/demos on the half-hour: “Organ Repertoire Greatest Hits”.
Pipe Petting Zoo;  Will Sherwood, organist   www.WorcAUD.com

 September 24 10AM Saturday
Workshop on General Skill Building for Service Playing– addressing the requirements of the Service Playing Certificate and Colleague Exam. Open to ALL, regardless of whether they are interested in exam preparation or just improving their skills.
Location: Pakachoag Church, Auburn   (lots of parking)

October 3 1st Monday Open Console
Blessed Sacrament, Pleasant St, Worcester- soon-to-be refurbished Skinner
Facilitator: Kurt Blomstrom;  Host Person: Becky Noone

Oct 9 Sunday    www.WorcAUD.com   – -> see details on the website for purchasing tickets for chairs  ($5 chair rental fee)
(with Chamber Music Concerts in Memorial Hall at 3PM, 5:30 & 6PM, and tours & organ demos throughout)
Kimball 1933  IV/106 at Worcester Memorial Auditorium

  • 4PM William Ness in Concert
    (Wagner Meistersingers, Bach, etc.)

    [Reception between concerts]
  • 6:30PM Silent Film– Wings Over Worcester   NOTE CORRECT TIME: 6:30PM
    accpd by Peter Krasinski (full-length 2-hour Academy award winning film)  introduced with Veterans HonorGuard

Oct 10 Monday Columbus Day BOSTON Organ Crawl in JP
Oct 10 Monday (mid-morning, time TBD) Organ Crawl:  Mechanics Hall Worcester

Oct 14 Friday     www.WorcAUD.com   – -> see details on the website for purchasing tickets for chairs  ($5 chair rental fee)
(with Chamber Music Concerts in Memorial Hall at 6PM, and tours & organ demos throughout)

Worcester Auditorium 1933 IV/106 Kimball

  • 7PM Organ recital by international artist Peter Richard Conte (Wanamaker Organist) on the mighty Kimball  introduced with HonorGuard    [Reception following]

Oct 22 Saturday 10AM-1:30   BOSTON  PPP in Concord MA

Oct 23 Sunday 3PM MVAGO Workshop with George Bozeman (South Church, Central St, Andover) JS Bach and the Organ

2016  (scroll down for previous events this season)

 Wed Nov 2   7:30PM  Assumption ChapelMarie-Bernadette Dufourcet-Hakim, Professor, Univ of Bordeaux Montaigne  (co-sponsored by WorcAGO)

Friday Nov 11 Organ Crawl in Worc Area, sponsored by Springfield and Berkshire AGO (coordinated by WorcAGO)

[Park at Oak Barrel]
12:30  (optional) Lunch at Oak Barrel 229 Grove St   www.OakBarrelTavernWorcester.com

[Park at First U or Wesley – across the street from each other]
1:30  First Unitarian, 90 Main St  (Aeolian-Skinner)
Organ & Timpani (20 mins), works by Copland, Strauss, Bach, Hymn;  open console. Will Sherwood, host
2:30  Wesley United Methodist, 114 Main St  (Skinner)               Brett Maguire, host

[Park at Holy Cross: Hogan Center, and walk downward to Chapel- see PDF for parking and Chapel relationship]
4:00  College of the Holy Cross, St Joseph’s Chapel, 1 College Street   (Taylor & Boody)              Brett Maguire, host

[Park at Pakachoag, 1 mile down the street from Holy Cross]
5:00  Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St, Auburn  (Dobson)              Trish Snyder, host

Saturday Nov 19 10AM (MVAGO) Tour of CB Fisk shop by David Pike,  Gloucester MA

Nov 30 2016 Wed Noon –Worcester Organ Concert at Mechanics Hall – “All that (Holiday) Jazz” (Hook organ with WPI Big Band; broadcast live on WICN)


Hope you didn’t miss Spring 2016!


May 15 2016 3PM Sunday – WorcAGO Composers’ Concert (WorcAGO members’ compositions) Wesley Methodist, Worcester

May 23, 2016 Monday 6:30PM – Scholarship Recital & Annual Meeting – First Unitarian/Worcester

August 3, 2016 – Sean Redrow in concert, Worcester Organ Seires, Mechanics Hall, Wednesday noon

August 10, 2016 – Brett Maguire in concert, Worcester Organ Seires, Mechanics Hall, Wednesday noon

Hope you didn’t miss last year’s programs

April 6, 2016 noon – Mechanics Hall Organ Series – William Ness, organist


April 10, 2016 3PM Sunday – concert of organ and brass music with WPI Brass & Percussion –– Mechanics Hall – E G & G Hook IV/64 M
$10 tickets at the door or at Mechanics Hall
Free street parking downtown on weekends


April 22 2016 Friday 7PM – Concert by International Artist James Kibbie at Our Lady of the Angels – J W Walker III/46 M


PPPP – Pedals, Pipes, Pizza, and Pumpkins! Oct 24 2015

RSVP to reserve your pizza!