www.WorcAUD.com  –  read all about the 1933 Kimball, brought back to life


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

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

Free concert RESCHEDULED – Saturday Feb 18 7PM 

– 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)

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

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

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     Casavant

Sunday, May 7 3:00 p.m.  Organ “Plus” concert – Pipe organ with Instruments presented by Members of WorcAGO
Village Congregation Church, Whitinville   Facilitators: Dorothy Frisch and Kurt Blomstrom

May 15 Monday 7PM   Scholarship Recital and 68th Annual Meeting (6:45), preceded by social time(6PM) with gourmet hors d’oeuvres
First Congregational Church, Shrewsbury   Facilitator/Host:  Malcolm Halliday

Aug 2 Wednesday Noon  Mechanics Hall Organ Concert Series
Aug 9 Wednesday Noon  Mechanics Hall Organ Concert Series


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).


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!