Executive Committee, 2018-2020
Mark Mummert (Dean) is Cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester and Artistic Director of the professional chamber choir Diamonds From The Dust. Prior to moving to Worcester in 2016, he was the Distinguished Visiting Cantor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (2015) and Director of Worship at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas. Mark has served on the board of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and the advisory council of the Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University. Mark has been an active member of the York (PA), Philadelphia, and Houston chapters of the AGO, having served as the deputy for workshops for the recent national convention in Houston. Mark is also a composer of Christian ritual music, with his many works included in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006) and worship publications of Augsburg Fortress Publishers. Mark also sings with CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) and with the Schola Cantorum of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Worcester.
Lois Toeppner (Sub-Dean) brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having served as Region I Councillor from 2000-2006 and AGO national secretary from 2008-2014, in addition to chairing the 1981 Region V (Milwaukee) and 1999 Region I (Worcester) conventions. She was and remains an advocate for moving the AGO into a new age of technology, and was a driving force behind the organization’s updated website with online dues collection and the establishment of a marketing committee. As a dual member with the Boston chapter, she served on the committee which established the Organ Library at Boston University, and from 2007-2008 served on the national PN & PR committee which hosted many concerts nationwide in the Year of the Organ. Lois was Minister of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sudbury for 29 years, and is currently in demand as a substitute organist throughout Central Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from The Boston Conservatory (2006), and is a rostered Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
David Moulton (Secretary) has served for nearly twenty years as Organist, Pianist, Cantor, Choir Director, and Director of Music in religious communities throughout Central Massachusetts. Though mostly self-taught at the organ and piano, his education and training have included private study with vocal instructors in Massachusetts and New York, as well as coursework at Ithaca College School of Music, and Framingham State University, where he was later appointed as Visiting Lecturer to direct the university’s choral program in 2001 and 2002. David has been an active voting member of the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists since 2005; he served two consecutive terms as Secretary from 2008 to 2012, and during this time, he also fulfilled the Chapter’s need for a Newsletter Editor. Today, in addition to his full-time work as a piano tuner and technician, David holds concurrent appointments as Minister of Music (Organist & Choir Director) at the First Baptist Church of Gardner, and as Assistant Cathedral Organist at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Worcester.
Juan Mesa (Treasurer) holds degrees in organ performance from Western Connecticut State University (BM) and Indiana University (MM). His teachers include Stephen Roberts, Christopher Young (performance), Todd Wilson and Jeffrey Smith (improvisation), and Elisabeth Wright (harpsichord & continuo playing). Juan has performed as a soloist across the US and South America, and has frequently collaborated with ensembles as a continuo player and accompanist. Recent engagements include concerts with the New England-based MYRIAM early music ensemble, and concert tours with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir. An RCYO laureate, Juan has performed at regional and national AGO conventions, and was most recently a semi-finalist in the 2018 national competition in organ improvisation (NCOI) in Montreal. As a conductor, he has led historically-informed performances of baroque and early classical choral repertoire, including all-Bach and all-Buxtehude marathons. Juan lives in Hudson, MA with his wife Michela and their dog Budo, and in his free time he enjoys flying his favorite airplane, the mighty Piper PA-28 Warrior.
Leonardo Ciampa (Member-at-Large/Registrar) is the founding director of the Arts MetroWest (since 2012) and Honorary Music Director (Maestro di Cappella Onorario) of the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo in Gubbio, Italy (since 2015). Till recently he was artistic director of organ concerts at MIT (2009-2016). As an organ recitalist, Ciampa has made a dozen European tours encompassing Italy, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. He is particularly admired in Italy, where he has played in numerous international festivals (Festival Perosiano, Festival Biellese, Organi Storici della Valsesia, Le Voci della Città, Festival Organistico Lauretano, Reate Festival, etc.). Ciampa’s compositions include Suite Siciliana, Op. 145 (for two violins, piano and orchestra), commissioned by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston to open their 25th anniversary season at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre; The Annunciation, Op. 203 (cantata for chorus, soloists, and strings); the Kresge Organ Symphony, commissioned by MIT and premiered in Kresge Auditorium; a piano quintet (premiered by the Lavazza Chamber Ensemble); and Missa Pamphyliana, premiered at the Basilica di Sant’Ubaldo in Gubbio by the Cantores Beati Ubaldi (Renzo Menichetti, conductor).
Robert Potterton III (Member-at-Large/Webmaster) has been a professional church musician for nearly twenty years, most recently as Organist & Choirmaster at historic Christ Church (Episcopal) in Fitchburg since 2015. A Connecticut native, he was brought up in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, holding positions at several parishes there and in New York through high school and college. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition & Organ Performance at Houghton College (NY), where he studied with Judy Congdon, and Master of Sacred Music & Master of Sacred Theology degrees at Boston University, where he studied with Peter Sykes. From 2008-2015, he was Director of Worship & the Arts at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Dedham, during which time he also served as one of the youngest chapter deans in the history of the AGO. Robert resides in Spencer with his wife Carissa, a computer programmer and professional photographer, and their children: Adam and Kimberly.
Deborah Colageo (Member-at-Large) has performed in many venues, including public and private schools, community centers, and churches in both Maine and Massachusetts. She previously held positions with First Congregational Church in Holden, the Greater Gardner Community Choir, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Westminster, and Hope Lutheran Church in Bangor, ME. Her teachers have included Olga Rogach, Jane Shivick, Nadine Shank, William Ness, and Mark Mummert. She currently serves as Organist & Director of Music at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fitchburg and Collaborative Pianist for Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, in addition to teaching piano and voice lessons in her hometown of Leominster since 2001. Deborah has been a member of the AGO since 2014 and the Association of Lutheran Musicians since 2016.
Kiel Krommer (Member-at-Large) became music director at First Church of Monson, MA in September of 2018. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. He previously was church organist and music director for three churches throughout Southern Worcester County. Kiel started studying piano at seven and organ at thirteen. While at Anna Maria, he studied organ with Ian Watson. After college, he was an organ student of William Ness.
Elizabeth “Bess” Sproul (Member-at-Large) received a Bachelor’s degree in choral music education from the University of Michigan, where she studied organ with Henry Tysinger. She received a Masters in Music Ed from the Ohio State University, where she took courses in church music from Wilbur Held. She taught music in public schools in several states, and conducted a community chorus in York, Maine. She served as Director of Music Ministries at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Camillus, NY, and studied organ for several years with Will Headlee, retired head of the organ department at Syracuse University. From 2011- 2018 she served as Director of Music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Westborough, MA. Recently retired, she enjoys being with her grandchildren, and traveling with her husband, a retired Lutheran pastor.
Chapter Liaisons & Appointees
Richard Jones, Chaplain
Will Sherwood, Liaison to Mechanics Hall & Holy Cross Organ Library
Marjorie Ness, Scholarship Program
Leonardo Ciampa, Placements/Substitutes/Calendar