A major focus of WorcAGO is that of education and skill improvement of our members through workshops, information, and concerts.

See details about our scholarship program at Scholarships.

Here is a partial listing of Worcester AGO members who offer lessons:

Janeen T. Baker  MM/ChM
Instructor in piano, children to adults
Two locations: Pakachoag Community Music School in Auburn, 508/791-8159,
and in Princeton at 978/464-2661.

Jonathan Bezdegian  DMA
19 Cutler Road Paxton, MA 01612-1423
jonathan.bezdegian@gmail.com
hm: 508-612-8957

Mark Mummert  MMus
Cantor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester
Instructor of Organ and Choral Conducting
mmummert@trinityworc.org
713-256-5980

Marjorie Ness  DMA
Contact: marjorieness@aol.com
978-368-2416

William Ness  MM
Worcester & Hartford areas
wjness@gmail.com
978-365-2416 home

Robert S. Potterton III  MSM/STM
Instruction in piano, organ, and improvisation
music@christchurchfitchburg.org / 860-729-7626

Will Sherwood  AAGO/ChM 
Coaching in Service Playing & Improvisation
First Unitarian Church
90 Main St, Worcester
wsherwood@firstunitarian.com

Lois Toeppner  MM
508-366-0509; 978-443-8350; toeppner4@charter.net
4 Wessonville Village Way, Westborough, MA 01581
Organist – St. John Ev. Lutheran, Sudbury, MA 01776

The Education page of the AGO National website contains information on how to go about preparing for and taking the Professional Certification Exams. Click on the link above, then click on “Certification Chart” on the national website menu to view the requirements for each level. The exam schedule for 2011 appears below.

The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. Through the Professional Certification Committee the Guild offers the following certificates:

Service Playing Certificate (SPC)
Colleague (CAGO)
Choir Master (ChM)
Associateship (AAGO)
Fellowship (FAGO)

To obtain detailed requirements for each examination, please visit National Headquarters Certification web page for excellent information.


Performance Competitions

The AGO sponsors the following competitions. Please click through for further information:

National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance
Regional Competitions for Young Organists
RCYO Rules and locations
National Competition in Organ Improvisation

Below are resources and references for conveying the joy and excitement of pipe organs to all ages.

A Young Person’s Guide to the Pipe Organ – Soderlund/Fischer:   Web    Original PDF Book Scan

A Young Person’s Guide to the Pipe Organ – Randolph Currie: A score for narrator and organ performance to introduce the pipe organ and its range of sounds.

AGOHQ Resources for Outreach to New Organists