WorcAGO PROGRAM YEAR, Spring-Winter 2015

January 4 Twelfth Night Party

Private Residence   –   Huge Success and lots of fun!

February 6 (13 snow) Friday 7:00 p.m. Hymn Festival with Organ Preludes

St. Peter’s Church, 931 Main Street, Worcester (across from Clark University). This ecumenical event will feature WorcAGO organists performing and leading the congregational hymns. Free will offering. Snow date 2/13/15.

Composers: Franklin Ashdown (SLANE), Aaron David Miller (FINLANDIA), David N. Johnson (WONDROUS LOVE), Robert Hobby (ST. COLUMBA),  our own Dorothy Frisch (AR HYD Y NOS), Wilbur Held (FOUNDATION), Samuel Walter (LAUDA ANIMA), Janet Linker (HERE I AM, LORD). GET SOME GOOD IDEAS FOR YOUR OWN SERVICE MUSIC!

Come lift your voices and spirits in a beautiful setting with the
III/53 Casavant Frères Ltée., Opus 2938, 1967 (Stoplist).

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM    String Quartet “plus” concert  Shrewsbury Congregational on the Common

Chamber music for strings with three different keyboard instruments, including Schumann’s celebrated Piano Quintet in E flat major, the Rheinberger Suite for violin, cello and organ, op. 149, and the world premiere of Fitchburg composer Robin Dinda’s Organ Concertino #1 with the J. W. Walker Box organ.

March 14 (no snow) 10AM Workshops: Practical Ideas for Hymn Playing/Leading and  1PM Choir Directing for Church Musicians

Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester

Lunch, open console, music sale fundraiser

April 15  Noontime Brown Bag Worcester Organ Concert,  Peter Krasinski, organ

Celebrate the Hook organ in classic repertoire, along with a Silent Film accompanied by Peter.

Mechanics Hall, Worcester

April  17  Humanarts Organ Recital Friday 7:30PM  -  Ezequiel Menendez(Hartford), organist

Assumption College Chapel

April  24 Young Artists Showcase:  Jonathan Wessler, organist Friday, 7PM

Innovative Transcriptions and Works by Ludwig van Beethoven (Leonore 3),

Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Alexandre Guilmant.

First Unitarian Church, Worcester

May 15 William Ness, organist 7:15PM
First Baptist Church, Worcester

May 18 Scholarship Recipients’ Recital and Annual Meeting 6:30PM (Catered Dinner adjacent)

Bolton Federated Church, Rev. Mr. Richard Jones, host

June 5   Young Artists Showcase:  Nicholas Capozzoli, organist Friday, 7PM

First Unitarian Church, Worcester


Revisit last summer’s BOS convention


Our own Peter Krasinski demonstrates at Old South

Congratulations to WorcAGO, winner of 2013-14 National Creative Programming Contest!

See our winning year’s events at http://worcesterago.org/membership/2013-14-pgms.php



WorcAGO is using the national AGO “ONCARD” system for renewing member dues for the membership year beginning July 1 2014

To access ONCARD you will need to login. Your username is your first initial plus your last name. Your password is your AGO membership ID, which can be found on the TAO label, just to the left of your membership expiration date. After your initial login you can use the Username & Password Change feature in ONCARD to change both.
Pay your member dues

Membership in the Guild comes with many benefits, including the following:

  • Annual subscription to the american organist
  • Educational activities including chapter programs and national and regional Conventions
  • Professional development services including access to our online job board
  • Certification program
  • Discounts on AGO conventions and publications
  • Access to high-quality, competively-priced insurance plans




August 6 2014: Worcester Organ Concert, Young Artist: Alexander Pattavina, Noon, FreeAugust 13: Worcester Organ Concert, Young Artist: Grant Wareham, Noon, Free

September 21: Internationally Renowned Organist Hector Olivera, presented by Worcester AGO
funded in part by a grant from the Intel Foundation

October 26: 3 PM Worcester Organ Re-Dedication Concert, Worcester AGO and Mechanics Hall
including an improvisation by Peter Krasinski

December 17 2014: Worcester Organ/ Holiday Music Concert, Noon, Free


The year ahead: 2014-2015 Programs/Events

Below are some ideas being considered for events/activities for the upcoming program year.  Please let us know your druthers.

  • Continue First Thursday Lunches, First Monday Open Console events (both starting 10/14)
  • Annual Meeting and Scholarship Recital (May 2015)
  • Co-sponsored concerts with local venues (Mechanics Hall, First Bapt, Trinity, Assumption, etc.)
  • September21 7PM Major Program: Hector Olivera at Mechanics Hall – Organ Day in Worcester (Holy Cross at 3PM) – Local restaurant dinner discounts
  • Practical Tips Choral and Hymn Playing/Leading Workshop (3/15)
  • Hymn-based Members Recital  (2/15)
  • Twelfth Night: The Holly and the Ivories (1/15)

Scholarship Fund Donation Appeal

Celebrating 25 years, the WorcAGO Scholarship Program is one of the hallmarks of our chapter.  It’s an important part of our Mission, to provide not only educational programming throughout the year, but also financial support for training of member organists who are taking lessons from member teachers.  Our program has had over 100 student awards in its history, and many years have featured a recital by scholarship recipients to demonstrate their progress.

See our alumni list at www.worcesterago.org/about-ago/scholarships/ and what they’re up to these days!

A great example is that of Brett Maguire – a 1995 scholarship recipient – who had gone on to be an organ scholar at Holy Cross, received his masters at Oberlin, and won first prize as well as audience prize in the 2006 Marchal International Organ Competition in France. He has held several organist/director positions in churches since, and is currently at Wesley United Methodist in Worcester.

Our coffers are meager. We would like to be able to support more students with a larger stipend than our current balance will allow.  The next funding period is Spring 2014, and now is a perfect time for you to help us ensure the longevity of the fund (and help your tax deductions!).  People have commented about the future of organs and organists, now is the time you can take action!

If 25 people donated $25 each, we could add another student for 2014.




March 7: Worcester Chorus performs Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle “Little Mass,” presented by Music Worcester.  Malcolm Halliday, organist (with solo organ works by Mendelssohn and others)


March 30: The Peacemakers—Karl Jenkins’ musical celebration of peace for choir, organ and orchestra. Master Singers of Worcester has gathered a massed choir and support of the Worcester Chapter AGO and Mechanics Hall to present this major choral work.
Directors and organists: Malcolm Halliday & Will Sherwood; joined by WPI Brass & Orchestra


March 31: Mechanics Hall Concerts for Kids, Introduction to American Composers, Free


April 9: Worcester Organ Concert, Peter Stolzfus Berton, Noon, Free


May 4:  3pm Worcester AGO Composers’ Concert, Free
Robin Dinda, Lucia Clemente Falco, Malcolm Halliday, Kevin F. Murphy, Dorothy VanAndel Frisch,

Peter Krasinski, and Scott Michael Olson


August 6: Worcester Organ Concert, Young Artist: Alexander Pattavina, Noon, Free


August 13: Worcester Organ Concert, Young Artist: Grant Wareham, Noon, Free


September 21: Internationally Renowned Organist Hector Olivera, presented by Worcester AGO
funded in part by a grant from the Intel Foundation


October 26: Worcester Organ Re-Dedication Concert, Worcester AGO and Mechanics Hall
including a silent film accompaniment by Peter Krasinski



December 17: Worcester Organ/ Holiday Music Concert, Noon, Free