RSVP (reserve now and pay at the dinner) for Oct 26 Dinner Buffet at Viva Bene Worcester, after the 150th Anniversary Concert at Mechanics Hall

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Check for the latest happenings at AGO Boston at

http://worcesterago.org/boston/

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

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IT’S TIME to RENEW!

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
here!

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

 

THE YEAR OF THE WORCESTER ORGAN in MECHANICS HALL- UPCOMING CONCERTS in 2014

 

August 6: 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
Free

December 17: 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.

 


FEATURED CONCERTS IN 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

Free

 

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