Worcester AGO Sub List (last update on January 16, 2021)

One of the services we offer is to maintain a list of chapter members willing to substitute for worship services. All information has been submitted and self-identified by those who have chosen to be included in this roster. The musician-supplied information has not been confirmed by the chapter nor are we able to ensure that the individual is appropriate for any particular situation. We encourage careful consideration and requests for references. This list serves as a referral service only, makes no warranty for skills offered, and is not a legal party to any agreement made between a substitute and anyone contracting for his or her services. Please contact musicians directly to make specific arrangements.

Some members have attained certification of various levels from the American Guild of Organists: SPC (Service Playing Certificate), CAGO (Colleague; equivalent to the playing level for a Bachelor’s degree), AAGO (Associate; equivalent to the playing level for a Master’s degree), FAGO (Fellow; the highest level achievable, equivalent to the playing level for a doctoral degree), ChM (Choir Master)

JANEEN T. BAKER
rexjaneenbaker@gmail.com / 978-464-2661
Availability: Saturday AM & PM, Sunday AM & PM, Weekdays AM & PM (except July through Labor Day)
Capacities: Organ, Piano
Denominations:
Catholic, Protestant
Education:
Master of Music, ChM certification
Experience: 50+years playing professionally
Travel Radius: <25 miles from Princeton

KURT BLOMSTROM
kablomstrom@gmail.com / 508-832-3701
Availability: Saturday AM, Weekdays AM
Capacities:
Organ, Piano, Choir 
Denominations:
Catholic, Protestant
Education:
Bachelor of Arts (Music)
Experience:
Many years liturgical and non-liturgical, traditional and contemporary
Travel Radius:
<25 miles from Auburn

DEBORAH COLAGEO
classicaldeb@gmail.com / 978-870-5806
Availability: Saturdays AM & PM, Sundays AM & PM, Weekdays AM & PM
Capacities:
Organ, Piano, Choir
Denominations:
Lutheran, Episcopal, Congregational, Baptist, Methodist, Fundamental/Independent
Education:
Bachelor’s degree equivalent
Experience:
50 years playing piano, 45 directing choirs, 35 on the organ
Travel Radius:
25 miles from Westminster

RONNA DAVIS
ronnaadavis@hotmail.com
Availability:
Capacities:
Denominations:
Education:
Experience:
35yrs as organist/choir director; 7yrs as organist in the Catholic church
Travel Radius:

ROBIN DINDA
robin@robindinda.com
Availability: (mid-June through late August) Sundays AM & PM, Saturdays AM & PM, Weekdays Am & PM
Capacities:
Organ, Piano, Choir
Denominations:
All
Education:
Doctor of Musical Arts (Organ Performance), FAGO certification
Experience:
40yrs playing in churches; Professor of Humanities at Fitchburg State University; published composer 
Travel Radius:
<40 miles from Fitchburg

KAREN HAYNES DVARECKAS
kh288411@aol.com / 774-239-5739 (leave msg)
Availability: Sundays AM & PM, Saturdays AM & PM, Weekdays AM & PM
Capacities:
Organ, Piano, Guitar, Choir
Denominations:
Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Congregational, Non-Denominational
Education:
Bachelor of Music Education (Anna Maria College), course work at Lowell State College
Experience:
50yrs as pianist; 45yrs as organist/choir director in Worcester-area churches; retired music teacher
Travel Radius:
<25 miles from Rutland

DIANE FRENCH
dafrsf@earthlink.net
Availability:
Capacities:
Denominations:
Education:
Bachelor of Arts
Experience:
Travel Radius:

KARIN J. GUSTAFSON
kjgustafson@verizon.net
Availability:
Capacities:
Denominations:
Education:
Master of Music
Experience:
Travel Radius:

MALCOLM HALLIDAY
rmhallidayjr@gmail.com
Availability: (May-September) Sundays AM & PM, Saturdays AM & PM, Weekdays AM & PM
Capacities: Organ, Piano, Choir, Handbells
Denominations: All (with particular experience in liberal Protestant)
Education: Master of Music (Piano Performance), FAGO certification
Experience: 28yrs as Minister of Music at First Congregational in Shrewsbury; former director, Master Singers of Worcester
Travel Radius: <50 miles from Ashburnham

ALEXANDER G. LANE
alane@brandeis.edu
Availability:
Capacities:
Denominations:
Education:
Doctor of Philosophy
Experience:
Travel Radius:

NATACHA RIST
nristmusic1@gmail.com
Availability:
Capacities:
Organ, Piano, Choir
Denominations:
Education:
Master of Music (Boston University), Diploma in Piano (Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris)
Experience:
Vocal Accompanist; Trained in traditional and suzuki piano methods
Travel Radius:

LOIS Z. TOEPPNER
loistoeppner@gmail.com / 978-376-4036
Availability: Sunday AM (except first of month), Weekdays AM & PM
Capacities:
Organ, Piano, Choir, Handbells
Denominations:
Catholic, Protestant, Nondenominational, Temple
Education:
Master of Music (Boston Conservatory)
Experience:
29yrs as Minister of Music; Former AGO Regional Councillor & National Secretary; Active Substitute 
Travel Radius:
<50 miles from Westborough

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