Dear MVAGO member,

There are 3 positions open for elections: Dean, Sub-Dean, and One member-at-large for 3 years

The election process will take place in April through an electronic ballot and a paper ballot for the MVAGO members who received only the paper issue of the newsletter.

Below is the list of the candidates proposed by the Executive Committee and the positions for which they run.

However, at this point of time, any MVAGO member can declare his/her candidacy for any of these positions. So,  if you wish to run, please let Jodi Templer, MVAGO Secretary,  know before the end of March.

Alain Bojarski

Abbey Siegfried, Candidate for the office of Dean: Described by Gramophone Magazine as playing with “bountiful refinement, virtuosity and gusto,” Dr. Abbey Hallberg Siegfried is a dynamic solo concert artist, chamber musician, teacher and church musician. Siegfried serves on the Music Faculty and as School Organist at Phillips Academy (AndovDer, MA), where she teaches organ and harpsichord, directs the Academy Chorus and the Handbell Choir and coordinates all music for the Chapel. She also teaches in the classroom and is the music director for the school’s musicals. Siegfried received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in organ performance from the University of Washington in Seattle. She also holds bachelor degrees in Organ and German from the University of Iowa and has done advanced studies at the Conservatory of Music in Freiburg, Germany.

Silke Maravelis, Candidate for the Office of Sub-Dean, has been an organist and participating member of the AGO for the past thirteen years. Having recently transferred from Orange County, California, she is thrilled to join and participate in the Merrimack Chapter. She holds a BM in organ performance from California State University Fullerton, taught a successful piano studio, and has played for numerous Christian denominations including but not limited to Catholic, Lutheran, Christian Science and Presbyterian churches. She currently serves as organist at First Parish U.U. Church in Billerica. When not working on music Ms. Maravelis enjoys reading, gardening with her husband, and cooking Greek food.

Two Candidates for one position as Member-At-Large for Three Years:

Linda Paulet 
began piano lessons at age 5, flute lessons at the age of 10 and organ lessons while at Capital University where she graduated with a BA in Theology. She has been organist at the Groveland Congregational Church since 1974. During that time she served as the Cherub Choir and Junior Choir director for 15 years and Senior Choir director for 13 years. She is currently the Organist/Music Director of the Music Ministry of the Groveland Congregational Church. She is a member of the AGO and obtained her Service Playing Certificate in 2003. She is also a member of the Choristers Guild and a member of the Newburyport Choral Society.

Peter Dabos:
  I have been taking weekly organ lessons from Robert Barney at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts, for about one year and two months now. I am very happy with the progress that I have made in learning the instrument. I also play violin, viola, and piano, and I sing the tenor part in the choir at Trinity Episcopal Church. I have many years of experience in church music, as a volunteer and occasionally as a paid musician for weddings and special events. I have played violin and viola in the Concord Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, and other groups. I also have experience playing in chamber music ensembles, plus experience singing in choirs at both amateur and professional levels.