The Merrimack Valley Chapter welcomes you to our website!

Dean: Silke Maravelis - Sub-Dean: Hugh Hinton

Treasurer: Craig Seamen

Secretary: Jodi Templer

Members at Large: Linda Paulet (2019) Jay Lane (2020) Alice Johnson Hannon (2021)

Newsletter Editor and PR: Alain Bojarski - Scholarships: Denise Ann Shea

Auditor: Shirley MacKenzie - Placement: Norma Reich

Librarian: Barbara Owen

Organ Restoration/History: Bob Reich

Chaplain: Dr. Richard Hughes

Webmaster: David G. Baker

About Our Chapter

We serve the area generally north and east of Boston. We welcome inquiries about chapter membership and programs. Send the webmaster an email by clicking this link.

You can get a copy of our current Swell to Great Newsletter by clicking here.

The "Newsletters" link above has an archive of newsletters from the last few years.

Do you know a young person interested in learning how to play the organ? The Merrimack Chapter has a scholarship program. An application is available by clicking here. For more information, see the announcement below.

You can also click here for a list of chapter members who are available for teaching.

Want to add an event to the calendar? Click here.

Our upcoming programs:

• Sunday March 10, 3-5 pm. See below. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Hampton, NH

• Saturday May 4, 10am - 3pm Organ Crawl in Concord, MA

• Sunday June 2 Member’s Recital - Pinewood Lutheran Church, Burlington, MA

SERVICE PLAYING WORKSHOP: You may obtain a copy of the handout at this link.

You are invited to the next FREE workshop co-sponsored by the AGO Merrimack Valley Chapter and the AGO New Hampshire Chapter. Thank you to the 25 people who had registered to the workshop. Due to the bad weather, it was cancelled and it has been rescheduled to this coming Sunday (Sunday MARCH 17 at 3pm).

The location of this workshop, co-sponsored by the AGO Merrimack Valley Chapter and the AGO New Hampshire Chapter, is the same: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 289 Lafayette Road, Hampton NH 03842.

Directions to the church can be found at

The church has a large parking lot.

If you had registered for the workshop as initially scheduled and plan to attend the March 17 workshop, please sign up again.

If you had not signed up but now plan to attend, please register NOW.

Brett Maguire is a musician, yoga teacher, and rock climber. As an organist, he frequently performs with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood.

He has played in recital at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, and in 2005 he won First Prize and Prize of the Audience in the André Marchal International Organ Competition in Biarritz, France.

Brett has been practicing yoga since 2006.

He is a Kripalu-certified yoga instructor and maintains a Mysore-style Ashtanga practice in Brookline, MA. A traditional rock climber, Brett has climbed in Joshua Tree, CA; Red Rocks, NV; and Indian Creek, UT, in addition to the many excellent cliffs scattered throughout New England.

He is presently Director of Music at Hadwen Park UCC in Worcester and is the accompanist for the Assumption College Chorale.

The workshop will be followed by a social time with goodies and beverages.

Feel free to invite your friends and colleagues, even if not members of the AGO, to this free workshop.

Directions to the church can be found at

The church has a large parking lot.

Since the number of attendees is limited due the size of the organ loft, please register now by sending an email or calling/texting to Alain Bojarski ( - C: 978-394-2494)

The Merrimack Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (MVAGO) has established a Scholarship Fund to encourage the next generation of organists. We award scholarships annually to pre-college students who wish to attend a special course, convention, seminar, or summer music camp relating to the organ. We are now accepting applications for our 2019 scholarship awards. Students need not reside in the Merrimack Valley area, but we ask that all applicants have a MVAGO member who will serve as their sponsor. Preference will be given to organ students or students who are active in church music programs, particularly any who are desirous of attending an AGO-sponsored Pipe Organ Encounter or a Regional AGO Convention.

An applicaiton is available at this link. Completed applications should be sent to Denise Ann Shea, Scholarship Chair, preferably by email ( If you wish to send a paper application, please address it to Denise Ann Shea, 1 Kenwood Road, Peabody, MA 01960. Applications are due April 15, 2019. If you have questions about sponsorship or any other aspect of the scholarship, please direct them to Denise Ann Shea via email. We request that scholarship recipients write a short article for the MVAGO newsletter, detailing their use of the scholarship and the ways it aided their musical growth. We also invite recipients to play in the following years MVAGO member recital.