Welcome to our website!
We serve the area more or less north and west
of Boston, MA.
Treasurer: Randy Steere (2021 - 2023)
Secretary: Cyndi Bliss (2021 - 2023)
Members at Large: Abby Schoppe (2024);
Newsletter Editor and PR: Raymond Hawkins
Scholarships: Denise Ann Shea
Auditor: Shirley MacKenzie
Placement: Cynthia Arsenault
Librarian: Barbara Owen
Organ Restoration/History: Bob Reich
Chaplain: Dr. Richard Hughes
Webmaster: David G. Baker
(Click on the names above to email that person.)
About the American Guild of Organists
The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.
The vision of the American Guild of Organists is to engage, support, and uplift every organist. For more information, visit the National Office website.
For a list of the National Officers and Councillors, click here to go to that page on the National website.
For a copy of our current Swell to Great newsletter, click here.
Interested in knowing about organs in our area? Here are links for pages in this site for organs in Lawrence and Lowell; click on the links above. The Boston Chapter also has a page for Boston organs.
------------------------MVAGO PROGRAMS 2022-2023October 16th, 3pm - tour of the CB Fisk Organ Workshop, 21 Kondelin Rd, Gloucester. Tour will be led by Carl Klein, who makes many of the reeds and does both shop voicing and tonal finishing. After, for those interested, we will have an early dinner at The Causeway Restaurant (thecausewayrestaurant.com), known for their fresh seafood, hearty pastas, and large portions.November 12th starting at 10 am. at BAGO's Organ Library at Boston University 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Rm. B2B, will be an event honoring Barbara Owen. Barbara recently released a book, Pioneers in American Organ Music which was reviewed in the latest TAO. "Pioneers in American Organ Music is a joy to read....and deserves a place in every organist's library" (The American Organist, September 2022, pp. 74-75). Scot Huntington will speak, and attendees will have a chance to tour the BAGO Organ Library. MVAGO is co-sponsoring this program, which is honoring one of our own members, and a true Grande Dame of the organ world - Barbara. The BAGO Organ Library is a hidden gem, and its curator, Carl Klein (see 10/16 program), will also give a brief tour. Parking and carpool options can be discussed in the October newsletter.January 8th, 5 pm - the return of "in person" 12th Night at Maggie Marshall's home in Chelmsford. Save the date, and look for details in the December newsletter.February 25 - our annual Mini-Convention! We will have a slightly different format, with all programs in the morning, followed by lunch. There will be multiple offerings to choose from, with several geared toward pianists becoming organists. Look for details in the coming months; we have something for everyone!March and April – we have several good irons in the fire, but cannot commit quite yet.
May 21 - time TBA: annual Member's Recital at the First Religious Society UU in Newburyport, once home to our own organ stars, Barbara Owen and Jay Lane.
June - time TBA - annual meeting on Zoom.