The Merrimack Valley Chapter

welcomes you to our website!

Dean: Hugh Hinton - Sub-Dean: Jay Lane

Treasurer: Craig Seaman

Secretary: Jodi Templer

Members at Large: Alice Johnson Hannon (2021); Cynthia Arsenault (2022); and Raymond Hawkins (2023)

Newsletter Editor and PR: Alain Bojarski - 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 his name to email the Webmaster)

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.

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.

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Due to the current public health emergency, all chapter events will be conducted virtually, probably via Zoom. Contact the webmaster (above) for information. Members will receive email instructions at the appropriate times.

Please stay safe.

Next Chapter Event: Monday November 23, at 7pm

A Guided Tour of the Organ at St. Anne's

Join us online as organist Jay Lane and organ builder William Catanesye give a guided tour of the newly expanded Casavant organ at St. Anne’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln. The program will be held on Zoom, Monday November 23rd at 7:00, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session and social time.

The organ at St. Anne’s has undergone quite a transformation! It began as a very modest two-manual instrument, part of a series of “stock” instruments Casavant built in the 1980s. Having one reed, one 16’ stop in the pedal, and a very screechy mixture, it was marginal at best. An expansion by Casavant in 2002 added three ranks in the chancel, and replaced the 8’ Chalmeau with a very aggressive 8’ trumpet, but still the organ lacked a great deal; it was serviceable for hymns, inadequate for choral accompaniment, and very limited indeed for any kind of recital playing. Then in 2016, William Catanesye made a proposal to expand the organ substantially, while still staying within a moderate budget.

This ambitious project, William’s first on this scale, has become a great success! Jay and William will demonstrate all the many improvements—and you are all invited to come and play at a later date, when we can meet together again safely

Jay Lane, Sub-Dean

The organ before and after -

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Some events are live-streaming. Click the link below to find out about them.

MVAGO Calendar

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Do you know a young person interested in learning how to play the organ?

The Merrimack Valley Chapter has a scholarship program. An application is available by clicking here.

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