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:

You are invited to attend an organ crawl in Concord, MA on May 4th from 10am to 3pm.

During the day, you will have the opportunity to play four organs spanning 150 years, from a Stevens organ built c. 1869 to a recently installed new organ by Noack. Bring your organ shoes and music, be prepared to play these organs if you wish or listen to your colleagues. It is also maybe the opportunity to listen to some pieces you are not familiar with.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

10:00am - Meeting at Memorial Chapel, Middlesex School, 1400 Lowell Road, Concord - organ: Noack Op. 140 - Our host will be Jim Barkovic

11:15 am - West Concord Union Church, 1317 Main Street, West Concord - organ: Stevens c. 1869 - Our host will be Jim Barkovic

12:30pm - Lunch at Trinity Episcopal Church (see lunch details below!), 81 Elm Street, Concord - Our host will be Robert Barney. Lunch will be a selection of sandwiches and cookies, with beverages. A $5 participation for the cost of the lunch will be collected at lunch time. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you prefer - that's fine.

After lunch, demonstration of the S.L. Huntington organ, a 4 rank positive organ

2:00pm - Trinity Congregational Church (TriCon as known in Concord), 54 Walden Street, Concord - organ: Noack Op.159, installed in 2016 - Our host will be Vicki Wagner

3:00pm - end of the organ crawl

If your schedule doesn't allow you to attend the whole organ crawl, you are still welcome to attend a part of it. Just let us know.

If you plan to attend the organ crawl, please register by email to alain.bojarski@comcast.net or call/text to 978-394-2494, by Thursday May 2nd at the latest.

When registering please let us know:

  • if you will attend the whole organ crawl or only a part of it/which part
  • if you want the lunch ($5)
  • your cellphone number, so we can communicate with you in case of a last minute change (or cancellation)

If you have any question, please feel free to ask.

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

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 application is available at this link. Completed applications should be sent to Denise Ann Shea, Scholarship Chair, preferably by email (dashea@aol.com). 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.