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.
Our upcoming programs:
• Sunday November 11, 3-5 pm Workshop with Eric Bermani: “On Service Playing and Conducting from the Keyboard” Church of the Good Shepherd, Reading, MA. (see below)
• December No Program
• Sunday January 6, 5 PM 12th Night Celebration: Maggie Marshall's Home in Chelmsford, MA
• Saturday February 23, 8:30 AM Mini-Convention: First- Calvary Baptist Church North Andover, MA
• Sunday March 10, 3-5 pm Christa Rakich: Yoga and Practicing: 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
Next Event: November 11, 2018 – 3:00 pm
You are invited to attend the next workshop organized by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the AGO (MVAGO) on Sunday November 11 at 3pm.
Eric Bermani is Director of Music for the Diocese of Manchester, and Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Manchester. He will present a workshop on "Service Playing and Conducting from the Keyboard".
Eric is a dynamic church musician. His workshop will be on the "nuts and bolts" of service playing and conducting from the keyboard. He has a presentation and will give out handouts, but he would like this session to be interactive so as to be most helpful to you: he invites you all to bring in examples of the service music you play (hymns, anthems, mass settings) and you can ask questions about specific trouble spots or play some of it for him for his advice and coaching. Alice Johnson Hannon, Music Director, will host the workshop at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 95 Woburn Street in Reading, MA 01867. Directions to the church can be found here. The workshop will conclude with social time and refreshments. If you plan to attend, please register with Alice preferably by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or phone or text (603-770-5910). It heps with the planning of the event. All MVAGO members are invited to attend; also, feel free to bring friends and colleagues, even if they are not AGO members.