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. This link also has an archive of newsletters from the last few years.

Future MVAGO programs, 2020 - 2021

Please join us online Monday night, October 19th at 7:00 as we hear Edward Elwyn Jones speak on “Choral Intonation Demystified.” After his presentation, Ed will speak about how he and Memorial Church are adapting to musical life during the pandemic, and we will have plenty of time for questions and informal time together. For information on how to attend via ZOOM, send an email to the webmaster.

Edward Elwyn Jones is a conductor, organist and choirmaster. As the Gund University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University, a post he has held since 2003, Mr. Jones directs the music program in Memorial Church, located in the midst of Harvard Yard, and leads the 180-year-old Harvard University Choir in its daily choral services, broadcasts, tours, commissions, and recordings. Mr. Jones also serves as Artistic Director of the Harvard Radcliffe Chorus, and is a frequent collaborator with Yale’s Schola Cantorum. As a conductor, he has guested with such organizations as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Grand Harmonie, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Boston Camerata, Emmanuel Music (Boston), Longwood Symphony Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, and led opera productions with Iceland’s Reykjavik Summer Opera Festival, Opera Boston, Lowell House Opera, Harvard Early Music Society, and Mannes Opera, among others.

Jones studied music at Cambridge University, where he was Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College. He was also the conductor of three university orchestras. Upon moving to the United States in 1998, Jones served firstly as Organ Scholar and then as Assistant Organist in the Memorial Church at Harvard University.

Jones was the Assistant Organist of Christ Church United Methodist on Park Avenue in New York City from 2000-2003, while earning a master's degree in orchestral conducting at Mannes College of Music.

He is married to soprano Amanda Forsythe.

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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.

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

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.