From the Sub-Dean:
Spring is finally here.
The birds outside my window sing an oratorio from their perches each morning.
Up Next in the BAGO Calendar:
Monday, June 4th, 6:00 PM
St. Michael’s Church
Join us for an evening of fun at our 2018 Annual Meeting. Dinner will be catered; a Members’ Recital will follow. Our host is Frank Van Atta, organist and music director at St. Michael’s.
The organ:  Andover Organ Company, Opus 108, 1994 – 2 manuals – 26 stops – 28 ranks
We ask that tickets be purchased prior to the event, so that we may order catering. Tickets are available now.
Please visit:  www.2018bagodinner.eventbrite.com to pay for the dinner.

Cost for the dinner is $25.00. Payment by credit card or check is accepted. Use the drop-down box when payment is requested to pay by check. Please mail he check to the address indicated. Ticket sales will stop on Monday May 28th, so we may have an accurate count for catering.

Methuen Memorial Music Hall

Wednesday Summer Organ Recitals Series presents 

SUMMER 2018 – Part I

Tickets at the door:  $12 Adults; $5 Children

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 8:00 pm
GREG ZELEK (picture, right), Madison, WI, and NYC
Mr. Zelek won the audience prize at Longwood.
JS BACH Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
FRANCK Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18, No. 3
LISZT Liebesträume, S. 541 (trans. Nigel Potts)
WEAVER Fantasia for Organ
SCHUMANN Six Studies in Canonic Form, Op 56, No. 4
GUILMANT Sonata in D minor, Op. 42, No. 1
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Mr. Walker is immediate past president of the AGO and a former organist at the Riverside Church, NYC
JONGEN Quatre Pièces pour Orgue, Op. 37, No. 4, Choral
JS BACH Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545
SOWERBY Requiescat in Pace
FRANCK Choral No. 1 in E Major
VIERNE Choral: Largo, from Deuxième Symphonie en mi mineur, Op. 20/2
COCHEREAU Berceuse à la Mémoire de Louis Vierne (recorded 1973; trans. 1997 Frédéric Blanc)
CHELSEA CHEN “Hills in the Springtime”, from Taiwanese Suite
PAINE Concert Variations upon Old 100th
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Abbey Siegfried is the Dean of the Merrimack Valley AGO Chapter and teaches at Phillips Academy. 
JS BACH Concerto No. 2 in A minor, BWV 593 (after VIVALDI: Concerto No. 8 in A minor, RV 522)
STARER Fantasy on a Sephardic Melody (Ein Adir)
JEHAN ALAIN Deux danses à Agni Yavishta, JA77, JA78
LISZT Fantasie und Fuga über das Thema B-A-C-H, S. 260
ALAIN Litanies
GWYNETH WALKER Beside the still waters
KEVIN SIEGFRIED New work, TBA, World Premiere performance
PINKHAM Wondrous Love, 5 variations on a shape-note tune for organ
DURUFLÉ Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op. 7

News from National

The American Guild of Organists has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Click here to download a Press Release from National.

Here is a report from National concerning the recent St. Olaf Festvial program, at which John Ferguson was honored.


The AGO Organ Library, housed in the School of Theology at Boston University, has lots of used organ music for sale at relatively inexpensive prices. At the moment our supply is large, and we are offering discounts on Bach Scores, especially if you are a student. The Library is physically open only on Sunday afternoons, but it’s much easier (for you and for us) if you shop online anyway, so visit our website and click on “Music Sales” in the menu along the right side of the picture. There are various categories to look in (individual composers; collections; method books; books about organ music.) Then send us an email with your order (don’t try to call on the phone); We’ll email you back with the total and the shipping cost. We’re not fast (our staff is very tiny, often only 1 person) but we are cheap, very knowledgeable about the repertoire, and only charge necessary shipping costs. Our email is orglib@bu.edu.

Happy music hunting,
Carl Klein, DMA
AGO Organ Library Administrator
www.organlibrary.org – orglib@bu.edu


Pursuant to the settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Guild has revised the Code of Ethics.  In addition, we are required to remove all information regarding employment contracts and the like from our website.  Further information is available on the national office website at this link.  Cheryl Duerr, Northeast Region Counselor, has offered some comments on the implications of the Settlement, here.


The Boston Chapter’s Operating Procedures were revised and updated in 2018.
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