Thanks to all the volunteers that helped get the word out about the guild during Cameron Carpenters recital on March 5.

Thanks to The Boston Music Intelligencer for covering the event so well. My take away can be found on my Facebook page.


Saturday, March 21st this year sees an astounding choice of events to celebrate what some consider the greatest navigator of all sound on his 330th birthday, including our chapter’s program at First Lutheran Church, Boston.

See you there!

Links for the Day!

BAGO Bach 330



Peter Watchorn Harpsichord Recital


B Minor Mass at the Gloucester UU Church


Details Here!

BOSTON BACH BIRTHDAY 330 at First Lutheran Church Boston

9:00  Jonathan Wessler, organ; John Robinson, narrator; St. Paul’s Choir School, Cambridge – CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: – Guy Bovet’s “PEEP THE PIPER”

9:45  Yevgenia Semeina-Maroyan, organ, Arlington Street Church, Boston

Trio Sonata No. 2 in c minor, BWV 526: Vivace, Largo, Allegro

“Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”, BWV 639 from Orgelbüchlein

Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (“St.Anne”) BWV 552

10:25  Kate Arndt, violin, New England Conservatory

Violin Sonata No. 2 in a, BWV 1003

10:50 Arvid Gast, organ, St. Jakobi, Lübeck

Hymn Sing with an improvised accompaniment

11:10 First Lutheran Church choir, soloists & orchestra; Bálint Karosi, conductor

Brian McCreath, host, “The Bach Hour”, WCRB Classical Music/99.5

Cantata, BWV 214 “Tönet, Ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!”

Brian McCreath leads an introductory discussion.

11:30 The cantata performance is broadcast live by WCRB Classical Music/99.5

12:00 (Lunch: First Lutheran’s popular “German Lunch”)

12:45 Stephan Griffin, organ, Boston University

Prelude in C, BWV 547

From the Leipzig Chorales:

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656

An Wasserflussen  Babylon, BWV 653

Fugue in C, BWV 547

1:35 Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord, & Héloïse Degrugillier, flute

Brian McCreath, host, “The Bach Hour”, WCRB Classical Music/99.5

Introduction to Flute Sonata BWV 1034 (Brian McCreath, host, “The Bach Hour”, 99.5 WCRB)

1:45  Broadcast live

Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord & Héloïse Degrugillier, flute

Sonata for flute and continuo in e, BWV 1034

2:05  This concert continues but is not broadcast.

Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord:

French Suite no. 5 in G, BWV 816

2:25  Bálint Karosi, organ, First Lutheran Church and Yale University

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

3:35  “Three Part Fugue”: Héloïse Degrugillier, Emily O’Brien, Roy Sansom, recorders

Trio Sonata No. 3 originally in d, now in g, BWV 527

3:50  Allison Drenkow, cello, New England Conservatory

Cello Suite No. 2 in d, BWV 1008

4:20  Bálint Karosi, organ, First Lutheran Church and Yale University

Hymn Sing with an improvised accompaniment

4:35  Katelyn Emerson, organ, Oberlin College and Conservatory

Concerto in a minor, RV 522, BWV 593

Trio Sonata V in C, BWV 529: Allegro  –  Largo  – Allegro

From the Leipzig Chorales:

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland a 2 claviers et pedale, BWV 659

Trio super: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland a due bassi e canto fermo, BWV 660

Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 541

5:30  Arvid Gast, organ, St. Jakobi, Lübeck

Trio Sonata VI in G, BWV 530: Vivace – Lento – Allegro

Prelude and Fugue in e, BWV 548

Partita “Was soll ich Sünder machen,” BWV 770

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564



Emmanuel Music, Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St; Ryan Turner, Artistic Director – ST. JOHN PASSION, BWV 245


BACH HARPSICHORD RECITAL Performed by Peter Watchorn


Where: St. Mary’s Chapel, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

When: Saturday, March 21, 3.00pm

What: BACH 330: A Recital of Bach’s solo harpsichord works


And at The Gloucester Meetinghouse:

A performance by Musica Sacra of J.S. Bach’s sublime Mass in B-minor for chorus, vocal soloists and orchestra in the Meetinghouse on Bach’s birthday, Saturday, March 21st.

On-line ticket sales via credit card can be found at www.gloucesteruu.org and the best seats will be assigned in order of purchase.  A limited number of VIP seats are available with direct views to the musicians in the rear gallery. Tickets will also be available at the door unless we sell-out.

There will be a pre-concert talk by Dr. Christoph Wolff, Adams Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and author of the Bach biography “The Learned Musician.”   Doors open at 6:00pm, the talk is at 6:30-7:00pm and the performance begins at 7:30pm.  A gala reception will follow the concert in the Vestry.


And Don’t Forget…

New Haven, CT.  Early registration now open.
Organ Historical Society – Western Massachusetts – Early registration now open through February 14.  June 28 – July 3.

Church of the Advent to Host Chapter Competition

For many years, this chapter has hosted a competition for young organists, which is a part of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists. They are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.  In 2015, our competition has been scheduled for next spring on April 11.  The Church of the Advent, Beacon Hill, has graciously agreed to host the competition.I am pleased to announce that we have three stellar competitors, so check in again for details.

We are hoping that there will be an audience for the competition.  One of the requirements is that the competitors introduce a hymn and accompany the audience in singing it.  Please join us for this special event.  

David Baker – Competition Coordinator

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