A major focus of WorcAGO is that of education and skill improvement of our members through workshops, information, and concerts.
See details about our scholarship program at Scholarships.
Here is a partial listing of Worcester AGO members who offer lessons:
Janeen T. Baker MM/ChM
Instructor in piano, children to adults
Two locations: Pakachoag Community Music School in Auburn, 508/791-8159,
and in Princeton at 978/464-2661.
Jonathan Bezdegian DMA
19 Cutler Road Paxton, MA 01612-1423
Mark Mummert MMus
Cantor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester
Instructor of Organ and Choral Conducting
Marjorie Ness DMA
William Ness MM
Worcester & Hartford areas
Robert S. Potterton III MSM/STM
Instruction in piano, organ, and improvisation
firstname.lastname@example.org / 860-729-7626
Will Sherwood AAGO/ChM
Coaching in Service Playing & Improvisation
First Unitarian Church
90 Main St, Worcester
Lois Toeppner MM
508-366-0509; 978-443-8350; email@example.com
4 Wessonville Village Way, Westborough, MA 01581
Organist – St. John Ev. Lutheran, Sudbury, MA 01776
The Education page of the AGO National website contains information on how to go about preparing for and taking the Professional Certification Exams. Click on the link above, then click on “Certification Chart” on the national website menu to view the requirements for each level. The exam schedule for 2011 appears below.
The American Guild of Organists was chartered in 1896 by the Board of Regents, University of the State of New York, to administer a comprehensive series of examinations for professional certification. Through the Professional Certification Committee the Guild offers the following certificates:
Service Playing Certificate (SPC)
Choir Master (ChM)
To obtain detailed requirements for each examination, please visit National Headquarters Certification web page for excellent information.
The AGO sponsors the following competitions. Please click through for further information:
Below are resources and references for conveying the joy and excitement of pipe organs to all ages.
A Young Person’s Guide to the Pipe Organ – Soderlund/Fischer: Web Original PDF Book Scan
A Young Person’s Guide to the Pipe Organ – Randolph Currie: A score for narrator and organ performance to introduce the pipe organ and its range of sounds.