Concert Calendar

Sunday, October 13 at 2 PM
Pipes, Stops & Bellows Through the Ages- Experience the new handcrafted Klais Pipe Organ at Saugatuck Congregational Church. Hear music from the 1100s through today from Fairfield County Music Directors Heather A. Hamilton, Edward Thompson, Michael Burnette and Craig Symons. Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport.

Sunday, October 13 at 5 PM
Organ Recital – Nathan Lively will be joined by Peggy Brengle in keyboard duets on the Richard, Fowkes & Co. and Klopp organs, as well as the newly restored Mason and Hamlin AA grand piano. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 884 Newfield Ave, Stamford.

Saturday, October 19 at 1 PM and Evening Concert
Connecticut Choral Festival – See Chapter Event listing on Page 2 of the October Clarion>>

Saturday, October 19 at 6:30 PM
Evensong – Sung by the Chapel Choir from University of the South, Sewanee. Christ Church, 254 E Putnam Ave, Greenwich

Sunday October 20 at 4 PM
ConcertA Two of Harps – Two harps played by Wendy Kerner and Teresa Mango will perform a Spanish and French program. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. Donation: $20. Reserve your seats at: Emmanuel Church, 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston.

Sunday, October 20 at 5PM
Choral Evensong and Organ Recital – The choirs of Christ & Holy Trinity, Westport sing the choral music of living American composers – David Ashley White, Bruce Neswick, Craig Phillips, and Carson Cooman. Due to the ongoing restoration of CHT’s sanctuary, the service and recital takes place at Saugatuck Congregational Church, just up the hill from CHT (245 Post Road East). Chase Loomer, a second year master’s student of Martin Jean at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, plays the service and recital on Saugatuck’s brand new Klais organ from Bonn, Germany. All are welcome to greet one another and enjoy refreshments in Hoskins Hall following the recital. For more information, call (203) 227-0827.

Oct. 20, Sunday at 7PM
Jazz&Musings (formerly Jazz Vespers) – The Weather In Song, a program of classic songs by Harold Arlen, Johnny Burke, George Gershwin, Jimmy McHugh, Burton Lane, and James Van Heusen introduced by short humorous or serious readings. Leigh Henry, Vocals; Dave Savitsky, Saxophone; Martha Meyer, Keyboard; Matt Dwonszyk, Double Bass; Jim Royle, Percussion.
A reception follows. Suggested donation $15 for adults.  Students free. GPS address 184 Cross Highway, Redding, CT. Location at the corner of route 58 and Cross Highway. For more information call the church at (203)938-2872 or e mail

Tuesday, October 22 at 7 PM
Voces8 ConcertConcerts at St. James’s will present the only New England appearance of VOCES8 when the famed ensemble makes a rare, limited tour to the United States in the fall of 2019. Tickets for the performance at ST. James’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford can be purchased here:
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford.

Saturday, November 2 at 5PM
The Kingdom Choir – The London-based gospel choir, known to audiences around the world through their show-stopping rendition of Stand By Me at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, brings their message of love, hope, and inspiration to Westport on their first-ever North American tour. Tickets at Reception follows in the Great Hall. Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport. (203) 227-0827.

Sunday, November 3 at 5PM
 Choral Evensong –   Music of Howells (Gloucester Service), Philips, and Willan.  Dr. Kola Owolabi, Nigerian-Canadian organist, currently the Professor of Organ at the University of Michigan, plays the service and a 30-minute recital on the Wilhelm Organ. Trinity Episcopal Church 651 Pequot Ave, Southport.

Encore Organ Scholarship 2019-2020
The New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) strongly encourages and supports young people in learning to play the pipe organ. Succession planning is an important part of any profession and being an organist and church musician is no exception. We are seeking music students, ages 10 to 16, who are interested in studying with a qualified local organist. Scholarships will be given in an amount sufficient to pay for 10 hour-long organ lessons. More frequent, shorter lessons can be arranged if this is amenable to the teacher and scholarship recipient. Scholarship recipients will take part in a short recital at the end of the year of study. Scholarships will be awarded after the Chapter has reviewed the applications and auditions of all scholarship applicants.

  • Applicants should be between the ages of 10 and 16 as of September 1, 2019 and have had at least two years of piano/keyboard study. We expect applicants to be able to read music with reasonable fluency and play the keyboard equally well with both hands.

  • Applicants will be asked to meet with our scholarship committee for a short interview and audition. Applicants will be asked to play two pieces of contrasting styles. The applicant may choose to play on either the piano or organ. At least one of the pieces should be from classical repertoire (Baroque – Modern). The second piece may be any of the following genres: Classical, pop, jazz or a hymn.

  • Auditions will be scheduled after review of all applications received. They will be held in November and/or December of 2019.

  • Applicants may not be high school seniors at the time of application.

  • Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.

  • Scholarships are intended for study in New Haven County.

  • Applications are due on September 30, 2019 along with a written recommendation by a music teacher.

  • All questions should be directed to Jay Lindsay, Education Coordinator of the New Haven AGO Chapter. He can be contacted by email at

2020 Events

The Waterbury Chapter AGO would like to invite AGO members from adjacent chapters to participate in our Youth Choir Festival with Gabriel Lofvall on March 14, 2020. 
Repertoire list – Waterbury Chapter American Guild of Organists Youth Choir Festival – March 14, 2020

Gabriel Lovfall, director
Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington
Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above – Jodi Lindh (Chorister’s Guild CGA583) (Unison and optional handbells)
Everywhere I Go – Natalie Sleeth – (Chorister’s Guild CGA171) (2 pt)
Pie Jesu – Mary Lynn Lightfoot (Heritage Choral Series 15/1227H) (2 pt)
Tumefurahi – Dave and Jean Perry – (Chorister’s Guild CGA1462)
This Little Light of Mine – Mark Patterson – (Chorister’s Guild CGA1108) (2 pt)
God Is Always There – Toni Sullivan – (Chorister’s Guild CGA1590) (Unison)
How Can I Keep From Singing? – Paul Halley – (Pelagos PEL2034) (SSA) You may contact Bill Degan to get this music ( since there is a 40 copy minimum when ordering from Pelagos. Please contact Toni Sullivan ( to express your interest in the festival.