2019-2020 Events

Saturday, September 14, 2019   –   Unison and 2 part anthems for small choirs, children’s choirs, and youth choirs Anthem Reading Session plus “open organ bench” for those interested…

9:45 – Noon   at First Congregational Church, 31 Maple Street, Bristol

     Bring a set of one or two of your favorite unison, two part, children’s, or youth choir anthems to share, and the rest of us will be your choir! We will also have a set of the anthems that have been chosen for our YOUTH CHOIR FESTIVAL coming up March 14 (snow date of March 21) at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington. (Gabriel Lofvall, director of Chorus Angelicus, will again be our Festival director!) We hope that you will then want to order that music and sign up a children’s or youth choir for the festival. But even if not, come and join us in Bristol. Please let Bill Degan know what anthem(s) you are bringing and the composer, voicing, and publisher so he may type up a list for everyone. ( )

     After we have sung the anthems, Bill will give a short talk and demonstration of the 1977 Casavant pipe organ which is tuned in Kirnberger III temperament. Then, the bench will be open for you to try playing the organ.

Sunday, October 13 – Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan’s multi-media presentation, “Around the

                                      World in Eighty Minutes”

3 p.m.   at Elim Park’s Nelson Hall, 140 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire

   Elim Park is bringing the acclaimed program, “Around the World in Eighty Minutes” to our area, and it will feature the wonderful pipe organ in Nelson Hall. For tickets, contact the Nelson Hall box office: 203-699-5495 or visit the Elim Park website and choose the Nelson Hall Theatre tab. NOTE: The chapter is not presenting this event, but is recommending and supporting it.

Friday, January 3, 2020   (snow date: Friday, January 10)   –   Pot-Luck Dinner Social, Carol Sing and Open Organ Bench

6 – 9 p.m.   at Naugatuck United Methodist Church, 208 Meadow Street, Naugatuck

Michael Petruzzi is hosting our social this year. ( )

Monday, January 20, 2020 (Martin Luther King Day) – Annual Organ Crawl

9:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.   (revised 10/19) We’ll start at Cheshire Lutheran Church (660 West Main St.), followed by First Congregational Church of Cheshire (111 Church Dr.) at 11 a.m. Then, we’ll have lunch at the Victorian House (226 Maple Avenue), like last year. After lunch, we will visit Immanuel Lutheran Church in Meriden (164 Hanover Street) at 1:30.

Saturday, March 14 (snow date: Saturday, March 21) – Youth Choir Festival, directed by Gabriel Lofvall

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.   at Trinity Episcopal Church, 220 Prospect Street, Torrington

Arrive at 9:15 for registration; rehearsal starts at 9:30 a.m., and the concert/sharing time is at 2 p.m. Be sure to order the chosen music (see below) for your children’s or youth choir in the fall of 2019 and start working on it! Participants should bring a bag lunch. There will also be an opportunity for individual choirs to present an anthem on their own if they wish.


Repertoire list – Waterbury Chapter American Guild of Organists Youth Choir Festival – March 14, 2020

Cancelled due to COVID-19 virus pandemic.

     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)

Sunday, June 7   – Annual Meeting and Picnic    Postponed until further notice.

4 p.m. at the lovely Hopko home/yard, 384 Meriden Avenue (Rt. 120), Southington. Robert and Gwynne will be our hosts. ( )

Waterbury Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
2023-2024 Officers

Dean: Ron Ebrecht
Sub-Dean:William Degan
Treasurer: Michael Petruzzi
Registrar: Michael Petruzzi
Secretary: Toni Sullivan
Chaplain: Rev. Kristen Kleiman

Cornell Bialicki
Roberta De Fiore
Bob Havery
Gwynn Hopko
Robert Hopko
Dan Kendzior
Toni Sullivan

Opportunities for:
Job Placement and substitutes,  webmaster, and newsletter writer/editor.
Please contact the Dean if interested.