The American Guild of Organists
Northeastern Connecticut Chapter, est. 1978
Welcome to the official website of the Northeastern Connecticut Chapter of the American Guild of organists!
Founded in 1978 under the leadership of L. Cameron Johnson, we are a small but diverse group of professional colleagues and organ enthusiasts dedicated to the advancement of the organ and its music in Northeastern Connecticut. We invite you to consider joining us in learning and fellowship as a member of our chapter. Please check our calendar for up coming events.
Celebrating 40 years in the AGO!
We mourn the recent passing of our past Dean Kenny Woods. Following is an excerpt from his obituary:
"Kenneth E. "Kenny" Woods, 72, a lifelong resident of Manchester, peacefully passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at home. Ken was born on January 24, 1945 in Manchester, beloved son of the late Thomas J. and Florence (Glenney) Woods. He was raised in Manchester, attended local schools and was a graduate of Manchester High School, Class of 1963. Ken's long musical career began at the age of five when he was accepted as a pupil of Dr. Moshe Paranov, the founder of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. This was the beginning of Kenny's music education at both the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut, which resulted in his career as a private teacher of organ, piano, string instruments and voice. He has played cello with orchestras and string groups. He has been a church organist and choirmaster for most of his career and had a special talent for improvisation. Earlier in his career, Kenny was Organist and Choir Director at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Manchester CT, and for the last thirty years he was organist and Music Director at Trinity Episcopal Church in Collinsville CT. Kenny lived out his faith every day of his life. He generously shared his God-given creative talents to bring joy to scores of people, made us laugh with his wonderful sense of humor and infectious laugh, and radiated his love of life with his winning Irish smile...."