At First Congregational Church:  Church Plans Pipe Organ Concert

Jerrick Cavagnaro will perform at a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1.

WATERTOWN — Members of the First Congregational Church of Watertown will celebrate their newly refurbished Holtkamp tracker pipe organ with a Re-dedication Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1. The church is located at 40 DeForest St. Jerrick Cavagnaro, a second year student at the Yale School of Music, will perform selected pieces from Bach, Buxtehuda, Cabanilles, Mendelssohn, Vierne, Widor and others. Mr. Cavagnaro is a graduate of Westminster Choir College where he obtained bachelor’s degrees in both sacred music and organ performance, studying under Alan Morrison.

After gaining experience as a substitute organist in high school, he began working as an assistant organist and substitute in several churches throughout northern New Jersey. He was the music director at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Montville and Lincoln Park, N.J.; organ scholar at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown; and is now in his second year as organ scholar at Trinity on the Green Episcopal Church in New Haven.

During his time at Westminster Choir College, Mr. Cavagnaro maintained several positions as a choral singer, solo singer and accompanist, as well as singing baritone in and accompanying the Grammy-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices, directed by James Jordan.

The organ was built for First Church, Watertown in 1981 by the Holtkamp Organ Company of Cleveland, Ohio, one of America’s oldest and most respected pipe organ builders. 

Age had taken a toll on some of the pipes and stop action.

The Holtkamp Company, as well as A. Thompson-Allen Company, New Haven, made several recommendations. 

A grant proposal was accepted by the Woodward Foundation of Watertown and restoration began in 2018 with the New Haven company, which has also maintained and tuned the organ over the years.

Admission is free. A reception will follow the concert.

Those seeking additional information may go to www.firstchurchwatertown.org.

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