Next Chapter Events

Next Chapter Events

J.S. Bach and the Organ – Lecture/Performance by William K. Trafka


Saturday,  March 16 at 10:00 am
St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave, West Hartford

Mr. Trafka takes the audience through Bach’s life, with fascinating and revealing stories. The talk is interspersed with a variety of Bach’s organ works, played live by Mr. Trafka on the St. James’s Austin organ (recently restored and expanded).

William K. Trafka recently retired as  Director of Music and Organist at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City where he had served since 1995. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he was a student of David Craighead and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate in organ performance. He has performed on recital series in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Chicago, as well as the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. In New York, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the Fairfield Orchestra. He has also participated as a clinician at the 1996 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists and as a lecturer for the Westminster Choir College Summer Workshop. Mr. Trafka’s recording credits include several collaborations with the American Boychoir on the Angel and MusicMasters labels, and with the Brass of the English Chamber Orchestra on the RCA label.


Faythe Freese in Concert


Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 pm.
Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford.

We are very excited to welcome back concert organist Faythe Freese. Faythe served as faculty on the 2017 Pipe Organ Encounter held at Trinity College, and many of you will remember her fiery performance of the Franck A minor Choral. Two years later, Faythe returns to perform a full-length recital.

Master Class with Faythe Freese

Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 am.
Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave., Hartford.

As a bonus, Faythe will offer a masterclass to chapter members. If you are interested in playing for Faythe, please email Vaughn Mauren at  by March 15.

Click here to view her bio and list of recordings