HISTORIC ORGAN & WINERY TOUR

Take the bus to Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley, where we’ll make stops at three historic organs for demonstrations and recitals. Included in the day, is a stop at Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards for a tour, tasting session and delicious meal.

triple image of organ console, group dining, and vineyard
double image organ pipes and organ console

FIRST STOP

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Auburn
Organist: Maureen MacLean
Organ: George Stevens, ca 1862
Organ Specifications
organ keyboard and pipes

SECOND STOP

First Cornwallis Baptist Church, Upper Canard
Organist: Ken Hassell
Organ: Samuel R. Warren & Son, ca 1867
Organ Specifications
dining room and vineyard

THIRD STOP

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards
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FOURTH STOP

Manning Memorial Chapel, Acadia University, Wolfville
Organist: John Scott, University & Chapel Organist
Organ: Casavant Opus 2730 (1963)
Organ Specifications
NS Map with tour locations

PERFORMING ORGANISTS

Maureen MacLean photo

Maureen MacLean

Maureen was raised in Liverpool, NS, where she received her early music training. Following high school, she continued her musical studies studies at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB from which she received a B.A. with a major in music (piano).

After settling in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, Maureen studied organ with Clarence Ledbetter, University Organist at Acadia University, Wolfville, and subsequently earned the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Colleague diploma (CRCCO).

Currently, Maureen is organist at St. Alphonsus Church, Bridgetown, NS, director of Middleton Choral Society, a community choir, and president of RCCO Annapolis Valley Centre.
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Ken Hassell BMEd, MM

Ken is an organist and music educator with over 40 years of experience in music ministry. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music and music education from Acadia University in Wolfville and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Additionally, he has studied organ privately and participated in masterclasses with many accomplished organists throughout England, France, Germany, and North America. Ken has extensive solo and collaborative performance experience with local, national, and international ensembles. Ken’s conducting experience includes graduate and post graduate courses, private study, and seminars at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Ken’s diverse experiences as a church musician and as a music educator have fostered a love for and great facility with a wide variety of musical styles. His focus as music director at Orchard Valley United Church is to bring this diversity to the worship environment. Under Ken’s leadership, the church’s worship community experiences and participates in music from the Renaissance to contemporary works composed for its choir.
John Scott photo

John Scott

An accomplished conductor, organist, and composer, John’s breadth of knowledge and collected influence is realized in his depth and caring for musical relationships between performers and listeners. John has performed and toured extensively as a conductor, organist, and member of free-jazz and new music ensembles, sharing the stage with some of Canada’s musical greats (Paul Cram, Francois Hule, Danny Oore, John Gzawski, and Don Palmer), and performed in Cathedrals and churches across the UK and Canada.

John is solely responsible for reforming of the Manning Chapel Choir in 2003 and, three years later, leading the choir on a performance tour of Great Britain. The current Chapel Choir has well established itself in the top tier of choral ensembles in the province and, while still singing for weekly services in the Chapel, engages in numerous concert and visiting guest performances throughout the school year.

Along with his role as University and Chapel Organist, John is a part-time faculty member of the School of Music at Acadia University, Minister of Music for Central United Church in Lunenburg, and Director of the South Shore Chorale.