St John's Staff
Margaret (Meg) Harper, Director of Music and Liturgy
Director of Music and Liturgy Margaret Harper has performed throughout the United States, in continental Europe, and in Southeast Asia. Croatian newspaper Glas Slavonije writes, “The freezing cold of a January evening dominated the cathedral in Djakovo, but it could not diminish the richness and warmth of sound brought out of the cathedral organ by Margaret Harper.” In addition to her work at St. John’s and her performance career, Meg is also completing a Doctorate at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies Organ with David Higgs. Previous degrees are from Eastman and the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music.
Meg was a finalist and stipendiate at the 2012 Arp Schnitger International Organ Competition. In the same year, she was the inaugural recipient of Eastman’s James B. Cochran Prize, which is awarded annually for the best Organ degree recital. In 2014, Margaret was a semi-finalist in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. At the 2012 conference of the American Bach Society, she presented a paper on the intersection of theology and composition in J.S. Bach’s Clavierübung, Part III. In the summer of 2014, she presented a paper on the influence of globalization and foreign policy on the organ music of Jean-Louis Florentz at the National Convention of the AGO in Boston.
Meg grew up in the Philippines, and has also lived in MA, IL, NY, TX, and Croatia. She has spent three summers in Germany, and loves to travel to new places. In her spare time, Meg enjoys biking and baking, though not simultaneously.
Ashley Wade, Director of Children's Music and Ministries
Joanne Ferguson, Office Administrator
I have been working as the Office Administrator since July of 2009. Over that time I have realized that the main responsibility of this office is communication. It is my goal to create, maintain and continually update our means of staying connected to each other, to the community at large and to potential new members. An exciting and very rewarding challenge.
Prior to St. John’s I worked at Strawbery Banke Museum in the fundraising department, managed the Fair Tide Thrift Store in Kittery, partnered with my sister in our consulting business working with smaller nonprofits, and was the administrative assistant at an early intervention center. Seems I’m a pushover for the nonprofit world.
On the side I am an inventor (which is more like no profit). I have been developing several products to bring to market. A very slow process but extremely satisfying.
Contact Joanne: (603) 436-8283 x151, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lory Pratt, Bookkeeper
Lory joined St. John’s in March 2011 to help us determine our bookkeeping needs and develop a staff position that would allow us to meet those needs.
Lory’s background includes custom picture framing, desktop publishing, event planning, retail sales, office/operations support and bookkeeping. In addition to working for St. John’s, she divides the rest of her time at Krempels Center, other bookkeeping clients and D. Pratt Framer. Originally from El Paso, Lory and her husband live in Kittery, ME. She loves knitting, gardening, and cooking.
Contact Lory: 603-436-8283 x153, email@example.com
Andy Ritzo, Sexton