Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 10/9/14]

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the Cumberland Valley Chapter website. We are happy to welcome new people at any time. Our membership covers a wide geographic area including a portion of Central Maryland, Western Maryland, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.We have meetings, workshops, master classes, and concerts that will interest people involved in church music.The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

David Loy
600 Knightsbridge Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Cell: 301.991.3354



Monday, September 15 – 6:30 p.m.
Potluck Dinner, Free Music Exchange
Guild Service with Installation of Officers
Zion Lutheran Church
Williamsport, MD
David Loy, host

Friday, October 24 – 7:30 p.m.
Organ Spooktacular Concert, combined with Chambersburg
Mercersburg Academy Chapel, Mercersburg, PA
Jim Brinson and Richard Rotz, hosts

November, TBD
Organ Crawl

Sunday December 7 – 4 p.m.
AGO Christmas Concert
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Waynesboro, PA
Debbie Zacher, host
Members Christmas Party following the concert
at the home of Clair Johannsen

Sunday, January 25 – 4 p.m.
Organ Plus Recital
Christ Reformed UCC
Hagerstown, MD
Cheryl Wilson, host

Monday, February 23 – 7 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Mary Ward, host

Sunday, March 22 – 4 p.m.
Bach Festival Concert
Trinity Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Greg Shook, host

Sunday, April 12 – 4 p.m.
AGO Students Recital
John Wesley United Methodist Church
Hagerstown, MD
Benjamin Ball, host

May, TBD
Year End Banquet
Combined with the Chambersburg AGO Chapter
Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA
Jim Brinson/Richard Rotz, hosts




Friday, October 3 – 7 p.m.
Shepherd Three
(Shepherd Univ. Faculty Wind Trio)
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, October 5 – 4 p.m.
Joy Ross – Organist
Guest Vocalist – Barbara Ingram School of Arts – Students
Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, October 5 – 3 p.m.
Simple Gifts
Fine Arts Concert Series
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Frederick, MD
Sunday, October 12 – 5:00 p.m.
Elisabeth A. Krouse, Organist
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Transcribed for organ by Elizabeth Krouse
Frederick Presbyterian Church
Frederick, MD
Saturday, October 11 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12 – 3:00 p.m.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, October 19 – 4:00 p.m.
Julie Vidrick Evans – Organist
Berkeley Springs Presbyterian Church
Berkeley Springs, WV
Sunday ,October 19 –  4 p.m.
Joyful Noise Concert Series Music of Franz Schubert
Christ Reformed UCC
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday, November 1 – 7: 30 p.m.
Silent Movie-The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1923. Michael Britt, organ
Market Street UMC
Winchester, VA
Sunday, November 2 – 5 p.m.
Choral Evensong
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, November 9 – 6 p.m.
National Christian Choir’s – 2nd Edition
Christ Reformed UCC
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday, November 9 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 10 – 3:00 p.m.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, November 16 – 4 p.m.
Hagerstown Choral Arts
Greg Shook, Director
Church of the Brethren
Hagerstown, MD
To add your event, please contact Stephen Pastena by email:





Our newsletter is “The Chimney Flute”.
Contact information for the Co-Editors:

Cheryl Wilson

Mark King
301.733.2560, ext. 108



For information regarding joining our chapter, please contact Monica Bowen, Membership Coordinator to receive a Membership Brochure and application. or call 304.263.6026



Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



The American Guild of Organists is commited to:
– improve the proficiency of organists and conductors,
– evaluate by examination attainments in organ playing,
– choral and instrumental training, and the theory and
general knowledge of music, and
– grant certificates to those who pass examinations.

Information regarding eligibility, application procedures, examination fees, certificates, exams, free Hymn Booklet, exams for the visually challenged, and individual examination requirements can be found on the American Guild of Organists National website,


Contact Us

David Loy, Dean –
Stephen Pastena, Sub Dean –
Secretary: Elizabeth Krouse, 240-204-8314,
Treasurer: Judy Miller, 301.223.4211,
Cheryl Wilson, Newsletter Co-Editor –
Mark King, Newsletter Co-Editor –
Monica Bowen, Membership Coordinator –
Clair Johannsen, Executive Board Member –
Elizabeth Krouse, Executive Board Member/Archivist –
Mary Ward, Executive Board Member –
Debbie Zacher, Executive Board Member –


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