Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 1/6/15]

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
wloy313221@aol.com

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Chapter Program Schedule 2014-15

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
Chapter.
Mercersburg Academy Chapel, Mercersburg, PA
Jim Brinson and Richard Rotz, hosts

November, 22nd – 9:30 a.m. to late afternoon
Organ Crawl in Washington, D.C.
Meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hagerstown (lower parking lot)
Carpool leaves at 9:30 a.m.
Arrive back at St. John’s late afternoon

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.
Composer Robert Lau
Presenting some of his organ and choral works
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

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Recitals and Musical Events in the Region

 

Monday, January 19 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January Jubilee
Grace United Methodist Church
Baltimore, MD
Michael Britt, Host
*for enrollment form, please email Cheryl Wilson at cwilson@kaneisable.com
Friday, January 23 – 7:30 p.m.
Organ Concert
Cameron Carpenter
Majestic Theatre
Gettysburg, PA
Sunday, January 25 – 4 p.m. Organ Plus Recital
Christ Reformed UCC Hagerstown, MD
Cheryl Wilson, host
Friday February 13 – 8 p.m.
Saturday February 14 – 8 p.m.
Opera Double Feature
Frank Center Theater
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
February 14 – 8 p.m.
February 15 – 3 p.m.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Myths, Legends, and Tales
Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
www.marylandsymphony.org
Friday, February 20 – 7 p.m.
Saint James School Chapel Choir Linda Stowe, director
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Hagerstown, MD
Friday February 20 – 8 p.m.
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert
Frank Center Theater
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
*Pre-concert lecture at 7:15
Monday, February 23 – 7 p.m.
AGO Chapter Event
Composer Robert Lau presents some of his works for organ and choir
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, March 1 – 4 p.m.
Organ Recital
Elizabeth A. Krouse, D.M.A.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Walkersville, MD
*Free will offering to benefit organ repair fund
Sunday, March 8 – 3 p.m.
Senior Recital
Shannon Mendoza, organist
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Hagerstown, MD
March 14 – 8 p.m.
March 15 – 3 p.m.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Brothers on the Battlefield
Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
www.marylandsymphony.org
Thursday, March 19 – 12 p.m.
Organ recital
Stephen Pastena
Calvary UMC
Frederick, MD
*part of a Lenten concert series of half-hour informal programs
Thursday, March 19 – 7:30 p.m.
Choir of Messiah College
Grace United Methodist Church
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, March 22 – 4 p.m.
Bach Festival Concert
Trinity Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Greg Shook, host
To add your event, please contact Stephen Pastena by email:
stephenpastena@yahoo.com

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Newsletter

Our newsletter is “The Chimney Flute”.
Contact information for the Co-Editors:Cheryl Wilson
240-675-0142
cwilson@kaneisable.comMark King
301.733.2560, ext. 108
mking.stjohns@myactv.net

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Membership

For information regarding joining our chapter, please contact Monica Bowen, Membership Coordinator to receive a Membership Brochure and application. Email:monicabowen@juno.com or call 304.263.6026

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Placement

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

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Certification

The American Guild of Organists is committed 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, www.agohq.org

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Contact Us

David Loy, Dean – wloy313221@aol.com
Stephen Pastena, Sub Dean – stephenpastena@yahoo.com
Secretary: Elizabeth Krouse, 240-204-8314, veteranorganist@myactv.net
Treasurer: Judy Miller, 301.223.4211, organist@myactv.net
Cheryl Wilson, Newsletter Co-Editor – cwilson@kaneisable.com
Mark King, Newsletter Co-Editor – mking.stjohns@myactv.net
Monica Bowen, Membership Coordinator – monicabowen@juno.com
Clair Johannsen, Executive Board Member – adrianjohannsen@verizon.net
Elizabeth Krouse, Executive Board Member/Archivist – veteranorganist@myactv.net
Mary Ward, Executive Board Member – maryaliceward@yahoo.com
Debbie Zacher, Executive Board Member – dzacher@comcast.net

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Links

AGO National website
Chapter Facebook Page