Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 11/25/14]

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


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
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.
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


Recitals and Musical Events in the Region


Thursday December 4 – 12 p.m.
A Woodwind Christmas
Feat. Carla Ball, flute, Hall Ball, Clarinet, Ben Ball, organ/piano
John Wesley UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday December 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday December 7 – 3 p.m.
Seasons of Light Holiday Gala Concert
Feat. Shepherd University instrumental and vocal ensembles
Frank Center Theater
Shepherdstown, WV
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
Thursday December 11 – 12 p.m.
Benjamin Ball, organist
John Wesley UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday December 13 – 3 p.m.
Appalachian Wind Quintet
27th Annual Christmas Concert and Festival of Lights
Rest Haven Funeral Chapel
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday December 13 – 5 p.m.
Annual Christmas Concert
Feat. Delta Brass and the Haven Lutheran Church Senior Choir
Haven Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday, December 13 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 14 – 3 p.m.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays
Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday December 14 – 5 p.m.
Advent Lessons and Carols
Sung by the St. Thomas’ Parish Choir
The Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt, Jr., Officiant
J. Gwynne Cavey, Organist and Minister of Music
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Hancock, MD
Thursday December 18 – 12 p.m.
Greencastle-Antrim High School
Jazz Choir, Chamber Choir, and “Ah! Capella” Choir
Directed by Mrs. Roz Bingaman
John Wesley UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, December 21 – 4 p.m.
Advent Lessons & Carols
The Rev. Steven L. McCarty, Officiant
Daniel O. Weatherholt, Organist
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Clear Spring, MD
Wednesday, December 24 – 7:30 p.m.
Tapestry of Light – A Celtic Christmas Cantata
The St. Mark’s Parish Choir
Daniel O. Weatherholt, Choirmaster and Conductor
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Center
Boonsboro, MD
Monday, January 19, 2015
January Jubilee
Grace United Methodist Church
Baltimore, MD
Michael Britt, Host
Sunday, January 25 – 4 p.m. Organ Plus Recital
Christ Reformed UCC Hagerstown, MD
Cheryl Wilson, host
To add your event, please contact Stephen Pastena by email:



Our newsletter is “The Chimney Flute”.
Contact information for the Co-Editors:Cheryl Wilson
cwilson@kaneisable.comMark 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 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,


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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