Last updated: March 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the website of the Reading, Pennsylvania, Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Chapter membership includes organists and others from the Greater Reading area, encompassing Berks and Schuylkill Counties.
Please contact the chapter dean or one of the other chapter officers listed below for assistance with suggestions for organists available for Sunday substitute work or for a list of available organ teachers offering private instruction.
St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ, 591 Church Road, Wernersville, presents ethnic folk music duo Simple Gifts in concert on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 3 p.m. as the final offering of the Annie M. Gaul Concert Series program year. Linda Littleton and Karen Kirshon will perform on a total of twelve different instruments. A freewill offering will be received, and refreshments will be served following the program.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, presents the Wheatland Chorale in concert on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 8 p.m. For ticket information, please call (800) 838-3006.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington Street, Reading, presents Organist David McConnell in a Wednesday Noonday Recital on April 23, 2014. Recitals run from 12:05 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a reception following.
Reading Chapter, AGO, members and friends will travel to the Lehigh Valley area for an organ crawl on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Avenue, West Lawn, presents the Reading Choral Society in concert on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 4 p.m. For ticket information, please call (610) 898-1939.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, presents a vocal recital featuring Donna Danielski on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. A freewill offering will be received to benefit Atonement Church’s Arts Ministry.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington Street, Reading, presents Organist Thomas Dressler in a Wednesday Noonday Recital on April 30, 2014. Recitals run from 12:05 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a reception following.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington Street, Reading, hosts the annual Members’ Recital of the Reading Chapter, AGO, on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, presents the Berks Youth Chorus in concert on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 4 p.m. For ticket information, please call (610) 898-7664.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing presents “Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes,” featuring Jill Haley, oboe and English horn, and Dave Cullen, guitar, on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 7 p.m.
“From the Editor”
Unfortunately, many records of the early decades of the Reading Chapter, AGO, were lost some years ago. Every once in a while, though, parts of our otherwise lost history resurface in odd ways. Gathering the information for our 2013 Annual Members’ Recital at Frieden’s Church, Shartlesville, I turned to my “Organ Handbook 2003,” for the stoplist of their Thomas Dieffenbach Organ. (The Organ Historical Society held its 2003 convention in Central Pennsylvania, and Shartlesville was one of the performance venues.) Salem Church, Bethel, which houses an 1872 Thomas Dieffenbach instrument, was also visited by those OHS conventioneers. It turns out that the Salem Church recitalist was John Charles Schucker, a native of Rehrersburg, and the winner of the first scholarship of the Reading Chapter, AGO, presented in conjunction with the Reading Musical Foundation. Mr. Schucker went on to graduate from the Juilliard School. We had forgotten that the Reading Chapter’s Young Organist Scholarship had existed–at least briefly–prior to the current series of annual scholarship awards that began in 2002.
- Michael A. Baal, Editor
Chapter Treasurer Mrs. Annamae R. Loose coordinates all membership matters for the Reading Chapter. If you are considering joining our AGO Chapter, please contact her by mail: 1024 Mahlon Drive, Leesport, PA 19533-9002; by telephone: (610) 926-4548; or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zion Lutheran Church, 300 W. High St., Womelsdorf, Pa. 19567, seeks an Organist/Choir Director. Responsibilities include one Sunday service, adult choir, plus possible children’s choir. Contact church at address above, or call (610) 589-4130, or e-mail email@example.com for more information, or to apply. (Posted February, 2014.)
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1185 Summer Hill Road, Auburn, Pa. 17922, seeks a Director of Music/Organist. Responsibilities include providing musical leadership for two Sunday services plus special worship services, directing adult choir, contemporary music group, and handbell choir. Resources include 2-manual Moeller Pipe Organ, piano, and keyboard. Full job description available upon request. Submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to church address above. (Posted February, 2014.)
Shenkel United Church of Christ, 1580 Shenkel Road, Pottstown, Pa., 19465 seeks a Director of Music Ministries/Choir Director/Organist-Accompanist (One combined position, or two separate positions). Our 300+ member church offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Contact Linda Foss, Search Committee Chair, at (610) 326-3535 or via e-mail to email@example.com. (Posted February, 2014).
Wyomissing United Church of Christ, Gouglersville, seeks a Music Director/Organist. Responsibilities include one Sunday morning worship service plus one monthly praise service, one adult choir, two children’s choirs, and bell choir. Please direct inquiries to the church at 2 Vermont Road, Sinking Spring, Pa., 19608. (Posted January, 2014.)
Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606, is seeking a part-time organist to play for two weekly Sunday morning worship services. For more information, and/or to submit resume, contact the church at the address above, call (610) 779-0534, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (Posted October, 2013.)
The Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem, 18015, seeks an Organist and Choirmaster. The church has a membership of about 650 and is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. Inquiries may be directed to Mrs. Karen Boksan, Co-Chair of the Music Search Committee, at email@example.com or mailed to her attention at the church address above. (Posted October, 2013.)
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Front & Windsor Streets, Reading, is seeking a musician to play hymns on an electronic piano for the weekly 10 a.m. Sunday worship service. An honorarium will be provided. Contact the Rev. Bruce Baker at (610) 374-7914 for more information. (Posted October, 2013.)
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 300 W. First Street, Birdsboro, 19508, seeks a part-time Minister of Music. For a full job description, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.(Posted September, 2013.)
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 301 Penn Avenue, Robesonia, 19551, seeks a part-time Minister of Music. Responsibilities include one weekly Sunday morning service (organ and piano) plus one rehearsal (adult choir and bell choir). Interested candidates may submit resumes to the church at the address above. (Posted August, 2013.)
First United Church of Christ, Hamburg, is seeking a part-time choir director for one weekly Sunday morning service plus the usual special holiday services. Call (610)562-2593 for more information, or e-mail email@example.com. (Posted July, 2013.)
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 E. Main St., Kutztown, 19530, seeks a part-time Director of Music. Resources include 3-manual, 37-rank Schantz pipe organ; 3 octaves of hand bells, 2 octaves of hand chimes; adult choir. Contact the church at the address above, or by telephone (610) 683-3140, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (Posted July, 2013.)
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 421 Windsor Street, Reading, PA 19601, seeks a part-time (15-20 hours per week) Organist/Choir Director. Responsibilities include two Sunday services, adult choir, bell choir, and occasional special services. Instrument is a recently refurbished E. M. Skinner pipe organ; bilingual abilities would be a plus. E-mail resumes email@example.com or mail to address above. For more information call (610) 376-0825. (Posted May, 2013.)
Trinity United Church of Christ, Rehrersburg, is seeking an Organist/Choir Director. Call (610) 589-2310 or (610) 207-8203 for more information. (Posted August, 2012.)
All Souls Church, worshipping in the chapel at 640 Centre Avenue, Reading, seeks an organist for 1 p.m. Sunday worship services. Information and job description is available from firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling (610) 621-1738, or at www.allsoulsecumenical.org. (Posted May, 2012.)
Note: these listings reflect the best current information received by the chapter dean about area vacancies. We attempt to keep the list current, but notice of a vacancy being filled is not always reported to us in a timely fashion.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.
Ms. Joyce Maurer, SPC, Dean - email@example.com
Mr. Kevin Kline, Sub-Dean - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Annamae R. Loose, Treasurer - email@example.com
Ms. Christina M. Koch, Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Lee Ferrier, Executive Committee -email@example.com
Mrs. Marjorie Fitz, CAGO, Executive Committee -firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Teresa Kissling, Executive Committee -email@example.com
Mrs. Elaine Stetser, Executive Committee -firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Michael A. Baal, D.M.A., AAGO, Newsletter/Website Editor - email@example.com