Reading PA

Last updated: September 17, 2014 at 11:22 am

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.

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Local Events

The Philadelphia Organ Quartet will appear in concert at Fleetwood High School, 803 N. Richmond St., Fleetwood, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in a program benefiting Berks Base 18, a group that presents assemblies to Jr./Sr. High School students on values. Tickets are $28. Call (610) 763-8043 or e-mail mracine09@gmail.com for more information or to place a ticket order.

The Theater Organ Society of the Delaware Valley presents the 1924 silent film “Shy Girl” starring Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston accompanied by organist Clark Wilson on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 2 p.m. at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Event tickets are $12.50+ at the door for adults, $5+ for children age 12 and under; all tickets are subject to a mandatory $1.50 surcharge from the Colonial Theatre. Proceeds benefit the TOSDV theatre pipe organ restoration fund.

Calvary United Church of Christ, 640 Centre Avenue, Reading, presents a Coffee House featuring Mark James on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. A freewill offering is being received.

First United Church of Christ, 611 Washington Street, Reading, presents organist Joan Lippincott in recital on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 3 p.m.

Reading Chapter, AGO, Hymnody Workshop with David Cherwien, will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4125 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 9 a.m. The three-hour event consists of two sessions: (1) “Different Times, Different Spaces–Varied Voices,” and (2) “Hospitality in Hymnody.” All are invited to participate; registration is required: Adult – $15, and Student – $10. Please contact chapter officers listed below for further information.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington Street, Reading, presents a Hymn Festival led by David Cherwien on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran Church, 1009 Elizabeth Avenue, Laureldale, presents the annual Hunsicker Memorial Organ Recital on Sunday,October 19, 2014, at 4 p.m. Andrew Senn, Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, will perform works of J. S. Bach, Max Reger, and Camille Saint-Saens. A freewill offering will be received, and a reception will follow the performance.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 W. Arch Street, Pottsville, presents the tenth annual Reformation Sunday organ recital/choral concert on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 3 p.m. Organist Michael Kiehner will perform works of J. S. Bach, Cesar Franck, Denis Bedard, and others, and accompany a combined Pottsville City church choir conducted by Catherine Zimmerman in four anthems.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington Street, Reading, presents Jill Haley, oboe, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, in a Noonday Recital at 12:05 p.m. Noonday Recitals conclude at 12:30 p.m., and a reception with refreshments follows each program.

Holy Cross United Methodist Church, 329 N. Fifth St., Reading, presents organist Rebecca Kleintop Owens in recital on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 4 p.m. as the church celebrates the dedication of their newly-renovated Ruffati/Walker instrument. Off-street parking is available at the rear of the church.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington St., Reading, presents Lars Potteiger, jazz piano, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, in a Noonday Recital at 12:05 p.m. Noonday Recitals conclude at 12:30 p.m., and a reception with refreshments follows each program.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington St., Reading, presents Nora Suggs, flute, and Stephen Williams, piano, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in a Noonday Recital at 12:05 p.m. Noonday Recitals conclude at 12:30 p.m., and a reception with refreshments follows each program.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington St., Reading, presents Justin Huie, tenor, on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, in a Noonday Recital at 12:05 p.m. Noonday Recitals conclude at 12:30 p.m., and a reception with refreshments follows each program.

First United Church of Christ, 611 Washington St., Reading, presents organist Alexander Frey in recital on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 3 p.m. A freewill offering is received, and a reception with refreshments follows the program.

St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ, 591 N. Church Rd., Wernersville, presents the cantata “The Word Made Flesh,” by Stephen Walters on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 7 p.m. The program, under the direction of Dr. Jane Hagness, includes Hain’s Church’s adult and bell choirs and world percussion ensemble, with organist Michael A. Baal.

St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ, 591 Church Rd., Wernersville, presents “Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes,” musical compositions by Jill Haley accompanied by a photo slideshow, on Sunday, February 1, 2015, at 3 p.m. The music will be performed by Jill Haley, Oboe; Dave Cullen, Guitar; and Jane Hagness, Piano.

St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ, 591 Church Rd., Wernersville, presents organist Dr. Wayne Wold in recital on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 3 p.m.

The Reading Chapter, AGO, presents “Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza,” a program introducing the organ to young people, on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Maidencreek Church, 261 Main Street, Blandon. Advance registration is requested; please contact any of the chapter officers listed below for further information.

First United Church of Christ, 611 Washington St., Reading, presents “La Fiocco,” a period instrument ensemble specializing in music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in concert on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 3 p.m. A freewill offering will be received, and a reception follows the program.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington St., Reading, presents Karl Moyer, Organ, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in a Noonday Recital at 12:05 p.m. Noonday Recitals conclude at 12:30 p.m., and a reception with refreshments follows each program.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington St., Reading, presents Julia MacDonald, Soprano, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in a Noonday Recital at 12:05 p.m. Noonday Recitals conclude at 12:30 p.m., and a reception with refreshments follows each program.

St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ, 591 N. Church Rd., Wernersville, presents “Musica Humana,” a chamber vocal ensemble specializing in Renaissance polyphony, in concert on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 3 p.m.

First United Church of Christ, 611 Washington St., Reading, presents “Irish Mist,” a local ensemble performing Celtic and other traditional music, in concert on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 3 p.m. A freewill offering will be received, and a reception follows the program.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington St., Reading, presents Julianne Michalik, Piano, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in a Noonday Recital at 12:05 p.m. Noonday Recitals conclude at 12:30 p.m., and a reception with refreshments follows each program.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 527 Washington St., Reading, presents David Gross and Karen Eddinger, Organ Duet, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in a Noonday Recital at 12:05 p.m. Noonday Recitals conclude at 12:30 p.m., and a reception with refreshments follows each program.

The Reading Chapter, AGO, presents the annual Members’ Recital on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 3 p.m. at the Jesuit Center, 501 N. Church Road, Wernersville. This event is a fundraiser for the Reading Chapter’s Young Organist Scholarship Fund; an offering will be received. A reception with refreshments follows the program.

 

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Newsletter

“2014 Young Organist Scholarship Winner”

Sarah Woronko, daughter of Thomas and Christine Woronko, is the winner of the Reading Chapter, AGO, Young Organist Scholarship for 2014 – 2015. Sarah has completed Grade 8 at Wilson West Middle School. She is a student of Teresa Kissling. The Reading Chapter, AGO, partners with the Reading Musical Foundation in the administration of the Young Organist Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student from Berks or Schuylkill Counties in Grades 7 – 11, who is new to the organ (less than one year of organ lessons at the time of the audition). For complete information on the scholarship visit www.readingmusical foundation.org.

“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

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Membership

Chapter Treasurer Mr. Kevin R. Kline coordinates all membership matters for the Reading Chapter. If you are considering joining our AGO Chapter, please contact him by mail: 1406 N. 14th St., Reading, PA 19604; by telephone: (610) 763-7393; or by e-mail: krkline@comcast.net

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Placement
 

Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven, Pa. 17972, seeks a Music Director. Responsibilities (15 hours per week) include two Sunday services plus the usual special worship services, directing an adult choir, overseeing and working with a praise team, and fostering music with children. Resources include a twenty-year-old three-manual, thirty-two rank Schantz pipe organ and a Boston grand piano. Salary based on musicianship and experience, plus continuing education support and two weeks vacation to start. For more information click on Music Director link at www.jerusalemlutheran.com. Please submit resume with salary requirements by September 30, 2014, to church at address above. (Posted September, 2014.)

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5 W. Arch St., Fleetwood, Pa. 19522, seeks an Organist/Director of Music. A full job description can be viewed at www.stpaulsfleetwood.org. Interested applicants should contact the church office at (610) 944-0406 or e-mail churchoffice@stpaulsfleetwood.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 zionspastor@comcast.net 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 stpaulsummerhill@gmail.com 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 shenkelucc@aol.com. (Posted February, 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 mail@reformationlutheran.org. (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 rsrah5@comcast.net.(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.)

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 stjohnslutheran@hometownu.com. (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 toholyspiritrdg@gmail.com or mail to address above. For more information call (610) 376-0825. (Posted May, 2013.)

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 allsouls@ptd.net, 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.

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Certification

 

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Contact Us

Mrs. Teresa A. Kissling, Dean – tkissling@saintjohnss.com
Mr. John C. Brewster, Sub-Dean – jcb813@ptd.net
Mr. Kevin R. Kline, Treasurer – krkline@comcast.net
Mrs. Miriam I. Borkert, Secretary – rborkert95@comcast.net

Mr. Lee Ferrier, Executive Committee -leecferrier@gmail.com
Mrs. Marjorie Fitz, CAGO, Executive Committee -fitzgeo@aol.com
Mrs. Annamae R. Loose, Executive Committee -ALoose1024@comcast.net
Mrs. Kimberly F. Ayrton, Executive Committee -kimberly.ayrton@gmail.com
Rev. Michael A. Baal, D.M.A., AAGO, Newsletter/Website Editor – mb2al@verizon.net

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Links

AGO National website