Last updated: January 26, 2015 at 11:51 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.
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.
Berks Youth Chorus’s Second Pops Concert will be presented in Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 4 p.m. For ticket information, please call (610) 898-7664.
A Memorial Concert paying tribute to the life and accomplishments of Rebecca Gass Butler will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 3 p.m. in Albright College’s Memorial Chapel.
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.
Trinity United Church of Christ, 2340 State St., East Petersburg, PA 17520, presents the Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 3 p.m. A freewill offering is being received.
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.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, presents the Berks Youth Chorus Spring Concert, “Spring Into Song,” on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 4 p.m. For ticket information, please call (610) 898-7664.
“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
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: email@example.com
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1375 Friedensburg Road, Reading, PA 19606, is seeking an Organist or Pianist for one Sunday morning worship service with a small choir. Call (610) 779-4620 for more information; resumes can be sent to the church at the address above. (Posted January, 2015.)
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mertztown, seeks someone to lead their Music Ministry program (10-15 hours per week). In addition to providing musical leadership for congregational worship and choir(s), the candidate should possess handbell experience. If interested, contact the Rev. Jeremiah Sassaman at (610) 657-0269. (Posted January, 2015.)
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orwigsburg, seeks a part-time Organist/Choir Director with handbell experience. For more information contact Pastor Lee Diefenderfer at (570) 366-2316 or e-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Posted January, 2015.)
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 121 Church St., Phoenixville, PA 19460, seeks an Organist/Choir Director. Responsibilities include one Sunday morning worship service plus special holy day worship services, weekly choir rehearsal preceding the Sunday service, plus youth choir rehearsals as needed; instrument is a 1980 II/24 Austin pipe organ. Annual salary is budgeted at $18,000; additional compensation rates established for weddings and funerals. E-mail resume to email@example.com. Interviews will begin in January, 2015.
Calvary Lutheran Church, 1009 Elizabeth Avenue, Laureldale, Pa. 19605, is seeking a Bell and/or Choir Director. Music education or relevant experience is desired; excellent communications skills are a must. Interested persons can e-mail a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail the resume to Anne M. Hain, 1760 Ramich Rd., Temple, PA 19560, by October 27, 2014.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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 email@example.com. (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. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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.
Mrs. Teresa A. Kissling, Dean – firstname.lastname@example.org
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