Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 3/22/20]

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the AGO Cumberland Valley Chapter website. We are happy to welcome new members 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 all involved in organ and sacred music. The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ. The Guild offers an array of services to support this mission, including regional and national conventions, the monthly publication The American Organist, Pipe Organ Encounters, jobs listings, and a series of certifications. Please visit our parent site at for information about these services. For information about our chapter, including chapter events, area concerts, current board members, and our substitute list, scroll down!

Steve Pastena
18906 Waldron Place
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Cell: 631-804-8501


Chapter Program Schedule 2019-20

Monday September 16, 2019 – 6 PM
Welcome Back Meeting: Potluck Dinner, Music Sharing, and Summer Recap
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Williamsport
Host: Kathy McKinley

Monday October 21, 2019 – 7 PM
Surviving the Holidays as a Church Musician: Ideas for Stress Management
Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Orville Browne, chaplain of Meritus Medical Center
Haven Lutheran Church, Hagerstown
Host: Steve Pastena

Sunday November 10, 2019 – 4 PM
AGO Pops! Bach to Rock Concert
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hagerstown
Host: Mary Ward

Sunday December 15, 2019 – 4 PM
Annual Christmas Concert
Grace UMC, Hagerstown
Host: Jonathan Leonard

Saturday February 15, 2020 – 10 AM
Basic Improvisation Clinic and Resource Sharing
Beaver Creek Christian Church, Hagerstown
Host: Monica Bowen

Annual Bach Festival
Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown
Host: Greg Shook

Sunday April 19, 2020 – 6 PM
Post-Easter Social Dinner
Location TBD
Host: Steve Pastena

Saturday May (Date TBD)
Annual Banquet with Chambersburg Chapter
Location TBD


Recitals and Musical Events in the Region


*Many current events on this list have been cancelled or postponed. Please check with the church or venue for the status of your event*

Thursday February 27, 2020 – 7:30 PM
Salon Series – Lynne Mackey, pianist
W.H. Shipley Recital Hall
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
Saturday February 29, 2020 – 7:30 PM
Maryland Symphony Orchestra, feat. Time for Three
Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday March 8, 2020 – 3 PM
Van Looy Series: Russell Weismann, organ
Thomson Chapel
Wilson College
Chambersburg, PA
Saturday March 14, 2020 – 7:30 PM
Sunday March 15, 2020 – 3 PM

Maryland Symphony Orchestra: Mozart + Mahler
Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday March 15, 2020 – 3 PM
Frederick Symphony Orchestra: Teutonic Nights
Coffman Chapel at Hood College
Frederick MD
Sunday March 15, 2020 – 4 PM
Jonathan Leonard, organist
Grace United Methodist Church
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday March 22, 2020 – 5 PM
Choral Evensong for the Fourth Sunday in Lent
St. John’s Parish Choir
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Hagerstown, MD
Thursday March 26, 2020 – 6:30 PM
Faculty Recital: James Martin, trombone
W.H. Shipley Recital Hall
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
To add your event, please contact Steve Pastena by email:




Our newsletter is “The Chimney Flute”.
Contact information for the Co-Editors:

Cheryl Wilson

Mark 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. Email: 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

Substitute List

Judith Brown – Available for Sunday worship, Temple services, weddings, and funerals. 240-522-5070,
Peggy Lacey Craig – Organist/harpsichordist, harpsichord and flute ensemble, available for weddings, funerals, and non-Sunday morning services. home: 304-258-8088,
Elizabeth Krouse – Available for evening services or during the week, also for weddings or funerals. home: 240-625-7995,
Tom Lang – Available for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing.
Judith Miller – Available for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing. 301-223-4211,
Bill Moersen – Available for weddings, funerals, services. 304-283-1691,
Rick Morrison – Available for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing. 304-876-6460
Nae H. Pearson – Available for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing. cell: 703-629-0153,
David Smith – Available for funerals and weekday or evening services. 301-992-3000,
Nathan Strite – Available for weddings and funerals. cell: 301-491-2868,
Jerrold Tidwell – Available for weddings, funerals, and weekday or evening services. cell: 609-992-5158,

*If you would like your name added/removed from this list, please contact our webmaster and newsletter co-editors.



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

Steve Pastena, Dean/webmaster –
Debbie Zacher, Sub-dean –
Elizabeth Krouse, Archivist – 240-204-8314,
Judy Miller, Treasurer – 301.223.4211,
Cheryl Wilson, Newsletter Co-Editor –
Mark King, Newsletter Co-Editor –
Monica Bowen, Membership Coordinator –
David Loy, Executive Board Member –
Mary Ward, Executive Board Member –
Rick Morrison, Executive Board Member –



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