Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 6/18/17]

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 2017-18

*Thank you for making our last season successful! We hope you enjoyed the various programs offered throughout last Fall and Spring. If you have any feedback, please contact one of our board members. We will be meeting in July to create the program for next season. Come back here in August for a list of programs for next season!



Recitals and Musical Events in the Region


Sunday June 11 – Sunday August 20 – 7:30 PM
Hagerstown Municipal Band
Summer Concert Series
Dr. Peter Buys Band Shell, City Park
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday June 17 – 7:30 PM
“Forbidden Love”
Frederick Symphony Orchestra
Kussmaul Theater, FCC
Frederick, MD
Thursday June 22 – 7 PM
Appalachian Winds
Brodbeck Hall, Hood College
Frederick, MD
Monday June 26 – 7 PM
Maryland Wind Festival
Delaplaine Visual Arts & Education Center
Frederick, MD
Wednesday June 28 – 7 PM
Maryland Wind Festival
“Folk Songs and Serenades”
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Friday June 30 – 7 PM
Maryland Wind Festival
Festival Finale
Frederick Presbyterian Church
Frederick, MD
Saturday July 1 – 7:30 PM
Salute to Independence
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Antietam National Battlefield
Sharpsburg, MD
Saturday July 15 – 4 PM
Julie Bell and Friends
feat. Julie Bell Huff, Flute
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
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. 301-724-1407,

Peggy Lacey Craig – Available for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing. home: 304-754-3393,

Elizabeth Krouse – Available for evening services or during the week, also for weddings or funerals. home: 240-204-8314,

Judith Miller – Available for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing. 301-223-4211,

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, Secretary/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 –



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