Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 11/29/17]

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 www.agohq.org 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
stephenpastena@yahoo.com

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Chapter Program Schedule 2017-18

September 18th, 2017, 6 PM
Welcome Back Meeting and Potluck
Zion Lutheran, Williamsport
David Loy, Host

October 27, 2017, 7:30 PM
Spooktacular! A combined concert event
with the Chambersburg and Cumberland Valley
Chapters of the AGO
Chapel at Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PA

November 11th, 2017, 10 AM – 12 PM
Service Playing Masterclass with Ann Labounsky
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Mark King, Host

December 3rd, 2017, 4 PM
Annual Christmas Concert
Grace UMC, Hagerstown
Jonathan Leonard, Host

February 5th, 2018, 7 PM
Wed & Dead: stories and suggestions for planning weddings and funerals
Evangelical Lutheran, Waynesboro, PA
Debbie Zacher, Host

March 18th, 2018, 4 PM
Annual Bach Festival
Trinity Lutheran, Hagerstown
Greg Shook, Host

April 22nd, 2018, 4 PM
“Pops” Concert
John Wesley UMC, Hagerstown
Stephen Pompa, Host

May
Annual Banquet w/Chambersburg Chapter
*Location and Date TBD
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Recitals and Musical Events in the Region

 

Saturday December 2 – 3:30 & 7:30 PM
Sunday December 3 – 3 PM

Fall Concert
Mercersburg Area Community Chorus
Chapel at Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PA
www.mercersburgchorus.org
Saturday December 2 – 8 PM
Masterworks Chorale Concert
Frank Center Theater
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
Sunday December 3 – 4pm
AGO Christmas Concert
Grace UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday December 9 – 3 & 7:30 PM
Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker
Frederick Symphony Orchestra
Kussmaul Theater at Frederick Community College
Frederick, MD
www.fredericksymphony.org
Saturday December 9 – 4 PM
A Christmas Celebration
Hagerstown Choral Arts
Trinity Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
www.hagerstownchoralarts.org
Saturday December 9 – 5 PM
Haven’s Christmas Concert
feat. Appalachian Wind Quintet and Haven Senior Choir
Haven Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday December 16 – 7 PM
Sunday December 17 – 3 PM

Home for the Holidays
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
www.marylandsymphony.org
Sunday December 17 – 10:15 AM
Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Hagerstown, MD
Thursday January 11 – 8 PM
Salon Concert Series
Shipley Recital Hall
Frank Center, Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
Sunday January 14 – 4pm
Jonathan Leonard, organ
Grace UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Thursday February 1 – 8 PM
Salon Concert Series
Shipley Recital Hall
Frank Center, Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
To add your event, please contact Steve Pastena by email:
stephenpastena@yahoo.com

 

 

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Newsletter

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

Cheryl Wilson
240-675-0142
cwilson@kaneisable.com

Mark King
301.733.2560, ext. 108
mking.stjohns@myactv.net

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Membership

For information regarding joining our chapter, please contact Monica Bowen, Membership Coordinator to receive a Membership Brochure and application. Email: monicabowen@juno.com or call 304.263.6026

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Placement

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website

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Substitute List

Judith Brown – Available for Sunday worship, Temple services, weddings, and funerals. 301-724-1407, brojuda49@verizon.net

Peggy Lacey Craig – Available for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing. home: 304-754-3393, PLCraig3@comcast.net

Elizabeth Krouse – Available for evening services or during the week, also for weddings or funerals. home: 240-625-7995, veteranorganist@myactv.net

Tom LangAvailable for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing. 860-930-9350, Tomlang63@gmail.com

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

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, Holymusic@aol.com

David Smith – Available for funerals and weekday or evening services. 301-992-3000, azazeldls@usa.net

Nathan Strite – Available for weddings and funerals. cell: 301-491-2868, nastrite@gmail.com

Jerrold Tidwell – Available for weddings, funerals, and weekday or evening services. cell: 609-992-5158, jerrold.tidwell@gmail.com

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

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Certification

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, www.agohq.org

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Contact Us

Steve Pastena, Dean/webmaster – stephenpastena@yahoo.com
Debbie Zacher, Sub-dean – dzacher@comcast.net
Elizabeth Krouse, Secretary/Archivist – 240-204-8314, veteranorganist@myactv.net
Judy Miller, Treasurer – 301.223.4211, organist@myactv.net
Cheryl Wilson, Newsletter Co-Editor – cwilson@kaneisable.com
Mark King, Newsletter Co-Editor – mking.stjohns@myactv.net
Monica Bowen, Membership Coordinator – monicabowen@juno.com
David Loy, Executive Board Member – wloy313221@aol.com
Mary Ward, Executive Board Member – maryaliceward@yahoo.com

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Links

AGO National website
Chapter Facebook Page