Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 9/9/20]

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 2020-21

*Due to the pandemic, our Fall 2020 programming will be all-virtual. Spring events will be determined at a board meeting planned for November.*

Monday September 14, 2020 – 7 PM
Welcome Back Meeting: fellowship time, keeping choirs engaged, and copyright information
Hosted on Zoom (see chapter newsletter email for details)
Host: Steve Pastena

October Virtual Concert
Members will prepare video recordings and send in to be combined into a concert video,
to be premiered at the end of the month. Look for more information through email.

No chapter-wide event planned. The executive board will meet to plan programming for spring 2021.

Sunday December 6, 2020 – 7 PM
Members Christmas Party
Hosted on Zoom (join details will be sent in future newsletter)
Host: Steve Pastena






Recitals and Musical Events in the Region


October 18 – 4 PM
Nathan Strite, organ and piano (Virtual Concert)
Access via Grace’s Facebook page or at
Grace UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Friday October 23rd – 7 PM
Silent Movies (Virtual Concert)
Dave Calendine, organist for Detroit Theater
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday November 1st – 5 PM
Virtual Evensong
St. John’s Episcopal 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: 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, Email
Peggy Lacey Craig – Organist/harpsichordist, harpsichord and flute ensemble, available for weddings, funerals, and non-Sunday morning services. home: 304-258-8088,Email
Elizabeth Krouse – Available for evening services or during the week, also for weddings or funerals. home: 240-625-7995,Email
Tom Lang – Available for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing. Email
Judith Miller – Available for weddings, funerals, Sunday worship and service playing. 301-223-4211, Email
Bill Moersen – Available for weddings, funerals, services. 304-283-1691, Email
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, Email
David Smith – Available for funerals and weekday or evening services. 301-992-3000, Email
Nathan Strite – Available for weddings and funerals. cell: 301-491-2868, Email
Jerrold Tidwell – Available for weddings, funerals, and weekday or evening services. cell: 609-992-5158, Email

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



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