Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 10/5/17]

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

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

Annual Banquet w/Chambersburg Chapter
*Location and Date TBD

Recitals and Musical Events in the Region


Friday October 6 – 7 PM
Eastern Echos
Jeremy Koch, saxophone; Yu-Hsuan Liao, piano
St. John’s Episcopal Church Hagerstown, MD
Sunday October 8 – 4 PM
Dr. John T. Lowe, Jr., Organ
Grace UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday October 8 – 5 PM
Christian Lane, organ
Frederick Presbyterian Church
Frederick, MD
Saturday October 14 – 7:30 PM
Sunday October 15 – 3 PM
Bach to Beethoven… & Beyond!
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday October 21 – 7:30 PM
Moscow on the Monocacy
Frederick Symphony Orchestra
Kussmaul Theater at Frederick Community College
Frederick, MD
Sunday October 22 – 4 PM
“25 Years of Music”
Hagerstown Choral Arts
Church of the Brethren
Hagerstown, MD
Thursday October 26 – 8 PM
Salon Concert Series
Shipley Recital Hall
Frank Center, Shepherd University
Friday October 27 – 7:30 PM
Halloween Pipes Spooktacular
Presented by the Cumberland Valley and Chambersburg AGO chapters
Chapel at Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PA
Friday October 27 – 8 PM
Fall Choral Concert
Frank Center Theater
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
Sunday November 5 – 5 PM
Choral Evensong for the Sunday after All Saints’ Day
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hagerstown
Thursday November 9 – 8 PM
Student Jazz Combos Concert
Shipley Recital Hall
Frank Center, 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. 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: 240-625-7995,

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

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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