Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 4/7/19]

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 2018-19

September 17th, 2018, 6 PM
Welcome Back Meeting and Potluck
Haven Lutheran, Hagerstown
Steve Pastena, Host

October 26, 2018, 7:30 PM
Spooktacular! A combined concert event
with the Chambersburg and Cumberland Valley
Chapters of the AGO
Greencastle Presbyterian Church
Greencastle, PA

November 11th, 2018, 4 PM
AGO Salutes Our Veterans Concert
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Waynesboro, PA
Debbie Zacher, Host

December 2rd, 2018, 4 PM
Annual Christmas Concert
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Mary Ward, Host

Monday February 18, 7 PM
Organ Maintenance 101
Christ Reformed UCC
Hagerstown, MD
Cheryl Wilson and Judy Miller, Hosts

March 17th, 2019, 4 PM
Annual Bach Festival
Trinity Lutheran, Hagerstown
Greg Shook, Host

April 28nd, 2019, 5 PM
Post-Easter Wind-Down Social
Fireside Restaurant, Hagerstown
David Loy, Host

Saturday May 18, 2019, 6 PM
Annual Banquet w/Chambersburg Chapter
First United Methodist Church
Chambersburg, PA


Recitals and Musical Events in the Region


Saturday April 27 – 3 PM
Frederick Symphony Orchestra Presents:
Spotlight: Children’s Concert – Peter and the Animals
Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown, MD
Saturday April 27 – 7:30 PM
Sunday April 28 – 3 PM

Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents:
Beethoven: Heroines and Heroes
Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown
Saturday May 4 – 4 PM
Hagerstown Choral Arts Presents:
Gladsome Light
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday May 4 – 7:30 PM
Frederick Symphony Orchestra Presents:
The Montagues and the Capulets
Kussmaul Theater at Frederick CC
Frederick, MD
Saturday May 11 – 7:30 PM
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents:
Ella + Louis (A celebration of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong)
Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown
Saturday May 18 – 7:30 PM
Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra
“Nonsense and Sensibility: Beethoven and Walton”
feat. Monica Reinagel and Gran Wilson, narrators
Trinity Episcopal Church
Shepherdstown, WV
Sunday May 19 – 4 PM
Joshua Stafford, organ
Grace UMC, Hagerstown
Thursday May 23 – 7:30 PM
Saint James School Chapel Choir
Linda Stowe, director
St. John’s Episcopal, Hagerstown
Monday May 27 – 11 AM
Hagerstown Choral Arts
Memorial Day Service
Antietam National Cemetery
Sharpsburg, MD
Monday May 27 – 11 AM
Appalachian Winds
Memorial Day Concert
RestHaven Cemetery
Hagerstown, MD
Friday June 7 – 7 PM
Pamela Evans, violin; Mark King, organ
St. John’s Episcopal, Hagerstown
Saturday June 8 – 7:30 PM
Frederick Symphony Orchestra Presents:
An American in Paris in America
Kussmaul Theater at Frederick CC
Frederick, MD
Sunday June 9 – 4 PM
Organ Recital by Elizabeth Krouse, D.M.A.
Christ’s Reformed UCC
Middletown, MD
Hagerstown Municipal Band
Sundays at 7:30 PM from June 9 through August 18
Hagerstown City Park
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 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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