Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 10/20/16]

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the Cumberland Valley Chapter website. We are happy to welcome new people 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 people involved in church music. The purpose of the American Guild of Organists is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.

David Loy
600 Knightsbridge Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Cell: 301.991.3354


Chapter Program Schedule 2016-17

Monday September 19 – 6 PM
Potluck Dinner and meeting
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Williamsport, MD
Host: Kathy McKinley

Friday October 21 – 7:30 PM
Halloween Spooktacular
Combined with the Chambersburg Chapter
Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PA
Host: Jim Brinson

Monday November 7 – 7 PM
Demonstration Recital by Ken Brown
Showcasing the newly-installed Rodgers organ
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Boonsboro, MD

Sunday December 11 – 4 PM
Annual AGO Christmas Concert
Zion Lutheran Church
Williamsport, MD
Host: David Loy

February TBD

Sunday March 19 – 4 PM
Bach Festival
Trinity Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Host: Greg Shook

April TBD

Saturday May 20 – 6 PM
AGO End-of-Year Banquet
Combined with Chambersburg Chapter
Greencastle Presbyterian Church


*We are still working on confirming some of our upcoming chapter events. As soon as they are set, this space will be updated.




Recitals and Musical Events in the Region


Saturday October 15 – 8 PM
Country Legends
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD
Friday October 21 – 7:30 PM
Halloween Spooktacular
Co-Sponsored by Cumberland Valley and Chambersburg AGO Chapters
Chapel at Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PA
Saturday October 22 – 7:30
Frederick Symphony Orchestra
Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College
Frederick, MD
Sunday October 23 – 3 PM
Ray and Beth Chenault, organist duo
Thompson Chapel, Wilson College
Chambersburg, PA
Sunday October 30 – 3 PM
Mary Ward, organ
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Saturday November 5 – 8 PM
Masterworks Concert Fall 2016
Frank Center Theater
Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
Sunday November 6 – 5 PM
Choral Evensong for the Sunday after All Saints’ Day
Mark King, Director
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Thursday November 10 – 8 PM
Shepherd University Jazz Ensembles Concert Fall 2016
Frank Center Theater
Shepherd University
Saturday November 12 – 8 PM
Sunday November 13 – 3 PM

Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Feat. Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Maryland Theatre
To add your event, please contact Stephen 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

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 Sunday worship and service playing. cell: 301-491-2868,

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

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

*If you would like your name added/removed from this list, please email



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

David Loy, Dean –
Stephen Pastena, Sub Dean/webmaster –
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 –
Clair Johannsen, Executive Board Member –
Mary Ward, Executive Board Member –
Debbie Zacher, Executive Board Member –



AGO National website
Chapter Facebook Page