Cumberland Valley Chapter

[last updated 4/6/15]

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 2014-15

Monday, September 15 – 6:30 p.m.
Potluck Dinner, Free Music Exchange
Guild Service with Installation of Officers
Zion Lutheran Church
Williamsport, MD
David Loy, host

Friday, October 24 – 7:30 p.m.
Organ Spooktacular Concert, combined with Chambersburg
Mercersburg Academy Chapel, Mercersburg, PA
Jim Brinson and Richard Rotz, hosts

November, 22nd – 9:30 a.m. to late afternoon
Organ Crawl in Washington, D.C.
Meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hagerstown (lower parking lot)
Carpool leaves at 9:30 a.m.
Arrive back at St. John’s late afternoon

Sunday December 7 – 4 p.m.
AGO Christmas Concert
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Waynesboro, PA
Debbie Zacher, host
Members Christmas Party following the concert
at the home of Clair Johannsen

Sunday, January 25 – 4 p.m.
Organ Plus Recital
Christ Reformed UCC
Hagerstown, MD
Cheryl Wilson, host

Monday, February 23 – 7 p.m.
Composer Robert Lau
Presenting some of his organ and choral works
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Mary Ward, host

Sunday, March 22 – 4 p.m.
Bach Festival Concert
Trinity Lutheran Church
Hagerstown, MD
Greg Shook, host

Sunday, April 12 – 4 p.m.
AGO Students Recital
John Wesley United Methodist Church
Hagerstown, MD
Benjamin Ball, host

Saturday, May 16 – 6 p.m.
Year End Banquet and Recital
Combined with the Chambersburg AGO Chapter
Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA
Jim Brinson/Richard Rotz, hosts


Recitals and Musical Events in the Region


Saturday, April 11 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 12 – 3 p.m.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Sharon Isbin performs Chris Brubeck
Maryland Theatre
Hagerstown, MD

Sunday, April 12 – 4 p.m.
AGO Students Recital
John Wesley UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Benjamin Ball, host
Sunday, April 12 – 10:30 p.m.
The Rose of Calvary
An Easter Cantata by Joseph Martin
John Wesley UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, April 19 – 3 p.m.
Organ Recital
Ken Stoops
John Wesley UMC
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, April 26 – 5 p.m.
Poetry and Choral Music for the Liturgical Year
Mark King, Director
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Hagerstown, MD
Sunday, May 3 – 3 p.m.
Singing our Faith-Choirs/Handbells
Director/Organist: Benjamin Ball
St. Paul’s UMC
Smithsburg, MD
Sunday, May 3 – 3 p.m.
Organ Recital
James David Christie
Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church
1320 Park Ave
Baltimore, MD
Saturday, May 16 – 6 p.m.
Year-End Banquet and Recital
(Combined with Chambersburg AGO Chapter)
Mercersburg Academy
Mercersburg, PA
Jim Brinson and Richard Rotz, hosts
Sunday, May 17 – 3 p.m.
Singing our Faith-Choirs/Handbells
Director/Organist: Benjamin Ball
John Wesley UMC
Hagerstown, MD
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.



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 –
Elizabeth Krouse, Secretary – 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 –
Elizabeth Krouse, Executive Board Member/Archivist –
Mary Ward, Executive Board Member –
Debbie Zacher, Executive Board Member –



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