Reading PA

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Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the website of the Reading, Pennsylvania, Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Chapter membership includes organists and others from the Greater Reading area, encompassing Berks and Schuylkill Counties.

Please contact the chapter dean or one of the other chapter officers listed below for assistance with suggestions for organists available for Sunday substitute work or for a list of available organ teachers offering private instruction.

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Local Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, all planned events for the current period have been postponed indefinitely.

 

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Newsletter

“From the Editor”

The Reading Chapter’s Young Organist Scholarship is awarded annually to a student in grades 7 to 11 from Berks and Schuylkill Counties who is new to the organ (Less than 1 year of formal organ study prior to the audition date). The scholarship is administered in partnership with the Reading Musical Foundation; please visit the Reading Musical Foundation website for complete application information. 2020 Scholarship auditions were to be held at Albright College on the weekend of March 14-15, 2020; due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, 2020 scholarship auditions have been postponed until further notice.

– Michael A. Baal, Editor

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Membership

The Chapter Treasurer normally coordinates all membership matters for the Reading Chapter.

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Placement

Reformation Lutheran Church, 3670 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, Pa. 19606, a midsize congregation just outside Reading, is seeking a creative part-time director of music to lead our congregational song for two Sunday services each week using organ and piano, and directing a choir of 15 people. Instruments available include an Allen organ and a 7-foot Yamaha grand piano. We anticipate a salary of about $27,000 for this position, commensurate with experience, etc. Send resumé to Email. (Posted January, 2020.)

St. Daniel’s Lutheran Church, 480 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, PA 19551, is seeking a part-time Choir Director to lead a 12 to 15 voice choir, serving from September 1 through the Day of Pentecost with one rehearsal each week and one Sunday off each month. An additional responsibility involves working with the Reading Pops Orchestra to present the Annual Christmas Vesper Service. Questions or resumes should be labeled “Confidential, Choir Director Applicant” and can be sent to the church at the address above or by Email  (Posted December, 2019.)

First Reformed United Church of Christ, 76 S. Third St., Hamburg, Pa. 19526, seeks a part-time Organist/Piano Accompanist for one weekly service, one choir rehearsal, as well as special services such as Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Lenten, and special Choir Programs. Salary commensurate with experience. Candidate should be willing to work with Pastor, Choir Director, and Worship and Music Committee. If interested, please contact Martha Bertolet at (610) 562-7414. (Posted September, 2019.)

St. John’s (Gernant’s) United Church of Christ, 13 Gernant’s Rd., Leesport, Pa. 19533, seeks a part-time Music Director/Organist to play organ and piano, and direct adult choir. Compensation and benefits will be discussed at interview. Send resume to Church President, Samuel J. Reimert at Email, by mail to the church at address above, attn: Samuel J. Reimert, President. (Posted August, 2019.)

St. John’s (Hain’s) United Church of Christ, 591 N. Church Rd., Wernersville, PA 19565, is seeking a part-time organist to play every Sunday, one service during the summer, and two services during the rest of the year. Candidate must be experienced, proficient in various genres of music, and able to work in collaborative relationship with Music Director and Pastor. Please send resumé to Email. Interviews will start immediately.

Note: these listings reflect the best current information received by the chapter dean about area vacancies. We attempt to keep the list current, but notice of a vacancy being filled is not always reported to us in a timely fashion.

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.

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Certification

 

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Contact Us

Mr. John C. Brewster, Dean – Email
Sub-dean – vacant
Mr. David S. Wagner, Treasurer – Email
Mrs. JoAnne M. Lutz, Secretary – Email

Mr. Lee C. Ferrier, Executive Committee – Email
Ms. Joyce A. Maurer, SPC, Executive Committee – Email
Mr. Matthew D. Wary, Executive Committee – Email
Mrs. Barbara F. Woods, SPC, Executive Committee – Email
Rev. Michael A. Baal, D.M.A., AAGO, Newsletter/Website Editor – Email

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Links

AGO National website