[November 12, 2020]
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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, all planned events for the current period have been postponed indefinitely.
“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 were held remotely in June. Two awards were granted this year, as there had been no applicant for the scholarship in 2019. Congratulations to Maria Mallozzi, first place award winner and to Tedd Stabolepszy, second place award winner. Maria, the daughter of Kari Mallozzi, is a home-schooled ninth grade student; her organ teacher is Kimberly Ayrton. Tedd, the son of Jeff & Kristin Stabolepszy, is in the tenth grade at Governor Mifflin High School; his piano teacher is Thomas Yenser.
– Michael A. Baal, Editor
The Chapter Treasurer normally coordinates all membership matters for the Reading Chapter.
Christ Episcopal Church, 316 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464, (610) 323-2895, seeks a part-time Organist and Choir Director. Responsibilities involve Sunday worship and other major feasts throughout the calendar year, focusing particularly on: planning musical offerings; leading congregational singing with organ and occasional piano accompaniment; rehearsing and directing the choir each week; recruiting and working with other musicians for occasional special musical offerings; being available for pastoral liturgies; maintaining and tastefully expanding the parish’s music library; and working with the parish staff. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV addressed to the Rector, Fr. Joshua Caler, at the address above. (Posted January, 2021.)
Wyomissing (Gouglersville) United Church of Christ, 2 Vermont Road, Reading, PA 19608, seeks a part-time Organist/Choir Director. There is one Sunday worship service plus additional seasonal services. Church has adult, possibly children, and bell choirs and a 3-manual Rodgers digital Organ installed Spring, 2017. Due to covid-19, choirs are not currently practicing or participating during worship. Please send resume/cover letter to Email or call (610) 777-3772 for more information.
Allegheny Evengelical Lutheran Church, 1327 Alleghenyville Rd., Mohnton, PA 19540, seeks a part-time Organist and Choir Director (15-20 hours per week) to oversee traditional music ministries in cooperation with the pastor. This person will organize and prepare adult choir, bell choirs, and special music and work with the Praise Team leader and other staff. Additional responsibilities include organizing special musical events, facilitating fund raising, scheduling special musicians, and organizing and inspiring volunteers and activating new musical interest and talent. Compensation based on experience. For more information visit the church website at church website. E-mail resumés to Email, to the attention of Personnel Team.
New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2941 Lutheran Road, Gilbertsville, PA 19525, (215) 804-8733, seeks a part-time Director of Music Ministry. The principal musician of the congregation, the Director coordinates the orders of service and liturgical music with the Pastor, selects hymns and provides musical accompaniment for worship services, chooses music and rehearses two children’s and two adult vocal choirs, and coordinates with the Handbell Choir Director and GRACE Praise Band Leader to develop a welcoming and inclusive God-centered atmosphere for all generations. Instrument is a two-manual, nineteen-rank Schantz pipe organ (1986). Follow this link to the full job description, which includes temporary modifications due to current COVID-19 pandemic: job description. Apply and/or direct questions to: Steven Eisenhart, Worship and Music Chair, at Email. (Posted September, 2020.)
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.
Rev. Michael A. Baal, D.M.A., AAGO, Newsletter/Website Editor – Email