Reading PA


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.


Local Events

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.

– Michael A. Baal, Editor



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



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.





Contact Us

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

Mr. Thomas Busteed, Executive Committee – Email
Mr. Lee C. Ferrier, Executive Committee – Email
Mrs. Carla Seidel, SPC, Executive Committee – Email
Mr. Matthew D. Wary, Executive Committee – Email

Rev. Michael A. Baal, D.M.A., AAGO, Newsletter/Website Editor – Email



AGO National website