Southeastern Pa Chapter

Last updated: October 20, 2018 at 10:20 am

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the AGO Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter website, where you may find useful and regional information on activities about the grandest of instruments: THE ORGAN. Celebrating our 57th year (established, 1961), we invite you to browse the events calendar and resources here. Informative workshops, educational presentations, performances, tours, social events, and our periodic newsletter, VOX HUMANA aim to support all-things-organ. If you are currently seeking a national professional organization related to organ and choral fields, look no further! Our only criteria for membership is your interest in organ music.

Join us for an event or as a member; we think you’ll stay for the fun.

Yours musically,

Mary Eileen Johnston

Dean, SEPAAGO

For more information about our chapter, please contact Mary Eileen  (610-633-2264)  maryeileenjohnston@gmail.com.

Membership information may be found below.

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Chapter Events 2018-2019

Friday, September 14, 2018     6:00 pm
Annual pot-luck and hymn sing
Home of Ken Delmar

Saturday, November 3, 2018    10:00 am
Swarthmore Presbyterian NEW Church organ tour by
Megan Malloy Ness, Director of Music
Host: Art Kalemkarian
Swarthmore Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 2, 2018 2:00 pm
Archmere Organ Society restoration project
Tour of chambers and shop
Slide show history of projecct
Host: Mary Eileen Johnston
The Patio: Stay tuned for details

Saturday, January 12, 2019    8:30 am – 3:00 pm
January Jumpstart, hosted by Philadelphia Chapter of the AGO
Carson Cooman will be the featured artist.
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 3, 2019    2:00 pm
“Clergy in Concert”
Highlighting our talented men-in-black as their
instrumental and composers’ “hidden talents” are celebrated
Location TBD

May 2019 Date & Time: TBD
Stoneleigh Sunday afternoon tour of Organ Historical Society stacks and
A. Skinner console/outdoor grounds.
Host: Jonathan Wald

June 2019 TBD

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Newsletter

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Membership

Although most of our professional members are church organists, there are many of us who are members for the sheer love of organ music. AGO is “non denominational,” secular, and all are welcome to join as a member, regardless of musical ability. The American Guild of Organists Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (SEPA AGO) was first chartered  as the Chester Chapter (1961). In 1967, our current name saw to include the wider demographic of our membership base. Today, one of our most treasured benefits is  the built-in camaraderie of a smaller group.

Albeit small in size, our scope of membership is a diverse group of organists, organ enthusiasts, organ builders, organ music lovers, and concert-goers spanning a wider geographical area.

Since it’s inception to today, SEPA AGO has striven to present a high quality of lectures, concerts, and workshops pertinent to our organization. These programs aim to reflect a local look at church, theatre, and home organ interests. For a variety of tastes and interests, the calendar (above) spans that palette. Educational, professional, and social events are planned annually, providing a variety of opportunities for growth and sharing. Regular resources include a newsletter, VOX HUMANA, local job postings, and a substitute organist list.

Members benefits also include The American Organist magazine and exclusive invitations and discounts on all AGO offerings.

For more information, please contact: Nancy F. Brown, Registrar, 610-358-3112 ncfbrown@me.com

 

Click link for further information about AGO membership – AGO Membership

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Substitute List

Substitutes listed in alphabetical order. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter members listed below are available for substituting. This list is not intended as an endorsement of those musicians by the Chapter.

Kenneth J. Delmar MM 610-565-5796
Available Weekdays
ken@cheersperformances.com

Thomas J. DeLuca 484-557-8757
Available Weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays
DelucaTenor@gmail.com

Christopher B. Dome 610-444-9675
Available Sundays November – April

Dr. Maria deJ. Ellis 610-896-6189
Available Weekdays, Saturdays
secretary@agophila.org

William J. Gatens DPhil FAGO ChM 610-876-5617
Available Weekdays
wjgatens@msn.com

Lisa A. Guglielmo BMus 610-906-7740
Available Weekdays, Saturdays
musicbylisag@gmail.com

Loretta S. Hartnett BMus SPC 610-352-5441
Available Weekdays
lph1612@verizon.net

Mary Eileen P. Johnston BMus MT-BC 610-633-2264
Available Weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays: Organ/keyboard, vocal, and choral direction
maryeileenjohnston@gmail.com

Arthur P. Kalemkarian, Sr. 484-315-8079
Available Weekdays, Saturdays
Kalemkarian9@comcast.net

John E. Kampmeyer, Jr. 610-328-2724
Available Saturdays
jkampmeyer.jr@gmail.com

Dr. Ryan Kelly DMA 903-758-3535
Available Weekdays except Wednesday evenings, Saturdays
rkelly@wcupa.edu

Stanley Orr 610-690-0999
Available Sundays
orrsa@protonmail.com

Dr. Nathan A. Zullinger 857-205-8823
Available Weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays
nz1150@hotmail.com


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

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) 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.Taking an AGO exam is not only a way for you to become a better musician, but it can also be a way to advertise the work of the AGO and broaden our visibility.Contact National for complete information, forms, fees, copies of previous exams, and free Hymn Booklet:
  • AGO National Headquarters, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115
    Phone: 212-870-2310 Fax: 212-870-2163 Email: info@agohq.org Website: www.agohq.org

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Contact Us
Dean: Mary Eileen Johnston maryeileenjohnston@gmail.com
Sub-Dean: Loretta Hartnett lph1612@verizon.net
Treasurer: Gerald F. Troy gftroy@aol.com
Secretary: Jonathan A. Wald waldflute8@yahoo.com
Registrar: Nancy F. Brown ncfbrown@me.com

 

Executive Committee:
TERM ENDING 2019:   Ken Delmar, Co-op
TERM ENDING 2020:   Christine LaQuintano, Co-op
TERM ENDING 2021:   Art Kalemkarian, Susan Shriver

Website Submissions: Donald Brown: dgbrown57@me.com

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Links

Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists – www.agophila.org
Pipe Dreams radio broadcasts – www.pipedreams.org
American Theatre Organ Society – www.atos.org
Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) – www.apoba.com
Patrick J. Murphy & Associates – www.pjmorgans.com
Muller Pipe Organs – www.mullerpipeorgan.com
www.PipeOrgans.com – a resource for organists and organ committee members who are considering the purchase of a new pipe organ or having their existing pipe organ rebuilt. A service of Peterson Electro-Musical Products, Inc.
Organ Historical Society Pipe Organ Database – https://pipeorgandatabase.org
American Guild of Organists – AGO National website