Southeastern Pa Chapter

Last updated: March 15, 2018 at 15:03 pm

Message from the Dean 

Hello and Welcome! Welcome to our Southeastern PA website as we celebrate our 55th year as an AGO Chapter. We invite you to take advantage of the variety of vibrant programs, events, and resources we offer that inspire and support organists, choral directors and organ enthusiasts. These include educational presentations, performances, workshops, and our newsletter, Vox Humana. One of our valued benefits is the friendship we derive from our colleagues by being a smaller chapter.

If you are currently looking for a national professional association in the organ and choral fields, we look forward to hearing from you. All are most welcome to attend one of our upcoming meetings and to consider joining our chapter. Not only are our meetings informative, they’re also a lot of fun.

For more information about our chapter, please contact our Chapter Dean, Gerald F. Troy  (610-626-5486)

Membership information may be found below. gray-bar-1px

Local Events


Friday, September 15, 2017     6:00 pm
Dinner, organ solos, organ/piano duets …
Home of Ken Delmar

Sunday, October 8, 2017    3:00 pm
“Hymns and Service Repertoire”, hosted by Art Kalemkarian
Media Presbyterian Church

Saturday, November 25, 2017     11:00 am
Tour St. Joseph’s University Chapel organ
Led by organ builder Patrick Murphy. Hosted by Mary Eileen Johnston
St. Joseph’s University Chapel

December No meeting

Saturday, January 13, 2018    8:00 am – 4:00 pm
January Jumpstart, hosted by Philadelphia Chapter of the AGO
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

Sunday February 11, 2018   3:00 pm
“Cheers Media Brass Works”—music for Brass (and some with organ)
Presented by Ken Delmar and hosted by Jerry Troy
St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Drexel Hill

Saturday, March 10, 2018    Time TBD
“The Wanamaker Organ: A Sonic Odyssey”
A 2017 DVD presentation by Peter Richard Conte and Thomas Murray
Hosted by Jerry Troy
St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Drexel Hill

April/May 2018 Date and Time TBD
An “Organ Crawl” of the Archmere Academy Organ
Hosted by Mary Eileen Johnston
Archmere Academy, 3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont DE 19703

May/June 2018   Date and time TBD
Annual Meeting and Picnic
Place TBD

Concert Event listings may be found in our monthly newsletter, “Vox Humana”. gray-bar-1px




Organists, choir directors, directors of music, and all those who love organ and choral music, regardless of denominational affiliation or musical ability, are most welcome to become a member of our chapter.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter was originally chartered as the Chester Chapter 1961. The name was changed in 1967, because many of the Chapter’s members lived and worked in the surrounding communities, and it was felt that the new name would be more inclusive. Since its origin, the SEPA Chapter has presented lectures, recitals, and workshops at monthly meetings. These programs teach, encourage, and support the church musicians and provide opportunities to develop friendships with fellow musicians.

The Chapter also prints a monthly newsletter, “Vox Humana”, which keeps members informed of Chapter news and events, contains useful articles, and lists local job opportunities.

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

Further information about AGO membership may be found at:


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

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

Dr. Maria deJ. Ellis 610-896-6189
Available Weekdays, Saturdays

William J. Gatens DPhil FAGO ChM 610-876-5617
Available Weekdays

Lisa A. Guglielmo BMus 610-906-7740
Available Weekdays, Saturdays

Loretta S. Hartnett BMus SPC 610-352-5441
Available Weekdays

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

Arthur P. Kalemkarian, Sr. 484-315-8079
Available Weekdays, Saturdays

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

William E. Miller CET, BMus 215-533-1121
Available Saturdays

Stanley Orr 610-690-0999
Available Sundays

Clyde S. Shive, Jr. 610-622-0869
Available Weekdays

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 (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: Website:


Contact Us
Dean: Gerald F. Troy
Sub-Dean: Arthur P. Kalemkarian
Treasurer: Gerald F. Troy
Secretary: Jonathan A. Wald
Registrar: Nancy F. Brown


Executive Committee:
TERM ENDING 2018:   Loretta Hartnett, Susan Schriver
TERM ENDING 2019:   Ken Delmar, Mary Eileen Johnston

Website Submissions: Donald Brown:


Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists –
Pipe Dreams radio broadcasts –
American Theatre Organ Society –
Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) –
Patrick J. Murphy & Associates –
Muller Pipe Organs –
Stuart Pipe Organs –
Colin Walsh Pipe Organs – – 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.
American Guild of Organists – AGO National website