Southeastern Pa Chapter

Last updated: August 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

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)

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Local Events


Saturday, September 19, 2015     10:00 am
St. Francis de Sales Church, Aston
Anthem Reading and Brunch

Wednesday, October 14, 2015     7:00 am
(meeting spot TBA)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Trip

Saturday, November 14, 2015     10:00 am
Christ Church, Ridley Park
Wedding and Funeral Organ Music, by Michael Trinder
Part III of “You Can Play These, Too”

December No meeting

Saturday, January 16, 2016     8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
January Jumpstart

Saturday, February 20, 2016  9:30 am – noon
St. Clement’s Church, Philadelphia
Musical History of Westminster Abbey

March 2016     TBA

Sunday, April 17, 2016     3:00 pm
Calvary-Riverview Presbyterian Church
Members’ Recital

Sunday, May 15, 2016     5:30 pm
Home of John Kampmeyer
Annual Meeting and Picnic

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 (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.

Name Telephone Email Availability
Ms Gail C Busch  610-399-5312  Weekdays, Saturdays
Ken Delmar  610-565-5796  Weekdays, Saturdays
Chris Dome  610-444-9675  Sundays,  Nov-Apr
Bill Gatens  610-876-5617  Weekdays
Loretta Hartnett  610-352-5441  Weekdays
Mary Eileen Johnston  610-633-2264  Weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays
Organ/keyboard, vocal, choir director
Arthur P. Kalemkarian  484-315-8079  Saturdays, Sundays
John E. Kampmeyer, Jr. SPC  610-328-2724  Saturdays
Ryan Kelly  903-758-3535  Weekdays, Except Wednesday evenings
David C. Little  215-953-0352  Weekdays, Saturdays
Stanley Orr  610-690-0999  Sundays
Clyde S. Shive, Jr  610-622-0869  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 2017:   David C. Little
TERM ENDING 2018:   Loretta Hartnett, Susan Schriver
TERM ENDING 2019:   Ken Delmar, Mary Eileen Johnston

Newsletter Editor: Laurie Mueller
Printing: John E. Kampmeyer, Jr
Circulation: William J. Gatens
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