Southeastern Pa Chapter

Last updated: October 5, 2016 at 8:51 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


Friday, September 16, 2016     6:00 pm
Covered Dish and Hymn Sharing
Home of Ken Delmar

Friday, October 7, 2016     6:00 – 9:00 pm
SEPA AGO night at the Media VFW October Fest
11 Hilltop Road, Media

Friday, November 18, 2016     2:00 pm
Paul Jacobs performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

December No meeting

Saturday, January 14, 2017     8:00 am – 4:00 pm
January Jumpstart
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

February 2017  (Date, place, and time TBD)
DVD tour of the Wanamaker Organ

Friday evening, March 17, 2017    Time TBA
Organ program at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church
8855 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

April 2017     Date and time TBD
Organ crawl hosted by Anthony Thurman
First Presbyterian of Germantown
35 W. Chelten Ave, Philadelphia

May 2017     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 (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.

Gail C. Bush    610-399-5312
Available Weekdays, Saturdays

Kenneth J. Delmar MM 610-565-5796
Available Weekdays

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

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

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 903-758-3535
Available Weekdays except Wednesday evenings, Saturdays

Robert C. Nester 610-497-9870
Available Weekdays, Saturdays, Sundays in 2017

Stanley Orr 610-690-0999
Available Sundays

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

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

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