Susquehanna Valley

Last updated: August 10, 2016 at 10:13 am

Message from the Dean 

I trust that you are all spending some much deserved time in relaxation this summer.  I hope that by September you are refreshed and excited to begin a new choir and worship year.  A year with some new ideas, new people and a renewed zest for the God we serve.


Speaking of new ideas, you will not want to miss our PLANNING FOR MUSIC MINISTRY Event in Danville on October 8, 2016.  See below for details of the day.  We would delight in sending you our brochure if you do not receive one at your church or at your home.  Just drop me a line or give a call at and/or 570-412-5949.


I do hope that I see you all sometime, somewhere this year.  I would love to chat and hear your suggestions for the Guild and your creative ideas for worship.


Shirley R. Smith




Local Events

Save the Date! Planning for Music Ministry Program: October 8, 2016

Our popular Planning for Music Ministry (PMM) program is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2016. Please plan to join us at Grove Presbyterian Church, Danville, PA for a great day of learning, sharing, and fellowship. $25 for AGO members, $35 for non-AGO – it’s a bargain of a day!


9:00—9:45       REGISTRATION & BROWSING:  Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra (PYCO) School of Music & Music Store

 10:00-10:30   WORSHIP:  Pastor Kenneth Elkin, Joy Christian, Father James Lease

 10:45-11:45     WORKSHOP I  Psalms, Hymns, Chants and More…..:  Pastor Kenneth Elkin

                            WORKSHOP II  Registration: Creating the Sound You Desire:  Phillip Maue

12:00-12:45     LUNCH  by The Women of Grove

1:00-2:00         CHORAL READING SESSION of our Favorites:  Donna Elkin, conductor; Carol Waltz, accompanist

2:15-3:15           WORKSHOP I Fundamentals of Basso Continuo for Use with Hymns:  Marcos Krieger

                             WORKSHOP II  Instrumental Resources for Worship:  Shirley Smith and Instrumentalists

3:30—4:30       CLOSING RECITAL (open to the Public):  AGO Members at the keyboard and Instrumentalists


This is a cooperative event with the Williamsport Chapter AGO.

Follow this link to view the full program and access a registration form:!AumPx_OD1SU1iSDRKdCd9vnUbURq

More information is available from any of the following event coordinators:

     Shirley Smith              570.412.5949

     John Warfel                570.524.0435

     David Reier                 570.847.3435

     Joy Christian              570.847.8659

     Rev Middernacht      570-523-7859

     Carol Waltz                570.323.3311  

     Ellen Bardo                570.220.6197 

     Donna Elkin              570-323-7367 

For parking information, contact Joy Christian.


Notre Dame Organist in Lancaster PA Sunday Sept 25, 2016

Dr. Craig Cramer, Artist in Residence and Professor of Organ at Notre Dame University, will be playing a program in Lancaster, PA, on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 4 pm. Dr. Cramer has concertized extensively throughout the US and Europe, playing many of the world’s historic instruments. His biographical information is at:

He will also be meeting informally with colleagues for conversation at lunch time (around 12 noon) the day before the program, as well. Craig has said he’s “no photographer,” so this so this is solely an informal chance to ask questions of someone who has first-hand experience. If you would like to talk with him then, please contact Rev Marilyn, Cantor by September 20 so that an appropriate site for lunch may be chosen, noting that it might not be possible to accommodate all requests. People will be asked to cover the cost of their lunch, perhaps bringing their own.

The program will be at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Road, in Lancaster. Craig will be playing the Dobson whose design was featured on the cover of the April, 2007 issue of The American Organist.For information about the organ and photos of its construction, see:

Hotel accomodations are available very close to the church for those who would like to stay overnight.

Inquiries may be sent to Rev Marilyn Witte, Cantor: After September 1, use

This promises to be a terrific program and a great opportunity to talk with someone who’s played some very interesting instruments.






PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS: Please contact John Warfel at 570-524-0235 or

CURRENT MEMBERS: If your e-mail or home address needs to be updated, please contact Shirley Smith at   570-412-5949  or




Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.






Contact Us

Shirley Smith, Dean                         570-412-5949

David Reier, Sub-Dean                   570-286-1664

Joy Christian, Secretary                 570-847-8659

John Warfel, Treasurer                   570-524-0235




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