[August 29, 2022]
Message from the Dean
Welcome to the website of the Reading, Pennsylvania, Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Chapter membership includes organists and others from the Greater Reading area, encompassing Berks and Schuylkill Counties.
Please contact the chapter dean or one of the other chapter officers listed below for assistance with suggestions for organists available for Sunday substitute work or for a list of available organ teachers offering private instruction.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing, presents the Wheatland Chorale in concert on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. This is a ticketed event.
Good Shepherd Lutheran, 4201 Stoudt’s Ferry Bridge Rd., Reading, PA 19605, will host the Reading Chapter, AGO, Handbell Festival on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 4 p.m.
“From the Editor”
The Reading Chapter’s Young Organist Scholarship is awarded annually to a student in grades 7 to 11 from Berks and Schuylkill Counties who is new to the organ (Less than 1 year of formal organ study prior to the audition date). The scholarship is administered in partnership with the Reading Musical Foundation; please visit the Reading Musical Foundation website for complete application information. 2022 Scholarship auditions were held in March. Unfortunately, there were no applicants this year. Congratulations to Maria Mallozzi, 2020 scholarship award winner, who was recently announced as the initial recipient of the Marjorie R. Fitz Memorial Organ Scholarship Award. Maria, the daughter of Kari Mallozzi, is a home-schooled student; her organ teacher is Dorian Nygard. The Marjorie Fitz scholarship was established in memory of former Chapter Dean Fitz, and is awarded to students who are continuing their organ studies (and no longer eligible for the Reading Chapter scholarship).
– Michael A. Baal, Editor
The Chapter Treasurer normally coordinates all membership matters for the Reading Chapter.
Salem United Church of Christ and Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Covered Bridge Road in Oley, PA 19507, participate in a shared ministry and are currently seeking a part-time Director of Music. Responsibilities include leading music for all services (both Sunday and special) of the church year, and directing/accompanying an adult choir which currently sings for one or two services per month. This position has also involved music direction for summer Vacation Bible School and the Christmas Children’s Program. Proficiency on piano is required as well as proficiency on (or willingness to learn) the organ. Interested candidates can contact Pastor Robert Witmyer at (717) 802-2099, or send resumé for consideration to Salem UCC, attn: Pastor Witmyer, 307 Covered Bridge Road, Oley, PA 19507. (Posted April, 2022.)
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4125 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring, PA 19608, is seeking a part-time Music Director. The prospective candidate will be proficient on organ (Casavant Opus 3893 pipe organ) and piano and have the ability to provide a blend of musical styles, both traditional and contemporary. Ideally, the candidate will also lead the senior choir. We have two services on Sunday and choir sings at the later service. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Full job description can be forwarded upon request by phone or email: 610-678-1088, pastorsaintjohnss.com. Please mail resume to the church at the address above. (Posted December, 2021.)
Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 537 North Main Street, Bernville, PA 19506, seeks a part-time Organist-Choir Director. Responsibilities (10 – 12 hours per week) include playing for Sunday services plus the usual special services and weddings and funerals; rehearsing and directing Senior Choir and Junior/Youth Choir(s) when sufficient younger participants are available. Compensation is negotiable, dependent upon education and experience. Contact Rev. Karen Althouse at (610) 781-1200 if interested or for more information. (Posted December, 2021.)
First Presbyterian Church, York, PA, is seeking a Director of Music Ministries to provide leadership in corporate praise to God through sacred music, working with staff in planning, developing and coordinating the music program in a manner that serves God and encourages spiritual growth of our members. This position is at least 30 hours/week, up to full-time (depending on the candidate). Candidates for this position may view the Job Description at Job Description. Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Posted December, 2021.)
St. Paul’s (Smoke) Lutheran Church, 2613 Old Rte 22, Hamburg, PA 19526, is seeking a part-time organist for one weekly Sunday morning church service at 9 a.m., plus occasional special worship services. At present time there are no choir rehearsals. Instrument is a Series 300 Allen Organ. Salary is $100 per service with a negotiable yearly contract possible, if desired by the organist. For additional information and/or to apply contact St. Paul’s Church at (610) 562-3334 and leave a message. (Posted October, 2021.)
First United Church of Christ, 110 Route 61 South, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972, seeks a part-time music leader who enjoys both contemporary and traditional music with the ability to play keyboards and to lead singing as well as to direct a bell choir. Worship is held at 9:30 AM Sunday mornings. For a job application call (570) 385-2049 or email to Email. (Posted July, 2021.)
Zion Spies Evangelical Lutheran Church, 310 Spies Church Rd., Reading, PA 19606, is seeking a part-time Organist/Choir Director. Responsibilities include providing musical leadership for weekly worship services plus the usual special services, directing and providing musical accompaniment for senior and junior choirs and leading their weekly rehearsals, advising and assisting the Pastor and the Worship Committee, and overseeing the overall musical programming of the church. Competence in piano, organ, and choral directing are expected. Interested persons can contact Janice Kemmerer at (484) 345-9028 for additional information. (Posted July, 2021.)
Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, 250 Swinehart Rd., Boyertown, PA 19512, is looking for a part-time organist. The job involves playing a prelude, a postlude, and two to three hymns during the service. The pay is $125 per Sunday. There are no additional duties. Please contact Janet L. Huggens at (610) 850-2048. (Posted July, 2021.)
Note: these listings reflect the best current information received by the chapter dean about area vacancies. We attempt to keep the list current, but notice of a vacancy being filled is not always reported to us in a timely fashion.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.
Rev. Michael A. Baal, D.M.A., AAGO, Newsletter/Website Editor – Email