Chapter Programs:  September 2008 - May 2009


Contact: Subdean: Ralph Kneeream 717-243-9511 for more information on our programs.


Quick links to info below:

May 19 Banquet details


Preview the 2009-2010 program calendar.



Please mark these dates on your calendars and look for further information in coming issues of

The Bombarde.




Shenk Scholarship Students and Teachers in Recital

The nine 2008 Shenk Scholarship students were featured in a recital along with a former scholar and some of the teachers on

Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 4:00 PM in Miller Chapel of Lebanon Valley College.


Front row: Quinn Schrum, Layton Graves, Elizabeth Bashore, Sandra Robinson, Jonathan Bensing

Second row: Ryan Brunkhurst (former scholar), Jonathan Kadar-Kallen, Sarah O'Donnell, Bryn Gibson

Back row of teachers: Shawn Gingrich, Josephine Freund, Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, Richard Frey

Missing from photo: Josiah Kadar-Kallen

(Photo by Arnold Sten)




Friday, September 19, 2008


Pine Street Presbyterian Church

310 North Third Street, Harrisburg

Map of Pine Street location

Important parking information

Festival Choral Evensong

with guest preacher Dr. Thomas Troeger

Prelude:   Adagio in E Major Frank Bridge

Preces and Responses by Thomas Clark-Jones (with Lord's Prayer from Robert Stone, 1640)

 Canticles by Harold W. Friedell (in F)

Anthems:  O Lorde, the maker of althing by John Joubert

           Blow Ye the Trumpet in Zion by  Francis Jackson


The Choir for this service:  The Chamber Singers of Pine Street Church

Organist:  Thomas Clark-Jones



Saturday, September 20, 2008

9:00am to 12:00pm

Workshop for Clergy & Musicians


“Let Wonder Be Reborn: the place of art and beauty in the worship of God.”


                   This event will include a performance of Benjamin Britten’s  Rejoice in the Lamb

sung by the Chamber Choir of Pine Street Church,  Thomas Clark-Jones, organist-director.


            Also in the workshop, three new hymns by Dr. Troeger with copies to take home




Sunday, October 19, 2008

Organ Spectacular - Nationwide celebration of the organ

four area events are planned:



Second Presbyterian Church

58 Garland Drive, Carlisle


Map of Second Presbyterian Church

Performers will be Tony Ciucci, Susanna Faust, Donald Golden, Jonathan Kadar-Kallen, Dr. Shirley King,

Dr. Ralph Kneeream and Rev. Steven Middernacht. Grace Long (piano) and Jill Marchione (oboe) will assist. 

The participants are from  Lemoyne, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill and Harrisburg.



Camp Hill Presbyterian Church

101 N. 23rd Street, Camp Hill


Map of Camp Hill Presbyterian Church
New Schantz Pipe Organ Dedication Concert
David H. Binkley, Organist
717-737-0488 ext. 15



Market Square Presbyterian Church

20 South Second Street, Harrisburg


Map of Market Square Presbyterian Church

Eric Riley performing, assisted in the commissioned work by Karen Botterbusch, flute. 

Free parking is available in the Market Street Parking Garage.



Derry Presbyterian Church

248 E. Derry Road, Hershey


Map of Derry Presbyterian Church

Performers will be Helen Anthony, host musician,

Shawn Gingrich and William Curry of First United Methodist Church, Hershey,

and Sally Cummins of Zion Lutheran Church, Hummelstown with assistance by Lisa Delaney (flute).



Sunday, November 23, 2008


Pine Street Presbyterian Church

310 North Third Street, Harrisburg

Map of Pine Street location

Celebrating Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

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Performers will be: Susanna Faust, Josephine Freund, Shirley King,

Steven Middernacht, Shelly Moorman-Stahlman and Arnold Sten.

Truman Bullard will be the presenter.



Please note: January program is postponed until January 2010



Tuesday, February 3, 2009


St. Patrick Cathedral

212 State Street, Harrisburg

Map of St. Patrick Cathedral location


Mendelssohn 200th Birthday Celebration Concert

Sacred music for organ, choir and voice.


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            On Tuesday evening, February 3, at 7:30 p.m., the Harrisburg Chapter of the

American Guild of Organists (AGO) will mark the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)

with a musical celebration including some of his most famous organ and choral works.


            St. Patrick Cathedral, 212 State Street, Harrisburg, will host this event with its Cathedral Choir singing

“There Shall A Star from Jacob Come Forth” from Mendelssohn’s unfinished oratorio, “Christus”, led by

Nicholas Basehore, director of liturgical music at the host church, who will also play the prelude and postlude.  


            "A small ensemble from the Chancel Choir of Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill, directed by Timothy Koch,

will sing the choral work "Hear My Prayer", with Nancy Martin, soloist.  Donald Golden, organist, will accompany

 this work, composed in 1844.  The ensemble will also sing excerpts from "Elijah" with soloists Ruth Brommer,

Chris Seay and Mark Heinly.


            Eric Riley, director of music at Market Square Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, will play Mendelssohn’s

“Organ Sonata No. 4 in B-flat Major”, and Arnold H. Sten, director of music at Trindle Spring Lutheran Church,

Mechanicsburg, will play “Organ Sonata No. 3 in A Major”.


            The public is cordially invited to attend.  There will be no admission charge, but donations will be accepted.


Mary Jane Nelson

Publicity Chair

Harrisburg Chapter AGO




Sunday, March 22, 2009


Trinity Lutheran Church

2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill

Map of Trinity Lutheran Church location


Hymn Festival with Michael Burkhardt


    Dr. Burkhardt has chosen "O Day Full of Grace" as the theme which allows for a walk through the

church year using hymns from a variety of traditions (including newer global pieces as well as music

from the Taizé community) to highlight "days of grace."

    The concert will feature a brass ensemble lead by Dr. Bill Stowman of Messiah College,

Trinity's Adult Bell Choir, timpani and percussion.  

    For information contact Tim Koch at 737-9921 ext.229 or email him.


Press Release - Complete Information



Sunday, April 26, 2009


Grantham Brethren in Christ Church

421 Grantham Road, Grantham

Map of Grantham Church location


Organ PLUS

organ with other instruments


More Information



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

NOTE: This date is the rescheduled date (originally May 19)


Banquet / Picnic – Election / Installation of Officers.

Karen Appel’s residence, 465 Countryside Lane, Harrisburg


Map of Appel residence location


Document of Details


Directions: From the front of the Farm Show Building on Cameron St., proceed west on Rt. 322 (towards State College).

The first exit will be Linglestown Road. The next exit, Fishing Creek Valley Road is the one you want.

At the end of the ramp turn right and go 4.5 miles on the Valley Road.

Turn right on to Countryside Lane. We’re the first driveway on the right.


Welcome AGO National President to Chapter Banquet


Eileen Guenther, newly-elected President of our National American Guild of Organists, returned from South Africa

just in time for Inauguration Day, her fifth such trip. She is so impressed with the music, culture, and beauty

of South Africa that she regularly leads immersion trips for Wesley Seminary to that country.  She notes in her remarks

in the February issue of The American Organist, that South Africa’s struggle out of apartheid mirrors America’s

Civil Rights movement, and she has learned a lot from the people there about reconciliation and forgiveness.


Residing in Vienna, Virginia, her current employment is as Associate Professor of Church Music and Director of the

Summer School at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Formerly, she was Minister of Music

and Liturgy at Foundry United Methodist Church, also in DC. 


Her National AGO offices in the past include National Councillor for Organizational Development, National Councillor for Professional Concerns, National Vice President, and Chair of the 1982 AGO National Convention in Washington, DC. 


In the caption under Eileen’s nomination photo in TAO’s April edition, she wrote: “Many feel the church today faces

challenges unlike any since the 16th-century Reformation movements. The AGO also faces challenges, and will succeed

in its mission only by finding new ways to increase the viability of the organ, raising the visibility of the organ, and

equipping its members for the opportunities and challenges of our time.”


Please be prompt in sending in your Banquet Reservations, so you can be present to hear what our new

AGO President has to tell us about these opportunities and challenges.  She will also be installing the

newly-elected Harrisburg Chapter officers and board members.


Don’t miss the celebration!



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