Chapter Programs:  August 2013 - May 2014


Sunday, August 25, 4:00 PM  Shenk Scholarship Student/Teacher Recital;

Messiah College – Parmer Hall in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts, Grantham; Shawn Gingrich, host.

Open console time to follow on the newly installed (rebuilt and enlarged) Reuter / SDG pipe organ (49 ranks / 3 man).




Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 PM Dinner / 7:30 PM Program

Catered Buffet Supper followed by a program with Dr. Eileen Guenther presenting on her new book,

“Rivals or Team? Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-first Century.”

Open console time to follow on the newly acquired Phoenix Digital Organ.

All Saints Episcopal Church, 310 Elm Avenue, Hershey; D. Darrell Woomer, host.



Saturday, October 5, 10:00 AM Italian organist, Elena Sartori presenting a Workshop on Chant.

Market Square Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Second Street, Harrisburg, Eric Riley, host.


Sunday, October 6, 4:00 PM concert, Italian organist, Elena Sartori. For information on the artist visit




Saturday, November 9, 2013

Organ Crawl to Washington, DC

Leave Church of the Good Shepherd, 3435 Trindle Rd, Camp Hill  at 7:00am and return late evening

Box lunches will be available from Dickinson College Food Service.


Venues we plan to visit:


            First Baptist Church, Austin, Op. 2795, 114 ranks,    

1328 16th Street NW 20036  (202) 387-2206


St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Hook & Hastings, Op. 1491 (1891), 29 ranks,

313 Second Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 547-1223


            Ascension and St. Agnes Church, Orgues Létourneau, Op. 68, 55 ranks

            1217 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20005-5301 (202) 347-8161


            Augustana Lutheran Church, Orgues Létourneau, Op. 66, 34 stops (mechanical)

            2100 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington, DC 20009  (202) 234-5315


     Dinner will be served at Augustana Lutheran Church.




Tuesday, January 14, 2014 6:30 PM Dinner / 7:30 PM Program

Catered Buffet Supper at 6:30 PM followed by a Member Recital featuring New Organ Repertoire for Worship at 7:30 PM

Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 North Third Street, Harrisburg; Thomas Clark-Jones, host. 


The banquet for the January meeting will once again be catered by Rebecca Briody from Chef On The Go.

The ticket price will be $21.00 per person with the reservation deadline of January 7, 2014.

The snow date for the banquet and meeting will be January 21, 2014.  Please mark you calendars for both dates.

Hors d’oeuvres will be begin at 6:00 with dinner served at 6:30.




Assorted Wines

Cran-Raspberry Pineapple Punch

Cheeses with Carr’s Crackers and Red Grapes


Chicken Marsala with Onions and Mushrooms

Tortellini Alfredo

Herbed Green Beans


Fresh Fruit Salad

Garden Salad/Dressings

Artesian Bread, Rolls, and Butter


Chocolate Cake

Rice Pudding

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Coffee and Tea


Be sure to reserve your place at the table. The DEADLINE is January 7. Reservation checks should be mailed to:

Phyllis Conrad, 216 Karinch Street, Lebanon PA 17042.



Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM (gathering at 8:30am)

A rotation of church music mini-sessions . . . three offerings on varied themes.

Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, 101 North 23rd Street, Camp Hill; David Binkley, host  22860000 22860000 (`@````````` 266 263 5 110185200 110185200

9:00-10:00 Handbell session by Shawn Gingrich.

10:15-11:15 Choral session by Eric Riley

11:30-12:30 Organ session by Shelly Moorman-Stahlman


Shawn Gingrich will present: “Get Them Ringing Confidently.” This session will demonstrate techniques to introduce

handbell ringing to the inexperienced musician along with effective rehearsal techniques to keep them ringing well.


Eric Riley will present: “Mixing It Up for More Effective Rehearsals.” This session will present rut-busting strategies for accomplishment-filled choral rehearsals.

Brief topics include how gesture affects sound, unaccompanied singing, seating arrangements for better intonation, vocal warm-ups and use of learning styles in rehearsal sequence.


Shelly Moorman-Stahlman will present: “Practicing: Ways to Get the Most out of Your Practice Session.”

This session will focus on practice methods that every church musician and concert artist needs to learn music quickly and thoroughly.

Dr. Moorman-Stahlman will also offer some specifics on learning a few pieces that most organists learn at some point in their career.

A detailed handout will be given so that you can try out all of the practice methods on your current repertoire.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014  7:00 PM

Workshop on Technology for the Church Musician

Paxton United Methodist Church, 3550 North Progress Avenue, Harrisburg; Robert Bell, host


The theme will be “Technology for the Organist in the Digital Age”. 

We will discuss and see demonstrations of the electronic and computer innovations of the past 30 years and how they can be used to help the organist. 

The topics to be covered are in five areas:

· Modernization of the handling and storage of paper music

· Electronic performance aids – page turners, play lists, etc.

· A look at Finale – a computerized music notation system

· Use of MIDI to extend the capabilities of the pipe organ

· Virtual organs: what they are and where they fit in

You may not be able to take advantage of everything we will be reviewing, but surely there will be something for everyone that can be used to enhance the worship service.




Saturday, April 5, 2014  9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (gathering at 9:00am)

Beyond the Anthem Slot: Choristers and the Congregation’s Song

Introducing Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (by Martin Tel, et al)

      Sue Ellen Page, clinician

Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 East Derry Road, Hershey; Helen Anthony, host.


Sue Ellen Page will do more than explore this new Psalter. She will weave, through the repertoire selected from it, such general areas as tone building, choral techniques (from the choristers' side of the stand as well as the conductor's), and faith formation. 

Please RSVP - Ms. Page will be bringing materials and we need a sense of expected attendees. Please let Shawn Gingrich know by April 1 if you plan to attend. Call (717) 877-8554 or email


Sue Ellen Page is the Director of Choirs for Children and Youth at Nassau Presbyterian Church, a position she has held since 1982. Her areas of particular interest include creating teaching strategies and conducting techniques for un-auditioned voices of all ages; expanding the use of the fine arts in worship; and developing the congregation’s song. Sue Ellen has conducted numerous choral festivals for children and youth across the country and internationally. She has prepared and taught teacher training seminars for most of the main line denominations, composed arrangements and compositions for children and youth, and is the author of a book, Hearts and Hands and Voices: Growing in Faith Through Choral Music.

Sue Ellen holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Music Education and Sacred Music and has held faculty positions there. She also holds the Specialist Diploma from the Orff-Institute, Mozarteum, in Salzburg, Austria. She is the founding Director of the Trenton Children’s Chorus, an outreach program of the church. Sue Ellen is married to Eric Johnson, a family therapist on the faculty at Drexel University. They are the parents of four adult children who grew up at Nassau Church, as well as proud grandparents.



Monday, May 12, 2014 6:00 gathering / 6:45 Dinner  

Annual Chapter Business Meeting and Dinner including the Installation of officers  

Civic Club of Harrisburg

612 North Front Street, Harrisburg  

A Social hour will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:45 PM.

A brief business meeting with installation of officers will be held and a program of solo handbell music presented by

Chapter members Shawn Gingrich and Helen Anthony (accompanist) will conclude the evening.


Buffet Menu


Choice of Wine

Stuffed Mushrooms

Chesapeake Bay Crab Dip

Swedish Meatballs


Assorted Dinner Rolls, Artisan Breads and Whipped Butter, Olive Oil and Pepper Grinder

Traditional Salad Tossed with House Balsamic Dressing


Chicken with White Wine and Mushroom Sauce

Long grain and wild rice

Green beans with julienne carrots


Roasted Top Round of Beef

Parmesan encrusted potatoes

Seasonal vegetable medley


Chef’s Choice of Cakes


Beverage Station


The cost of the buffet dinner will be $36.00 per person. 

The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, April 30. 

Please mail reservation checks made payable to Harrisburg Chapter AGO to:

Phyllis Conrad, 216 Karinch Street, Lebanon PA  17042.






Saturday, May 31, 2014   7:00 PM

Nicholas Capozzoli

Trinity Lutheran Church

2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill


We are pleased to announce the addition of another program. The Clapper / Frysinger Fund, recently established with bequests to the Chapter by Donald Clapper and Patricia Frysinger, has been earmarked to avail funding for recitals to be presented by young rising star organists. We will welcome Nicholas Capozzoli, winner of the Region III AGO/Quimby Competition, to our Chapter for a special recital on Saturday, May 31 at 7:00pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill.

A native of Pittsburgh, Nicholas Capozzoli is a junior at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he is a student of James David Christie and is majoring in organ performance. He began his musical studies at the age of nine and received initial training from Liz Stumpf and Kathy English. He soon took an interest in the organ, and through the Pittsburgh Organ Academy of the Pittsburgh AGO Chapter, he studied with Richard Pinkerton. He is the first-place winner of several competitions, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society Audition for Young Organists, the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Competition, the Blackwood Theater Organ Society Scholarship Competition, and the Music for Mount Lebanon Scholarship Competition. In August 2013, Nicholas played a recital at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Convention in Washington, D.C. He has participated in masterclasses conducted by Jane Parker-Smith, Hector Olivera, and Jack Mitchener, and has performed in several venues, including St. Paul Cathedral and Heinz Chapel (Pittsburgh, PA), Bower Chapel (Naples, FL), and St. Peter Cathedral (Erie, PA).




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