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Job Opportunity: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA), Mechanicsburg, is in need of part-time minister of music. Duties include organ accompaniment at all services, maintenance of music library, direction of vocal and bell choirs. Salary commensurate with experience. Position starts July 1st. Send resumes to

From Leipzig to Lübeck: Works of Bach and Buxtehude

Sarah Davies, organist, and Elise Quagliata, mezzo-soprano, along with Thomas Heinze, oboe, will present “From Leipzig to Lübeck: Works of Bach and Buxtehude” at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton on Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. Please spread the word!

A little about the artists…

SARAH DAVIES, Organist and Musicologist, earned her Ph.D.
from New York University with a dissertation on Swiss and German Renaissance tablatures for lute and organ. Over the past dozen years,
she has given papers at more than twenty music and interdisciplinary conferences in the U.S. and Europe, and in March will present her work on early organ sermons for the international Renaissance Society conference in Berlin. Before returning to academe,
the artist was an agent, manager and publicist in the New York music business, finishing her career at ICM Artists. As a performer, she has been heard in recital on historic and historically-based Swiss, German, Dutch, French and American instruments. Recently, she performed on the oldest organ built in America (David Tannenberg, 1770), and this past summer, was invited to perform late medieval and early Renaissance repertoire on the oldest organ in the world (c.1400) in Sion, Switzerland. This is her second appearance in recital with her daughter Elise Quagliata on the Sacred Concert Series of St. Peter’s Cathedral.

ELISE QUAGLIATA, Mezzo-Soprano, was recently cited by Opera News for her “passionate interpretation,” “impressive dynamic range” and “exceptional technical finesse” as the nun Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (September 2014). Opera Today described her as the “most powerful Helen yet” (July 2014). In a wide range of repertoire, from Carmen to contemporary opera and from Bach to art song to cabaret, Ms. Quagliata’s “rich, expressive voice and passionate delivery” (The New York Times) has made her a favorite with audiences across the country. The artist recently returned from singing Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, and will return there in March for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Ms. Quagliata is known in the area from her sold-out performances the last three seasons on the summer Beacon Hill Concert Series, and her previous appearance in Bach and early Baroque repertoire on the Sacred Concert Series of St. Peter’s Cathedral in January of 2013.

THOMAS HEINZE, Oboe, is a well-known classical and jazz performer and recording artist in our area and in New York. For the past 23 years, he has been the Principal Oboe and Soloist of the Scranton-based “Bach Festival of Northeast Pennsylvania” with the Arcadia Chorale (formerly the Robert Dale Chorale), and its Director of Chamber Music since 2009. For twenty years, until 1985, Heinze served as Principal Oboe of the Allentown Symphony, and was also Principal Oboe of the Allentown Band from 1964-2004. He is a Founding Member and Soloist of the Great Valley Chamber Music Society, organized in 2001. As an oboe and saxophone teacher, now retired, the artist still maintains active teaching studios at Marywood University, Wyoming Seminary and Wilkes University, where he is also the curator of the extensive Heinze Family Jazz Library.

Job Opportunity: Faith Lutheran Church, Blakeslee

Faith Lutheran Church in Blakeslee is looking for an organist. Please contact Pegg Rapp at 570-460-3866 for details.

Job Opportunity: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orwigsburg

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Orwigsburg, is seeking a part-time organist/choir director with handbell experience. If interested, call Pastor Lee Diefenderfer at 570-366-2316 for more information or email your resume to

Job Opportunity: St. James’ Episcopal Church, Hackettstown

St. James’ Episcopal Church 214 Washington St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840 is looking to hire a new organist/choir director starting in January 2015. This position would initially be considered Interim and be a weekly pay position with no pay when the employee is absent. Once the parish has a permanent minister the interim may, upon agreement with the minster, chose to stay on or chose to leave. At that time, the position may be revisited in terms of pay, etc.

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning choir anthems related to the liturgical theme of the day or season
  • Conducting weekly choir rehearsals (currently adult choir only) on Sunday mornings at 8:30am
  • Playing for the 10am Sunday service weekly including preludes and postludes, congregational hymns and service music, and occasional offertory pieces in lieu of a choir anthem
  • Directing the choir in their anthem each Sunday
  • Working with the minister to plan the worship music, or be able to plan the worship music alone should the minister not want to do that. This involves understanding the Episcopal liturgy and utilizing appropriate planning tools to select music that works for each Sunday’s, or each season’s, theme
  • Attending Parish Life planning meetings about once a quarter to coordinate with other groups on the worship for the upcoming season(s)
  • Availability for special services in place of or in addition to the weekly 10am service: Christmas Eve (3 services), Easter (2 services), Advent Lessons & Carols (regular Sunday but at 9am; no 10am service that day), additional services during Holy Week that can include Maundy Thursday, Good Friday evening service, Easter Vigil ( Holy Saturday)
  • Accompany Summer Services (one service at 9am) July – August
  • Provide substitute when on vacation or absent
  • Provide accompaniment for weddings, funerals, if available (with additional remuneration provided)
  • Recruit additional choir members, maintain & train current choir


Job Requirements:

  • Familiarity with 1982 Episcopal Hymnal and supplemental hymnals such as Wonder, Love and Praise, and Lift Every Voice and Sing.
  • Familiarity with Episcopal liturgy: regular Eucharist as well as liturgies for special feast days in Lent, Advent, Holy Week. St. James’ celebrates the Holy Eucharist at all regular Sunday services and most special services.
  • Ability to inspire and sustain the choir. Some experience in improving each singer’s vocal performance is desirable.

Pay: $200/week (approx. 3-7 hr/wk)

To apply, please email your resume with references to Pamela Laura at Church website:

Advent Organ Recital in Wilkes-Barre

Mark Ignatovich will give an Advent Organ recital in St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m.  The program will feature organ music on Advent hymn tunes and chants by Johann Sebastien Bach, Richard Warner, David N. Johnson, Paul Manz, Wayne L. Wold, Mark Sedio, Malcolm Archer, Charles Callahan, and Adolphus Hailstork.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Education, graduating  cum laude from Marywood University, Scranton where he studied organ with Sr. Jeremy Hornung, IHM and Robert Rosenkrans, and a Master of Arts degree in Musicology, majoring in music theory with minors in music history and composition, from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC with further post graduate studies also completed at CUA (Ph.D. all but dissertation). While a student at Catholic University, Mark studied organ with Wojciech Wojtasiewicz. Since 1986, Mark has served as Director of Music Ministry for St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception.

The 46 rank parish pipe organ was built by the Müller and Abel organ company of New York in 1901 and rebuilt by Patrick Murphy and associates from Stowe, PA in 2013.

The recital is free and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact 570-823-4168 or

Job Opportunity: Forty Fort United Methodist Church

Forty Fort United Methodist Church, on the corner of Wyoming and Yeager Avenues in Forty Fort, is looking to hire a new organist and choir director.

• To coordinate with the Pastor and Worship Committee the music for Sunday services and seasonal events, (i.e., Christmas time, Holy Week services)
• To arrange practice schedule for and accompany all choirs; presently adult choir, to include in future a bell choir, children’s choir and quartet
• To select anthems for Sunday and special services
• To arrange for soloists or other special music during summer months
• To provide substitute when on vacation or absent
• To provide accompaniment for weddings, funerals, if available (with additional remuneration provided)
• To be familiar with the United Methodist Hymnal and contemporary gospel music

Other job related duties:
• All guests organists must meet your approval, and obtain permission from the Pastor, before playing for an event

• Starting Salary : $7,500/yr (approx. 3-7 hr/wk)
• Vacation Time: 4 wk/yr (4 weeks incl. 4 Sunday)
• Personal Days: 1 wk (incl. 1 Sunday)

For more information, or to apply, please contact Rev. Dr. Philip Wanck, Pastor, by calling 570-287-4518 (office) or 570-955-7822 (cell).

Thomas Murray to present Recital and Master Class in Wilkes-Barre

Thomas Murray AGO

We are pleased to announce that Professor Thomas Murray, Yale University Organist and one of our most distinguished American concert organists, will be presenting a Master Class for our chapter on Saturday, October 18th at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre! There will be coffee and pastries in the church’s auditorium at 9:30 a.m., then the class will proceed from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon in the nave.

The class is made possible through The Richard Dower Education Fund, established in memory of Dr. Richard Dower, a distinguished member of our chapter who taught for many years at College Misericordia (now Misericordia University) in Dallas. There will be no charge for the class, but contributions will surely be most welcome to help us defray our expenses.

Professor Murray will be presenting a recital at St. Stephen’s, sponsored by Music from St. Stephen’s, on the previous night – Friday, October 17 at 7:30 pm. Thomas Murray is known throughout the USA and abroad as one of the finest exponents of the art of playing orchestral transcriptions on the organ, and his program at St. Stephen’s will surely include thrilling examples of his artistry in this realm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15, $12 for senior citizens (65+), students and WVIA members (with ID).

Dedicatory Organ Recital at St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre

On Sunday, October 5th at 4:00 p.m. we will officially welcome the 1921 Moeller Pipe Organ from St. Casimir’s Church, Pittston, to St. Nicholas Church, 226 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. The recital will be presented by Canon Mark Laubach, Organist & Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre. Canon Laubach is an acclaimed recitalist throughout the United States, England, and Germany. This concert will show the many voices of our Moeller Organ through a variety of classical organ music and hymns beloved by the German, English, and Lithuanian congregations it represents.

The recital is free and open to the public. A Free Will Offering will be taken. Following the recital there will be a reception for all in attendance. Please mark this historic event in your calendars so as not to miss it!

Hope to see you at our Fall Gathering!

You are cordially invited to attend our Fall Gathering at Grace Episcopal Church, Kingston, on Friday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include Evensong followed by a catered dinner and the installation of officers. Tickets are $20.00. Please RSVP by Friday, September 5. Call Raphael Micca, dean, at 570-301-9253 or email

Fall Gathering 2014

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza comes to St. Peter’s Cathedral!

2014 Pedals Pipes and Pizza poster

The pipe organ has been called the “King of Instruments.” The sounds of the pipe organ have inspired worshippers for centuries. Great composers have written countless works for the instrument. Pipe organs have been installed in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and theaters. The American Guild of Organists is passionate about the pipe organ and we want to share our love with a new generation.

Join us on Sunday, November 3 at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton from 2:00 – 4:00 PM for Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza. Participants will receive a behind the scenes tour of the instrument in addition to a chance to play it themselves, eat some pizza, and play musical games. All are welcome to attend. Students currently studying the piano are encouraged to bring a piece to play on the organ.

Presenters for the event are Dr. Sarah Davies, Michael Sowa, and Raphael Micca.


Philadelphia Organ Quartet in concert


Polish the Gem


On Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m., St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral will celebrate the Eleventh Anniversary of the dedication of the Berghaus pipe organ with a recital by renowned organist Canon Mark Laubach.

Since January 1985, Canon Laubach has served as Organist and Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre, where he administers an active liturgical and choral music program, concert series, and Music from St. Stephen’s, a radio broadcast heard weekly on WVIA 89.9 FM Public Radio. A graduate of Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and formerly a Fellow in Church Music at Washington National Cathedral, Canon Laubach has performed in many of the most prominent churches and concert halls in the USA, Great Britain, and Germany. He has recorded three critically acclaimed compact discs on the Pro Organo label … Teutonc Titanics, French Fest, and Mosaics in Sound.

To celebrate the anniversary of his 2003 dedicatory recital, Canon Laubach has chosen a program of music which will entertain those listening and will also exploit the vast colors and range of the magnificent Berghaus Organ. The recital will open with an organ transcription of William Walton’s Crown Imperial March, which was originally composed in 1937 for the coronation of King Edward VIII of Great Britain. As Edward VIII abdicated before he was crowned, Walton’s new, stirring march was instead used for the coronation of his brother, King George VI, the subject of the recent, highly acclaimed film, The King’s Speech, and father of the current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

After the Walton march, Canon Laubach will play Johann Sebastian Bach’s exciting Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543, followed by four hymn preludes by Bach, Paul Manz, Gerre Hancock, and the recently departed Norwegian composer Egil Hovland. Before the playing of each hymn prelude, all assembled will have the chance to stretch their legs and their vocal cords by singing verses of the hymns upon which the organ pieces are based. Since the primary job of the wonderful instrument is to accompany the singing of congregations and choirs, this will be a most appropriate and inspiring addition to the program.

Following a brief intermission, Canon Laubach will perform Charles-Marie Widor’s beloved Toccata from his Symphony No. 5 for Organ. Interestingly, he has chosen to play three of the previous four movements of this grand symphony, which are performed not nearly as frequently as the famous Toccata. This is to give all in attendance the unique opportunity to hear the Toccata in its proper context.

After the Widor symphony, the audience will have a chance to hear some of the more lush sounds of the Berghaus Organ, including the beautiful harp and chimes in Leo Sowerby’s Carillon.

To close the program, Canon Laubach has chosen a regal, joyous blockbuster that will summon up all the forces of the instrument … the grand Finale from Alexandre Guilmant’s Sonata No. 1 for Organ in D Minor.

Finally, for those who may want something more after the Guilmant, he will present a very special, entertaining encore, which will remain a secret until it is performed. Canon Laubach assures us the encore is sure to bring a smile to the faces of all music lovers present.

Admission is free; however, a free-will offering will be accepted to help maintain the health of the Berghaus Organ. Immediately after the recital, the audience is invited to attend a lovely reception hosted by St. Stephen’s Music and Parish Life Committees.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral is located at 35 South Franklin Street in the heart of downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Free parking is available next to the church. For more information, go to its website.

Spring Members’ Recital in Wilkes-Barre

Our Spring Members’ Recital will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre. Mark Ignatovich will be the host organist for this event.

The church’s more than century-old organ, built by the Müller and Abel Organ Company, was refurbished by Patrick J. Murphy and Associates in 2013. The instrument has three manuals (Choir, Great, and Swell) and pedal with 46 ranks of pipes.

All chapter members are invited to participate!

If you are interested in performing, please contact Mike Sowa by Wednesday, April 23 with the titles and composers of the pieces you would like to perform. Classical organ compositions, hymn-based works, and improvisations are welcome.



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