We’re giving away organ music!

Are you looking for some new organ repertoire? Would you like to browse through boxes of organ and choral music and take what you like for free? Do you have repertoire to share, perhaps a set of anthems your choir no longer sings or a book of organ voluntaries that are not applicable to your current situation and want to find it a new home?

Join members of the Pennsylvania Northeast AGO chapter for a Music Swap at Church of Christ Uniting, 190 South Sprague Avenue in Kingston, on Sunday, October 11, 2015 between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Please spread the word and invite organists, piano teachers, choir directors, etc.

Chapter Members and friends are invited to dinner at a local restaurant after the Music Swap. Please RSVP by October 4. Call Raphael Micca, Dean, at 570-301-9253 or email dean@agopane.org.

Upcoming Organ Concerts at Marble Collegiate Church, New York City

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015, 7:30PM


Ken Cowan, one of North America’s finest concert organists, presents the new 101 rank Glück, opus 20 pipe organ in concert for the very first time. Praised by audiences and critics alike for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. www.OrganistKenCowan.com

“… one of the most outstanding young organists on the scene today. His unassuming manner and his sure and relaxed technique hide a fiery yet totally musical approach to organ playing.” – The Diapason

Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 for students/seniors


 THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 7:30PM


Richard Elliott is Principal Organist of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, where he participates in the daily recital series on the 206-rank Æolian-Skinner organ and accompanies the choir on its weekly radio and TV broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word. Elliott has performed in many of the world’s great halls and appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including the NBC Today Show, the CBS Morning Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and A Prairie Home Companion. http://www.MormonTabernacleChoir.org.

Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 for students/seniors

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016, 7:30PM


Diane Bish is one of the most visible and influential classical organists performing today. Concert and recording artist, composer, conductor, and international television personality, Diane Bish displays her dazzling virtuosity and unique showmanship the world over to international acclaim. Her acclaimed international television series, The Joy of Music, has served since 1982 to broaden appreciation for “the king of instruments.” The Joy of Music combines exhilarating organ and ensemble performances with an informative, inspirational narrative and exciting world travel. www.TheJoyofMusic.org.

Tickets: $25 general admission; $20 for students/seniors

For more information, visit www.marblechurch.org.

Join us for Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza in Scranton!


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 8 at St. Stanislaus Cathedral in 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 (and eat some pizza!). All are welcome to attend. Students currently studying the piano are encouraged to bring a piece to play on the organ


Concert celebrates thirty years of an organ’s life

Thirty years ago, in September 1985, an organ built by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford, CT, was installed in the choir gallery of St. Stanislaus Cathedral in Scranton. For the past three decades the organ has sounded forth under the hands and feet of several organists almost daily leading the congregation in song, accompanying the choir, providing music for weddings, funerals, and the various services held at the Cathedral. Despite its faithful service to the church, this instrument has almost never been heard in concert. Considering that with its three manuals (keyboards), pedals, and forty-four stops it ranks as one of the larger organs in the city, the organ has had the status of a well-kept secret.

On Sunday, 13 September, 2015, at 4:00 PM the organ will be heard in concert as the cathedral’s Director of Music and Organist, Peter V. Picerno, presents a recital to commemorate the organ’s thirtieth birthday. Music by J. S. Bach, John Rutter, Leo Sowerby, Maurice Duruflé, Louis Vierne, and others will provide a tour of the organ’s tonal resources as well as present music not usually heard in the context of church services.

Dr. Picerno, who began his work at St. Stanislaus Cathedral in January, holds degrees in organ performance and musicology from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the University of Oregon, and the University of Kansas. He also spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar pursuing studies in Italy. Before moving to Scranton, he served churches in Ohio, Oregon, Kansas, Tennessee, and Florida. He has performed organ recitals throughout the USA and has performed at regional and national gatherings of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.

The concert is free and open to the public. Ample free parking is available surrounding the Cathedral which is located at 529 East Locust Street.