Advent Lessons and Carols at St. Stanislaus Cathedral


On Sunday, 6 December 2015 at 3:00 PM, the Cathedral Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Peter V. Picerno, will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent. Scripture, solos, hymns, and anthems will mark the liturgical season of Advent in preparation for Christmas. There is ample parking surrounding St Stanislaus Cathedral which is located at 529 East Locust St. in Scranton. The Festival is open to the public regardless of church affiliation.

Job Opportunity: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Nanticoke

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Nanticoke, is looking to hire an organist. Sunday services are at 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and coffee and pastries are available between the services. It is preferred that the organist be available to play the 11:15 a.m. service at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pond Hill (St. John’s partner parish) as well. St. John’s features a Rodgers electronic organ and St. Mark’s features an Allen electronic organ. Service music and hymns are chosen by Worship and Music Committee. The organist is encouraged, but not required, to participate on the Committee. St. John’s is a welcoming and friendly community of believers. A competitive salary is offered. St. John’s will be happy to meet with candidate and answer any questions. For information or to apply, please contact the Pastor, Rev. Debra North at  570-735-1760 or email

Organ Recital at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Plains

An organ recital will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Hudson Road, Plains, on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM.
Sandor Kádár, principal organist at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, Pennsylvania, will play the recently acquired Rodgers Infinity 361 Organ which was used at the Mass on the Parkway in Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ visit  on September 27.
Mr. Kádár will present a program that will include a variety of music that will show the many colors and capabilities of the Rodgers Organ and will feature music that was presented at the Papal event. Sándor was the only candidate to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the American Guild of Organists for 2015.
The recital is open to the public. There is no admission fee; however, a free will offering will be taken up.

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.

“… 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.

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.

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

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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

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