Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: October 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the Metro New Jersey Chapter of the AGO!

We are celebrating our 94th year and are very excited about our upcoming programs and the new energy in our chapter. We have planned a variety of entertaining and informative events for the 2014-15 season, as listed below.

New members, both organists and organ aficionados, are always welcome. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Jim Little, Dean


Local Events







Friday, September 19 – 7:00 PM
Kickoff Potluck at Bruce Lockhart’s home
120 Sherman Avenue
Teaneck, NJ 07666
RSVP to Bev McGregor at

Monday, October 20 – 7:30 PM
Members’ Music Sharing Event
Also, BYO Music to Swap: proceeds benefit the
George Markey Scholarship Fund
United Methodist Church in Morristown
50 South Park Place
Morristown, NJ 07960

Monday, 19, 9 AM – 4:00 PM
(Snowdate: Saturday, January 24)

First United Methodist Church
130 Ferris Place
Westfield, NJ 07090
Deborah Simpkin King, guest clinician
$15 admission

Friday, April 10 – 7 PM
Organ Recital by Jeffrey Brillhart
The Presbyterian Church in Morristown
57 E. Park Place
Morristown, NJ 07960

Saturday, April 11 – 10 AM to 12 Noon
Masterclass by Jeffrey Brillhart
The Presbyterian Church in Morristown
57 E. Park Place
Morristown, NJ 07960

Monday, May 11 – 12:00 PM Noon
Metro Mid-day Munch in May
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
119 Main Street
Millburn, NJ 07041
Joseph Arndt, organist
Lunch to follow

Organ Crawl
Time and Locations to be announced
Reservations required


Wednesdays at Noon
The Cathedral Concert Series at The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart,
89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104. A free-will offering will be taken. All recitals are at 12:00 noon.
October 8 – Vincent Carr, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, NY
October 15 – Ian Tomesch, Delbarton School, Morristown, NJ.
October 22 – Martha Nowick, St. Bernard & St. Stanislaus Church, Plainfield, NJ
October 29 – Joseph Wozniak, St. Aloysius Church, Caldwell, NJ
November 5 – David Ball, St. Malachy’s Church – The Actors’ Chapel, New York, NY

Music at Mid-Day Recitals at Grace Church (Episcopal), 950 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102. Free-will offering. All recitals are on Tuesdays, 12:30–1:00 p.m.
October 7 – Joseph Arndt
October 14 – Joseph Arndt
October 21 – James McGregor
October 28 – Joseph Arndt
November 4 – Joseph Arndt, Music of Messiaen
November 11 – Franklin Coleman
November 18 – Brian Harlow

Sunday October 19, 3:00 p.m.

Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents “Broadway in the ‘Burbs.” Program to include the latest Broadway hits and classics for the whole family. Tom Mustachio accompanies. Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Seniors; $10 Students. Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028. 973-743-5596.

Sunday, October 19, 4:00 p.m.

Organ recital: Felix Hell. Works of Bach, Stewart, Widor, and Willan. Suggested donation: $15. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ, 07104.

Sunday, October 19, 4:00 p.m.

Organ Recital: Joseph Arndt, organist. Works of Works of Alain, Boëllmann, Gigout, Guilmant, and Messiaen. Free-will offering. Grace Church (Episcopal), 950 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

Monday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.

Members’ Music Sharing Event. Also, BYO music to swap/sell: proceeds to benefit the George Markey Scholarship Fund. United Methodist Church (on the Green), 50 S. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.

Grace Community Music: Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyrica, from St. Petersburg. Chants of the Russian Orthodox Church and folksongs from Russia. Donation at the door. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.

Sunday, October 26, 3:00 p.m.

Crescent Concerts presents: From Bach to Bells, Organ Recital, F. Allen Artz, III. $20 General admission/$15 Seniors/$5 Students. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060.

Saturday, November 1, 12:00 Noon

Grace Community Music: All Saints sung Service. Hassler Missa Secunda, Tavener Funeral Ikos. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.

Saturday, November 1, 7:00 p.m.

An evening in Vienna: Music, Art and Life. Pre-concert lecture at 7:00 p.m. and concert at 7:30 p.m. The concert will include Schubert’s Mass in G, and music of Haydn, Mozart and Bruckner. Richard Morgan, Director, Brian Harlow, Organist, Bronagh Coakley, Lecturer. A reception of Viennese delights will follow. The Mountain Art Show will be open for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. Donations will be gratefully received at the door. St. John on the Mountain, 379 Mt. Harmony Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924.

Sunday, November 2, 3:00 p.m.

The Parish Choir of Christ Church in Short Hills performs the Messe Solennelle, Op.16 of Louis Vierne. Brian Harlow, organist; Andrew Moore, director. Free-will offering. Christ Church Episcopal, 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

Sunday, November 2, 4:00 p.m.

A Concert In Honor of the Faithful Departed. Mozart, Requiem in D Minor. The Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra, John J. Miller, conductor. Free-will offering. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ, 07104

Friday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.

Grace Community Music: A Cappella Jamboree with Grace Gargoyles, Daughters of Zion, The Moderately Bright Four, The Four Bari’s, Cohesion, and The Colgate 13. All seats $20 – Tickets: SeatYourself.Biz Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940

Saturday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.

The Westminster Choir: The Invention of Love. Program to include works by Sisak, Whitacre, Monteverdi, and J.S. Bach, Joe Miller, conductor. Free-will offering. Christ Church Episcopal, 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

Saturday, November 15, 8:00 p.m.

Crescent Concerts presents: The Journey to Christmas (Crescent Choral Society and organ). $20 General admission/$15 Seniors/$5 Students. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060.

Sunday, November 16, 3:00 p.m.

Organ recital: Kent Tritle. Works by Bach, Scheidemann, Duruflé. Free-will offering. Handicap accessible. First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford, 1 East Passaic Ave., Rutherford, NJ 07070 or 201.438.3569.

Sunday, November 16, 4:00 p.m.

St. Dunstan’s Choir in Concert. The men’s choir of Grace Church sings repertoire for men’s voices by Carey, Giles, Hassler and Vaughan Williams. Free-will offering. Grace Church (Episcopal), 950 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

Saturday, November 22, 5:00 p.m.

Grace Community Music: Evensong. Music by Callahan, Sanders, Howells, and Moore. Free. Reception follows. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940



The chapter newsletter is The Metro Mixtures and the Newsletter Editor is Chris Hatcher. He can be reached at

* * * October 2014 METRO MIXTURES NEWSLETTER * * *



First of all, many thanks to Bruce Lockhart for hosting a fine opening event at his home in Teaneck. We had a good attendance, and it was a most relaxing evening of conversation and stories about our summer. And, what a lovely home to be in!

I have been in email contact with a likely new member, Karen Coates, who has moved to Landing, NJ from New York State, and is planning to attend our event in Morristown on October 20th. I look forward to meeting her and welcoming her to our Chapter. Let’s hope we have many new members joining up this Fall! I’ll be very interested in seeing the new numbers when they become known. As of the September newsletter we already had several new members, whom I’m really looking forward to meeting. Especially, I might add, one who has a dual membership, and lives in my hometown of Pennington. Lucky guy-it’s a pretty little town and I have fond memories of growing up there. Only one pipe organ, though, in the Presbyterian Church. At least the one that’s there now is a vast improvement over the one I played for 3 years back in the ’60s. Not gonna mention builders.

Let’s try for a large turnout in October, and don’t forget to bring music to share, and some of your unwanted music to hopefully sell. I’m going to try to get through all of my organ music, now that it’s at home and not in my former choir room, to see if I can bear to part with any of it. I’m sure there are many good works there that I’ll never play again that might be useful to some of you. See you soon.

–Jim Little, Dean


Dear friends,

I hope you have marked your calendars for our next chapter event in October. We will gather at Morristown United Methodist Church for a music sharing event. Chapter members are invited to share/play through an organ or choral piece for everyone present. If you plan on sharing a piece, please contact me with the name of the piece, the composer, and publisher. That way our members will have a reference point during and after the event. My email address is:

I look forward to our chapter convention in January. We are fortunate to have Deborah Simpkin King giving a conducting master class. Dr. King is artistic director and founder of Schola Cantorum on Hudson and is an advocate of new music. She will bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to us in January. We have two open spots to fill for Dr. King’s master class at the United Methodist Church in Westfield. It would involve conducting a piece of your choice with the chapter members serving as the choir. Dr. King will then offer suggestions and give comments. I hope you will all consider signing up for this. Remember that we all have something to learn, even if it just a new perspective or rehearsal technique. Please contact me if you are interested!

At this point, our organ crawl scheduled for June 8 must be rescheduled for another date in the spring (likely in April). The churches we are hoping to access have more availability in early spring, There are several important new and restored organs in New York City. We are planning a day to see and hear a few of them.
I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events.

Best wishes,

Joe Arndt, Sub-Dean


Our chapter currently is up to 111 members. Thanks to those who joined or renewed since September. This month we welcome several more new members: Andres (Andrew) Cardona lives in Totowa and is Music Director at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Nutley. Andrew is interested in weekday and Saturday morning substitute work; Christopher Jennings recently accepted the position of Organist/Choirmaster at Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit and joins us as a Dual member with the New York Chapter. Christopher is the husband of Metro NJ Chapter Board Member Brian Harlow and they live in South Orange. Samuel Robinson, from Rockaway, is an organ student of Ryan Malone at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. New Metro member Robert Vandongen resides in Hackettstown. We welcome Greg Scimé back to active membership.

Andres (Andrew) Cardona
Sub M-F and Sat. morning

Christopher B. Jennings

Samuel Robinson

Gregory Scimé

Robert J. Vandongen

The national office is in the process of sending out renewal reminders. I included detailed instructions about the new ONCARD membership renewal system in the September newsletter and will not take space repeating it here. If you have not yet renewed, please do so today! Please call if you have questions or any trouble with your membership.
I will prepare the new membership directory for our October 20 meeting. The directory means effort and expense and it would be wonderful to have 100% of our membership listed. Please renew on or before Friday, October 10 to be included in this directory. Additions after that will be announced in the newsletter.

–Scott Jones, Treasurer and Membership Chair



We can accept advertisements in the newsletter for goods and services which are for sale. Besides text ads, we can place business card-size ads for inclusion in the Metro Mixtures.Ads may be purchased for $10 (for Metro NJ AGO members), and $20 (for non-members) per issue of Metro Mixtures. Business card ads must be “camera-ready.” Memorial tributes and “best wishes” may also be placed by members for $10 per issue. To place a text ad, send your ad (or business card) along with a check (payable to Metro NJ AGO) to the newsletter editor. Please note that text ads may need to be edited due to space constraints. If you would like more information about placing an ad please contact



Past Dean, Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter



The Membership Chairperson is Scott Jones. You may contact him via e-mail at



The Placement Chairperson is Chris Hatcher. To submit a listing, please contact him via e-mail at

Organist: St. Raphael Parish, 346 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039. Wanted to fill in at the 7:30 a.m. Mass – be able to play and sing. Should be familiar with the Roman Catholic liturgy. Contact Pastor Fr. Greaves, at

Mezzo-Soprano: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 414 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090. Singer position available for Parish Choir of 30 volunteers and 8 professionals. $100 weekly, additional income for special services. Rehearsals: Thursday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 9:10 a.m. Contact Charles Banks at 908.232.8507 ext. 17, or

Interim Organist/Choir Director Stanley Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), 94 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928. The position is part-time (12-16 hr./wk.) and longer-term (commitment through Easter, and preferably through the middle of June 2015, the end of our program year). Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Working cooperatively with the Interim Pastor in the design of worship services, rehearsing and conducting the Adult Choir, accompanying weekly worship and the special services of the liturgical year, and any wedding or funeral services as they arise. The candidate should be proficient in both organ and piano and willing to provide instrumental, choral and congregational music in a wide variety of musical styles to ensure the worship experience is as inclusive as possible. Compensation will be based upon experience and qualifications. Stanley Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation where all are welcome. If interested, please reply to [10/14/14]

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



As a chapter, we are committed to the certification process, which can be found in the July Issue of our national ‘house organ’ The American Organist.

We have members who have achieved certification in all of the programs offered, including: Service Playing, Colleague, Choir Master, Associateship and Fellowship. With our location in Central New Jersey, we are sometimes asked to accomodate candidates from surrounding chapters, and do so gladly. Certification chairman is Dennis Dell, 732 750-2960, or via e-mail at


Contact Us

Dean: James Little –
Sub-Dean: Joseph Arndt –
Secretary: Eric Fahner –
Treasurer: Scott Jones –
Financial Advisor: Michael Newman
Membership: Scott Jones –
Hospitality: Yvonne Sonnenwald –
Placement: Chris Hatcher – chris.hatcher01[at]
Professional Concerns: Yvonne Sonnenwald –
Newsletter Editor: Chris Hatcher –
Publicity: Beverly McGregor –
Exam Coordinator: Dennis Dell –
TAO Events Reporter: Yvonne Sonnenwald –
Chapter Photographer: Beverly McGregor –
Markey Scholarship: Charles Banks
New Organist Committee – Vincent Carr –

Executive Board

Class of 2012-2016
Brian Harlow
Holland Jancaitis
Linda Loria

Class of 2014-2018
Gretchen Bilson
Kristin Dabaghian
Matthew Webb

Member ex officio
Yvonne Sonnenwald-Melin



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