Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter

Last updated: April 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the Metro New Jersey Chapter of the AGO!

We are celebrating our 93rd 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 2013-14 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.

Preston Dibble, Dean


Local Events





Monday, September 23 – 6:00 PM
Clergy/Musician Dinner
Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit
Jim Little, host
The Reverend Canon Victoria R. Sirota,
St. John the Divine, speaker
Reservations required $20/person

Monday, October 21 – 7:30 PM
Members Sharing Music for
Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
BYO Music to Swap: proceeds benefit the George Markey Scholarship Fund
First Presbyterian Church, Caldwell
Barbara and Noel Piercy, hosts

Sunday, November 24 – 4:00 PM
Chapter and Regional RCYO winner and Rising Star, Ryan Kennedy, recitalist
Grace Church, Newark
Joe Arndt, host

Monday, January 20 – 9:30–3:45
January Jump Start Mini-Convention
Immaculate Conception R.C. &
Central Presbyterian Churches, Montclair
Preston Dibble and Jonathan Hall, hosts
Rick Erickson, Holy Trinity Lutheran, NYC: Improvisation and Interpreting Hymns, Hymn Festival
Anne Matlack, Grace Episcopal, Madison: Global Choral Music for the Lectionary
$15 Registration. Lunch on your own in Montclair
Snow date: Saturday, January 25

Sunday, March 9 at 4 PM, and Monday, March 10 – 10 AM–12:30 PM
Recital and Masterclass, Judith Hancock
Our Lady of Sorrows, South Orange
Glenn Devitt, host
Tri-sponsored by The Cali School of Montclair State University, Our Lady of Sorrows Church,
and Metro NJ Chapter AGO

Monday, May 12 – 12:00 PM Noon
Metro Mid-day Munch in May at Morrow Memorial United Methodist in Maplewood
Holland Jancaitis, performer and host
Lunch $8

June – TBA
End-of-year-soirée and Installation of Officers
Reservations required


Friday Lenten Organ Recitals: 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Free. Lunch following ($6). Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.

March 7  – Anne Matlack, Angels in America

March 14  – George Moser, guest organist

March 21 – Bach, Cantata 82 - Ich habe genug, with Patricia Ruggles, voice, Anne Matlack, organ

March 28 – Eric Stroud  All-Baroque program

April 4 -  Eric Stroud  Langlais program

April 11 - Anne Matlack, Eric Stroud and friends


Lenten Music and Meditation Services, Five Wednesdays at Noon; Lunch following ($7). The Presbyterian Church, 1 East Oak Street, Basking Ridge, NJ 07090. 908-766-1616.

March 12  -Trent Johnson, organist

March 19  -Two Rising Stars in the Vocal World: Annie Schulenburg, soprano, and  Philip Stoddard, baritone

March 26 – Outreach Chorus of Harmonium Choral Society, Anne Matlack, Director

April 2  – Vince Carr, organist

April 9 –  Choir Soloists and Instrumentalists from The Presbyterian Church, Basking Ridge


Sunday, March 9, 4:00 p.m. & Monday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

* Metropolitan NJ Chapter Event *

 Judith Hancock, organ recital (Sunday) and Master Class (Monday). Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church, 217 Prospect St, South Orange, NJ 07079.

 Sunday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.

Music at Saint Peter’s presents Buxtehude Jesu Meine Freude for 2 sopranos, bass, chorus, organ, and strings. Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 271 Roseland Ave. Essex Fells, NJ. 973-226-6500.

 Sunday, March 9, 3:00 p.m.

Crescent Concerts presents Festival of Organists -  An Enduring Reformation, featuring organists Joseph Arndt, Stephen Williams, Carol Weber, Jim Little, Peter Calabro. $20 General admission/$15 Seniors/$5 Students. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060.

Sunday, March 9, 4:00 p.m.

Grace Community Music presents Lenten Evensong, featuring Grace Church Adult and Teen Choirs. Music by Stanford, Smith, Wood. Free. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.

Sunday, March 9, 5:00 p.m.

Music at Immaculate presents Schola Cantorum on Hudson. Admission $25/Children 12 & under, free. Church of the Immaculate Conception, 1 Munn Street,  Montclair, NJ 07042.

Sunday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.

DYAD: Eric Olsen and Lou Caimano. Admission: $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Luna Stage,555 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07052. 973-395-5551.

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

Calvary Chorale: Brahms, A German Requiem  with the Calvary Chorale. Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901.

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

Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Duo Scorpio, a New York City-based harp duo. $20 Adults; $15 Seniors; $10 Students. Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028. 973-743-5596.

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

The Cathedral Concert Series: Anthony Newman, organ recital. Works of Bach, Mozart, and Anthony Newman. Suggested donation $15. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104.

Saturday, March 22, 8:00 p.m.

Music at Immaculate presents Pro Arte Chorale featuring music of Bach, Brahms, Grieg, and spirituals. Admission $25. Church of the Immaculate Conception, 1 Munn Street,  Montclair, NJ 07042.

Sunday, March 23, 4:00 p.m.

Friends of Music at St. Paul’s presents Crucifixus ~ The Passion of Lent performed by Vox Fidelis. Works of  Allegri, Byrd, Lotti, Tavener and others. Admission $20/Students free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 414 East Broad Street, Westfield NJ 07090.

Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.

Grace Community Music presents The American Boychoir Choir. Admission: $20 /$10 for students and seniors). Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.

Sunday, March 30, 3:00 p.m.

Calvary Chorale: Celtic Duo, Fiddle & Guitar. Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. 908-277-1814.

Sunday, March 30, 4:00 p.m.

Sharing God’s Love Through Music: featuring Requiem by Bradley Ellingboe, Hymns and Anthems by Rutter, Fauré, Ames, and Thompson. Oratorio Choir, Mary Lou Stevens, Director, and Knox Bell Choir, Linda Langstaff, Director. Reception following. Free-will offering. The Presbyterian Church, One East Oak Street, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

Sunday, March 30, 4:00 p.m.

The Chorus of Communities will present its 24th Annual Spring Concert. The concert will include Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine as well as works by César Franck.  Artistic Director, Richard Morgan will conduct and be assisted by Organist, Dr. Brian Harlow.  For more information visit the  website This is a family friendly concert:  tickets are $12, $10 (students and seniors) and families or groups of children $25 (must be accompanied by at least one adult.). 581 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ.

Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.

Music at Saint Peter’s: Piano/Organ Recital of Lenten Hymns and Piano, 4-hand with Nan Childress and John Pivarnik. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 271 Roseland Ave. Essex Fells, NJ.

Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.

Harmonium Chamber Singers, Anne Matlack, director, present Body Parts Sacred and Profane. The select ensemble presents works ranging from Palestrina to Parker, from deeply spiritual to rather silly. Tickets available from $25/$20. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.

Sunday, April 6, 3:00 p.m.

Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Passion Music, featuring  Handel’s Messiah (Part 2: The Passion), Verdi’s Stabat Mater, and works by Barber, Fauré and others. Glen Ridge Choral Society and Orchestra; Thomas Mustachio, conductor. $20 Adults; $15 Seniors; $10 Students. Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028. 973-743-5596.



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


* * * March 2014 METRO MIXTURES NEWSLETTER * * *



Dear fellow organists,

This March is certainly coming in like a lion -another snow storm and the start of Lent all at the same time! It is a time of busyness for organists employed in Christian churches and a time where some of this author’s favorite choral repertoire is always appropriate. Our chapter is also active this March; this weekend we welcome one of the towering and inspirational figures in our craft, Judith Hancock in recital and masterclass. We also begin the biennial election process in our chapter. I am most thankful to the members of our nominating committee this year; it is a hard job to seek out the gifts and talents of our membership and to ask for their service. While we have one candidate for election in each of the 4 offices, I am happy to present to you 7 candidates for the 3 positions in our executive class.

The candidates for election are:

Dean: Jim Little

Sub-Dean: Joe Arndt

Secretary: Eric Fahner

Treasurer: Scott Jones

Members at large: Gretchen Bilson, Franklin Coleman, Kristen Dabaghian, Dennis Dell, Michael Hudock, Holland Jancaitis, Matthew Webb,  (3 will be chosen)

Per our operating procedures, should any chapter member wish to add a write in candidate, such nominations can be made with a petition signed by 5 members and sent to our Chapter Secretary, Eric Fahner, by no later than April 1st. Election will take place via US Mail in May. It will be a time of transition in our chapter for my second term as your Dean is coming to an end as well as the enthusiastic service of our Sub-Dean, Diane Pivarnik. Additionally, we will be electing a new national council this summer, renewing our chapter membership online through the guild’s new ONCARD service and completing our regional shift to join the Mid-Atlantic States. While change can sometimes be hard, it is usually healthy in at least some way. I hold a bright view ahead for our guild and for our chapter.

–Preston Dibble, Dean


Mark your calendars for our next Chapter event on Sunday, March 9th at 4 PM and Monday, March 10th at 10 AM at Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church, 217 Prospect Street in South Orange, 07079 when we will welcome Judith Hancock as our recitalist and Master Class clinician. A former member of the faculty of The School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin where she taught organ and subjects related to sacred music, Judith Hancock currently resides in New York City. Glenn Devitt will be our host, and the program is tri-sponsored by The Cali School of Montclair State University, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, and our Metropolitan NJ AGO Chapter..

Look forward to our Metro Mid-Day Munch in May at Morrow Memorial UMC in Maplewood (!) on Monday, May 12 at 12 PM with Holland Jancaitis. Plans for our End-of-Year Soiree in June are underway as well.

–Diane Pivarnik, Sub-Dean


Welcome to our newest member, Karen Chiappini. Karen lives in Wayne, is organist at Assumption RC Church in Morristown and is a Dual member with Northern NJ. Welcome back to Jonathan Evers, who has a new job at First United Methodist in Westfield. Please add Karen and Jonathan’s information to the directory:

Chiappini, Karen   MA, CAGO

55 Knox Terrace, Apt. 2A

Wayne, NJ  07470-7911

Assumption Church, Morristown, NJ

C   201-906-2949


Evers, Jonathan


47 Sachem Rd.

Lake Hopatcong, NJ  07849

First United Methodist, Westfield, NJ

C   973-919-1490

Sub Sat and M-F

 You may have read in the TAO about AGO’s new ONCARD membership system. Membership and renewals will now be handled online through the national office and credit card payments will be accepted. Dual members will be able to renew with multiple chapters online. Members will have access to AGO member info. In March, members will be invited to review and update their personal information. Members with email will receive an invoice and invitation to renew in April—others will be mailed, and anyone can still pay by mail if they wish.

Free Organ Music


Email chapter member Donna Garzinsky ( to reserve specific pieces and to arrange a pick-up time at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ 07901.


Ernest Pepping: Great Organ Books I & III

David Gehrenbeck: C.P. on”Venite Adoremus”

Vincent Persichetti: C.P. on Drop, Drop Slow Tears

Paul dè Maleingreau: La Messe de Pâques

Cesar Bresgen: Toccata Paschalis

Roland Diggle: Alleluia

Jack H. Ossewaarde: Improvisation for a Requiem

S. Karg-Elert: Choral-Improvisations, op. 65, vol. 2

S. Karg-Elert: Triptych

C. Saint-Saëns: Sept Improvisations

F. Mendelssohn, ed. M. Dupre: 3 Preludes & Fugues, 6 Sonatas (old; fragile)

T. Frederick H. Candlyn: An English Suite

Malcolm Williamson: Fantasy on Terra beata

Gerre Hancock: Improvisations for Hymn-Singing

Gerre Hancock: Air

Richard Purvis: Vexilla Regis

J.S. Bach, ed. Kraft: Two Bach Airs

Kevin Norris: Toccatinas and Tidbits

Max Reger: Organ Pieces, op. 65, vol. 1

Henry Purcell: The Organ Works

Alec Rowley: The 65th Psalm

Herbert Howells: 3 Psalm Preludes for Organ, set 2

Theodore DuBois: Alleluia

Harvey B. Gaul: Easter Morning on Mt. Rubidoux

John Holler, compiler: A Collection of Chime Preludes

Dave Brubeck: Praise Ye the Lord (for SATB voices)

Dave Brubeck: Forty Days” (for SATB voices)

Brubeck: Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled (SATB)



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

Long-Term Substitute Organist: St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, 88 East Saddle River Road, Saddle River, NJ 07458. 201-327-5663. Organist/pianist required to play specified weekend Masses (Saturdays 5:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am and 11:30 am) until September 1, specified choir rehearsals (Thursdays 7:30 pm), scheduled weddings and be available to play funerals Monday – Saturday. Must have proficient skills in playing a 3-manual 31-rank pipe organ and familiarity with Catholic liturgy and traditional hymnody. Must accompany adult choir playing music selected and conducted by Director of Music in rehearsal. Dates Needed: Weekend Masses (Saturday at 5:00 pm, Sunday at 10:00 am, 11:30 am): May 3-4, 17-18, 24-25; June 7-8, 14-15, 28,29; July 5-6, 19-26, August 2-3, 16-17, 23-24. Choir Rehearsals (Thursday, 7:30 – 9:30 pm): May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Weddings: May 16 (Friday 4:00 pm); August 16 (Saturday, 3:00 pm). Stipend: $150 per Weekend Mass; $200 per funeral Mass; $275 per wedding Mass. $125 per rehearsal. Contact: Joe Scorese, Director of Music 201.577.6318. Organ Specifications: [4/23/14]

Director of Music /Organist: The Community Church of Mountain Lakes, United Church of Christ, 48 Briarcliff Road, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046. The Community Church of Mountain Lakes (United Church of Christ) is looking for a motivated individual to serve as Director of Music and Organist.  Responsibilities of the position include: Member of Worship Team responsible for coordinating all music to be used in worship services throughout the year; Rehearsing and directing the Chancel Choir; Organist/pianist for weekly worship services and the special services of the liturgical year; Accompanist for Cherub, Gloria, and Youth Choirs; working collaboratively with Director of Children’s Music and Handbell Choir Director in planning music schedule and rehearsals; wedding and funeral services as they arise.  Chancel choir rehearsals are currently Thursday evening; Worship on Sunday morning is at 10 a.m.  The church has a recently rebuilt Casavant-Freres pipe organ, digitally enhanced with Ahlborn-Galanti electronic voices, and a Steinway grand piano for use during worship. 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.  Prior experience with handbell choirs a plus.  The successful candidate will receive competitive compensation based on qualifications, time-commitment and experience. ($20,000 – $25,000 +).Mountain Lakes is located in beautiful Morris County, New Jersey, conveniently located near the intersection of Routes 287 and 80. For more information, call the church office at (973) 334-6500. To apply, e-mail your resume, including references, to comchurch@optimum.netRev. Dr. Debra L. Duke, Senior Pastor, Mr. Roy Ronning, Chair, Music Search Team. [3/8/14]

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: Preston Dibble -
Sub-Dean: Diane Pivarnik -
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 – chris.hatcher01[at]
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 2010-2014
Mary Lou Stevens
Eric Olsen
Joe Arndt

Class of 2012-2016
Brian Harlow
James Little
Linda Loria



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