Last updated: February 7, 2014 at 14:28 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
CONCERT LISTINGS AND EVENTS FOLLOW THE
CHAPTER PROGRAM LISTING
* * CHAPTER PROGRAM LISTING FOR THE 2013–14 YEAR * *
Monday, September 23 – 6:00 PM
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
June – TBA
End-of-year-soirée and Installation of Officers
Saturday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.
Grace Community Music presents Youth Cabaret! for Pilgrimage, with the Grace Church Gargoyles, Daughters of Zion, and lots of talent! Admission $20. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.
Sunday, February 9, 3:00 p.m.
Crescent Concerts presents: Showcase for Exceptional Young Artists. Talented local young musicians, ages 18 and under, chosen by competitive audition, will amaze you! $20 General admission/ $15 Seniors / $5 Students. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060.
Sunday, February 9, 3:00 p.m.
Music at Immaculate: Crosswinds Woodwind Quintet. Program to include Barber’s Summer Music, and Ibert’s Trois Pieces Breves. Admission: $10. Immaculate Conception Church, 30 North Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042.
Saturday, February 15, 4:00 p.m.
Music at St. Peter’s: James Litton conduct the Emily and Lauren Failla Memorial Choir Festival Evensong. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Chorale: Organ recital by Colin MacKnight, Juilliard student. Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901. 908-277-1814.
Saturday, March 1, 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 2, 3:00 p.m.
Harmonium Choral Society, Anne Matlack, conductor, presents Annelies by James Whitbourn with chamber orchestra of violin, cello, clarinet, and piano, and enhanced by a multi-media presentation. Tickets $20/$15 in advance, $25/$20 at the door. Visit www.harmonium.org or call 973-538-6969. Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 S. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960.
The chapter newsletter is The Metro Mixtures and the Newsletter Editor is Chris Hatcher. He can be reached at email@example.com.
* * * January 2014 METRO MIXTURES NEWSLETTER * * *
NOTES FROM THE DEAN…
Dear fellow organists,
Groundhog day, aside from being a brilliant movie starring Bill Murray, is always an interesting perspective in looking forward. Forward to Spring, forward to warm weather and forward to getting past Holy Week! Our Guild is looking forward this winter as well. For starters, the AGO has a brand new website! Please visit www.agohq.org and enjoy the advances that the guild is making into the 21st Century! Additionally, as you will hear about in the coming weeks from Scott Jones, our membership chairman, the online collection of membership and ability to pay with credit card is now here! (Not to worry if you use a paper, form, this is still an option). Lastly, this is an election year and aside from the election of a new (and much trimmed down) National Council, a new Executive Committee will be elected for our chapter. The slate of National Officers was printed in the January TAO and the slate for our chapter will appear in next month’s newsletter. I encourage you, when the time comes, to please VOTE! In the meantime, I suspect I already know what the groundhog will see, but regardless, I am always ready to turn that next page with eager anticipation to see what comes next.
–Preston Dibble, Dean
Diane Pivarnik asked if I would write a short report on our January “Jump Start” Mini-Convention. We enjoyed a successful and fun day,with 33 in attendance. Our sincere thanks to our hosts, Preston Dibble and Jonathan Hall.
Rick Erickson, of Holy Trinity in NYC, started the day with an interesting session on hymn improvisation—“the organist as preacher and aspects of improvisation that fulfill that role, prelude styles, attention to text and the role of the organist as facilitator of the voice of the people.” Using the hymn tune St. Thomas, Rick demonstrated techniques of ostinato, canon, harmonic variation, and two-voice introductions. Later, using other hymns, he talked about styles of Fauré and Bach as models for hymn preludes. He also posed the question “how much is too much?” and suggested that sometimes the organist may “get out of the way” and let the assembly’s a cappella voice stand alone. He gave examples of ritornelli style, the trio, dance forms, toccata, ornamentation and augmentation. Part of the morning session also involved talking about some of the hymns for the afternoon hymn festival—including considerations related to text, style and support for assembly singing.
After lunch, Metro chapter member Dr. Anne Matlack presented “Global Music for All”—creative ways to use world music in a liturgical setting. The group sang through over 30 pieces of music for varied voicings from unison to double choir—preschool to adult! What a wonderful and varied collection of pieces on the repertoire list! Anne also projected videos of some selections in performance at worship.
Anne shared several published collections of world music which may be used for Bible School, choirs and worship.
Our day closed with an inspiring hymn festival, with Rick Erickson at the organ. It is always nice when musicians sing together and we were able to experience firsthand many of the techniques from the morning session.
SAVE THE DATE – MARCH MEETING
- Recital – Sunday, March 9th , 4:00PM
- Masterclass – Monday, March 10th, 10:00AM – 12:30PM
- Judith Hancock
- Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church, 217 Prospect St, South Orange, NJ 07079.
Glenn Devitt, host
MEMBERSHIP AND DIRECTORY
Welcome to our newest member, John D. Cleaveland. John grew up in Nutley and then spent some years in the Carolinas. He and his wife recently returned to Nutley and he is the musician at First Lutheran Church in Montclair. John is a member of the NYC chapter and a Dual Member with Metro NJ. Please add John’s information to the directory:
Cleaveland, John D. MMus
42 Cathedral Ave.
Nutley, NJ 07110-1148
First Lutheran, Montclair NJ
Substitute Sat, M-F
You may have read in the TAO that AGO’s new ONCARD membership system will start in a few months. 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 information. All members with email will receive an invoice and invitation in April—others will be mailed, and anyone can still pay by mail if they wish. Stay tuned for more information.
As always, please invite friends and colleagues to join our chapter. Members who are new to AGO can take advantage of a discount during the months of February and March. Send me contact info and I will be happy to send an invitation and form.
–Scott Jones, Membership Chair, Jsjones0601@verizon.net
AGO Certification alert
If you’re like me, you devour your issues of The American Organist as quickly as you can. I’m sure we all gravitate to our favorite sections, and then settle on something of interest. That’s what I did on Saturday, January 4th, when I gravitated to page 60 and found the Summary of AGO Certification Requirements. It starts out with reiterating that the current requirements were published in the July 2013 issue, and informs the reader how to get a PDF version from the AGO website. The third paragraph indicates that a ‘student discount’ has been added to lessen the cost burdens when exam fees increase at the end of 2014. There is a correction to the CAGO article by Philip Gehring on C8c which appeared in the Oct. 2013 issue of TAO, and advice that the article is heartily recommended for future candidates.
Following that portion and at the bottom of the page is a list: “Who Grades Service Playing and Colleague Examinations?” Some familiar names are found here – Vincent Carr, AAGO, ChM; John J. Miller, FAGO; Gregory Scimé, AAGO; from our Metropolitan Chapter, along with a stellar list of organists who you will no doubt recognize.
Next Page: AGO Certification Requirements speaks for itself. At the bottom of the page is the Fee Changes Starting After September 1, 2014. If you have ever contemplated taking any of the exams, I suggest you seriously consider working on it this year. Remember that Service Playing and Colleague exams are recorded, and sent in to headquarters to be evaluated by the examiners. Only the Associate, Choirmaster and Fellow exams are audited by people who have already passed the exam, and only the written portion is sent on to HQ to be evaluated. (NB: I do have a copy of the ear-training practice, also some copies of previous test booklets. We have had seminars on various aspects of the exams, help is available.)
The following page lists the Exam Centers, and indicates which exams are available at the various locations. The last page is a list of testimonials from people who have taken the exams, explaining why it’s important to them. It should be important to all of us. Consider an exam this year, and do it!
–Dennis Dell, Exam Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVERTISING IN THE METRO MIXTURES
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 email@example.com.
John Conner, M.Mus., ChM, CAGO
Available for substitute and interim work in the entire metropolitan area. Highly experienced with liturgical and non-liturgical services. Phone: 201-945-8579
BEST WISHES TO ALL
YVONNE L. SONNENWALD-MELIN
Past Dean, Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter
The Membership Chairperson is Scott Jones. You may contact him via e-mail at Jsjones0601@verizon.net.
The Placement Chairperson is Chris Hatcher. To submit a listing, please contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Director/Organist: Denville Community UMC Church,190 Diamond Spring Rd, Denville, NJ 07834, 973-627-1041. Direct the adult choir of 20 members, and the five octave handbell choir of 13 members. Responsible for scheduling of music for one Sunday worship service weekly throughout the year, including adult choir every Sunday, handbell choir once monthly, children’s choirs once monthly as well as special soloists and instrumentalists. The adult choir prepares two special works each year for Christmas and Good Friday. Oversight of the children’s choirs(s) director. Rehearsals are currently held on Wednesday evenings. Yamaha grand piano in the sanctuary, Yamaha studio and Yamaha Clavinova in the Choir Room. 5 octaves Schulmerich handbells, 2 octaves Schulmerich handchimes. Möller/Peragllo organ – 2 manuals/11 ranks. Salary range is to be determined and is currently in line with AGO standards. Position reports directly to the Sr. Pastor. Responses/inquiries/resumes may be sent to: Staff Parish Relations Committee c/o email@example.com (1/13/14)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean: Preston Dibble - email@example.com
Sub-Dean: Diane Pivarnik - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Eric Fahner - email@example.com
Treasurer: Scott Jones - Jsjones0601@verizon.net
Financial Advisor: Michael Newman
Membership: Scott Jones - Jsjones0601@verizon.net
Hospitality: Yvonne Sonnenwald - firstname.lastname@example.org
Placement: Chris Hatcher – chris.hatcher01[at]verizon.net
Professional Concerns: Yvonne Sonnenwald - email@example.com
Newsletter Editor: Chris Hatcher – chris.hatcher01[at]verizon.net
Publicity: Beverly McGregor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Exam Coordinator: Dennis Dell - email@example.com
TAO Events Reporter: Yvonne Sonnenwald - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Photographer: Beverly McGregor - email@example.com
Markey Scholarship: Charles Banks
New Organist Committee – Vincent Carr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2010-2014
Mary Lou Stevens
Class of 2012-2016