Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: December 3, 2014 at 15:50 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, January 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


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.

November 4 – Joseph Arndt, Music of Messiaen
November 11 – Franklin Coleman
November 18 – Brian Harlow

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, 10:00 a.m.

Music at Saint Peter’s – Hassler Missa Secunda with combined choirs. John Pivarnik, director. Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church 271 Roseland Ave., Essex Fells, NJ 07021

Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.

Music at Immaculate: Immaculate Conception Chancel Choir, Duruflé Requiem. Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Sunday, November 2, 10:30 a.m.

The Adult Choir and guest singers and instrumentalists at St. John’s Lutheran Church will perform Joseph Haydn’s Missa brevis St. Joannis de Deo. Performed within worship, the program is free. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Ave., Summit NJ 07901.

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

Wednesday, November 5, 12:00 Noon

The Cathedral Concert Series: David Ball, organ recital. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104. A free-will offering will be taken.

Saturday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.

Brian Harlow performs works harpsichord works by Rameau and accompanies vocalists Stephen and Kristin Sands and Tom Mulder in vocal works of the Baroque era. Peapack Reformed Church, 224 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey 07934.

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

Harmonium Choral Society, Anne Matlack, director, performs James Whitbourn’s Annelies with violin, cello, clarinet, and piano. $10 at the door. Congregation Oheb Shalom, 170 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ 07079.

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.

Music at Immaculate: Oratorio Society of New Jersey, Bach Magnificat and Mozart Requiem, Sándor Szabó, conductor. Admission: $20. Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042.

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, Brenda Day Arnold, organ; F. Allen Artz III, organ. Vivaldi Magnificat, Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël. $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

Saturday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.

Abendmusik: Organ/choral concert. Organist Kevin Graf accompanies The Voices of Praise Choir. Works by Bach, Duruflé, Bolcom, and others. $20 Adults/$15 Seniors/Students Free. Morristown United Methodist Church (on the Green), 50 S. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Saturday, December 6, 8:00 p.m. &
Sunday, December 7, 3:00 p.m.

Music at Immaculate: New Jersey Choral Society, Rutter Gloria. Eric Dale Knapp, conductor. Presale Admission: $25. Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Sunday, December 7, 10:30 a.m.

The choirs and ensembles at St. John’s Lutheran Church will present an Advent Lessons & Carols Service. Free–no tickets required. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Ave., Summit NJ 07901.

Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

The Oratorio Choir and Orchestra directed by Mary Lou Stevens will present John Rutter’s Magnificat and carols. The Knox Bell Choir directed by Linda Langstaff will also play. Free will offering. For more information, call 908-766-1616. The Presbyterian Church, 1 East Oak Street, Basking Ridge, 07920.

Thursday, December 11, 12:15 p.m.

Music at Noon: Brian Harlow, organ recital. Morristown United Methodist Church (on the Green), 50 S. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Friday, December 12, 8:00 p.m.

The Cathedral Concert Series: Navidad Latina. The Cathedral Spanish Choir, Olfary Gutiérrez, director, with singers and instrumentalists from other Latin communities from the Archdiocese of Newark. Free-will offering. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104.

Saturday, December 13 3:00 p.m.

Music at Saint Peter’s – A Service of Lessons and Carols with combined choirs. John Pivarnik, director. Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church 271 Roseland Ave., Essex Fells, NJ 07021.

Saturday, December 13, 7:00 p.m.

Music in the Somerset Hills: A Choral Christmas with Organ and Brass, Brian Harlow, organist. Featuring the Rutter Gloria and a Christmas carol sing. $20 Adult/$15 Senior/Student$15. St. John on the Mountain, 379 Mount Harmony Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924.

Saturday, December 13, 8:00 p.m. &
Sunday, December 14, 8:00 p.m.

Harmonium Choral Society, Anne Matlack, director presents O Mystical Journey. A collage concert of many settings of 3 of the Great O Antiphons and otherworldly compositions by Hallock, Pärt, Willan, Bruckner, Gretchaninoff, Chilcott, Tavener and more with Joshua Stafford, organ. Tickets at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.

Sunday, December 14, 3:00 p.m.

Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Welcome Christmas!, the annual Christmas Concert & Carol Sing. Glen Ridge Choral Society, Gramercy Brass, Percussion, Piano & Organ, conducted by Thomas Mustachio. Sacred and Secular music of the season with favorite carols for all to sing. Free-will offering. Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028. 973-743-5596.

Sunday, December 14, 3:00 p.m.

Haochen Zhang, winner of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, will perform in concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Ave., Summit NJ 07901. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at:

Sunday, December 14, 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Lessons & Carols, Brian Harlow, organist & choirmaster. St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 182 Main St. Gladstone, NJ 07934.

Sunday, December 14, 5:00 p.m.

Music at Immaculate: Schola Cantorum on Hudson. Admission: Presale: $20/At the Door: $25. Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Sunday, December 14, 5:00 p.m.

Crescent Concerts: Yuletide by Candlelight: What Sweeter Music (Crescent Singers), Allen Artz III, director. Free. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060.

Wednesday, December 17, 8:00 p.m. &
Thursday, December 18, 8:00 p.m.

The Cathedral Concert Series: Candlelight Carol Sing with organ, brass, percussion. Free-will offering. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104.

Thursday, December 18, 12:15 p.m.

Music at Noon: Christmas Singers. Morristown United Methodist Church (on the Green), 50 S. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Saturday, December 20, 5:00 p.m.

Grace Community Music: Advent Evensong. Gibbons’ Short Service, Ayleward responses, Advent anthems. 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

* * * November/December 2014 METRO MIXTURES NEWSLETTER * * *




We had a most interesting, relaxed event on October 20th. Attendance was pretty good, with some new members joining us for an evening of sharing music at the United Methodist Church in Morristown. Many thanks to Kevin Graf for hosting. Since we had new members, we all introduced ourselves to the group, so no strangers were present. However, only one person, new member David Bower, brought any music to share. Fortunately, it was the Leon Boëllman “Suite Gothique,” which we were able to get some mileage out of. He played the second movement, and the members persuaded him to play the third. I, without organ shoes, volunteered to play the last movement, the Toccata, which wasn’t quite as good as Joe Arndt playing it the afternoon before at Grace, Newark, but seemed to pass muster. Kevin also wowed us with a wonderful performance of William Bolcom’s setting of “What a friend we have in Jesus” from his Gospel Preludes. Then Matt Webb, from the Presbyterian Church on the Green in Morristown, brought two wonderful anthems, called us all to form a choir, and we sight-read them, which was great fun. Made me wish I wasn’t retired from the business, since I would love do to both of them! However, maybe in my various subbing and interim work I might get the chance.

After all the music was ended we had a very nice social time, with music for sale or give-away, some cookies and beverages, and lots of good chatter. Despite it not being quite what we planned, it was a very successful evening, relaxed and enjoyable. Thanks to all who participated!

We also had the opportunity to bid a fond farewell to David Fedor, who is leaving the area for a better place to retire, probably with lower taxes than our fair state. I know we all wish him well.

As we all delve into the Advent/Christmas season, I hope you have an enjoyable time making music for your various churches and schools. In retirement, I’m teaching High School choral music at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, filling in for a maternity leave, and doing a stint as organist/choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chatham, so will be pretty much as busy as I was before “retiring.” My wife, Nancy, has been encouraging me to do these jobs, since she married me for better or for worse, but not for lunch. Thank heavens, the meals at Wardlaw-Hartridge are really good!

–Jim Little, Dean


Thank you to the twenty people who joined or renewed since the last newsletter bringing our chapter currently up to 131 members. Of those 131, I am excited to announce that 13 are new members! This month we welcome three new members and one returning member: Karen Coates moved from NY State to Landing, NJ and is interested in substitute work. Dr. De Costa A. Dawson lives in Orange and will also substitute. Stewart Holmes, from the Northern NJ Chapter, joins us as a Dual Member. Stewart lives in Oakland and plays at Old Paramus Reformed Church in Ridgewood. We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Vincent Rone, who has been working on his PhD in Santa Barbara, CA. Vincent lives in Bayonne and is adjunct professor of Fine Arts and English Composition at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City. (Full contact info will appear in the directory.)

Karen Coates
Sub Sun, Sat and M-F

De Costa A. Dawson
Sub Sun, Sat and M-F

Stewart P. Holmes

Vincent Rone
Sub Sat and Sun

This month we say good-bye to David Fedor, Past Dean and an active Metro member for many years. In November David is moving to Fairhaven, MA and we wish him the very best in his new home! His new address is:

David Fedor
14 Harbor Mist Dr.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

George Moser has also moved and Eric Fahner has a new cell number:

George Moser
18 Mountain View Dr.
Chester, NJ 07930

Eric Fahner
New cell # 201-906-5922

Twenty-one of our active members have not yet renewed. 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 me if you have questions, do not know your status or have any trouble with your membership renewal.

I am still working on our chapter directory, which I plan to have ready now for mid-November. All members with email will receive a PDF copy. If you requested a hard copy, it will come by mail in a large manila envelope.

–Scott Jones, Treasurer and Membership Chair


Call for Scholarship Applications for the 2015–2016 Academic Year

 The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has awarded four scholarships for undergraduate organ study and two scholarships for graduate organ study to six college organ students enrolled in the 2014–2015 academic year. The six scholars were selected from an application pool of more than 50 students and received the awards based upon their demonstrated ability in organ playing and financial need.

Funded through a generous bequest from the estate of Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee, each undergraduate scholarship carries a cash award of $7,500 and is renewable for up to four years of collegiate study. Each graduate scholarship carries a cash award of $15,000 and is renewable for a total of two years of study. The 2014–2015 Scholarship Award recipients are:

Graduate Students
Chelsea Barton, McGill University
Jacob Taylor, Indiana University

Undergraduate Students
Clara Gerdes, Curtis Institute of Music
Garrett Law, Cleveland Institute of Music
Prince Nyatanga, Eastman School of Music
Mary Pan, University of Hartford

The American Guild of Organists is the only organization of its kind with a scholarship program supporting music students in their academic careers at any institution of higher learning of their choice. Applications for the 2014–2015 scholarship awards were received and reviewed by the AGO National Committee on Continuing Professional Education.

“This scholarship program exists thanks to the generosity and vision of two gentlemen who bequeathed their estate to the AGO, along with specific instructions as to how the funds are to be distributed,” stated Frederick Hohman, director of the scholarship committee. “Their wish was for the AGO to recognize and support young organists with financial need who have demonstrated accomplishment in organ playing.”

Speaking on behalf of Messrs. Pogorzelski and Yankee, Dale J. Marsico noted, “According to my uncles, the heart is reached easier through the use of organ music than any other musical form. Their music collection, music room, pipe organ, and Ron’s playing ability were testimony to their love of the instrument. Their gift is a testament to their hopes that future generations might come to enjoy—to love and appreciate organ music as they did. They felt that their bequest to American Guild of Organists offered the best opportunity for that possibility.” 

Two new Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Scholarships will be awarded for the 2015–2016 academic year—one for an incoming freshman ($7,500), the other for a first-year graduate organ student ($15,000). Eligibility requirements and application details are available online at The online application period will run from January 1 through February 15, 2015.



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. Rocco’s Church, 4206 Kennedy Boulevard, Union City, NJ 07087. Seeking organist who sings from the console for Saturday 6 p.m. Spanish Mass, and Sunday 12 noon English Mass. Contact Fr. Dominic at 201-863-0160. [11/4/14]

Director of Music Ministries: First Baptist Church of Westfield, 170 Elm Street, Westfield NJ 07090. Part-time (15-20 hrs./wk.) position. Rehearse various ensembles (choirs, orchestra, song leaders). Blended worship using a variety of styles. Accomplished pianist, ability to play the organ highly desirable. Experience with all age groups. Bachelor’s degree in music discipline is required. All inquiries and resumes should be emailed to, or call the church office and ask to speak to Pastor Mayra Castaneda at 908-233-2278. [11/4/14]

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]

Interim Organist/Choir Director St. James’ Episcopal Church 214 Washington St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840. looking to hire a new organist/choir director starting in January 2015. This position would initially be considered Interim and be a weekly pay position with no pay when the employee is absent. Once the parish has a permanent minister the interim may, upon agreement with the minster, chose to stay on or chose to leave. At that time, the position may be revisited in terms of pay, etc.
Responsibilities include:
Planning choir anthems related to the liturgical theme of the day or season
Conducting weekly choir rehearsals (currently adult choir only) on Sunday mornings at 8:30am
Playing for the 10am Sunday service weekly including preludes and postludes, congregational hymns and service music, and occasional offertory pieces in lieu of a choir anthem
Directing the choir in their anthem each Sunday
Working with the minister to plan the worship music, or be able to plan the worship music alone should the minister delegate that responsibility. This involves understanding the Episcopal liturgy and utilizing appropriate planning tools to select music that works for each Sunday’s, or each season’s, theme
Attending Parish Life planning meetings about once a quarter to coordinate with other groups on the worship for the upcoming season(s)
Availability for special services in place of, or in addition to, the weekly 10am service: Christmas Eve (3 services), Easter (2 services), Advent Lessons & Carols (regular Sunday but at 9am; no 10am service that day), additional services during Holy Week that can include Maundy Thursday, Good Friday evening service, Easter Vigil ( Holy Saturday)
Accompany Summer Services (one service at 9am) July – August
Provide substitute when on vacation or absent
Provide accompaniment for weddings, funerals, if available (with additional remuneration provided)
Recruit additional choir members, maintain & train current choir
Job Requirements:
Familiarity with 1982 Episcopal Hymnal and supplemental hymnals such as Wonder, Love and Praise, and Lift Every Voice and Sing.
Ability to play the accompaniment from the hymnal.
Familiarity with Episcopal liturgy is preferred, though not required: regular Eucharist as well as liturgies for special feast days in Lent, Advent, Holy Week. St. James’ celebrates the Holy Eucharist at all regular Sunday services and most special services.
Ability to inspire and sustain the choir. Some experience in improving each singer’s vocal performance is desirable.
Experienced organist comfortable with 2 manuals and pedals. Allen electric organ. Also comfortable on piano.
Experience in, and comfortable with, conducting a choir from the organ bench.
Able to collaborate with minister and heads of other groups in the parish to plan worship activities where music is involved.
Pay: $200/week (approx. 3-7 hr/wk)
To apply, please email your resume with references to Pamela Laura at Church website: [12/3/14]

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



AGO National website