NJ Ocean Country

Last updated: April 21, 2014 at 15:28 pm

Message from the Dean 
Hello, AGO members and friends,
Welcome Spring! I don’t know about you, but I have been fairly dormant following our wonderful organ and choir festival of late January. The Polar Vortex, perhaps. Meanwhile, Bernice has had successful hip surgery and we are pleased that she is back at work. Barbara has been working on a new website from Florida while she and Arnie have been enjoying that kinder weather. She would like you to help her fill it with information about what you are doing at the organ and in your choirs. Hook her up!An issue that needs to be addressed is membership. We have lost members, churches and choristers in recent years. Our turn out for festival singers was down quite dramatically from last year. We need to reach out to other church organists, directors and choristers and get them involved in our guild. This should be discussed at our next meeting- post Easter.
I am away on Tues. Apr. 22. I have Apr. 29, Tues. available. Bernice and Polly are not available. Do this work for you? Wednesday has been problematic when we tried it in the past. I hope your Lenten and Easter services fulfill your expectations- from sorrow and sacrifice to joy and celebration!



Local Events

Application for the Hazel Blakelock ScholarshipUp to $2,000 each year will be awarded through the Ocean County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and First United Methodist Church of Toms River, NJ. This scholarship will be given to a junior or senior in college or a graduate student who is pursuing a music degree with an organ concentration.To qualify for this scholarship, you will need to appear for an interview. You will also need to play two organ compositions of your choice in contrasting styles, for example, a work from the Baroque era and a work from the twentieth or twenty-first century.The deadline is April 1st for submitting the completed application with the requested documents attached. Please send them to Dean Sara Hoey, 803 Hastings Lane, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742.

Thank you for your interest and best wishes for success in your studies.

1. Please give your contact information here.

Home Address
Email Address
Phone Number (include cell number if applicable)

2. On a separate sheet of paper, describe your post-high school education (include year, name and address of each school, and music courses completed). Attach a transcript for each school attended.

3. On a separate sheet of paper, describe your experience in sacred music (include year, name and address of each church or other organization, your title, and your responsibilities).

4. List the contact information (name, address, email, and phone number) for three references.


a broadband radio program from Missouri, produced by organist Brent Johnson. This is a computer based program for organ music 24 hours a day. There is even a way to request composers, pieces and performers you would like to hear. Please contact Bill Todt of Monmouth County AGO for further information. His email address is wmtodt@aol.com.


May 18, 2014- 4:00 p.m.
Presidio Brass

Requested Donation of
$10 for all Concerts

Dear colleagues,
This is a special invitation to you and all other organ enthusiasts to attend “A Concert to Celebrate Our New Organ” my church is hosting on June 1st. The flyer below tells you what, when, and where, so please mark your calendars and plan to come. You will receive a warm welcome!
We selected the Rodgers 599 drawknob model, which makes more than 200 voices available to create a wide variety of sacred music. Since its installation in January, I can honestly say it has given us a whole new sound for worship. Peggy Bendel

A Concert to Celebrate Our New Organ – Sunday, June 1st, at 3 PM

Christ Lutheran Church 40 Schoolhouse Rd. Whiting, NJ.

Neil F. Brown, guest organist


Enjoy the heavenly sounds of our new, state-of-the-art Rodgers digital organ 

Reception and refreshments following

No admission charge a freewill offering will be received



Peggy Bendel —-pbendel[@]verizon.net
Timothy Brendler —-seashoretim[@]hotmail.com
Louis Castano —-luigi2319[@]aol.com
Barbara D’Ippolito —-bobandbarb1985[@]verizon.net
Ruth Ann Diaz —-jrchimo[@]aol.com
Karin Gargone —-kgargone[@]ocean.edu
Thomas E. Halpin —thalpin{@}stjosephtomsriver.org
Ernest F. Hamilton Jr. —-efhamiltonjr[@]aol.com
Harold Hawkes —-hhawkes141[@]comcast.net
Sara Hoey —-saritavepoint[@]comcast.net
Ron W. Howell —-no email address
Bernice Kephart —-bkzipo22[@]aol.com
Dee Lepley —-billdee3[@]comcast.net
George Markey —-gemtype[@]aol.com
Josh Melson —-joshm[@]pctr.org
Jack(Ernest)Milkovitz —-jmilkovitz[@]comcast.net
Polly L. Moore —-pollylmoore[@]verizon.net
Jan Niemann —-musicaljan1[@]aol.com
Phyllis Scardena —-scar345[@]comcast.net
William Shoppell —-billpat2[@]optonline.net
Barbara Taranto —-MOMDADTR[@]AOL.COM
John Thorn —-organman59[@]aol.com
Christine Urban —-music201[@]verizon.net
Barbara Wheeler –barbara.wheeler[@]louisville.edu
Sara Wittekind —-swittekind10[@]verizon.net

Please contact these members directly via
the email addresses listed
Peggy Bendel – Organist – Monday-Thursday, Saturday
Louis Castano – Vocal soloist – Sept-May
Ruth Ann Diaz – Organist
Karin Gargone – Organist – Saturdays only
Polly Moore – Vocal Soloist, weddings and funerals
Bernice Kephart – Organist – weddings and funerals
Barbara Taranto – Organist/Choir director
Christine Urban – Organist and vocalist any time
Barbra Wheeler – organist

Since Ocean County is one of the fastest growing counties in NJ, we know that there are many musicians who are moving into our communities. If you are an organist, conductor, pianist, singer or music minister, we invite you to join our chapter and participate in the planned activities of O.C. AGO.
To add infomation to our web site, contact Barbara Taranto MOMDADTR@AOL.COM





Contact Us

DEAN – Sara Hoey, saritavepoint[@]comcast.net
SUB DEAN – Bernice Kephart, bkzipo22[@]aol.com
TREASURER – Barbara D’Ippolito,bobandbarb1985[@]verizon.net
’12 Ernest Hamilton efhamiltonjr[@]aol.com
’10 Jack Milkovitz Jmilkovitz[@]comcast.net
’11 Christine Urban music201[@]verizon.net
FESTIVAL COORDINATORS – Barbara Taranto, Sara Hoey



www.cpdl.org (Choral Public Domain Library)
AGO National website