Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: August 10, 2016 at 20:32 pm

Metro Mixtures: October 2015

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the Metro New Jersey Chapter of the AGO!

We are celebrating our 95th 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 2015-16 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

* * CHAPTER PROGRAMS 2015-16 * *

Masterclass / Organ Demo with Alan Morrison
Saturday, November 14th, 10:00 – 12 Noon
Christ Church in Short Hills
66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills
62-rank, 1960 Aeolian-Skinner restored 2015
Andrew Moore, host

Organ Dedication Recital, Alan Morrison
Sunday November 15th, 3:00 PM
Christ Church in Short Hills

January Jump-Start Mini Convention
Monday, January 18th, 10:00 – 3:00
The Presbyterian Church at Morristown
Service and Hymn Playing, Conducting from the Console, Anthem Accompaniment
$15 Registration, lunch on your own.
Snow Date: Saturday, January 23

Metro Midday Munch in May
May 9th, 11:00 AM
Carillon demo with Matt Webb, Organ Recital at noon
Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church
121 South Street, Morristown
Joshua Stafford, organist and host

June Soirée
Chapter Meeting, Installation of Officers
Monday, June 6th, 6:30 pm
Potluck Dinner
Home of Joel and Julie Ramseyer
* in-house pipe organ!







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

Issue Archive:

September 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




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

Music Director/Organist:

Presbyterian Church of Westfield, 140 Mountain Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090,

The Presbyterian Church in Westfield believes that music is an important facet of the ministry, tradition and life of our church.  The Director of Music oversees and coordinates the music programs continuing on a proud tradition of excellence while expanding our music ministry for future generations.   The Director of Music collaborates with the Contemporary Music/Worship Leader in support of the contemporary worship service.  The primary purpose of the PCW’s music program is to enrich the Christian life of the participants and the congregation by offering meaningful leadership, organization, and inspiration towards musical excellence.   Under direction of the Senior Pastor, the Director of Music works closely with all staff in a mutually supportive and collaborative manner to enrich the current programs wherever music is part of worship or the life of the church.

Seeking candidate with B.A. or higher in music including education in worship & church music, 5+ years in music ministry experience.  Full time position consisting of approximately 40 flex hours per week.  Salary is $50,000-60,000 commensurate with experience, position includes benefits package as well. 

1200 member congregation, 200 approximate weekly attendance, 3 services per week.

3 choirs (chancel, two children’s choirs), handbells, 5 paid soloists assist chancel choir each week, a budget to support our proud tradition of music ministry.

The church has a 1953 three-manual Casavant, which was enlarged to III/80 in 1978 and then a $127,000 rebuild/revision in 2013 by Casavant. 

Please forward cover letter/resume to Lou Anne Kaplonski, Church Administrator at

Church office phone:  (908) 233-0301

Church office fax:  (908) 317-9218


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: Scott Ziegler –
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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