Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter



Slate of Officers for Election to the Executive Committee

Every two years our chapter is required under our by-laws to present a slate of officers for election to the Executive Committee.
Our Nominating Committee, approved by vote of the Executive Committee, presents the following candidates for election.
Dean: Kristin Dabaghian
Sub-Dean: Preston Dibble
Secretary: Eric Fahner
Treasurer: Scott Jones
2020-2024 Class of Officers: Kevin Davis, Jeff Kunick, Randall Svane and Roberta Ten Broeck (3 will be chosen)Each chapter member has 30 days to present a write in candidate.
Write in candidates must carry of petition of 5 signatures of members in good standing with the chapter.
Such petitions must be sent to the Chapter Secretary: Eric Fahner, 27 Harvey Road, Clifton, NJ 07012 no later than April 6, 2020.Respectfully Submitted,Preston Dibble, Nominations Committee Chairperson
Scott Jones and Mary Lou Stevens, Nominating Committee Members

 Message from the Dean 

Greetings Friends,

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the AGO Leadership meeting held in Manhattan Beach, California.  Aside from being excited to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time, I was thrilled to be invited to attend this meeting and further my knowledge in chapter administration and growth.  Upon listening to other chapter leaders from across the country, I am proud to know that our chapter has established the fundamentals of what the Guild encourages us to provide to our members.

There were several great ideas shared in how we can progress in our thinking about programming, running efficient meetings and membership growth.  I am looking forward to taking some time to look further into these perspectives.  We are a “large” chapter with 100+ members. Please consider encouraging any organ professionals and enthusiasts you may know to join our chapter.  Furthermore, I am open to any ideas or thoughts you may have.

The other day, I had the chance to visit my daughter’s school to read to her class.  Naturally, the subject of the book I chose was music.  My conversations with these enthusiastic second-graders led to a mini lesson about the organ.  Their imaginative questions and curiosity was joyous.  I appreciate their teacher allowing me to share some sound bites and pictures of the organ in hopes to spark some interest in learning more about this beautiful instrument.


Kristin Dabaghian, Dean

Notes from the Sub-Dean 

Greetings, fellow organists,

For those of us in Christian Churches, the season of Lent is upon us; a time of fasting, prayer and penance in preparation of Easter.  It is universally a time of great music making in church choirs, community choirs and concert halls.  May your experience be fruitful!

Our chapter is pleased to host Dr. Ann Labounsky in conjunction with the Cathedral Concert Series later this month at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.  Dr. Labounsky has served as chair of the Organ Program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (this author’s alma mater!) since 1976.  A student of Jean Langlais, she wrote a biography on him as well as recorded his complete works for the organ on 26 CDs!  She has become a frequent lecturer on not only Jean Langlais but the entirety of the St. Clotilde tradition.

Dr. Labounsky will play a recital at the Cathedral on Sunday, March 15th at 4 p.m. and offer a masterclass at the Cathedral on Saturday the 14th at 1:30 p.m.  Volunteers are needed to play for her in the class; please RSVP to our Dean, Kristin Dabaghian, to play in the class.

Both events are FREE for MetroNJ Chapter members.

Preston L Dibble


  * * CHAPTER PROGRAMS 2019-2020 * *

MASTERCLASS – 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020
CONCERT – 4 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2020
presented by
Dr. Ann Labounsky
Both events are FREE for MetroNJ Chapter members.  


Submit concert listings to Patricia Woolley, newsletter editor –

Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m.
Silent Movie: PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC – This intense 1928 historical French silent film, directed by Carl Theodore Dreyer and starring the unforgettable René2 Falconetti, recounts the martyrdom of Saint Joan of Arc using the transcripts of her 1431 trial. Improvised score by Joshua Stafford. This film is not recommended for children.
 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
70 Maple Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.

Admission: $25 Adults; $20 Seniors; Students Free

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
Harp/Violin Duo, Merynda Adams and Christopher Collins Lee presented by Glen Ridge Community Concerts.
Christopher Lee has long been a favorite at the Marlboro, Aspen, Mozarteum, Maggio Musicale and other celebrated music festivals worldwide.  Merynda Adamas, in great demand as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Canada, has performed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and many others.  Their ensemble performance is stellar.
Glen Ridge Congregational Church
195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028. 973-743-5596 x26.

Admission: $20 Adults; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Organ recital with Ann Labounsky presenting a program of French organ music from the 19th & 20th centuries.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104 – 973-484-240
Suggested donation – $15
Friday, March 27, 2020 – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy a pre-movie organ show played on our historic Wurlitzer Organ
, the classic Three Stooges short ” Brideless Groom” on 35mm, and a 35MM screening of CaddyShack all for $5!
Union County Performing Arts Center
360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ 07065 – 732-499-0441
Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Enjoy a pre-movie organ show played on our historic Wurlitzer Organ, a classic Betty Boop short, and a 35mm screening of The Wizard of Oz all for $5!
Union County Performing Arts Center
360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ 07065 – 732-499-0441
Friday, May 8, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
In honor of the 250th Anniversary of his birth the Mass in C Major for Choir, Soloists & Orchestra. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, The Archdiocesan Festival Choir and the Cathedral Choir; Valerie Bernhardt, soprano; Kathryn Lang, mezzo-soprano; Theodore Chletsos, tenor; Jorge Ocasio, bass-baritone; John J. Miller, conductor
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104 – 973-484-240
Tickets: $25 / $35.
Advance ticket purchase recommended.  Tickets may also be purchased through the Cathedral Music Office, or at any Cathedral Concert Series performance.
Sunday, May 17, 5:00 p.m.
Festal Choral Evensong for Eastertide
Music by Howells and Bairstow
St. John on the Mountain
379 Mt. Harmony Road
Bernardsville, NJ – 908-766-2282
Free admission

The Unity Choir recently began rehearsing for the Palm Sunday concert which will be on April 5 at 4 p.m.  New singers are both needed and welcome to join us.  The featured work will be Stabat Mater by Gioachino Rossini.  The Stabat Mater depicts the grief of Mary as she stands at the foot of the cross as her Son is being crucified.  The Palm Sunday concert always is a most meaningful way to begin Holy Week.The concert will be at Newton United Methodist Church, 111 Ryerson Avenue, in Newton.  Rehearsals will be held at the church on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.  There will NOT be a rehearsal on Saturday, March 7.  Anyone interested in singing should attend a rehearsal as soon as possible.  Questions can be addressed to director and organist Henry Repp at 973-347-0945 or by email at  Auditions are not required, and online rehearsal aids are available to assist singers with their individual voice parts.  The only requirement is a love of beautiful music accompanied by the majesty of a pipe organ.Returning soloists will be soprano Cassandra Lambros, alto Kathryn Elliott, tenor Tom Carle, and bass David Young.  New singers are most welcome!


The Membership Chairperson is Scott Jones. You may contact him via e-mail at


The Placement Chairperson is Chris Hatcher. To submit a position listing, please contact him via e-mail at

[Listed 3/2/20]

Preakness Reformed Church
131 Church Lane – Wayne, NJ 07470

Preakness Reformed Church in Wayne, New Jersey, is currently looking for a passionate and talented accompanist to enhance Music Ministry. The church already has a Director of Music Ministries; the responsibilities of this position are purely as a professional organist/pianist.  Church instruments include a beautifully restored Steinway piano and a well maintained Peragallo organ. The annual salary for the current position is $13,000, paid out bi-weekly throughout the entire year. All interested and qualified candidates should email their resume to Dan King, PRC Director of Music Ministries, at Please  reach out with any and all questions by phone to 973-919-8585