Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter

 

Last updated: October 10, 2017 at 18:38 pm


Message from the Dean 

Thank you for your interest in the Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists!  We are a diverse group of people, including church musicians, concert artists, students, teachers, organ enthusiasts, and music lovers.  We value performance, promote education, and enjoy social activities, as well as host AGO Professional Certification exams, provide scholarships for young organists, and host regional competitions for rising stars of the organ.

 We hope that you might join us at one of our many chapter events, especially our Mini-Convention, held each year on MLK Day in January.  Whether you live in New Jersey or the metro New York City area or anywhere else throughout the world, we welcome you to follow us as we promote the organ, encourage the organists in our area, and bring attention to the many wonderful instruments in our area.  If you wish to join our chapter, please feel free to contact me or our membership chair.

All the best,
Matt Webb, Dean
mwebb@pcmorristown.org

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* * CHAPTER PROGRAMS 2017-18 * *

Monday, September 11, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. Fall Kick-Off Event to welcome back members with drinks, wine & cheese and a lovely catered dinner by Eight Hills from Verona. Music for Organ and Vocal Soloists presented by our chapter members and their vocalists. In the Main Hall of St. Catherine of Siena Church, 10 North Pocono Rd, Mountain Lakes, NJ.

Friday, September 29, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. Evening Organ Recital In the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, Journal Square, Jersey City, N.J by David Wickerham, the 2011 American Theatre Organ Society’s “Organist of the Year.” Admission is FREE with a light reception to follow.

Friday, October 20, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. Organ & Theatre: Silent movie and reception. Chapter member, Trent Johnson will improvise accompaniment to the Harold Lloyd comedy from 1923, “Safety Last!” a 65 minute silent movie in the annual fundraiser for Oratorio Singers, co-sponsored by our Metro NJ chapter. Admission is FREE to Metro NJ AGO members. First United Methodist Church, 130 Ferris Pl., Westfield, NJ.

Monday, November 6, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. Members Recital, “Preludes and Postludes composed after 1950: Current Repertoire for Sundays” at St. Vincent Martyr Church, 26 Green Village Road, Madison, NJ 07940. Chapter members are invited by the Pastor to a wine and cheese reception in the rectory following the performances! This event is FREE to Metro AGO Chapter Members.

Monday, January 15, 2018 – 9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast MLK Day Mini-Convention The focus for this event is French music from early/Baroque to modern-day with our clinician, Dr. Jeremy Filsell, Afternoon sessions on “Marketing the Organ” with Joe Vitacco of JAV Recordings; a Q&A session with Dr. Filsell; and panel discussion on “Navigating today’s Church.” The Episcopal Church of St James, 581 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ 07043

Mid-March 2018 During Lent, Dean, Matt Webb will be organizing a Cocktail Reception entitled “If you pour it in Lent they will come…” a social get-together in a centrally located venue, open to all organists. Watch upcoming newsletters for further details.

Friday & Saturday, April 20-21, 2018 Organ Recital and Choir Workshop On Friday evening, April 20 & Saturday morning, April 21, 2018 we will be co-sponsoring an Organ Recital and Choir workshop led by Robert McCormick at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, NJ. Admission is FREE for Metro NJ chapter members.

Monday, May 21, 2018 Processional to Princeton Metro mid-day crawl to the Miller Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University Chapel, St Paul Parish Church, and Nassau Presbyterian Church with performances by Martin Tel, Eric Plutz and Noel Werner. Afternoon tour of the home of Glenn Thomas who has one of the largest and finest collections of automated instruments on the East Coast. The cost for this event is a bargain at $35 which includes bus fare and lunch. Please look for more details in an upcoming newsletter.

Monday, June 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. June Soirée end of year gathering for Members with a potluck dinner & Installation of New Officers. Hosted by Joel Ramseyer in his Randolph, NJ home with a demo and tour of his 54 rank home Organ. Members are invited and encouraged to bring music to play! New officers for the upcoming term will be installed at this event. There is no charge for admission, however Chapter members are asked to bring a dish/drinks to share.

* * CONCERT LISTINGS * *

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12 noon
Matthew Koraus, Church of St. Patrick, Huntington, NY, presents a half hour concert featuring the great Schantz
Organ in the Gothic splendor of Newark’s Cathedral Basilica. Recital is followed by an optional tour of the Cathedral.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ
www.cathedralbasilica.org/directions – 973-484-2400
Free will offering.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12 noon
Joseph Ripka, Calvary Episcopal Church, Stonington, CT, presents a half hour concert featuring the great Schantz
Organ of Newark’s Cathedral Basilica. Recital is followed by an optional tour of the Cathedral.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ
www.cathedralbasilica.org/directions – 973-484-2400
Free will offering.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12 noon
Clara Gerdes, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA, presents a half hour concert featuring the great Schantz
Organ in the Gothic splendor of Newark’s Cathedral Basilica. Recital is followed by an optional tour of the Cathedral.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ
www.cathedralbasilica.org/directions – 973-484-2400
Free will offering.

October 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. – Halloween Concert for All Ages
It’s back! The Harmonium Choral Society and Grace Community Music presents the bi-annual Family-Friendly
Halloween Concert appropriate for ages 3-300, featuring the Grace Church School Choirs (50 choristers ages 7-18),
the teen a cappella ensembles – The Gargoyles and The Daughters of Zion, the Harmonium Outreach Chorus, spooky
organ music, and more. Costumes welcome! A reception follows.
Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave. at Kings Rd. Madison, NJ.
For more information visit www.gracemadison.org or www.harmonium.org – 973-377-0106, ext. 17.
Admission is by freewill donation at the door. Donations defray concert costs. Attendees are encouraged to bring a
non-perishable food donation for local food banks.

Cemetery Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
The Cathedral Choir with organist th Ian Tomesch, organ, conducted by John J. Miller present A Concert In Honor of
the Faithful Departed – music to offer consolation and serenity to the bereaved with works by Dvorák, Mozart,
Duruflé, Elgar, Barber, and Flummerfelt Archdiocese of Newark.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ
www.cathedralbasilica.org/directions – 973-484-2400
Free will offering.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4 p.m.
The Unity Choir presents Schubert’s Mass in E Flat Major. Henry Repp will direct as well as accompany on the
church’s three-manual Peragallo pipe organ. Soloists will include soprano Cassandra Lambros, alto Kathleen
Meredith, and bass David Young. A reception will follow. The church has ample parking and is handicapped
accessible. A reception will follow. All are welcome to attend.
First United Methodist Church, 111 Ryerson Avenue, Newton, NJ
http://www.umc.org/find-a-church/church/10506 – 973-383-4450
Free-will offering.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4 p.m.
BECKERATH ORGAN RECITALS: Monica Czausz
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
119 Main St., Millburn, NJ 07041
Admission is by donation at the door ($10 suggested).

 Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Christmas at the Cathedral – Navidad Latina 2017
The Cathedral Spanish Choir, under the direction of Olfary Guitérrez, present a program of Christmas music. The
program, conducted in Spanish, includes Ariel Ramirez’s “Navidad Nuestra” along with Villancicos Tradicionales.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ
www.cathedralbasilica.org/directions – 973-484-2400
Free will offering.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Harmonium Choral Society, led by Artistic Director Dr. Anne J. Matlack, presents December concert, “Fear Not,”
a collage concert with strings, ranging from Monteverdi to Schoenberg. It will include works by Abbie Betinis and
John Rutter, premieres of works by Dale Trumbore and Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, and multicultural carols.
Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 South Park Place, Morristown, NJ
www.harmonium.org – 973-538-6969 – info@harmonium.org; www.morristownumc.com – 973-538-2132
General Admission: $30.00; Seniors/Students: $25.00
Subscription season tickets to all four Harmonium Choral Society programs during the 2017-2018 concert season
(December, March, April, and June) are available for $70 ($50 for students and seniors). This represents a
significant savings over single ticket prices. In addition, subscribers are entitled to preferred, designated
seating. Please visit https://harmonium.yapsody.com/ to purchase subscription season tickets. For assistance or
more information, email manager@harmonium.org or call 973-538-6969.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Welcome Christmas!, the annual Christmas Concert & Carol Sing. Glen
Ridge Choral Society, Gramercy Brass, Handbells, Percussion, Piano & Organ, conducted by Thomas
Mustachio. Sacred and Secular music of the season with favorite carols for all to sing.
Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ.
www.glenridgecommunityconcerts.org – 973-743-5596 x26.
Free-will offering.

Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m..)
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart Forty-Seventh Annual Christmas Carol Sing.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ
www.cathedralbasilica.org/directions – 973-484-2400
Free will offering

 

Newsletter

The chapter newsletter is The Metro Mixtures and the Newsletter Editor is Patricia Woolley. She can be reached at patw_organist@comcast.net

Issue Archive:

September 2015

October 2015 


 

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Membership

The Membership Chairperson is Scott Jones. You may contact him via e-mail at Jsjones0601@verizon.net.

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Placement

The Placement Chairperson is Chris Hatcher. To submit a position listing, please contact him via e-mail at  chris.hatcher01@verizon.net.

 

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.

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Certification

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 accommodate candidates from surrounding chapters, and do so gladly. Certification chairman is Vince Carr. Contact him via e-mail at vincarr@gmail.com

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Contact Us

Dean: Matthew Webb – mwebb@pcmorristown.org
Sub-Dean: Gretchen Bilson – gabilson@hotmail.com
Secretary: Eric Fahner – fahner@alumni.fdu.edu
Treasurer: Scott Jones – Jsjones0601@verizon.net
Financial Advisor: Michael Newman – mnewman@acornfs.com
Membership/Directory: Scott Jones – Jsjones0601@verizon.net
Placement: Chris Hatcher – chris.hatcher01@verizon.net
Newsletter Editor: Patricia Woolley – patw_organist@comcast.net
Publicity/Photographer: Beverly McGregor – bevmcgregor@optonline.net
TAO Events Reporter: Beverly McGregor – bevmcgregor@optonline.net
New Organist Committee: Vincent Carr – vincarr@gmail.com
Markey Scholarship: Linda Loria
Exam Coordinator: Vincent Carr – vincarr@gmail.com
Executive Board
Class of 2014-2018
Kristin Dabaghian
Peter Ncanywa+
Holland Jancaitis*
+Peter filling unexpired term of Matt Webb
*Holland filling unexpired term of Gretchen Bilson
Class of 2016-2020
Kathie Hegarty
Linda Loria
Joel Ramseyer

Member ex officio
Yvonne Sonnenwald-Melin

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Links

AGO National website