Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: January 6, 2017 at 13:54 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


* * CHAPTER PROGRAMS 2016-17 * *

Monday, September 19th, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Organ +: Music for Organ and Other instruments
with the Installation of Officers

Grace Episcopal Church – 4 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ – (973) 377-0106

Organists from our chapter will collaborate with instrumentalists they invite to join them in presenting a recital that features organ + another instrument. A wine & cheese reception will follow with the installation of officers.

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Digital

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – 200 Main St, Chatham, NJ – (973) 635-8085
Dinner provided by Eight Hills Catering – $15 per person

Jim Little will present a recital on the newly installed Walker digital organ at St. Paul’s Chatham. The dinner will be first, followed by the short recital and demonstration.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Using the Organ Creatively: Getting the Most Out of Every Instrument, Brian Harlow and Christopher Jennings, presenters

Christ Church – 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills, NJ – (973) 379-2898

Brian and Christopher will present a program on creative registration that will be broadly applicable. A reception will follow.

Monday, January 16, 2017,  9:30 a.m. –  3:30 p.m.

AGO Mini Convention: Spirituals and Spirituality: Finding the Spirit in Expressions of Worship
J. Donald Dumpson and David Hurd, presenters

Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church – 1 East Oak St, Basking Ridge, NJ – (908) 766-1616

J. Donald Dumpson, Philadelphia, PA (morning) – Presenting on African American spirituals; the audience will serve as the choir, David Hurd, New York, NY (afternoon) – Planning worship, TBA. Brief service of worship (afternoon).

9:30 a.m. – Coffee and Registration
10:00 a.m. – Morning Session with Dr. J. Donald Dumpson
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
  1:30 p.m. – Afternoon Session with David Hurd
  3:00 p.m. – Worship Service with David Hurd
  3:30 p.m. – Finish

Lunch will be on your own, with many options quickly accessible from the church.

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Beautiful Brahms: The Eleven Chorale Preludes for Organ

Community Congregational Church – 200 Hartshorn Dr, Short Hills, NJ – (973) 379-5600

Organists from our chapter will volunteer to play the eleven choral preludes in recital.

Friday, March 24, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Chelsea Chen Recital

Church of the Immaculate Conception – 30 North Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ

In conjunction with Church of the Immaculate Conception and
Montclair State University

Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Chelsea Chen Masterclass

Church of the Immaculate Conception – 30 North Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ

featuring students from Montclair State University

Monday, May 8, 2017 – Noon

Metro Midday Munch in May – Recital and Lunch, Yang-Hee Song, organist

Chatham United Methodist Church – 460 Main St, Chatham, NJ – (973)635-7740
Lunch following at Café Villa

Our standard midday recital with lunch following, Dutch treat.



Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Grace Community Music presents the Annual Baroque Orchestra Wassail Concert, Robert Butts, Director. Includes Cecilia McDowall Christus Natus.
Grace Church combined choirs. Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Concerts on Main presents Eunbi Kim, pianist – classical and contemporary – featuring works by Mozart and Fred Hersch.
Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church
286 Main Street, Chatham, NJ
Free will offering

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 4 p.m.
The Unity Choir’s fifth annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, including all of Part I plus selections from Parts II and III..  Henry Repp will conduct as he accompanies on the three-manual Peragallo pipe organ.  Soloists will be soprano Cassandra Lambros, alto Kathleen Meredith, tenor Christopher Hochstuhl, and bass David Young. 
First United Methodist Church
111 Ryerson Avenue, Newton, NJ – 973-383-4450
Ample parking. Handicapped accessible. Free-will offering and reception to follow.


The chapter newsletter is The Metro Mixtures and the Newsletter Editor is Patricia Woolley. She 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 position listing, please contact him via e-mail at

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


Contact Us

Dean: Matthew Webb –
Sub-Dean: Gretchen Bilson –
Secretary: Eric Fahner –
Treasurer: Scott Jones –
Financial Advisor: Michael Newman –
Membership/Directory: Scott Jones –
Placement: Chris Hatcher –
Newsletter Editor: Patricia Woolley –
Publicity/Photographer: Beverly McGregor –
TAO Events Reporter: Beverly McGregor –
New Organist Committee: Vincent Carr –
Markey Scholarship: Linda Loria
Exam Coordinator: Vincent Carr –

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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