Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: November 16, 2016 at 11:15 am

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 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).

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.




Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Grace Community Music presents Angels and All Saints, featuring Patrick Hawes’ Archangel Suite Grace Church combined choirs, harp and strings, with anthems by all choirs. Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ – 973-377-0106 Donation at the door, reception follows

Cemetery Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. A Concert in Honor of the Faithful Departed with works by Dvorák, Brahms, Bainton and Flummerfelt. The Cathedral Choir with Ian Tomesch, organ, John J. Miller, conductor. This concert is intended to be a source of comfort and hope for all those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. The Church gathers not only to pray for the repose of their souls, but to console one another by strengthening our hope and faith in the resurrection. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ – 973-484-2400 Free will offering

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. I Was Glad! The Crescent Choral Society presents grand and glorious music from the British Isles. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ – 908-756-2468 Admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $5

Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Organ Centenary Celebration – celebrating the 100th anniversary of Austin Organ Opus 639 and the installation of a new Chancel Division. Messe Solenelle by Louis Vierne, Grand Piece Symphonique by Cesar Franck and other works. Organists and Conductors: Preston Dibble, Gregory Dlugos and Christopher McElroy Church of the Immaculate Conception, 1 Munn Street, Montclair, NJ – 973-744-5650 x 113 Free

Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m The Unity Choir presents Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn, plus God is My Rock by Wright, Let All the World in Every Corner Sing by Chapman and other anthems. Henry Repp will direct and accompany. Featured soloists are: Cassandra Lambros, soprano, Kathleen Meredith, alto, Tom Carle, tenor, and David Young, bass. First United Methodist Church, 111 Ryerson Avenue, Newton, NJ – 973-383-4450 Free will offering, reception to follow

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents City Winds Trio, Crispian Fordham (flute), Meredyth Coleman (oboe) and Danielle Oshiek (bassoon) Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ – 973-743-5596 Admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $10

Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Organ Recital with Olivier Latry from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris Program to include works by Alain, Debussy, Duruflé, Liszt, and an improvisation . Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ – 973-484-2400 Suggested donation – $15

Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 p.m. Christmas at the Cathedral ~ Navidad Latina 2016 The Cathedral Spanish Choir under the direction of Olfary Guitérrez joins forces with singers and instrumentalists from other Latin-American communities to present a program of ethnic Christmas music conducted in Spanish, includes Ariel Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra along with Villancicos Tradicionales. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ – 973-484-2400 Free will offering.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Welcome Christmas! Christmas Concert and Carol Sing, sacred and secular music with the Glen Ridge Choral Society, Gramercy Brass, Handbells, Percussion, Piano & Organ Thomas Mustachio, conductor Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ – 973-743-5596 Free will offering

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. The Forty-Sixth Annual Christmas Carol Sing Now in its forty-sixth consecutive year, the Carol Sing has become one of the most significant Christmas concerts in northern New Jersey. The ambiance of candle light and seasonal décor, along with the Cathedral Choir, organ, brass, percussion and thousands of participants, combine to create an event that must be experienced. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ – 973-484-2400 Free will offering ~ Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Grace Community Music presents Advent Evensong – Mass in C  by Vaughan Williams, Responses by Lehman. Grace Church combined choirs with Advent anthems by all choirs. Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ – 973-377-0106 Free, reception follows


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

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: 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:
Exam Coordinator:
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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