Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: January 8, 2016 at 16:46 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
9 Eagle Court, Randolph
* in-house pipe organ!



Saturday, November 7th, 7:00 PM
Annual Concert by Saint John’s Festival Choir
Haydn’s Te Deum and other works
Richard Morgan, Director; Joshua Stafford, Organist
Saint John on the Mountain
379 Mount Harmony Road, Bernardsville
$12 suggested donation

Saturday, November 14th, 7:00 PM
Crescent Choral Society – Divine Dvorak
Benda Day, organist; F. Allen Artz III, conductor
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield

Saturday, November 14th, 7:30 PM
The Westminster Choir, Westminster Choir College
The Presbyterian Church in Morristown
57 East Park Place, Morristown

Sunday, November 15th, 3:00 PM
Palisades Virtuosi
Glen Ridge Congregational Church
195 Ridgewood Ave, Glen Ridge
$20, Seniors $15, Students $10





The chapter newsletter is The Metro Mixtures and the Newsletter Editor is Scott Ziegler. 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

Director of Music Ministries: First Baptist Church, 170 Elm St., Westfield, NJ 07090. Anticipated time committment: 15 hours/wk. Salary: $15-20K per annum with 3 weeks vacation. All inquiries and resumes should be emailed to, or you may call the church office and ask to speak to Pastor Mayra Castañeda at 908-233-2278. For a full job description see FBC Music Ministry position [8/2/15]

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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