Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter

Last updated April 7, 2020

Message from the Dean 

Greetings Friends,

Unprecedented times.  We are surely entering this new reality with uncertainty.  My hope at this time is that our members are healthy and able to connect with family, friends and colleagues through social media and phone calls.  It is so important to remain connected.  I’ve recently heard a story from a choir member who has not spoken to a family member in four years leading to a four hour phone conversation and reconnecting.
The Cathedral Choir has been trying to maintain some normalcy by meeting on Zoom (a free app that can be downloaded on any device) at our usual Sunday warm up time. We use this time to catch up and “see” each other’s faces.

It has been so nice to enter many of our parishes through live streaming on Sunday. I am personally thankful to our members who are able to provide their congregations with the sound of the organ while many of us are unable due to restrictions. The Cathedral in Newark has been under a shelter in place order for a few weeks where no one can enter the building. Although it is sad to not be able to be there, I have been trying to practice at home and learn some new repertoire.

The AGO national website has provided many wonderful tools to help us navigate through these times.  Please visit for more information.  As always, I am available by email to answer any questions, concerns or just to talk. Be well.  We will be back at our instruments.


Kristin Dabaghian, Dean

Notes from the Sub-Dean 

Greetings, fellow organists,

Happy Holy week.  This seems odd to even say as most of use would be in a fury of activity in preparation for Easter and Passover, but alas, here we are.  It provides us with much time and silence.  Silence can be beautiful and terrifying all at the same time.  For me, in times of silence, i have been listening to choral and organ music, particularly reflecting upon the text.  This is a way to guide my prayer.  I just shared with my choirs the text and a recording of Let My Love Be Heard by Jake Runestad:  Let us all make our Love Be Heard as we combat the ever increasing affects of this pandemic.

For our Chapter, much like our churches, we are paused from meeting live and instead switching to virtual realities.  We cancelled our March Program with Dr. Ann Labounsky and at this time have not cancelled our Metro Mid Day Munch in May as of yet.  While it appears likely we have to cancel, I would rather wait a bit.  However, now is the time to begin thinking about next year’s programs and if you would like to serve on our Program Committee, please reach out to me.  It is a limited commitment to a couple of gatherings in May-June, which will most likely be virtual gatherings.

I wish you and your families the best during this time and hope we can see each other again soon.

Preston Dibble, Sub-Dean •  724-316-2963 (cell)

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* * CHAPTER PROGRAMS 2019-2020 * *

Metro Mid-Day Munch
May 11, 2020
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Morristown, NJ 07960


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Concert events may be rescheduled pending COVID-19 Guideline updates.
 Updates will be posted in the May edition of Metro Mixtures

Beethoven’s Mass in C Major
will be rescheduled to a later performance date pending COVID-19 Guidelines for New Jersey
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. – performance date pending COVID-19 Guidelines for New Jersey
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 Membership Chairperson is Scott Jones. You may contact him via e-mail at
As I write this, the world is under assault by the Coronavirus. I have been a church musician for 34 years, and this is by far the strangest Holy Week I have ever experienced! Most of us are doing “virtual church.”  At one time, I did not know anyone testing positive, but that has now changed. Our immediate family is OK and I pray that all of you are healthy and safe.

In member news, board member Tiffany Chung is now using her married name, Tiffany W. Vintschger.  Tiffany and Derek live at 30 Molly Stark Drive in Morristown. This month we welcome new member Henry J.R. Brooks, who lives in the Bronx and is a Dual Member in the Westchester, NY chapter. Henry would like to substitute. Finally, welcome back to long-time Metro member Greg Scimé.  Greg plays at St. Joseph Church in Maplewood and works at Seton Hall University in South Orange.

Brooks, Henry J.R.  BM
PO Box 770
Bronx, NY 10468
H 718-916-6730
Sub Sat, Sun, M-F

Scimé, Gregory S. BM, BS, AAGO
30 Broad St.
Summit, NJ 07901
St. Joseph Church, Maplewood, NJ
Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
H 908-277-1145
C 907-217-6464
Sub M-F

Thanks to all who renew on time when the AGO invoice arrives. Our April chapter membership is at 111.  AGO Headquarters traditionally sends out July 1 invoices in April.  Members with a July expiration date will retain that date even if renewing early. Please check on your membership and if you are unsure of your status, let me know. Sixteen memberships are cancelled for lack of renewal.

It is easy to renew at “Membership.” Your membership expiration date and member ID # are found on the address label of your American Organist magazine. With a rolling membership year, your renewal will be good for one year from the date of your payment (with the exception of July 1 members mentioned above.) Let me know if you have questions or need help with AGO ONCARD.

Scott Jones, Membership Chair & Treasurer •  973-338-0267


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