Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: July 12, 2018 at 18:47 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 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.


Grace Community MusicBaroque Orchestra of New Jersey  Summer Festival 2018

Daily Keyboard Recitals

August 6-10, 2018   12:15-12:45 p.m.

Organ console and pedalboard projected!

 $7 Lunch follows by Slamwich

Monday August 6              John Pivarnik organ and piano

Tuesday August 7              Kevin Davis Bach, Pachelbel and Buxtehude

Wednesday August 8         Alison Siener Brown Baroque Chorale-Preludes

Thursday August 9             Evan Currie Bach and Mendelssohn

Friday August 10               Anne Matlack with Erik Donough, saxophone


Grace Church Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, New Jersey 07940


Cabaret – Saturday, August 11, 2018, 7:30 PM

Chamber Music Concert Sunday August 12 3 pm





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

Issue Archive:

September 2015

October 2015 





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


St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is seeking a Minister of Music to join our parish staff to plan and lead our diverse congregation in all aspects of music in worship. Our small and faithful choir includes two paid section leaders, one female and one male. Rehearsals occur from 8:30 to 9:45 on Sunday mornings in preparation for the 10 AM Rite II Eucharistic liturgy. Additionally, the choir rehearses for an hour and a half after church one Sunday a month. There is a children’s choir that currently sings seasonally. The new Minister of Music will work with the rector and parents of the choir children to plan for a rehearsal schedule that will move toward the children’s choir singing once a month at the special Family Service in addition to feast days.

The Minister of Music answers to the Rector who works collaboratively. Salary is competitive. The position may be either 9 months or 12 months a year, as determined mutually by applicant and rector, and includes paid vacation.

  • Work collaboratively as part of the parish staff working directly with the Rector
  • Lead the adult choir including planning and preparing for anthems, hymns and service music
  • Lead the children’s choir including planning and preparing for anthems, hymns and service music for the Family Service once a month and festal liturgies
  • Be proficient in playing and singing to support the choir
  • Recruit and organize parish musicians in offering their gifts through liturgy
  • Select and prepare worship music for each Sunday and submit to the parish administrator for inclusion in the bulletin at least a week in advance. Music will be selected from resources approved for Episcopal worship and other resources as approved by the Rector
  • Minister of Music will play at the main liturgy on Sunday mornings, Easter, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday
  • First refusal on all weddings and funerals
  • The Minister of Music will arrange for supply when away or on vacation

If interested please send your resume to:

The Reverend Kathryn L. King, Rector. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1 Church Lane, Oakland, NJ 07436 or email to with Minister of Music in the subject line. Application deadline July 22, 2018.


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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