Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: July 7, 2017 at 13:12 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.



Every Friday during Lent, March 3  – April 7 at 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Grace Community Music presents Lenten Organ Recitals
Pedals and keyboards on screen for easy viewing.
March 3 – Dr. Anne Matlack with organ meditations on Lenten hymns
March 10 – Annual visit by the Pingry School Buttondowns and Balladeers, plus the Upper
            School String Ensemble performing music by Chilcott and Bach
March 17 – Dr. Anne Matlack will follow an Irish theme
March 24 – The Helen E.J. Thomas Memorial Concert will feature area vocalist
                          Patricia Ruggles in Bach Cantata No. 170, Vergnügte Ruh
March 31 – Organist Eric Stroud presents Buxtehude and Bach
April 7 – Dr. Matlack performs a “British Heritage” program featuring composers from Byrd
and Purcell to Parry and Howells
Grace Episcopal Church
4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison – 973-377-0106
Free, lunch available for modest fee

Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Harmonium Choral Society presents From Heaven Distilled a Clemency
Dr. Anne J. Matlack, Artistic Director; Christopher Jennings, organ;
Merynda Adams, harp  and string orchestra
Includes Duruflé Requiem, works by O’Regan, Poulenc, Heath, Parker and Chenokov.
Chatham United Methodist Church
460 Main Street (Route 124), Chatham, NJ
Ample, free parking at Middle School next door.
Tickets purchased by February 24 are $20 (adults), $15 (seniors and students).  After that date the prices are $25 and $20 respectively.  To purchase tickets, visit  973-538-6969

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
James Hopkins Organ Recital
Works of Alain, Bach, Tournemire, Duruflé, and others
with Sian Ricketts, Soprano
Grace Church in Newark (Episcopal)
950 Broad Street, Newark, NJ – 973-623-1733
Donation at the door, reception to follow

Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m.
Union Congregational Church presents “Highlights from George Gershwin”
Benefiting the church’s music program.
Rhapsody in Blue featuring pianist Eric Olsen, Music Director, accompanied by organist Peggy Hsaio.
Highlights from Porgy and Bess featuring the Sanctuary choir and section leaders.
Union Congregational Church
176 Cooper Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043 – 973-744-7424
Freewill Donation at the door

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Grace Community Music presents An Evening with Uptown Flutes
Virtuoso professional flute ensemble (piccolo, C flute, alto and bass flutes)
Grace Episcopal Church
4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison – 973-377-0106
Donation at the door

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Joshua Stafford, organist – (Preview of Longwood Gardens Recital)
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
121 South Street (at Miller Rd.)
Morristown, NJ 07960

 Sunday, March 19, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
The Hudson-Shannon Line: Celebrating Music of Ireland & America
Haley Richardson, Fiddle; Keegan Loesel, Uilleann Pipes; Gabriel Donohue, Voice/Guitar/Bouzouki; Andrew Lamy, Tin Whistle/Clarinet. This flexible group features the best of ancient and modern music from Scotland, Ireland, and North America in traditional and fusion settings, and highlights young and crossover virtuoso talents in collaboration with seasoned masters of the traditional music world.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ – 973-484-2400
Suggested donation – $15

Friday, March 24, 2017, 8:00 p.m. 
Chelsea Chen Recital
Church of the Immaculate Conception
30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ – 973-744-5650
In conjunction with Church of the Immaculate Conception and Montclair State University

Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. – Noon
Chelsea Chen Masterclass featuring students from Montclair State University
Church of the Immaculate Conception
30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ – 973-744-5650

Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m.
Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Eric Plutz, concert organist
Glen Ridge Congregational Church
195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ – 973-743-5596
$20, Seniors $15, Students $10

Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Peragallo Organ Company presents organist Daniel Roth in concert.  He will also be receiving
an award for International Performer of the Year from the New York chapter of the AGO.  A master class is also scheduled for that day – details to follow.
St. Francis Xavier Church
16th Street and Sixth Avenue, New York City – 212-627-2100. Free.

Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m.
The Unity Choir presents Stabat Mater by Antonin Dvorak, directed and accompanied by Henry Repp on the three-manual Peragallo pipe organ. Soloists will be Cassandra Lambros, soprano; Erica Finnie, mezzo-soprano; Tom Carle, tenor and David Young, bass.
First United Methodist Church
111 Ryerson Avenue, Newton, NJ  – 973-383-4450
Handicapped accessible with ample parking. Reception to follow. Free will offering  

Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Daryl Robinson performs on the Beckerath pipe organ. Program to include works by Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Jason Roberts, and David Conte
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
119 Main St., Millburn, NJ.
$10 Suggested Donation at the door.      



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

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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

The Music Ministry at Preakness Reformed Church is looking for a highly qualified individual to join their worship team as an organist/accompanist beginning in September of 2017:

  • Candidates should be highly proficient on both organ and piano and capable of interpreting a wide variety of musical styles.

  • The accompanist will play weekly Sunday service music and hymns as well as accompany the Chancel Choir and soloists at Sunday morning worship services. There is only one Worship Service per Sunday morning, except for Easter Sunday; Easter Sunday has two Worship Services.

  • The accompanist will rehearse with the Chancel Choir on Wednesday or Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings before the Sunday morning worship service.

  • The Chancel Choir does not rehearse or participate in worship services during the months of July and August.

  • The accompanist will play for the following special services: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and two Christmas Eve Worship Services.

  • The accompanist has the opportunity to play for weddings and funerals within the church for additional income. However, these services are not mandatory. The accompanist will be recommended by the Pastors but it will not be mandatory that a family uses the current PRC accompanist.

  • The accompanist will receive the musical selections for worship services from the Director of Music and/or the Pastors, with the exception of preludes, postludes, offertories, and music during communion; these must be provided by the accompanist on a weekly basis.

  • It is expected that the accompanist will continue to practice and develop their skills on the piano and organ.

  • The annual salary for the accompanist position will be commensurate with experience.

  • The accompanist will have a paid Sunday off every 4-6 weeks due to Contemporary Worship Services in the “Church Hall”, outdoor worship services, and the church picnic.

  • The accompanist will have two additional paid Sundays off a year for vacation purposes at their discretion, with the exception of special services (i.e. Easter, Christmas, etc.).

All interested candidates should forward their resume and contact information to:

Daniel King

Director of Music Ministries



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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