Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: November 3, 2018 at 15:30 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 2018-19 * *

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 7:30 p.m. – Members’ Recital at St. Vincent Martyr Church, 26 Green Village Rd., Madison, NJ  07940. Parking available behind the church. Reception in the rectory following the recital.



Submit concert listings to Patricia Woolley, newsletter editor –

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
The Shadows of War – a concert marking the 100th anniversary of the ending of WWI, featuring the American premiere of The Shadows of War, by British composer Paul Mealor for chorus, strings, and percussion, directed by Anne Matlack. Freewill donation at the door. Reception follows. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Beckerath Organ Recitals – Trent Johnson, recitalist. St. Stephen’s Church, 119 Main St. Millburn, NJ 07041.  $10 Suggested donation.

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
A Concert In Honor of the Faithful Departed
Featuring Eternal Light: A Requiem (2008) by Howard Goodall, plus a musical tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.  The Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra – Andrea Bargabos, soprano; Theodore Chletsos, tenor; Samuel McDonald, baritone; Kristin Dabaghian, organ; John J. Miller, conductor.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ – 973-484-2400
Free-will offering.

Sunday, November 11, 2018,  4 p.m.
The Unity Choir will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I as they present A Concert of Remembrance and Peace. The concert will be directed by Henry Repp who will also accompany on the church’s three-manual pipe organ.  The featured work will be Mass in Time of War by Franz Joseph Haydn.  There will be several anthems including Wilhousky’s Battle Hymn of the Republic.  Phillip Lid will sing If Christ Came Back, and Cassandra Lambros will join Mr. Repp in an organ/ violin duet.  There is ample parking, and the church is handicapped accessible.  Everyone is welcome – especially our veterans.  A reception will follow the concert.
First United Methodist Church, 111 Ryerson Avenue, Newton, NJ –973-383-4450
Free-will offering.

Saturday, November 17, 2018,  7:30 p.m.
King of the Keyboards Organ Concert, Mark Loria, organ. $25 adults/$20 seniors; Students free with ID. Advance tickets $22/$17 by calling 973-538-2132.
Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 S. Park place, Morristown, NJ 07960
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 13, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
The Forty-Eighth Annual Christmas Carol Sing ~ Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Now in its forty-eighth consecutive year, the Carol Sing has become one of the most significant Christmas concerts in northern New Jersey. The ambiance of candlelight and season 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.

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3:00 p.m. –
Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Welcome Christmas!, annual Christmas Concert & Carol Sing.  Glen Ridge Choral Society, Gramercy Brass, Handbells, Percussion, Piano & Organ, conducted by Thomas Mustachio.  Sacred and secular music of the season with favorite carols for all to sing.
Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028. 973-743-5596 x26.
Free-will offering.

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Handel’s Messiah – Patrick Dupré Quigley’s historically informed interpretation of Messiah in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s annual presentation of the holiday favorite.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ
Prices: $70 | $45 | $20 | $10 (obstructed view)
For more information, visit or call 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476).


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

Issue Archive:

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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


Director of Music Ministries/ Organist-Pianist
Bishop Janes United Methodist Church, 22 S. Finley Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Weekly hours – 20 part-time Blended Service (Traditional/Contemporary)
Directs Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, and Praise Choir/Band Oversees Children’s and Youth Choirs
PJM 2 manual 17 rank Pipe Organ, Opus 49 (2007); Yamaha Grand Piano – C6; Baldwin Grand Piano
Minimum Education: Bachelors degree or higher preferred.  Salary Range: $20,000-$24,000.
For complete job description and to submit resume, contact Ron Schinbeckler, Search Committee Chair, by November 30, 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: TBD
Sub-Dean: TBD
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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