Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter



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.


          * * CHAPTER PROGRAMS 2019-2020 * *

Saturday, October 12, 2019 – Alan Morrison Masterclass
The Presbyterian Church in Morristown
57 East Park Place
Morristown, NJ 07960
Witness master teacher Alan Morrison in a masterclass setting. To play for Mr. Morrison:
FREE to chapter members.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 – Alan Morrison Recital
The Presbyterian Church in Morristown
57 East Park Place
Morristown, NJ 07960
FREE to chapter members.

Monday, November 11, 2019 – Advent/Christmas Member’s Recital
First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell
326 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Hosts are Noel and Barbara Piercy
Reception to follow.
Contact:  Kristin Dabaghian, Dean – – with your recital selection



Submit concert listings to Patricia Woolley, newsletter editor –

Wednesdays At Noon at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
A series of half hour concerts featuring the great Schantz Organ in the Gothic splendor of Newark’s Cathedral Basilica. Each recital is presented free-of-charge and is followed by an optional tour of the Cathedral.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
 – Andrew Peters, Organ Recital
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
– Merynda Adams and Christopher Collins Lee, Harp and Violin Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Randall Svane, Organ Recital
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street
Newark, NJ 07104
Free will offering

Sunday October 13, 2019 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Musicianship Workshop: Alexander Technique for Choral musicians 
Free your voice, gesture and performance posture with Jean McClelland, clinician.
Grace Church
4 Madison Ave. Madison NJ 07940 – 973-538-6969
$20/25 in$35 at the door

Sunday, October 20, 2019 –  4:00 p.m.
‘A Spiritual Reflection:  An Afternoon of Arias and Songs by African-American Composers’ 
Chivonne Perkins, soprano; Andrew Darling, countertenor; Keaun Guy, tenor; Samuel  McDonald, baritone; and Mary Pinto, accompanist.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street
Newark, NJ 07104
Suggested donation $15

Sunday, October 20, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong sung by the choirs of St. John on the Mountain, Bernardsville and St. Luke’s, Gladstone
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
182 Main Street
Gladstone, NJ 07934
Free admission – an offering will be received

Friday, October 25, 2019 – 8:00 p.m.
Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Pipe Organ Spooktacular: Silent Movie – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 
Tom Mustachio, organist
The 1920 Silent Film Classic starring John Barrymore, with an atmospheric pipe organ soundtrack improvised by Tom Mustachio on the sanctuary’s mighty pipe organ.  Popcorn will be available.
Glen Ridge Congregational Church
195 Ridgewood Avenue
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028  –  973-743-5596 x26
Admission: $20 Adults; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Sunday, October 27, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
Concert by the acclaimed men’s choir “The Ten”
St. John on the Mountain
379 Mount Harmony Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924 – 908-766-2282
Free admission — an offering will be received

Cemetery Sunday, November 3, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
A Concert In Honor of the Faithful Departed

The Cathedral Choir with Kristin Dabaghian: organ,  John J. Miller: conductor.  Lauren Tamara will offer a brief pre-concert lecture, ‘Adapting to Loss,’ to the bereaved at 3:20 in the Lady Chapel.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104
Free-will offering

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Glen Ridge Community Concerts presents Welcome Christmas!, the 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 in a glorious candlelit space.
Glen Ridge Congregational Church
195 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028. – 973-743-5596 x26.
Free-will offering.

Sunday, December 22, 2019 – 7:00 p.m.
Handel’s Messiah

George Frederick Handel’s beloved oratorio. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Roderick Cox, conductor, Montclair State University Singers, Heather Buchannan, director.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
89 Ridge Street
Newark, NJ 07104
Tickets $10.00 – $70.00.  For more information, visit or call 1-800-ALLEGRO (255-3476) gray-bar-1px


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

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. Additional information can be found at the following link:  Certification Chart


Contact Us

Executive Board
Dean: Kristin Dabaghian –
Sub-Dean: Preston Dibble –
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:
Markey Scholarship:
Exam Coordinator:
Class of 2016-2020
Kathie Hegarty –
Linda Loria –
Kevin Davis –
Class of 2018-2022
Tiffany Chung –
Carol Johnson –
Richard Mack –



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