Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: September 20, 2016 at 16:02 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 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).

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.



Monday, September 12, 2016, 7 p.m. The Presbyterian Church in Morristown Living Memorial Concert ~ Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture acknowledging the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of 9-11. A 40-person orchestra and 85-person Schiller Institute Chorus performs Mozart’s Requiem and African-American spirituals. Church on the Green, 57 East Park Place, Morristown, NJ Free Admission — $10 Suggested Donation.Reservations recommended – visit or call 718-709-8722

Monday, September, 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church Singers from LYRA, the Russian Vocal Ensemble of St. Petersburg on tour in the U.S. presented as part of the church’s “Grace Community Music” program. The music of LYRA ranges from ancient songs of the Orthodox

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 4:00 p.m. Organ Recital with Reneé Anne Louprette, from the faculty of Rutgers University, New Brunswick Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart Program to include works by Alain, Demessieux, Isoir, and Vierne Suggested donation – $15 89 Ridge Street, Newark, New Jersey 07104 phone 973-484-2400,

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 12 noon Kristin Dabaghian, organist from St. Paul Church, Ramsey, NJ Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart ~ Wednesdays At Noon series of half hour concerts featuring the great Schantz Organ in the Gothic splendor of the Cathedral Basilica. Free-of-charge. 89 Ridge Street, Newark, New Jersey 07104 phone 973-484-2400,

Sunday, September 25, 2016 3:00 pm Crescent Concerts ~ Sound the Trumpet, Strike the Drum! Admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $5 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060 phone 908-756-2468 ,

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 , 12 noon James Wetzel, organist from St. Catherine of Sienna Church, New York, NY Wednesdays At Noon concert series. Free-of-charge. 89 Ridge Street, Newark, New Jersey 07104 phone 973-484-2400

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12 noon Timothy Urban, recorder / Kathleen Scheide, harpsichord. Wednesdays At Noon concert series. Free-of-charge. See Cathedral Basilica contact info above. This concert takes place in the Crypt of the Cathedral Basilica, entrance on Clifton Avenue.




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

Issue Archive:

September 2015



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

Music Director/Organist:

Presbyterian Church of Westfield, 140 Mountain Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090,

The Presbyterian Church in Westfield believes that music is an important facet of the ministry, tradition and life of our church.  The Director of Music oversees and coordinates the music programs continuing on a proud tradition of excellence while expanding our music ministry for future generations.   The Director of Music collaborates with the Contemporary Music/Worship Leader in support of the contemporary worship service.  The primary purpose of the PCW’s music program is to enrich the Christian life of the participants and the congregation by offering meaningful leadership, organization, and inspiration towards musical excellence.   Under direction of the Senior Pastor, the Director of Music works closely with all staff in a mutually supportive and collaborative manner to enrich the current programs wherever music is part of worship or the life of the church.

Seeking candidate with B.A. or higher in music including education in worship & church music, 5+ years in music ministry experience.  Full time position consisting of approximately 40 flex hours per week.  Salary is $50,000-60,000 commensurate with experience, position includes benefits package as well. 

1200 member congregation, 200 approximate weekly attendance, 3 services per week.

3 choirs (chancel, two children’s choirs), handbells, 5 paid soloists assist chancel choir each week, a budget to support our proud tradition of music ministry.

The church has a 1953 three-manual Casavant, which was enlarged to III/80 in 1978 and then a $127,000 rebuild/revision in 2013 by Casavant. 

Please forward cover letter/resume to Lou Anne Kaplonski, Church Administrator at

Church office phone:  (908) 233-0301

Church office fax:  (908) 317-9218


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 accomodate candidates from surrounding chapters, and do so gladly. Certification chairman is Dennis Dell, 732 750-2960, or 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:
Exam Coordinator:
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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