Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter


Last updated: January 14, 2019 at 9:09 am

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 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 –

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Robert McCormick, Concert organist and Director of Music at St. Mark’s, Philadelphia, playing the renowned Beckerath organ at St. Stephen’s Church, 119 Main St., Millburn, NJ 07041. Meet the artist at a reception following the recital. No tickets required. Donations ($10 suggested) can be made at the door. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. For more information and/or directions, visit or call 973-376-0688.


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


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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