NJ Ocean County

Last updated: August 27, 2014 at 17:51 pm


Hi to all members- and especially new members- Welcome! We are so pleased to have 3 new musicians/music lovers join our chapter. I hope you will each find a way to participate in the organization and enrich our chapter and your own musical experience with Ocean County AGO!
We are presently getting ready to rehearse for the AGO January Festival. We hope you will join us on Friday, Sept. 19 7pm at Church of the Nazarene, Toms River.Please try to have your music ordered and at the ready. I will have additional copies of the Vivaldi that you may borrow.
Come early (6:30pm) and hear a special Power Point presentation by Karin Gargone, regarding the possibility of including a pipe organ in the plans for building a new performing arts center at OCC.  While there is no indication that a pipe organ will definitely be a part of the construction plans, this is a part of our vision for OCC and the community at large.
Enjoy your remaining summer- how beautiful it was!   See you soon.    Sara Hoey, Dean



Hello to all singers, directors, accompanists and very interested musicians!
We know you are familiar with the American Guild of Organists and the annual Choir Festival.  This will be our 36th year. We look forward to singing together as we prepare for this Festival.  We are again very pleased to present the Festival at Christ Episcopal Church, Washington Street, Toms River, NJ.  The date is Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Rehearsals are listed here: Please make every effort to attend every rehearsal. There will be sectionals as well as full rehearsals.  The best preparation we can offer is to have rehearsals which give singers, directors and accompanists the security of knowing every note, phrase, and nuance of each piece.  Good preparation will improve our performance.

  • Friday, September 19, 2014 at First Church of the Nazarene, Toms River 7:00 PM.  This is a full run-through rehearsal.
  • Friday, October 17, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran, Beachwood, 7:00 PM.  This is a sectional rehearsal.
  • Friday, November 7, 2014 at First Church of the Nazarene, Toms River 7:00 PM. This is a full rehearsal.
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, Toms River 9:30 AM. This will be a sectional rehearsal.
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, Toms River 9:30 AM.  This will be a full rehearsal.
  • Friday, January 23, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, Toms River, 7:00 PM. This is the final and mandatory rehearsal.
  • Festival Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, Toms River. Call time is 2:00 PM.  Festival 4:00 PM.

As with past Festivals, Young’s Music has offered us a 25% discount on Festival music.  Their phone is 1-800-628-6204.  The list of anthems for this Festival follows  this letter.

If you have any questions, please call Barbara Taranto, 732/349-2189 or Sara Hoey 732/295-9485.   Hope to see you all on the 19th of September.
Please order your music early!

Barbara and Sara


GLORIA and CUM SANCTO SPIRITU from Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria
Ricordi  NR133130  or  50101170                  SATB  cantata

It is hoped that copies of the cantata will be available to borrow from our members’ church libraries.  Young’s can order the cantata at $11.95.  There are no used copies.

ECS1170                                                                                                                     $1.95
Young’s has 47 copies used  $1.00.

LIFT THINE EYES  Mendelssohn’s Elijah                                                       $1.50
SSA  Presser  #332-00820
Young’s has 84 copies used $1.00

E’EN SO LORD JESUS, QUICKLY COME  Paul Manz                                    $1.70
SATB  Morning Star MSM-50-0001
Young’s has 26 copies used $1.00

If requesting used copies, you must specify.  When ordering music Young’s will send new music unless used music is specifically requested. There is no discount with used music. Used music is subject to availability.

MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT OF THY PEACE     Mary McDonald           $2.05
SATB  Monarch Music 10/3509M

HOW MARVELOUS, HOW WONDERFUL!  Charles H. Gabriel                   $2.10
& Mary McDonald  SATB  Hope Publishing  C5875

O CLAP YOUR HANDS  Ralph Vaughn Williams,  SATB                               $2.25
Galaxy Music Corp,  ECS1.5000

STAR CAROL  John Rutter, SATB                                                                         $2.30
Oxford University Press    3430347

I’M A SINNER MAN  Vicki Tucker Courtney & John Parker                     $1.95
SATB Carl Fischer  CM9293

A congregational hymn (from the Hymnal) will be included in the program.


ORGANISTS CONCERT October 12th  3:00 PM Organ Spectacular –
Community Reformed Church, whiting, NJ

36TH ANNUAL CHOIR FESTIVAL – Choral and Organ Festival –
Sunday January 25, 2015 4:00 PM  –  Christ Episcopal Church, Toms River


Tickets are on sale at OCC for Chanticleer on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 8pm.  This  internationally renowned all-male chorus will perform in the newly named Grunin Center for the Arts on the OCC Toms River campus, in the main theater.  Tickets have already been selling very quickly ($40 single non-subscription ticket / $30 single subscription ticket).  There will be a meet and greet after the concert ($10).  These are excellent ticket prices, and best of all, close to home!  More information about the many other concerts, master classes, and performing arts events at the new website: www.grunincenter.org.


Ocean County College (Toms River): Organ Instruction

OCC offers Applied Music instruction – individual instruction for all instruments and voice types.  Dr. Josh Melson is the organ instructor, and OCC organ lessons are taught from the Presbyterian Church of Toms River (1070 Hooper Avenue).  This may be of interest to beginner organists (including pianists who would like to learn the organ), or organists who would like to strengthen technique, musicality, refine service playing, or work toward AGO certification.  The student registers for MUSC-120 (Applied Music), and receives fifteen 30-minute lessons per semester (one 30-minute lesson per week).  Semesters run from September through December, and from end of January through mid-May.  For an Ocean County resident, the current cost of one OCC Applied Music organ lesson is less than $20 (not including some incidental application and student fees).  Lesson times are scheduled individually and conveniently between instructor and student.  For more information please contact Karin Gargone (kgargone@ocean.edu or 732-255-0400 X2109), or Josh Melson (jmelson@ocean.edu or 732-349-1331).


Ocean County College (Toms River): Associate of Arts Degree in the Performing Arts
This is a two-year degree in music and/or dance and/or theater.  Students of this degree may take a combination of courses in all three areas, or focus on the area(s) of their own personal interest.  Of interest to musicians would be the opportunity to obtain a two-year Performing Arts degree with a focus on music courses (music theory, ear training, history, applied music, etc.).  For more information, please contact Karin Gargone (kgargone@ocean.edu or 732-255-400 X2109).


                                  HAZEL BLAKELOCK ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP

Application for the Hazel Blakelock ScholarshipUp to $2,000 each year will be awarded through the Ocean County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and First United Methodist Church of Toms River, NJ. This scholarship will be given to a junior or senior in college or a graduate student who is pursuing a music degree with an organ concentration.To qualify for this scholarship, you will need to appear for an interview. You will also need to play two organ compositions of your choice in contrasting styles, for example, a work from the Baroque era and a work from the twentieth or twenty-first century.The deadline is April 1st for submitting the completed application with the requested documents attached. Please send them to Dean Sara Hoey, 803 Hastings Lane, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742.

Thank you for your interest and best wishes for success in your studies.

1. Please give your contact information here.

Home Address
Email Address
Phone Number (include cell number if applicable)

2. On a separate sheet of paper, describe your post-high school education (include year, name and address of each school, and music courses completed). Attach a transcript for each school attended.

3. On a separate sheet of paper, describe your experience in sacred music (include year, name and address of each church or other organization, your title, and your responsibilities).

4. List the contact information (name, address, email, and phone number) for three references.



Peggy Bendel —-pbendel[@]verizon.net
Timothy Brendler —-seashoretim[@]hotmail.com
Louis Castano —-luigi2319[@]aol.com
Barbara D’Ippolito —-bobandbarb1985[@]verizon.net
Ruth Ann Diaz —-jrchimo[@]aol.com
Karin Gargone —-kgargone[@]ocean.edu
Thomas E. Halpin —thalpin{@}stjosephtomsriver.org
Ernest F. Hamilton Jr. —-efhamiltonjr[@]aol.com
Harold Hawkes —-hhawkes141[@]comcast.net
Sara Hoey —-saritavepoint[@]comcast.net
Ron W. Howell —-no email address
Bernice Kephart —-bkzipo22[@]aol.com
Dee Lepley —-billdee3[@]comcast.net
George Markey —-gemtype[@]aol.com
Josh Melson —-joshm[@]pctr.org
Jack(Ernest)Milkovitz —-jmilkovitz[@]comcast.net
Polly L. Moore —-pollylmoore[@]verizon.net
Jan Niemann —-musicaljan1[@]aol.com
Phyllis Scardena —-scar345[@]comcast.net
William Shoppell —-billpat2[@]optonline.net
Barbara Taranto —-MOMDADTR[@]AOL.COM
John Thorn —-organman59[@]aol.com
Christine Urban —-music201[@]verizon.net
Barbara Wheeler –barbara.wheeler[@]louisville.edu
Sara Wittekind —-swittekind10[@]verizon.net

Please contact these members directly via
the email addresses listed
Peggy Bendel – Organist – Monday-Thursday, Saturday
Louis Castano – Vocal soloist – Sept-May
Ruth Ann Diaz – Organist
Karin Gargone – Organist – Saturdays only
Polly Moore – Vocal Soloist, weddings and funerals
Bernice Kephart – Organist – weddings and funerals
Barbara Taranto – Organist/Choir director
Christine Urban – Organist and vocalist any time

Since Ocean County is one of the fastest growing counties in NJ, we know that there are many musicians who are moving into our communities. If you are an organist, conductor, pianist, singer or music minister, we invite you to join our chapter and participate in the planned activities of O.C. AGO.
To add infomation to our web site, contact Barbara Taranto MOMDADTR@AOL.COM



Calvary Baptist Church in Belmar, NJ is seeking a part-time Organist/Choir Director. Position entails providing/leading music for one Sunday service and a weekly choir rehearsal, plus any Holy Day services and presentations throughout the year (Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Easter…) Weddings and funerals will be covered and paid an additional fee. Please email resume or questions to cbcbelmar@aol.com, or call 732-280-0981.”  Thank you and Shalom,
Rev. Grace Scarle, Pastor


Embury United Methodist Church located in Little Silver, NJ, seeks a music director/ organist.  The church has a two-manual Moeller organ and an Essex grand piano.  There are some talented singers and instrumentalists among the congregation.


Average12hrs/week commitment that would include but not limited to Sunday morning prep and worship currently at 10am and Thursday evening prep and choir rehearsal.
Play for additional services during Lent, Advent, and Thanksgiving Day.
Direct adult choir and handbell choir with Thursday evening rehearsals.
Assist pastor in selecting music for services.
Four weeks paid vacation per year. Additional income from weddings and funerals
Competitive Salary.
Starting Date:   September 1, 2014 or earlier
To Apply: Please send resume to emburyumc@aol.com by July 31, 2014

Contact Us

DEAN – Sara Hoey, saritavepoint[@]comcast.net
SUB DEAN – Bernice Kephart, bkzipo22[@]aol.com
TREASURER – Barbara D’Ippolito,bobandbarb1985[@]verizon.net
’12 Ernest Hamilton efhamiltonjr[@]aol.com
’10 Jack Milkovitz Jmilkovitz[@]comcast.net
’11 Christine Urban music201[@]verizon.net
FESTIVAL COORDINATORS – Barbara Taranto, Sara Hoey



www.cpdl.org (Choral Public Domain Library)
AGO National website