NJ Ocean County


Dean, Sara Hoey is reminding us of the picnic on June 23rd. at Bernice Kephart’s home.  “Finger foods” will be the fare of the evenning.  Sandwiches, salads and snack deserts will be appreciated.
Also, please bring music suggested for the Festival so we may all decide on accompanists and directors.  See you all on the 23rd.  Call Bernice to let her know you are coming and what you will bring.  Thanks.  


The following members were present at this May 13th meeting.  Peggy Bendel, Barbara D’Ippolito, Esther Graham,. Ernest Hamilton,. Ron Howell, Bernice Kephart, Polly Moore, Dee Lepley, Jack Milkovitz, Barbara Taranto, Christine Urban. The meeting was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Beachwood, NJ.
The meeting began with discussion of a possible scholarship/grant program which could be offered by our chapter. Thanks to Ernest Hamilton for presenting a suggested scholarship program.  This scholarship/grant would be offered and available with a variety of conditions and application requirements.   Members at the meeting were in favor of a scholarship/grant and recommended a review committee for further study.  It was also suggested the Dean appoint a committee to complete this review and present their findings at a future meeting.
Treasurer, Barbara D’Ippolito gave out letters stating dues requirements for each of the membership categories.  She stated, all dues must be paid by the picnic, June 23, 2015.
Presentation of anthems from several members followed.  Following is a list of the anthems suggested for the Festival which includes anthems from a previous meeting.

Discussion followed as to the need or desire to hire a tenor for the Festival.  Jack mentioned that he hires singers for three rehearsals and the concert for a fee of $200.  Since we have hired instrumental musicians, we could also hire vocal musicians.  No decision was made but all agreed with the need to hire a tenor for the Festival.
The next meeting is scheduled for June 3, 2015.  Everyone, please bring the music you have presented in sufficient copies for all to review.  The meeting will be held again at St. Paul Lutheran.
The annual picnic is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23rd.   It will be at Bernice Kephart’s home.  Further information regarding the picnic will be discussed at the June 3rd meeting.
Meeting adjourned with prayer.
Barbara Taranto

JUNE 3, 2015
The meting opened with prayer led by Sub Dean, Bernice Kephart. The following members were present. Peggy Bendel, Barbara D’Ippolitto, Ruth Ann Diaz, Esther Graham, Sara Hoey,  Bernice Kephart, Dee Lepley, Jack Milkovitz, Polly Moore, Barbara Taranto.  The meeting was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Beachwood.
Discussion regarding the possibility of programs during the year, in particular a Members Concert.   It was decided to consider a Members concert for another year, not this coming year.
Review of anthems for the 2016 Festival followed:
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY – with Brass and Bells  arr. Dan Forrest SATB
Sound Forth Music Publisher
HE LOVED ME – organ and piano  Virna Sitindjak
DIDN’T THE LORD DELIVER DANIEL – spiritual – short – easy to learn arr. Roger Emerson
I SING THE MIGHTY POWER OF GOD – organ – bells – brass arr. Laura Page      10/43971
LIFT HIGH THE CROSS – organ – piano – bells   Joel Raney
Hope Pub No 8178H13
MY SHEPHERD WILL SUPPLY MY NEED – gentle  Isaac Watts – Southern hymn tune   Singspiration  John M. Basely  ZJP-7301
DWELL IN THE LIGHT FOREVERMORE –  Lloyd Larsen  Lorenz  10/4400L
H.W. Gray Co. 1946      No 501
SOON AND VERY SOON  – Spiritual   Jack Schrader, Andre Crouch
Hope Pub.  GC 952
SANCTUS and BENEDICTUS   St. Cecelia Mass  C. Gounod
Schirmer 3768
ALELUIA, AMEN   Judas Macabeus   G.F. Handel
RIVER IN JUDEA   Marcus/Feldman
Shawnee Press   A 1911
Barbara Taranto will contact Youngs Music for availability of these suggested anthems.
The Scholarship/Grant committee has met and prepared a report. Peggy Bendel gave the report.  The name will be the Elsie Madsen Fisher Organ Education Grant.  The report is included elsewhere in this web site page.
The picnic was discussed.  Bernice said that there will not be a bar-be-cue.  Everyone should bring “finger foods”.  Please RSVP to Bernice so she is sure of types of food and number of attendees.
The meeting ended at approximately 9:15
Barbara Taranto


Elsie Madsen Fischer was the founding dean of our chapter.   She was dedicated to church music, supported a number of community music organizations, and nurtured the talents of many organ and piano students. She is fondly remembered by all who knew her.
The purpose of this grant is to provide funds for organ studies which will build the skills of church organists. Some examples of the kind of organ studies suitable for receiving this grant are an organ course for credit at a college; an organ-centered workshop, conference, or seminar; preparation for an AGO certificate; and a defined number of private organ lessons.
                An applicant must be an Ocean County, NJ resident or a member of the cean County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
                To apply, submit the following information by February 1st to Dean Sara Hoey at saritavepoint@comcast.net :
What is the organ studies plan?
When do you expect to start and finish the plan?
What is the estimated cost of the plan?
What church music experience have you had?
What previous organ studies have you completed?
Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email address.
In addition, you will need to audition for the committee. Plan to play a hymn and an organ composition of your choosing.
You will also be required to submit 3 written references. Each reference must include the referring person’s name, address, phone number, and email address; it should include a statement explaining how the referring person knows you, as well as offer comments on your character and musical ability.
Amount of Grant
The amount of this grant will vary according to available funds. It should be no more than 10% of our chapter’s account balance on February 1st , plus any donations dedicated to this grant which have been received by the chapter.   The amount of this grant will not exceed the estimated cost of the proposed organ studies. More than one award may be given in a calendar year if enough funds are available.
world-class interest:

The first link below is to an article regarding NY Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert’s announcement that he will leave the NYPhil in 2017.  Of course there is much buzz regarding who will take his place.  But there is also much discussion of the renovation of Avery Fisher Hall, beginning in 2019, where the Phil performs.
The article references the importance of the acoustician, and additional musical considerations such as where pianos are stored, how long it takes to move a piano onstage, and… the inclusion of a pipe organ in the concert hall.

The next link is to an article from the New Yorker, which discusses the pipe organ in Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) in regard to the general resurgence of organ music in the concert hall.   This pipe organ is a real visual and aural treat, reminding us how a pipe organ can set apart a concert hall from any other.  But it must be a part of the initial planning of the hall’s construction and acoustic considerations.

Kind regards,
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 $20 – for exact information please refer to the current tuition and fee schedule found at  www.ocean.edu.  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
Esther Graham —estrgraham[@]outlook.com
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
Alfred Mangino—-safeman228[@]yahoo.com
George Markey —-gemtype[@]aol.com
Don McFarland—donaldmcfarland[@]verizon.net
Josh Melson —-joshm[@]pctr.org
Jan Mercadante— sinaj894[@]gmail.com
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
Pamela Unger—- inharmony2[@]comcast.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
Esther Graham – Organist
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

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