NJ Ocean County

    Last updated: April 15, 2015 at 21:50 pm

    MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

    You and our choristers outdid yourselves today. What a beautiful concert. The strings were a great addition, as well. Pass it on.
    Thank you, members, for all the things you do to put on a concert like this. Take a break.  Sara
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    CHAPTER ANNOUNCEMENT
    Here are a few of the comments received after the Festival.

     

     THE CONCERT IS OVER AND I THINK IT WENT VERY WELL.
    I LOVED THE ARRANGEMENT ON AMAZING GRACE AND KARIN GARGONE IS SUCH A WONDERFUL ORGANIST – AND SO WAS THE OTHER ORGANIST AND THE STRING QUARTETT – THEY DID SUCH A GREAT JOB.
     AND AGAIN – THANK YOU AND SARA FOR SUCH A GREAT JOB  – IT TAKES SO MUCH WORK AND TIME TO GET IT ALL TOGETHER AND THE MUSIC WAS WONDERFUL.
    Karin T.
      As a new member of the Ocean County Chapter of AGO, I just want to say it was an honor to play on yesterday’s program.  The music was well prepared and presented and I applaud all who made the 36th Annual Festival a great success.
    Sincerely,
    Don McFarland
     Ditto to all the comments.  Having been in the chorus singing for so many years it is an absolute thrill to sit in the audience and listen to it.  It was WONDERFUL!!!  A friend of mine from church came who had never been to a festival before and was astounded at the level of professionalism and beauty of the whole thing.  It sure lifted me up for days to come.  Thanks everyone.
    Dee
     What a wonderful gathering of musicians and community.  To me this is a taste of “peace on earth” — Karin G.
    WOW!  WONDERFUL, EXCITING CONCERT!
      SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE AND LISTENING WAS A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND.
    EVERYONE IS TO BE CONGRATULATED! HOPE TO RETURN NEXT YEAR!
    THANK YOU,
    CHRIS URBAN
    As one of the newest (and non Organ playing) members of AGO (Ocean County Chapter), I want to add my applause to all who participated in the 2015 Choir Festival.
    This is not my first festival and it amazes me how we are able to pull together, in such a short time (and rehearsals), the wonderful music chosen. Definitely a result of the talent, time, & dedication to the wonderful conductors and musicians who participate. Of course, kudos to the singers as well. 
    I look forward to our next festival and working with all the wonderful musicians who make this possible.
     Peace,
    Fred

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    LOCAL EVENTS
    Greetings, colleagues:  Let me share with you information about two upcoming events – an organ concert and an organists’ workshop –to be held March 24th at Christ Lutheran Church, 40 Schoolhouse Rd., in Whiting.   Both have been organized by Don MacFarland, our new chapter member who played so wonderfully at our Choral Festival last month, and it would be great if you can come and support his efforts.

    Guest organist Dan Miller will present “A Festival of Music Featuring Hymns of Joy and Tradition” on Tuesday, March 24th, at Christ Lutheran Church, 40 Schoolhouse Rd., in Whiting. The community is invited to attend the concert which will begin at 3 PM. There is no charge for admission; a free will offering will be received.
    The program will showcase the new Rodgers Artist Model 599 organ installed at Christ Lutheran Church one year ago. This state-of-the-art digital instrument incorporates the latest advances in software and computer technology. It includes 158 pipe organ stops, plus 121 additional voices including 32 orchestral sounds. The speaker system installed for the organ has units spread across the back and the front of the nave for a multi-channel surround sound.
    Dan Miller, a church organist since the age of fifteen, currently is product manager at Rodgers Instruments Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. He also is an adjunct professor of organ at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, as well as organist for St. Matthew Lutheran Church and artist-in-residence at Bethel Congregational Church, both in Beaverton, Oregon. He holds a Church Music Diploma from Moody Bible Institute.  He majored in organ performance at the American Conservatory of Music, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Winthrop University.

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    Organists and organ music lovers are invited to attend “Sound Choices for the Organist”, a free workshop presented by renowned organist Dan Miller. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 PM at Christ Lutheran Church, 40 Schoolhouse Road in Whiting.  Mr. Miller will offer tips and practical suggestions to organists to expand their opportunities for creative selection of organ stops and manage the console functions. He will also offer useful organ music repertoire ideas.
    The workshop will use the new Rodgers Artist Model 599 organ installed at Christ Lutheran Church one year ago. This state-of-the-art digital instrument incorporates the latest advances in software and computer technology.
    Mr. Miller, a church organist since the age of fifteen, currently is product manager at Rodgers Instruments Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon. He also is an adjunct professor of organ at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, as well as organist for St. Matthew Lutheran Church and artist-in-residence at Bethel Congregational Church, both in Beaverton, Oregon. He holds a Church Music Diploma from Moody Bible Institute.  He majored in organ performance at the American Conservatory of Music, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from Winthrop University.
    Mr. Miller is also a composer and arranger, and has recorded 22 organ compact discs.   All who attend the workshop will receive free organ music by Mr. Miller.
    Both events take place at the church where I serve and where  Don oversaw the installation of our new Rodgers Artist Model 599 organ one year ago.  It has made a wonderful difference in the way we worship in our parish.   Hope to see you on March 24th.  Many thanks.  Peggy Bendel

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    Of 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.

    http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/new-york-philharmonic-next-music-director/

    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.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/15/wall-sound

    Kind regards,
    Karin
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    Emerson String Quartet

    (Works by Bach and Beethoven)
    Meet and Greet following the concert
    Sunday, March 22 at 2:00pm
    The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
    Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
    Tickets available:
    OCC Box Office (732-255-0500), or tickets.ocean.edu

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    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).

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    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).

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    DR. STEVEN BALL, MASTER ORGANIST
    BOARDWALK HALL, ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
    PERFORMS A RECITAL ON THE HISTORIC HOOK AND HASTINGS ORGAN
    SECOND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
    1161 EAST JERSEY STREET
    ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY
    SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 AT 4 PM
    ASSISTING: TENOR LUIS EMILIO CABRERA, BARITONE TIMOTHY URBAN,
    CHILDREN’S CHOIR FROM INSTITUTE OF MUSIC FOR CHILDREN
    ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY
     
    SUMPTUOUS DESSERT RECEPTION AND “MEET THE ARTISTS”
    FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE
    TICKETS: $20
     
    Contact: Patricia Brady-Danzig, Chair
    cell: 973-908-1324
    PO Box 683 South Orange, NJ 07079

     

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    SCHOLARSHIP

                                      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.

    Name
    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.

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    MEMBERSHIP

    MEMBERSHIP LIST AS OF SEPTEMBER 2014
    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

    AVILABLE FOR SUBSTITUTE WORK:
    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.
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    To add infomation to our web site, contact Barbara Taranto MOMDADTR@AOL.COM

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    PLACEMENT

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    CONTACT US

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


    www.giamusic.com

    www.jwpepper.com
    www.ocp.org
    www.wlpmusic.com
    www.npm.org
    www.cpdl.org (Choral Public Domain Library)
    www.njchambersingers.org
    AGO National website