Southwest Jersey

 Last updated: December 4, 2017 at 9:31 am


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Sunday, October 15 at 3:45PM:  Annual Guild Service at Chews United Methodist Church in Glendora, NJ.  Gary Langel, host.  After the service, join us for the musician/clergy banquet at Olive Garden, Deptford.
Saturday, November 4 at 10AM:  Masterclass with Paul Jacobs at Haddonfield United Methodist Church
Saturday, November 5 at 7PM:  Paul Jacobs recital at Haddonfield United Methodist Church
Friday, December 29 at 6PM: Potluck Supper and Holiday Party at the home of Peter Homon
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10AM:  Wanamaker Organ field trip at Macy’s, Philadelphia
Saturday, February 24 at 10AM:  Organ building and maintenance workshop at First Presbyterian Church in Pitman, with lunch to follow.  Chuck Gibson, presenter.
Sunday, March 4 at 3PM:  Memorial Concert at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Moorestown, honoring Helen K. Taylor and J. Bert Carlson.
Sunday, April 15 at 3PM:  Annual Members Recital at Deerfield Presbyterian Church.  Evelyn Larter, host.
Annual Meeting and Picnic 2018 (date time and place TBA)

CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE We have Chapter Scholarships available for persons interested in learning to play the organ. The Scholarship provides 14 free lessons for any pianist who is at an Intermediate level of pianistic ability. Members who teach piano may have a student who would be interested. For information contact Chair of Scholarship Committee Vernon Williams (856-235-0811;


Local Events

See the latest issue of our chapter newsletter, SFZ, for listings.

CHAPTER EMERGENCY FUND Our Chapter has begun the sponsorship of a fund to provide short-term emergency aid to Chapter members who find themselves temporarily in need of assistance. No dues money will be used for this aid, but tax-deductible contributions will be welcome at any time, and the free-will offering from this year’s Members’ Recital has been dedicated to this fund. A committee of three, consisting of the Dean, the Chair of Professional Concerns, and another member of that committee, will award aid as the need arises. Any Chapter member may recommend a member in good standing who, for reasons such as illness or unemployment, deserves our help, by contacting the Dean or the Chair of Professional Concerns. All cases of course will be confidential. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please send your tax-deductible donation (made out to SWJersey Chapter AGO) to our Treasurer Gail Gassaway, marked for “Musicians’ Emergency Fund.”



JOIN OUR CHAPTER TODAY — Regular Membership categories: Regular Voting Member – $100 Over 65, Under 21, Disabled – $75 Full-time Student – $40 Partner Voting Member (second member at same address) – $75 Dual Voting Member (Regular member of another chapter) – $39 Student Dual Member – $13 Chapter Friend (non-voting) – $36 Lifetime member – $3000. Please contact our Registrar for further information (see Contact Us below)



POSITIONS AVAILABLE Reminder – although a position no longer appears, that does not necessarily mean it has been filled. You may reach Placement Director Peter Homon at or 856-665-0149.

SUBSTITUTE LIST: This list is published as a courtesy to chapter members. The AGO assumes no responsibility for the musicianship or reliability of substitutes. Substitutes who have passed AGO certification exams are so noted. If there is an error in your listing, please notify us so we can correct it. You may reach the Chapter Hotline at 856-665-0149.

Note -This is the official Substitute List of SouthWest Jersey Chapter, American Guild of Organists. It is administered by Peter Homon.

These musicians are available on Sundays and also for weddings and funerals other days:

Patricia Brady-Danzig 973-761-0041 (South Orange) – organ/piano, cantor, choir director
Carolyn Cuperwich 201-317-5291 (Tabernacle)
John Dow 856-327-1739 (Millville)
Mary Johnson 856-332-8869 (Pine Hill)
George Mitchell 856-795-0970 (Cherry Hill)
Irina Nenartovich, CAGO, SPC 856-321-3465 (Cherry Hill)
Joanne Owen 856-769-3212 (Woodstown)

These substitutes are available for weddings and funerals or Saturday work only:

Patricia M. Fronczek, 856-397-2773 (Blackwood)
Evelyn Larter, CAGO, SPC 856-358-1112 (Elmer)
Lee F. Milhous, 215-348-8872 (Doylestown PA)
Cathy O’Neill, 856-0192 (Sewell, NJ)
Marilyn Rabbai, CAGO, SPC 856-589-3901 (Pitman)

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



Would you like to prepare for or take one of the exams for AGO certification?
Contact Ruth Fink, education coordinator: (856)829-6604. .

These members currently hold AGO certification, as listed in our Membership Directory:

Rae Ann Anderson, CAGO
Miriam Bisbing, SPC
Alice Brown, SPC
Helen C. Carrell, CAGO, SPC
Mark A. Cole, SPC
Lawrence DePasquale, CAGO
Ruth O. Fink, AAGO, ChM
Ethel H. Geist, CAGO
Carol Louise Knissel, CAGO
Evelyn Larter, CAGO, SPC
Irina Nenartovich, CAGO, SPC
Marilyn Rabbai, CAGO
David L. Rhody, SPC
Glenn L. Rodgers, AAGO
Joyce Ann Routon, CAGO, SPC


Contact Us

DEAN: Vernon Williams, 609-915-9845

SUB-DEAN and PROGRAM CHAIR: David Rhody, 609-980-4388

TREASURER and REGISTRAR: Gail A. Gassaway 856-848-6787

SECRETARY: Catherine O’Neill, 856-589-0192,

HISTORIAN: Karl Tricomi, 856-482-7402,

PLACEMENT COORDINATOR: Peter Homon, 856-665-0149,



EDITOR AND PUBLISHER: Marilyn Rabbai, CAGO 856-589-3901

WEBMASTER: Marilyn Rabbai, CAGO  856-589-3901

TAO Reporter:  Joyce Ann Routon CAGO,

NOMINATIONS: Evelyn Larter, CAGO, 856-261-4490,

CARES & CONCERNS: Catherine O’Neill, 856-589-0192,

PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS: David Rhody, Chairperson