Southwest Jersey


Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10AM:

Workshop with David Schelat –  Music of Wilbur Held

First Presbyterian Church Haddonfield, located at 20 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.


Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 4PM:  

Annual Members Recital at  St. Stephen Lutheran Church,  230 N. Evergreen Ave., Woodbury NJ  08096


Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10AM:

Organ Crawl:  Girard College, 2101 S College Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

To be followed by lunch at Jack’s Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130


Sunday, June 28, 2020:

Picnic and Annual Meeting,  3:30PM

at the home of Sub-Dean Vicki Nichols – more information will be in an upcoming SFZ

Read the April 2020 issue of sforzando

Read the March 2020 issue of sforzando

Read the February 2020 issue of sforzando

Read the January 2020 issue of sforzando

Read the December 2019 issue of sforzando

Read the November 2019 issue of sforzando

Read the October 2019 issue of sforzando

Read the September 2019 issue of sforzando


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 — Follow this link:  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.

Positions Available:   

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Willingboro – Organist/pianist, 2 man. Allen, diverse congregation with diverse musical styles, Rehearsals wed. at 7:15, Sunday service at 10:30, resumes to Nina D. Bonner at or 201 Levitt Pkwy., Willingboro , NJ 08046    (1/20)

Christ Church, Episcopal, Woodbury – O/D,  Moeller Double Artiste, adult and childrens choirs.  Go to website for complete job description. (7/19)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Camden – organist, 11:00 service, no choir at this time, good opportunity for a student.  Fr. Mark Smith 856-365-5880.  (12/19)

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Cherry Hill – Interim O/D,  10:00 svc., adult choir,  3 manual Allen,  familiar with Episcopal liturgy, racially and culturally diverse congregation using Hymnal 1982 as well as LEVAS.  Rector  motherannanoon@     (12/19)

Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) Bristol, PA  – O/D, part-time, Edwin Ohl 2-manual 10 rank tracker, one weekly Sunday service + special services.  Contact Pastor George Loewer at (267) 980-7098 or for a detailed Job Description, application.


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:

Charlene Cranmer  609-458-2993 (Southampton, NJ – July and August only)

Patricia Brady-Danzig 973-908-1324 (South Orange)  – organ/piano, cantor, choir director

Peter Homon, Jr.  c-856-952-5132  (Merchantville)

Mary Johnson 856-332-8869 (Pine Hill)

Elizabeth Lawrence  646-765-2387  (Hamilton)

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:

Evelyn Larter, CAGO 856-358-1112 (Elmer)

Lee F. Milhous, 215-348-8872 (Doylestown PA)

Cathy O’Neill, 856-0192 (Sewell, NJ)

Marilyn Rabbai, CAGO  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

Helen C. Carrell, CAGO, SPC

Mark A. Cole, SPC

Charlene Cranmer, CAGO, SPC

Lawrence DePasquale, CAGO

Ruth O. Fink, AAGO, ChM

Ethel H. Geist, CAGO

Evelyn Larter, CAGO, SPC

Irina Nenartovich, CAGO, SPC

Marilyn Rabbai, CAGO, SPC

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: Victoria Nichols, 856-694-3482

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

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


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



NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Marilyn Rabbai, CAGO 856-589-3901,

TAO Reporter:  Joyce Ann Routon CAGO,

NOMINATIONS: Glenn Rodgers, AAGO, 856-461-1268,

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

PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS: David Rhody, Chairperson