Southwest Jersey

 Last updated: May 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

Message from the Dean 


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Sunday, October 9 at 7PM: Recital by acclaimed concert organist Scott Dettra at Haddonfield United Methodist Church.
Sunday, October 16 at 4PM: Annual Guild Service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Moorestown, featuring a commissioned anthem from Evelyn R. Larter, on Trinity’s newly renovated organ. After the service, stay for the banquet at Iron Hill Brewery. Vernon Williams, host.
Sunday, November 6 at 7:30PM: Wester Jersey Chamber Symphony and Daryl Robinson, organ in a concert of strings and organ, Moorestown Presbyerian Church. Joel Krott, host.
Friday, December 30 at 6:30PM: Potluck Supper at Bill Mitchell’s house, meat course provided.
Saturday, January 21 at 10AM: David Cherwien Clinic “How to Accompany Hymns” with coffee and lunch provided, at Trinity Methodist, Merchantville, Helen Carrell host.
Friday, February 10 at 7PM: Movie Night at Gail Gassaway’s home, featuring Widor, Franck or Cavaille-Coll DVDs.
Saturday, March 18 at 10AM: Master class by Chelsea Chen at Moorestown Methodist
Sunday, March 19 at 7PM: Chelsea Chen in Recital at Moorestown Methodist, Glenn Rodgers host.
Sunday, April 30 at 4PM: Members’ Recital at St. Mary’s Episcopal, Haddon Heights. Bill Fenimore, host.
Wednesday, May 10 at 10AM: Atlantic City Organ Crawl to revisit the Boardwalk Organ. Robert Parkhurst, host.
Annual Meeting and Picnic 2017 (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
John Dow 856-327-1739 (Millville)
Mary Johnson 856-332-8869 (Pine Hill)
Nancy McLoud 856-667-6127 (Maple Shade)
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)
F. Anthony Thurman 856-616-2480 (Cherry Hill)

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

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
David L. Rhody, SPC
Glenn L. Rodgers, AAGO
Joyce Ann Routon, CAGO, SPC
Helen K. Taylor, AAGO


Contact Us

DEAN: Rob Hobgood, 919-349-7458


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

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


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: Charlene Cranmer CAGO, chairperson

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

PROFESSIONAL CONCERNS: David Rhody, Chairperson