Metropolitan New Jersey
|Last updated: May 4, 2013|
Message from the Dean
|Welcome to the Metro New Jersey Chapter of the AGO!
We are celebrating our 92nd year and are very excited about our upcoming programs and the new energy in our chapter. We have planned a variety of entertaining and informative events for the 2012-13 season, as listed below.
New members, both organists and organ aficionados, are always welcome. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.
Preston Dibble, Dean
CHAPTER PROGRAM LISTING
Friday, September 28, 2012
Michael Hey, organ recital
AGO 2011 RYCO Region II winner
Calvary Episcopal Church
31 Woodland Ave., Summit
Wine and Cheese Reception
Jim Little, host
“French Weekend at the Cathedral”
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Renée Louprette, organ recital
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark
Monday, October 22, 2012
Thomas Chase, lecture
“Was Messiaen wrong? The legacy of Marcel Dupré”
Archdiocesan Center (across the street from the Cathedral). Lunch available for purchase at the Archdiocesan Center.
Optional tour of the Cathedral organs-1:45 PM
Olivier Latry, organ masterclass
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
(Sponsored by the Cathedral Concert Series, the John J. Cali School of Music at MSU, NPM, and Metro NJ Chapter AGO.)
John Miller and Vince Carr, hosts
Monday, November 26, 2012
(Rescheduled from Monday, October 29, 2012)
Annual Clergy/Musician Dinner
Immaculate Conception Church, Montclair
Guest Speaker at 7:30 PM: Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, St. John the Divine, NYC
$20/person for catered dinner
Preston Dibble, host
Monday, January 21, 2013
(Snow date : Saturday, January 26)
“The Church Organist in the 21st Century”
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Presbyterian Church and
Bishop Janes UMC, Basking Ridge
Mary Lou Stevens/Connie Schmalz, hosts
Lunch on your own in Basking Ridge
(co-sponsored with the Newark Chapter of NPM)
Monday, February 25, 2013
Chapter Member Recital:
Music for Lent, Easter and Pentecost
Glen Ridge Congregational Church, Glen Ridge
Tom Mustachio, host
Saturday, April 20, 2013
David Higgs, organ recital
St. Malachy’s-The Actor’s Chapel
239 W. 49th St., NYC
Creston Memorial Organ
(E.M. Skinner from East Orange, NJ)
Free to Metro NJ Chapter members!
Mark Pacoe, host
(Sponsored by St. Malachy’s, NYC AGO, and Metro NJ AGO chapters)
Monday, May 13, 2013
6th Annual Metro Mid-day
Munch in May!
John Girvin, organ recital
Faith Lutheran Church, New Providence
$5.00 luncheon to follow
John Girvin, host
Monday, June 10, 2013
At the home of Joel Ramseyer
42-rank(!) Casavant. Bring music to share.
CONCERT LISTINGS FOR MAY 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 12:00 p.m.
Organ recital, Robert Knupp, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS. A free-will offering will be taken. The Cathedral Concert Series at The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104.
Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Music at United Concert Series: Somerville High School Jazz Band and Choir. No charge for admission. United Reformed Church, 100 West Main Street, Somerville, NJ 08876. 908-725-4545 www.urcsomervillenj.org
Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Music at St. Peter’s: The award-winning Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey presents great orchestral music from the 18th through the 21st centuries. Directed by Maestro Robert Butts. $20 general admission/$15 seniors, students free. Reception to follow. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 271 Roseland Avenue, Essex Fells, NJ 07021. baroqueorchestra.org
Sunday, May 5, 2:00 p.m.
OPERAgious!! presents Luigi Boccia & friends, a showcase of operatic favorites sponsored by Light Opera of New Jersey. Tickets $25 / $20 seniors & students. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 908-903-0702. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.
Sunday, May 5, 3:00 p.m.
Calvary Chorale Pops Concert. Lighter fare for spring. email@example.com or call 908-277-1547 for details. Calvary Episcopal Church, 31 Woodland Ave., Summit, NJ 07902.
Sunday, May 5, 4:00 p.m.
Gordon Turk, Benefit organ recital. Freewill offering. St. Paul’s UMC, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove, 07756. 732-775-1125.
Sunday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.
Poulenc Stabat Mater and Widor Sinfonie for Organ & Orchestra with Andrew Henderson, organ. The Saint Paul’s Choir, Charles M. Banks, conductor, joined by members of The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. $20 suggested donation at the door. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church - 414 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ. 908-232-8506 X 17.
Saturday May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Grace Community Music presents Ensemble Companio. The winners of The American Prize for Chamber Choir, works by Valerie Naranjo, Randall Thompson, David Conte, shape-note music from the Sacred Harp, and arrangements of American spirituals. Suggested donation $20 ($10) at the door. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.
Sunday May 12, 4:00 p.m.
Jonathan Evers, organ recital. Program to include works of Bach, Dupré, Messiaen, Demessieux, and Franck. No charge. The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104.
Monday, May 13, 12:00 p.m.
* METROPOLITAN NJ CHAPTER EVENT *
Metro Mid-day Munch in May: Organ recital, Dr. John Girvin on the new Glück organ at Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street, New Providence, NJ 07974. See Sub-Dean’s article above for details.
Saturday, May 18, 8:00 p.m.
Schola Cantorum on Hudson presents Spirit Earth. Music of Grau, Brinsmead, Szymko, Gjeilo, Southard, and Berkey. The Church of the Good Shepherd, 236 East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016. Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 at the door. www.scholaonhudson.org. 201-918-3009.
Sunday, May 19, 4:00 p.m.
Recital by the Organ Department of Montclair State University with Students of Professor Renée Anne Louprette. Grace Church in Newark, 950 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102. 973-623-1733.
Sunday, May 19, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Harmonium’s Annual Spring Musicianship Workshops: Lauran Fulton Corson: The Mature Voice – Adjusting to the Age Factor. Unless you are Benjamin Button – this workshop is for you! Great for singers of all levels, teachers of all ages, church musicians and special tips for older singers and healthy singing at any age!. See harmonium. org for more information and to register. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.
Sunday, May 19, 3:00 p.m.
Crescent Concerts: The Crescent Singers present an All-American program entitled the “Testament of Freedom” to include spirituals, folk song settings, music of Randall Thompson, a medley of Bernstein’s West Side Story songs, and some rousing patriotic music. $20 General admission/ $15 Seniors / $5 Students. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060.
Sunday, May 19, 5:00 p.m.
Schola Cantorum on Hudson presents Spirit Earth. Music of Grau, Brinsmead, Szymko, Gjeilo, Southard, and Berkey. Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 at the door. 201-918-3009. www.scholaonhudson.org. The Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042.
Friday, May 31, 8:00 p.m.
New Jersey Choral Society, Eric Dale Knapp, conductor. Concert entitled: Mass, including the Mass of the Children of John Rutter and other works. Tickets $25 / $22 Children/Seniors and $5 more at the door. Church of the Immaculate Conception, Montclair, NJ. 973-744-5650. www.icmusicministry.org. www.njcs.org.
Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. &
Sunday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.
Harmonium Choral Society, Anne Matlack, director, presents Winds of Change: works in preparation for Summer 2013 Greece and Turkey tour. Music on singing and soul, wind and wisdom, by Elgar, Schütz, Monteverdi, Alexander, Betinis, Hatfield, with Chris Hatcher, organ. Also, winners of the 16th annual High School Composition Contest. Tickets $20/$15 in advance, $25/$20 at the door. www.harmonium.org. 973-538-6969. Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.
Saturday, June 8, 8:00 p.m.
Music at Immaculate presents Pro Arte Chorale, Steve Fox, conductor. Program to include Bernstein Chichester Psalms, music of Copland, and selections from the Golden Age of Broadway. Tickets $25. proartechorale.org Church of the Immaculate Conception, Montclair, NJ. 973-744-5650. www.icmusicministry.org
|The chapter newsletter is The Metro Mixtures and the Newsletter Editor is Chris Hatcher. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* * * * * * MAY 2013 METRO MIXTURES NEWSLETTER * * * * *
NOTES FROM THE DEAN…
Greetings fellow organists!
May is here - the end of choir season is on the horizon - and so is the beauty of the spring blossoms. I have enjoyed our early and bright spring, which has been augmented by an early Easter this year. (Don't want to spoil it, but enjoy it this year, as Easter is not early next year!)
This past month our chapter took part in a wonderful event in nearby NYC. We joined the NYC AGO Chapter and St. Malachy's Roman Catholic Church in the bustling theater district to help them inaugurate their new/old Skinner organ in a spectacular recital given by David Higgs. The irony of the event was significant: there we were in NYC, listening to an organ originally built for a church in Orange, NJ, refurbished by the Paterson, NJ firm of Peragallo, listening to David Higgs, who started to make a name for himself in NY, but came from Montclair, NJ before that! About 20 of our chapter members were in attendance, including our gracious host from St. Malachy's, Mark Pacoe. Thanks to everyone who helped to make that a fun afternoon in the city!
There are still a few Metro NJ chapter events left this year: our annual Metro Mid-day Munch in May, and our June soiree, as well as a few certification exams that will be taken in the coming months. I look forward to seeing you in New Providence on May 13th
–Preston Dibble, Dean
FROM THE SUB-DEAN…
What a wonderful afternoon and evening was enjoyed by many of our members on Saturday, April 20 who traveled into NYC for the extraordinary concert by David Higgs at St. Malachy’s- The Actor’s Chapel! Profound thanks to Mark Pacoe for hosting the event as well as providing a sneak peek and introduction to the Creston Memorial Organ. And very special thanks to Scott Jones, who is in charge not only of Membership and Treasurer, but coordinated the bus transportation as well! Thanks, Mark and Scott!
This year’s 6th Annual Metro Mid-day Munch in May has moved to Union County! On Monday, May 13 at 12:00 p.m., Dr. John Girvin will present a recital on the new Glück organ at Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street, New Providence. Lunch will follow the program for a suggested donation of $5.00. DO plan to attend! It is always a popular event, and the organ is FABULOUS! You may have read on page 76 in the May issue of The American Organist that John Girvin can be heard on Pipedreams on May 6th (Program #1318), playing works of Glück, Boëllmann and Franck on the new Glück organ at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence.
Our Annual Chapter Meeting and Soirée will be held on Monday, June 10 at 6:30 PM at Joel Ramseyer’s home, 9 Eagle Court, Randolph, NJ. Joel is anxious to share his 42-rank(!) Casavant with us, so please remember to bring some music to share! This promises to be a fun evening, and we appreciate Joel’s gracious invitation! More information to follow in the June newsletter.
–Diane Pivarnik, Sub-Dean
Believe it or not, it’s time to renew your chapter membership! Our Metro NJ chapter membership renewal process will begin in early May. Dues remain at the same levels as last year and our renewal process will be the same, as well. If you have an email address, you will receive an email from the chapter with our 2013-14 membership form attached in both Word and PDF format. We would ask that you please print the form, fill it out and return it to me with your dues by June 30, 2013. (Double-sided is fine!) For those without email, forms will be mailed. If you have any trouble with the attachment, please do not hesitate to call and I would be happy to mail you a form. Using technology is both good stewardship of our finances and more eco-friendly.
The AGO membership year runs from July 1–June 30 and the national office requests that all memberships be submitted to them before September 1. Dues sent in late can result in a delay for your American Organist subscription (normally December 2013–November 2014.). Some members have sent me dues for two chapters. Dual Chapter members renew directly with the second chapter—I can only process Metro NJ Chapter dues. If your primary chapter is Metro NJ, or you are a Dual member with us, that is fine.
When a church treasurer writes the check for your dues, please help us by double checking the name/address on file! It seems that old information is stored in these programs, and that has resulted in long delays and/or lost dues. The forms no longer go to Marie Mercier--she moved long ago!
Many of you desire to renew online with a credit card. We are not there yet, but AGO National has started a pilot program to move the organization in that direction. The hope is to move all chapters into a central online renewal by 2014–15. We had a great response last year. Thank you in advance for your prompt response and cooperation. If you have any problems or questions, please feel free to contact me.
We have a wonderful chapter! If you have a friend, colleague or organist in a local church/temple who is not yet an AGO member, please invite them to join us. If you forward their email or postal address to me, I would be happy to send them a membership brochure and form. A personal invitation from you means a great deal to any prospective member.
–Scott Jones, Membership Chair
ADVERTISING IN THE METRO MIXTURES
We can accept advertisements in the newsletter for goods and services which are for sale. Besides text ads, we can place business card-size ads for inclusion in the Metro Mixtures. Ads may be purchased for $10 (for Metro NJ AGO members), and $20 (for non-members) per issue of Metro Mixtures. Business card ads must be “camera-ready.” Memorial tributes and “best wishes” may also be placed by members for $10 per issue. To place a text ad, send your ad (or business card) along with a check (payable to Metro NJ AGO) to the newsletter editor. Please note that text ads may need to be edited due to space constraints. If you would like more information about placing an ad please contact email@example.com.
Yvonne L. Sonnenwald-Melin
Past-Dean, Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter AGO
John Conner, M.Mus., ChM, CAGO
Available for substitute and interim work in the entire metropolitan area. Highly experienced with liturgical and non-liturgical services. 201-945-8579.
|The Membership Chairperson is Scott Jones. You may contact him via e-mail at Jsjones0601@verizon.net.|
|The Placement Chairperson is Chris Hatcher. To submit a listing, please contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choir Director: First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon, 2 Lee’s Hill Rd., New Vernon, NJ 07976. Direct adult choir; work with organist. Weeknight rehearsal, one Sunday service. Compensation: mid-teens. Casavant 2-manual organ. Four weeks vacation. Full job description at www.pcnv.org. Contact Patricia Tiensch at 973-538-8395 or email email@example.com. (5/1/2013)
Director of Music: First Presbyterian Church,
362 Georges Road, P.O. Box 435, Dayton, New Jersey 08810. Play the organ, direct adult choir, and bell choir. Weeknight rehearsal with one service on Sunday. Weddings and funerals pay $150 with an additional $50 to work with a soloist. Four weeks vacation. $19,000 per annum. 732-329-2463. www.firstpresdaytonnj.org (5/1/2013)
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild's National Website.
|As a chapter, we are committed to the certification process, which can be found in the July Issue of our national 'house organ' The American Organist.
We have members who have achieved certification in all of the programs offered, including: Service Playing, Colleague, Choir Master, Associateship and Fellowship. With our location in Central New Jersey, we are sometimes asked to accomodate candidates from surrounding chapters, and do so gladly. Certification chairman is Dennis Dell, 732 750-2960, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Dean: Preston Dibble - email@example.com
Sub-Dean: Diane Pivarnik - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Eric Fahner - email@example.com
Treasurer: Scott Jones - Jsjones0601@verizon.net
Financial Advisor: Michael Newman
Membership: Scott Jones - Jsjones0601@verizon.net
Hospitality: Yvonne Sonnenwald - firstname.lastname@example.org
Placement: Chris Hatcher - chris.hatcher01[at]verizon.net
Professional Concerns: Yvonne Sonnenwald - email@example.com
Newsletter Editor: Chris Hatcher - chris.hatcher01[at]verizon.net
Publicity: Beverly McGregor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Exam Coordinator: Dennis Dell - email@example.com
TAO Events Reporter: Yvonne Sonnenwald - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Photographer: Beverly McGregor - email@example.com
Markey Scholarship: Charles Banks
New Organist Committee - Vincent Carr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2010-2014
Mary Lou Stevens
Class of 2012-2016
|Visit the AGO National website|