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Q: Organist for Wedding ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Organist for Wedding
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: martie41-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 06 Jun 2003 14:01 PDT
Expires: 06 Jul 2003 14:01 PDT
Question ID: 214128
Need an organist for a wedding on September 6,2003 in Cape May , New Jersey.
The Church is near the Lighthouse.  The wedding is at 3pm.
Thank you.

Clarification of Question by martie41-ga on 07 Jun 2003 04:22 PDT
The Church in Cape May does have their own organist but, she is booked up that 
day, all day.  I was hoping to connect with someone, even from out of town, who
could help us out. Again, the time is 3pm, the date is September 6,2003.
Subject: Re: Organist for Wedding
Answered By: angy-ga on 08 Jun 2003 00:40 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi, Martie !

If the regular organist cannot suggest someone apprpriate, your best
bet by far is to cointact the Southwest Jersey Chapter of theAmerican
Guild of Organists. Their site is at:

This site, updated on May 23rd, lists qualifications and contact
numbers for 22 organists prepared to act as substitutes for a church's
regular organist, including the newly elected Dean  Anthony Falatico.
One organist is at Milville, which looks to be a reasonable travelling
distance from Cape May. Google researchers are not permitted to give
out the  phone numbers or email addresses of private individuals, but
you will find them listed here. Scroll down quite a long way. There is
also a list without contact details of members with guild
qualifications. I would suggest Mr. Falatico might be the best person
for you to contact to find an organist for this special occassion.

The site also has the results of a member survey into compensation and

"...the majority of you receive $100-150 per wedding. " 

You could reasonably expect to pay travel costs, as well.

There is also an Ocean County Chapter which has not got its website up
yet, and that for Central New Jersey is a blank template.  The
Metropolitan chapter is at:

and Northern New Jersey lists its substitutes at:  (Note spelling error.)

The Guild's main site is:

They are based in New York.

Also in New Jersey,  in Haddonfield near Philadelphia, the Haddonfield
First Presbytarian Church, 20 Kings Highway East, NJ 08033 boasts
three highly qualified organists on their site at: 

"Joyce Ann Routon, Organist. 
Joyce Ann has the B.Mus. degree in organ and piano from Murray (KY)
State University. She studied organ privately for 6 years with Dr.
John Weaver, chairman of the organ departments at the Curtis Institute
and the Juilliard School. She is active in the Philadelphia and
SouthWest Jersey chapters of the American Guild of Organists and
teaches piano and organ.

David Rhody, Chapel Organist.
David is a graduate of Wooster, Villanova, and Rutgers Law School. He
studied organ with Richard T. Gore and Helen Carrell and has served as
an officer in the SouthWest Jersey American Guild of Organists
chapter. He teaches Latin at Moorestown High School.

Alice Wilhjelm, Accompanist. 
Alice has her B.S. degree in music from West Chester University. She
has served as organist/choir director in churches in North and South
Jersey. Alice is a member of the American Guild of Organists, New
Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Music Educators Association,
and New Jersey Retired Music Educators Association.
Our sanctuary has a three-manual, 49-rank Austin pipe organ. Click
here for information about the organ. "

The church's phone number is 856-429-1960, email: 

You might like to consider providing overnight accommodation if you
are bringing in someone from that far away.

Good luck, and have a wonderful day on September 6th.

Search terms:
organists New Jersey
Organists Cape May New Jersey
"American Guild of Organists"
martie41-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Will follow through on Monday.

Subject: Re: Organist for Wedding
From: rsquared-ga on 06 Jun 2003 14:27 PDT
Does the church not have a suitable organist?  I know the organist at
my church does at least several weddings a month.  Of course you will
have to pay him or her, but I'm assuming that was the plan anyway.

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