About Us

Afternoon Music is a chamber concert series at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit. Founded in 1982, we provide Summit and area residents with affordable, excellent music programs presented by fine classical and jazz performers exploring the wide diversity of music. Our acoustically excellent sanctuary with its fine Steinway grand piano and custom-designed Flentrop organ makes an ideal venue for performing and listening.


At Beacon, music has always been central to congregational life. That's why Betsy Lewis, a long-time, active member started Afternoon Music 40 years ago. Another long-time congregation member, Satt Oishi, created our distinctive, sumi-e logo. Afternoon Music has since blossomed into a series that supports up-and-coming musicians -- as well as experienced performers.

Every year we offer three musically diverse concerts, one featuring jazz. Musicians love to play here. Our wonderful acoustics provide them and the audience with an intimate experience in a beautiful setting.

Afternoon Music is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, a supporting organization of Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, New Jersey.

Afternoon Music Board

Robert J. Gunhouse, President

Jean Crichton, Vice President

Norman Miller, Treasurer

Ted Brewer

Sallie Glomb-Reinmund

Helen Kaar

Carolyn Warren

Lorraine Wearley


Misa Iwama, a singer, teacher, conductor, arranger and pianist, has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of The King & I, and on opera and concert stages throughout the United States. Currently, she serves as Afternoon Music's Artistic Director and Beacon's Director of Music Ministry.


Misa Iwama is a singer, teacher, conductor, arranger and pianist. She has flourished working in repertoire ranging from classical, musical theater and folk to liturgical and world music. She has performed on opera and concert stages throughout the United States, and appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of The King & I.

Among Ms. Iwama's orchestral engagements are the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Chamber Symphony.

Misa Iwama was born with perfect pitch and is an avid performer of contemporary music. She appeared at Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall as part of its Festival of Contemporary Music. She also performed in Boston with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project to rave reviews. She is featured in recordings the Chandos and Albany Records labels and her Lincoln Center solo debut came as the mezzo soprano soloist in Copland’s In the Beginning with the National Chorale. She has also sung on multiple film soundtracks.

American opera companies with which she has performed include Opera Carolina, Central City Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. She also toured nationwide with the New York City Opera National Company. Ms. Iwama has appeared with Florida Grand Opera, Piedmont Opera, Bronx Opera and the Opera Festival of New Jersey.

She holds the positions of the Director of Music Ministry at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, NJ, Artistic Director of the Afternoon Music concert series, Music Administrator of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, and the Assistant Music Director of Central Synagogue in New York City.