Central New Jersey

Last updated: August 19, 2014 at 14:31 pm

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

With the end of July, we are one month closer to the start of another season of AGO events as well as music rehearsals, programs, concerts, and events. We are finalizing the programs for the coming year and will soon be posting them.

Enjoy a relaxing and easy August!

Eric Plutz


Local Events


22nd Annual Summer Carillon Series
Graduate School, Princeton University
1 p.m., rain or shine
Admission: free
August 24, Ed Nassor (Washington, DC)
August 31, Julie Zhu (Guild of Carillonneurs Class of 2013 recitalist)

Sep 6, 8:30 p.m.
Macy’s Philadelphia
Grand Evening Concert featuring the Wanamaker Organ and Symphony in C
Peter Richard Conte, organist
Rossen Milanov, director
Works by Saint-Saens, Poulenc, and Elgar
Tickets: $25 to $110
Call: 856-963-6683

Sep 11, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Eric Plutz, organist

Sep 14, 5:30 p.m., Chapter Event
Dinner at Metro North, Princeton
378 Alexander Road
RSVP to Jay Smith

Sep 27, 3:30 p.m.
Turning Point United Methodist Church
15 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ
Organ Centennial Benefit Concert
Mark Miller, organist
Joni Jordan, soprano
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Moller pipe organ
Music from classical to gospel…something for everyone
Tickets: (advance) $25; (at the door) $30; (groups 5+) $20
Benefits the organ restoration fund

Oct 5, 3 p.m.
First United Church of Christ, Reading, PA
611 Washington Street
Organ Concert
Joan Lippincott, organist

Oct 26, 2:30 p.m., Chapter Event
St Paul RC Church, Princeton
214 Nassau Street
Organ Spectacular VIII
Bryan Anderson, organist
Reception following the program

Jan 4, 4 p.m., Chapter Event
Home of Gail Wilson
Epiphany celebration potluck

Jan 18, 7:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall, Philadelphia
Cameron Carpenter, organist
Tickets: $25 to $45

Feb 6, 8 p.m.
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ
Cameron Carpenter, organist

Mar 15, Chapter Event
Nassau Presbyterian Church
Members’ Recital

Jun 7, 5 p.m., Chapter Event
Home of Mary & Joe Giordmaine
Annual picnic and meeting



Mary Giordmaine has emailed the chapter’s winter newsletter. If you did not get an email from her, please email Mary at giordmaine@att.net.



If you are an organist new to the central New Jersey area and are interested in becoming a member of the chapter, please email Jay Smith (realtorjay@gmail.com) and he will be glad to forward you membership information.

If you are not an organist, but would like to be affiliated only with our chapter, please join as a Chapter Friend. Chapter Friends support the local chapter, receive our chapter newsletters, and participate in chapter events. As a Chapter Friend, you do not have national voting privileges, membership benefits, or a TAO subscription. Please email Jay Smith and he will be glad to forward you membership information.



If you need a substitute please contact Mary Fuller, registrar. Mary maintains a list of organists willing to substitute.

Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.



Current chapter members with AGO certification:

Ronald Hemmel, AAGO, FAGO
James Litton, CAGO
Kathleen Connolly, CAGO
Joyce Irwin, CAGO
Noel Werner, CAGO
Mary Giordmaine, SPC

If you are interested in working towards AGO certification, please let Justin Hartz (justinhartz@aol.com) know. He will be glad to provide information and details on the certificate you wish to pursue.


Contact Us

Eric Plutz, Dean – eplutz@princeton.edu

Gail Wilson, Sub-Dean - gailwilson41@gmail.com

Mary Giordmaine, Secretary - giordmaine@att.net

Jay Smith, Treasurer - realtorjay@verizon.net

Mary Fuller, Registrar - mf2242@aol.com

Justin Hartz, Professional Development - justinhartz@aol.com

Greg Smith, Chaplain - GregRussellSmith@hotmail.com

Gaylord French, Archivist - GaylordFrench@yahoo.com

Bill Garrett, Webmaster - billg_o2k@hotmail.com



Patrick Murphy & Associates - http://www.PJMorgans.com

Zarex Corporation - http://www.zarex.com

Longwood Gardens - http://www.longwoodgardens.org

Peragallo Organs - http://www.peragallo.com

Friends of the Wanamaker Organ - http://www.wanamakerorgan.com

Ocean Grove Summer Music schedule

Free internet downloads of complete organ works of J.S. Bach -http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach

Eric Plutz website:

Central Jersey Choral Society

Fuma Sacra

AGO National website