Central New Jersey

Last updated: April 15, 2014 at 11:18 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Holy week is upon us. We pause to reflect on the season and to rejoice that our lives are filled with music and song and life. We wish you a blessed Easter and moments of joy as we celebrate resurrection and renewal.

If you are able to fit one more event in this week, consider this: Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m., the Brentano String Quartet, with guest preachers, will present Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” This event will take place in the Princeton University Chapel.

Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m, chapter member Gaylord French will present a program at First Presbyterian Church, Cranbury (22 South Main Street). He will play works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Held, and Cherwien.

Mark Williams


Local Events

April 16, 8 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Brentano String Quartet and guest preachers
“The Seven Last Words of Christ,” by Franz Joseph Haydn
Admission: free

April 24, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Winner of the Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance
Admission: free

April 27, 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Cranbury
22 South Main Street
Dr. Gaylord French, organist
Works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Held, and Cherwien
Admission: free

May 1, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Ross Wood, organist
Admission: free

May 18, 5 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Gail Wilson home
End-of-season picnic and chapter annual meeting

May 21, time TBD
Princeton University Chapel
Faure “Requiem” and Bernstein “Chichester Psalms”
Choruses of West Windsor Plainsboro High School South
Eric Plutz, organist

May 30, 3:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Reunions Concert
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free



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

Mark Williams, Dean - mark_l_williams@hotmail.com

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

Camilla Jarnot, past dean - icamac@comcast.net



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