Central New Jersey

Last updated: October 24, 2014 at 7:10 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

The Organ Spectacular VII will be held on October 26, at 2:30 p.m. at St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. This year we are excited to showcase Bryan Anderson, a senior at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with Alan Morrison. Bryan is a remarkable player, and this will surely be a wonderful, exciting program on the gem of an organ at St. Paul’s. A reception will follow the concert.

Bryan began to study piano at the age of four and organ at the age of twelve in the town of Stockbridge, Georgia. There he served for six years as a pianist at his home church of Providence Reformed Presbyterian. More recently he has served as organist and pianist at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He is presently assistant organist at the Wanamaker Grand Court organ at Macy’s in central Philadelphia and assistant organist at Tenth Presbyterian Church and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

Among numerous awards was first place at a regional competition sponsored by the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He is currently a fifth year student at Curtis, specializing in organ with professor Alan Morrison. Piano and harpsichord are ongoing studies. He is a frequent recitalist and collaborator as an organist, pianist, and harpsichordist, including recent performances at the Kennedy Center, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse, France. He has performed at the national convention of the AGO. This past August he performed in Syracuse at the four-manual Moller organ of the Plymouth Congregational Church for the national meeting of the Organ Historical Society. In Princeton last September he was the recitalist for the opening Thursday noon-time concert for the Princeton University Chapel series.

Regards,
Eric Plutz
eplutz@princeton.edu

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Local Events

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

Oct 29, 12 noon
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark
Organ Concert
Joseph Wozniak, organist

Oct 31, 9:30 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Halloween Organ Extravaganza
Ken Cowan, with Paul Jacobs and Peter Richard Conte
Admission: $50
https://www.philorch.org/#/

Nov 5, 12 noon
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark
Organ Concert
Mark Pacoe, organist

Nov 6, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Anthony Hammond, organist
Admission: free

Nov 6, 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Peter Richard Conte, organ soloist
Philadelphia Orchestra
Jongen, Symphonie Concertante for Organ and Orchestra
https://www.philorch.org/#/

Nov 7, 2 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Paul Jacobs, organ soloist
Philadelphia Orchestra
Guilmant, Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra
https://www.philorch.org/#/

Nov 8, 8 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Ken Cowan, organ soloist
Philadelphia Orchestra
Paulus, Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra
https://www.philorch.org/#/

Nov 13, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Christopher Keenan, organist

Nov 14, 8 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
A Suite, Sonata, and Symphony
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

Nov 16, 3 p.m.
Christ Church, New Brunswick
Organ Recital
Kimberly Marshall, organist
Sponsored by Mason Gross School of Music, Rutgers University

Nov 20, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Bruce J. Barber, II, organist

Dec 4, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Charles Sundquist, organist

Dec 7, 2:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Advent Concert, “…and My Spirit Rejoices…”
Chapel Choir
Penna Rose, conductor
Admission: free

Dec 8, 7:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Messiah Sing with organ, strings, and trumpet
Admission: $5, students free
Dec 10, 7:30 p.m.

Princeton University Chapel
Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols
Chapel Choir, Glee Club, and a cappella groups
Admission: free

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
http://www.kimmelcenter.org/

Jan 24, 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury, PA
Bach Cantata Fest
Dryden Ensemble
Ah Young Hong, soprano
William Sharp, baritone
Two rarely performed cantatas with oboe, strings, and chamber organ
Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen (BWV 32)
Ich geh’ und suche mit Verlangen (BWV 49)
Tickets: $25
https://www.drydenensemble.org

Jan 25, 3 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Seminary
Bach Cantata Fest
Dryden Ensemble
Ah Young Hong, soprano
William Sharp, baritone
Two rarely performed cantatas with oboe, strings, and chamber organ
Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen (BWV 32)
Ich geh’ und suche mit Verlangen (BWV 49)
Tickets: $25
https://www.drydenensemble.org

Feb 5, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Michael Stairs, organist

Feb 6, 8 p.m.
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ
Cameron Carpenter, organist
http://www.mccarter.org

Feb 12, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Iain Quinn, organist

Feb 15, 4 p.m.
Christ Church, New Brunswick
Organ Recital
Renée Anne Louprette, organist
Sponsored by Mason Gross School of Music, Rutgers University

Feb 19, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Weston Jennings, organist

Feb 20, 8 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
10th Anniversary Sampler
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

Feb 21, 7 p.m. Chapter Event
Miller Chapel, Princeton Seminary
Organ concert
Michael Gittens, organist
Admission: free

Feb 26, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Christopher Titko, organist

Mar 1, 5 p.m.
Christ Church, New Brunswick
Mason Gross Organ Department Recital
Performances by students and faculty

Mar 5, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
David Chalmers, organist

Mar 12, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Kevin Kwan, organist

Mar 15, 3 p.m., Chapter Event
Nassau Presbyterian Church (61 Nassau Street)
Members’ Recital

Mar 26, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Christopher Jennings, organist

Apr 1, 8 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
“The Stations of the Cross” by Marcel Dupré
Ken Cowan, organist
Admission: free

Apr 9, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Winner of the Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance

Apr 10, 7:30 p.m.
St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church
81 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA
Organ Concert
Eric Plutz, organist

Apr 11, 7:30 p.m.
Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Organ and Brass Extravaganza
Sponsored by Mason Gross School of Music, Rutgers University

Apr 13, 7:30 p.m., Chapter Event
Christ Congregation (50 Walnut Lane, Princeton)
An Evening with Gavin Black
Encountering the Cousins of the Organ: The Harpsichord and Clavichord, and Their Music

Apr 16, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Joan Lippincott, organist

Apr 18, 8 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Milbank Concert
Music from the Sacred Concerts
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Jazz Ensemble and Chapel Choir
Anthony D.J. Branker, conductor
Admission: free

Apr 23, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
The Practitioners of Musick

Apr 30, 12: 30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Karen Beaumont, organist

May 29, 3:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Reunions Concert
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

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

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Newsletter

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

Linda MacNamara has retired after 42 years of service as Minister of Music at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing. She decided, “It was time for someone else to step up.” (Job description for organist/accompanist position available from the church or Mary Giordmaine.)

Ed Newton has retired from teaching music in Mount Laurel schools, but not from playing and conducting at Trinity, Rock Hill. He hopes to have time to attend chapter meetings.

Lucia Lee earlier this year accepted a new position in Ringoes at Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Gail Wilson, our sub-dean, has vacationed at two music hotspots, with her family for music week in June at Mohonk Mountain Lodge in the Catskills, and by herself visiting cousins and friends for the annual festival of music and arts at her Alma Mater, Grace College at Winona Lake in Indiana.

Stephen Adams has purchased a Casavant organ, an enclosed instrument that he went to Pennsylvania to see while he was here in Princeton this past spring. The instrument is even now en route to Oregon to join the Adams family or organs and grand pianos.

Eric Plutz, our dean, enjoyed a 3-concert tour of Germany this summer. He played concerts in Cottbus, Berlin, and Gorlitz.

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Membership

Welcome to new chapter members Stephen Adams, William Alford, Timothy Brown, Thomas Dressler, Martin Jones, Mary Lively, Nicholas Steltzer, and Julian Tay.

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.

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Placement

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.

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Certification

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.

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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

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Links

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
http://www.oceangrove.org

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

Eric Plutz website:
http://www.ericplutz.com

Central Jersey Choral Society
http://www.cjchoralsociety.org

Fuma Sacra
http://fumasacra.webs.com/

AGO National website