Central New Jersey

Last updated: August 18, 2017 at 7:11 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

(This event has been postponed until September 30.) Here is a music planning opportunity to consider this summer. Saturday, September 30 will be the second annual Plainfield Church Music Conference to be held at Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church (170 Watchung Ave, North Plainfield, NJ 07060). Registration for the event is $10 and includes a light breakfast and lunch. The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s clinician is Ms. Pam Momyer. The conference is co-sponsored by the Elizabeth Presbytery, the Association of Local UCC Churches, and by the Northern NJ Chapter of the AGO. Here is the link to register:
For more information, please contact Karl Kaefer, music director at Watchung Ave. Presbyterian Church. music@wapc.net
Eric Plutz


Local Events

Summer Carillon Series
Graduate College, Princeton University
1:00 p.m., rain or shine
Admission: free
Aug 20: Tatiana Lukyanova
Aug 27: Andy Zhang
Sep 3: Joey Cotruvo




We are gathering information to go into our Fall newsletter. Please send any news items, write ups, or other items of interest to Joyce Irwin. We will be publishing the newsletter in September.



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  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.



Carteret Street United Methodist Church, Beaufort, SC, is seeking a part-time organist (12-15 hours per week) who will provide music in a worshipful spirit on Sunday morning and other occasions. The organist reports directly to the director of music and is under the supervision of the senior minister and Staff-Parish Relations Committee. The church will pay for AGO membership as a professional/educational benefit. Persons interested in applying should provide a complete resume and no less than three professional references. Request a complete job description and send resume and references to:

Mrs. Cindy Keener, Chair, Staff-Parish Relations Committee
Carteret Street United Methodist Church
408 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
Telephone: (843) 524-3841

(July 4)


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, FAGO
Kathleen Connolly, CAGO
Joyce Irwin, CAGO
Noel Werner, CAGO
John Milas, AAGO, ChM
Beverly Jerold Scheibert, AAGO
Mary Giordmaine, SPC
James Litton, SPC
Lois Sortor, SPC

If you are interested in working towards AGO certification, please let Justin Hartz 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

Ben Cahill, Sub-Dean – bmcahill@alum.rpi.edu

Mary Giordmaine, Secretary – giordmaine@att.net

Jay Smith, Treasurer – realtorjjay@gmail.com

Cecile Wang, Registrar (Placement) – cecilewang@aol.com

Justin Hartz, Professional Development – justinhartz@aol.com

Greg Smith, Chaplain – GregRussellSmith@hotmail.com

Mark Williams, Archivist – njglassman@gmail.com

Justin Hartz, Public Relations – justinhartz@aol.com

Joyce Irwin, Newsletter Editor – joymusic44@yahoo.com

David Loerke, Hospitality – loerke.david@gmail.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:

Daryl Robinson website:

Central Jersey Choral Society

AGO National website