Central New Jersey

Last updated: May 14, 2019 at 5:14 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Our activities are winding down for the year. Our annual meeting and picnic is Sunday, June 9. More details on this will be shared closer to the date.

Let me encourage each of you to attend the Mid Atlantic Regional Convention, June 30 to July 3. Events will be held in Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Moorestown, and Atlantic City in South Jersey. If you need some reasons to attend:

  • Performers include a spate of national and international stars, including Daniel Roth from St. Sulpice in Paris, France, and Istvan Ruppert, organ professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.
  • Haddonfield was recently chosen the “Best Historic Small Town in the Country,” by USA Today, and Reader’s Digest named it “The Most Charming Small Town in New Jersey.”
  • You’ll hear the world’s largest pipe organ in Atlantic City. With 7 manuals and 33,112 pipes, with Carol Williams and a concluding recital by Monte Maxwell at the console, its sound will astound and thrill you!
  • Outstanding stars from the USA will include Alan Morrison, organ professor at The Curtis Institute; Eric Plutz, Princeton University Organist; Monica Czausz, rising superstar; Carol Williams, who will premier a toccata she has written for the Boardwalk Hall Organ; Monte Maxwell, who will perform the final convention recital on the Boardwalk Hall Organ; Nathan Avakian, renowned Theatre Organist; and Erik and Anna Meyer, an outstanding organ – flute duo.
Noel Werner


Local Events

May 31, 3:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
Reunions Organ Concert
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

June 1, 11:00 a.m.
Macy’s Department Store, Philadelphia, PA
Wanamaker Organ Day
Events planned all day long.

June 9, 5:00 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Home of Cecile Wang
Annual Meeting and Picnic

June 15, 11:00 a.m.
Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA
9th Annual Organ Day
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in association with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guide of Organists, is proud to present the 9th Annual Organ day, a six-hour marathon of FREE organ music performed on The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. Audiences of all ages are invited to explore the largest mechanical pipe organ in a concert venue in the U.S., through a diverse line-up of programming tailored to include something for everyone.




We have sent out the Spring newsletter. If you did not receive a copy in your email, please contact Joyce Irwin.

An article by Joyce Irwin entitled “Dancing in Bach’s Time: Sin or Permissible Pleasure?” has appeared in Bach and the Counterpoint of Religion, edited by Robin Leaver in the Bach Perspectives series published by University of Illinois Press.



Welcome to new member Fay Griscom to the Central New Jersey chapter!

If you are an organist new to the central New Jersey area and are interested in becoming a member of the chapter, please email Joe Coulter 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 Joe Coulter and he will be glad to forward you membership information.


Alexandria First Presbyterian Church in Milford, NJ, is searching for a part-time (15 hours/week) director of music ministry. The director of music should be a seasoned organist and pianist who is proficient in directing both Chancel, Junior, and Youth choirs. Inquiries should be directed to the Alexandria Search Committee at alexandriapresmusic@gmail.com (May 1, 2019)
The First Presbyterian Church of Trenton is seeking a church musician. In consultation with the pastoral staff and the Session, the church musician accompanies the congregation in its weekly Sunday morning worship service. If interested, please contact Rev. Molly Dykstra at msmdykstra@gmail.com or 609-240-6273. (May 1, 2019)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yardley, PA, is looking for a music minister. The music minister position is a part-time position (15-20 hours/week), with the responsibilities and average hours able to be scaled for the right candidate. Start date is flexible to start no later than mid-August. For further information or to apply, please send cover letter, resume, and links or other supporting materials and a minimum of three references to John Boccanfuso, parish administrator at john@standrews-yardley.org. (April 9, 2019)

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



Contact Us

Noel Werner, Dean – noel.werner@nassauchurch.org

Cecile Wang, Sub-Dean – cecilewang@aol.com

Mina Choi, Secretary – orgue4him@gmail.com

Joseph Coulter, Treasurer – jcoulternj@yahoo.com

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

Greg Smith, Chaplain – GregRussellSmith@hotmail.com

Mark Williams, Archivist – njglassman@gmail.com

Mina Choi, Public Relations – orgue4him@gmail.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