Central New Jersey


Last updated: April 15, 2015 at 6:09 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Saturday, April 25, is the rescheduled time for organ concert by Michael Gittens. Due to a winter storm on February 21, this event was postponed. Everything looks good for this to happen on April 25 at 7 p.m. in Miller Chapel at Princeton Seminary. The program will highlight the artistry of Michael Gittens, the choral assistant at the Seminary, and director of music ministry at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden. The concert is co-sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary and our chapter and is made possible through the David Weadon Memorial Trust. We will be hosting a reception following the concert. If you are able to bring some finger foods (cookies, cheese, crackers, etc.), please let Mary Giordmaine or June Tipton know.

Eric Plutz


Local Events

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 25, 7 p.m., Chapter Event
Miller Chapel, Princeton Seminary
Organ Concert by Michael Gittens
Michael will play a concert with a broad range of music, including organ music from the African American experience, and singing led by organ and choir, including gospel selections.
Admission: free
Reception following the concert.

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

May 3, 4 p.m.
Second Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth, NJ
Dr. Steven Ball, organist
Gala concert on the historic Hook and Hastings organ
Program includes Luis Emilio Cabrera, tenor, Timothy Urban, baritone, children’s choir from Institute of Music for Children, Elizabeth
Tickets: $20 (checks payable to Second Presbyterian Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 683, South Orange, NJ 07079 [include return address])
Festive reception following concert

May 8, 7:30 p.m.
St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church
81 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA
Organ Concert
Eric Plutz, organist

May 8, 8 p.m.
Christ Congregation Church, Princeton
Early Keyboard Evening with Gavin Black
Music of Bach, Froberger, Kuhnau, and other German composers of the high Baroque
Admission: free

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



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




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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.

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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