Central New Jersey


Last updated: February 21, 2017 at 6:22 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Chapter member Jackie Bozarth, organist/choir director at Mount Holly First Presbyterian Church, invites us to attend a service of dedication for the rebuilt organ at her church on Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m. Timothy Shaw and Grant Mech are the guest soloists for the service. A dessert reception will follow the service. You can contact Jackie for more information.
Please consider playing in this year’s annual members’ recital. This year it is being held at Edith Memorial Chapel at Lawrenceville School (2500 Main Street, Lawrenceville) on Sunday,, March 12, at 3:00 p.m. Subdean Ben Cahill is coordinating the event this year. Please be in contact with him so he knows of your intent to play and when you would like to practice. Ben’s email is bmcahill@alum.rpi.edu
Ben writes, “To me, this is one of our chapter’s most meaningful and enjoyable events; it’s a great opportunity to play for a very supportive and encouraging group of folks who “have their ears on,” and to hear a wide range of great music (sometimes original) played by friends and colleagues.”
Here is a link that shows/describes the room and instrument (thanks to student organist Christopher Chin). https://www.techhouse.org/~cchin/organ/
May I also briefly mention my upcoming recital at Princeton University Chapel, Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m. I’ve entitled the program, “Gumdrops & Lollipops.” I hope to see you there.
Eric Plutz



Local Events

Feb 23, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Kyle Ritter, organist
Admission: free

Feb 24, 8:00 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
Gumdrops and Lollipops
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

Feb 26, 3:00 p.m.
Mount Holly First Presbyterian Church (125 Garden Street)
Organ dedication service
Timothy Shaw (https://shawmusic.org), Grant Mech, guest organists
Dessert reception will follow the service
More information, contact Jackie Bozarth, organist/choir director

Mar 2, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Timothy Harrell, organist
Admission: free

Mar 9, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Eugene Lavery, organist
Admission: free

Mar 12, 3:00 p.m. Chapter Event
Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School
2500 Main Street, Lawrenceville, NJ
Members’ Recital
Contact Ben Cahill if interested in participating

Mar 16, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Martin Kondziella, organist
Admission: free

Mar 30, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Jeff R. McLelland, organist
Admission: free

Mar 31, 8:00 p.m. Chapter Event (co-sponsor)
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ
Catherine Roland, organist

Apr 1, 10:00 a.m. Chapter Event (co-sponsor)
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ
Masterclass with Catherine Roland
Contact Noel Werner for more information.

Apr 6, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Gavin Black, organist
Admission: free

Apr 20, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Winner of the Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance, organist
Admission: free

Apr 21, 7:00 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring Joan Lippincott
Joan Lippincott, Scott Dettra, and Eric Plutz, organists
Concert admission: free
Gala Benefit Reception: $150

Apr 22, 7:00 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Spring Choral Concert
Admission: free

Apr 27, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Edward Taylor, organist
Admission: free

Apr 29, 2:00 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Spring Handbell Concert
Admission: free

Apr 30, Time TBA
St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Milburn, NJ
Daryl Robinson, organist
Solo organ recital

May 4, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Tatiana Lukyanova, organist
Admission: free

June 2, 3:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
Annual Reunions Organ Concert
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

June 11, 5:00 p.m. Chapter Event
Home of Mary and Joe Giordmaine
Picnic and Annual Meeting


Joyce Irwin is compiling news for the Spring newsletter. If you have anything of note that you would like chapter members to know about, please email Joyce the information as soon you can.

Applications now available for the Longwood Organ Academy
July 24-29, 2017 at Longwood Gardens
Application deadline: March 6, 2017

Designed as a summer intensive for college students pursuing a degree in organ performance, The Academy will provide students with the opportunity to study organ transcriptions on one of the world’s largest symphonic organs, The Longwood Organ.

The Academy will be held July 24-29 at Longwood Gardens. Throughout the week students will study with esteemed instructors, Peter Richard Conte and Alan Morrison. Students will further their knowledge of the symphonic organ by attending master classes with guest instructors Isabelle Demers and Tom Murray. The Organ Academy also includes visits to famous organs in the area and culminates with a concert presented by the students. Application and audition recording is required.

Tuition is $1,000. Tuition includes onsite housing, meals, and local transportation during the Academy as well as transport to and from the Philadelphia International Airport.

Apply today: http://longwoodgardens.org/organ-academy


Beverly Jerold (a.k.a. Scheibert) has two recent publications of interest to our readers. Her book, The Complexities of Early Instrumentation: Winds and Brass (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015) studies 18th century manuals to reveal the limitations of early instruments. Unaware of these restrictions, most composers wrote for winds/brass as they did for keyboard. Her article, “The appoggiatura breve in Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonate,” in The Early Keyboard Sonata in Italy and Beyond, ed. Rohan Stewart-MacDonald (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), argues that the rules for good harmony require most appoggiaturas to be unaccented “grace notes.” Only a few meet the requirement for the “long” appoggiatura that takes a portion of the main note’s value.
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 at realtorjjay@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.


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
Nicholas Steltzer, 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

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

Layton Graves, Public Relations – LaytonSGraves@gmail.com

Joyce Irwin, Newsletter Editor – joymusic44@yahoo.com

Julian Tay, Hospitality – juliantay@byu.net

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