Central New Jersey


Last updated: April 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Some days now to enjoy a slower pace after the holidays. Our program year is almost over. Elections for chapter officers for the next two years will take place soon. Watch for the ballot in the mail. Please take the time to vote. Results will be announced at our annual business meeting/picnic in June.
Eric Plutz


Local Events

May 7, 2:00 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center
Hector Olivera, organ

May 12, 5:00 p.m.
St Paul Roman Catholic Church, Princeton
Peter Carter, organist
Senior recital
Works by De Grigny, Bach, Widor, Duruflé
Admission: free

May 14, 4:00 p.m.
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
40 Central Ave, Glen Rock, NJ
Organ Dedication Concert
Walter Hilse, organist
Program to include works of Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Henri Mulet, Walter Hilse, and Charles Widor.
Gala reception to follow in the Parish Hall.
Admission: free

June 4
Macy’s Store, Philadelphia, PA
Wanamaker Organ Day

June 12, 5:00 p.m., Chapter Event
Annual meeting and picnic at the home of Greg R. Smith



Joyce Irwin has prepared the chapter’s spring newsletter and emailed it to the chapter members with emails. Please contact Joyce if you have not received it via email  joymusic44@yahoo.com.




Emails have been sent to all members from AGO HQ in regards to next year’s dues. Please take the opportunity to renew your membership through the online system. To be included in our chapter directory, please make sure to fill in the information requested.

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.



ACCOMPANIST POSITION: The Music Department of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Princeton is seeking an accompanist for its adult choir and for Sunday service beginning in June or July 2016. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm; the accompanist plays for our single service each Sunday, although the Choir sings every other Sunday. The accompanist we seek:
· must have excellent sight-reading skills.
· must be comfortable with Classical as well as a range of popular styles of music.
· must be comfortable playing solo Preludes and Postludes.
· Ability to improvise is a plus.
· Ability to sing is a plus.

UUCP is located at the corner of Route 206 and Cherry Hill Road.

$180. for 1-service Sunday
$90. for Wed. eve. rehearsal

Contact Marjorie Herman, Music Director at
marjmuse@verizon.net; 609-586-8810

Marjorie K. Herman, D. M.
Host, Sounds Choral, WWFM The Classical Network
Director of Music, UU Congregation of Princeton
Summer Faculty, Westminster Choir College


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
Roger Turney, FAGO
Kathleen Connolly, CAGO
Joyce Irwin, CAGO
Noel Werner, CAGO
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

Gail Wilson, Sub-Dean – gailwilson41@gmail.com

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

(vacant), Archivist

Nicholas Steltzer, Public Relations – nsteltzer@yahoo.com

Joyce Irwin, Newsletter Editor – joymusic44@yahoo.com

June Tipton, Hospitality – junetipton@Comcast.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