Central New Jersey

Last updated: March 26, 2015 at 6:22 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach the end of March, let me lift up several events that take part the first half of April. April 1, at the Princeton University Chapel, Ken Cowan will present The Stations of the Cross, by Marcel Dupré. This will be at 8 p.m.

On April 12 at 4 p.m., chapter member Gaylord French will present a recital at First Presbyterian Church in Cranbury. This program will feature works by Bach Boëllmann, Reger, Locklair, and Klotzbeacher.

Our next chapter event is An Evening with Gavin Black, Encountering the Cousins of the Organ: The Harpsichord and Clavichord, and Their Music. This will take place on Monday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Congregation Church (50 Walnut Lane), Princeton. Gavin will share his considerable knowledge of the instruments and how their music connects with that of the organ. He will also have harpsichords and clavichords on site.

I hope you plan to attend as many of these events as you can.

Regards,
Eric Plutz
eplutz@princeton.edu

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Local Events

Mar 26, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Christopher Jennings, organist

Apr 1, 8 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
“The Stations of the Cross” by Marcel Dupré
Ken Cowan, organist
Admission: free

Apr 9, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Concert
Winner of the Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance

Apr 10, 8 p.m.
Christ Congregation Church, Princeton
Early Keyboard Evening with Gavin Black
Clavichord music from several countries
Admission: free
http://www.pekc.org

Apr 11, 7:30 p.m.
Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Organ and Brass Extravaganza
Sponsored by Mason Gross School of Music, Rutgers University

Apr 12, 4 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, Cranbury, NJ
Organ recital by Gaylord French
Works by Bach, Boëllmann, Reger, Locklair, and Klotzbeacher
Admission: free

Apr 13, 7:30 p.m., Chapter Event
Christ Congregation (50 Walnut Lane, Princeton)
An Evening with Gavin Black
Encountering the Cousins of the Organ: The Harpsichord and Clavichord, and Their Music

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

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
http://www.pekc.org

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

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Newsletter

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.

We report that the husband of chapter member Joyce Irwin passed away on February 12. A lengthy obituary for Robert Virgil Smith, Methodist minister, was published in the Town Topics on Wednesday, February 18. He was a frequent guest at our chapter gatherings. The memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Plainsboro Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 28, at 11 a.m.

 

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Membership

Welcome to new chapter members Stephen Adams, William Alford, Timothy Brown, Thomas Dressler, Martin Jones, Mary Lively, Nicholas Steltzer, and Julian Tay.

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.

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.

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Placement

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.

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Certification

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.

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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

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Links

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
http://www.oceangrove.org

Free internet downloads of complete organ works of J.S. Bach -http://www.blockmrecords.org/bach

Eric Plutz website:
http://www.ericplutz.com

Central Jersey Choral Society
http://www.cjchoralsociety.org

Fuma Sacra
http://fumasacra.webs.com/

AGO National website