Central New Jersey

Last updated: June 26, 2018 at 6:39 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Our annual picnic and business meeting held on Sunday, June 24, was an enjoyable event shared by a number of our members. Thanks to Cecile Wang for hosting us. Thanks to outgoing board members Mary Giordmaine (secretary), Jay Smith (treasurer), and Ben Cahill (sub-dean). Your service to the chapter has enriched us greatly. I also offer my thanks and gratitude to all chapter members for their support over the last four years. We thank and welcome incoming officers Noel Werner (dean), Mina Choi (secretary, public relations), Cecile Wang (sub-dean, registrar), and Joe Coulter (treasurer) for their willingness to continue the work of the chapter for the next two years.
Eric Plutz


Local Events

110th Annual Organ Festival
Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, NJ
Gordon Turk, organist and artist in residence
July 4, 7:30 p.m., Pipes and Stripes–holiday concert with Michael Stairs and Gordon Turk
July 11, August 8, 29 at 7:30 p.m., Gordon Turk, organist
July 18, 7:30 p.m., Greg Zelek, organist
July 25, 7:30 p.m., Carol Williams, organist
July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 at 12:00 p.m., Gordon Turk, organist
August 2, 7:30 p.m., gala concert with organ and orchestra (tickets: $17)
August 15, 7:30 p.m., Adam Pajan, organist





We have sent out our Spring newsletter. Thanks to all who contributed items.

The Longwood Organ Academy is July 23-28, 2018 at Longwood Gardens. Application deadline is March 5, 2018. Designed as a summer intensive for college students pursuing a degree in organ performance, the Longwood Organ Academy provides students with the opportunity to study organ transcriptions on one of the world’s largest symphonic organs. For more information and to apply: http://longwoodgardens.org/organ-academy



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.



Princeton United Methodist Church is seeking and experienced, part-time organist and adult choir accompanist for a position effective September 1, 2018. They have a three-manual organ with 48 ranks rebuilt by Patrick Murphy in 1993. There is one weekly traditional worship service with additional services during Advent and Lent as well as biannual concerts. The position is approximately 8-10 hours/week and salary is commensurate with experience. Please contact Iona Harding for more details. Telephone: (973) 479-2783; email: ifkharding@gmail.com


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