Central New Jersey

Last updated: August 6, 2019 at 5:58 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

The summer months are a time to slow down and relax. We don’t have any chapter events planned for the summer months, so enjoy the long days. When we start up again in September, we will begin celebrating our 100th anniversary as an AGO chapter. Please mark your calendars to be part of this year-long anniversary celebration.

Noel Werner


Local Events

Ocean Grove, NJ
111th Annual Organ Festival
August 7, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24 at 12 noon
Gordon Turk, organist
Admission: free

August 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Bradley Hunter Welch, organist
Admission: free

August 1 at 7:30 p.m. Gala Organ and Orchestra Concert
MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra
Jason Tramm, conductor
Gala tickets: $17

Carillon Bell Festival
Cleveland Tower, Graduate School, Princeton University (88 College Road West)
Sundays, 1:00 p.m., rain or shine
Admission: free

August 11, Margaret Pan, MA
August 18, Janet Tebbel, PA
August 25, Dan Kehoe, MA
September 1, Robin Austin, PA

September 22, 7:00 p.m.
Plainsboro Presbyterian Church (500 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ 08536)
Hymns of the Russian Orthodox Church and folk songs from Russia
LYRA, an a cappella group of four professional singers from St. Petersburg, Russia, will present a concert of Russian choral music.
Free-will donation

September 28, 8:30 p.m.
Macy’s Philadelphia
Wanamaker Stokowski Celebration
Symphony in C
Stilian Kirov, director
Peter Richard Conte, organ
Tickets: (856) 963-6683 or http://symphonyinc.org/

October 6, 4:00 p.m. Chapter Event
All Saints Episcopal Church, Princeton
Evensong and Annual Dinner

October 26, 7:30 p.m. Chapter Event
Princeton University Chapel
Organ Spectacular Recital
Jeremey Filsell, organist

February 8, 1:30 to 8:00 p.m. Chapter Event
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Workshops with Tom Trenney
Hymn festival with Tom Trenney and Joan Lippincott

March 1, 2:30 p.m. Chapter Event
St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Princeton
Annual members’ recital
Featuring repertoire from early years of the chapter

April 27, 7:00 p.m. Chapter Event
First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury
Workshop presented by David Schelat on the works of Wilbur Held

June 14, 5:00 p.m. Chapter Event
Home of Cecile Wang
Annual meeting and picnic





We will be gathering news items for the Fall newsletter. Please submit information, dates, articles to Joyce Irwin by August 1.

An article by Joyce Irwin entitled “Dancing in Bach’s Time: Sin or Permissible Pleasure?” has appeared in Bach and the Counterpoint of Religion, edited by Robin Leaver in the Bach Perspectives series published by University of Illinois Press.



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.


Somerset Presbyterian Church (100 John F Kennedy Blvd, Somerset, NJ 08873)
Looking for a substitute organist to lead their worship services during July and August 2019. Worship services are at 10:00 a.m.
If interested, contact Mary Jane Lojeski at (731) 563-1278. (June 17)
Ascension Lutheran Church (900 Washington Crossing Road, Newtown, PA 18940)
Looking for a part time director of the handbell choir. Interested candidates should email Rev. Julie Peterson at patorjuliealc@gmail.com
(June 17)
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Metuchen, NJ
Looking for an organist and choir director to play the 10 a.m. Sunday service and lead 15-voice volunteer choir. For additional information on this position, please email the Search Committee at employment@stlukesmetuchnen.org with “organist” in the subject line. (June 17)
Christ Church Cathedral (35 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA 01103)
Looking for a full time music director/organist. For additional information on this position, please email Dean Tom Callard at tcallard@cccspfld.org
(June 17)

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