Central New Jersey


Last updated: July 27, 2016 at 6:10 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

I hope the summer, so far, has been a good one for you. In August, there are two events happening that are of interest to many of us.
Plainfield Music’s Church Music Conference is on August 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, NJ. Registration is $20. The choral clinician is noted composer Mark Miller and the organ clinician is John Novik form Seton Hall University. An email was sent to all chapter members with registration information/forms.
The link below gives some information regarding a truly unusual coming together of rare instruments. The Automatic Musical Instruments Collectors Association (AMICA) is joining with the Carousel Organ Society of America this coming August 6 and 7, right in Princeton, NJ. Glenn Thomas, a host for one of our programs this coming season, is the president of AMICA, and his wife is a member of the choir at Nassau Presbyterian Church. This band organ rally will bring 100-year-old large, ornate, elaborate mechanical organs to the streets, squares, and parks of Princeton for a wonderful weekend of music.
These instruments will play 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. There will be interpretive desks and exhibits to educate and inform the public what they are seeing and hearing.
Eric Plutz


Local Events

108th Annual Organ Festival in the Great Auditorium
Ocean Grove, NJ
Featuring Gordon Turk
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
July 27, August 10, 17, 31 (no performance on August 3 or 24)
Saturdays at noon
July 30, August 20, 27 (no performance August 6, 13)
Guest organists:
Michael Hey, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
Paul-Martin Maki, August 31, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: free

Princeton Summer Carillon Concerts
Cleveland Tower, Graduate School
88 College Road West
Sundays, 1:00 p.m.
July 31, Toru Takao
Aug 7, Yale Guild of Carilloneurs, Guild of Carillonneurs in North America members, and Tiffany Lin and Michael Soltke
Aug 14, Lisa Lonie presents “Family Fun & Frolic”
Aug 21, Daniel Kehoe
Aug 28, Janet Tebbel
Admission: free

Aug 4, 7:30 p.m.
Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, NJ
Grand Orchestra & Great Organ Concert
Gordon Turk, organist
Jason Tramm, conductor
MidAtlantic Opera Orchestra
Symphonie Concertante by Jongen
Admission: $16; student: $10

Aug 6, 9:00 a.m.
Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church (170 Watchung Ave, North Plainfield, NJ)
Choral Reading Workshop
Sponsored by Plainfield Music Store
Choral clinician, Mark Miller
Sacred piano clinician, Karl Kaefer
Organ clinician, John Novik
Registration fee: $20; includes $10 worth of free music
Catered lunch
Substantial display of music, discounted at 20%.
Contact Karl Kaefer, workshop coordinator for more details

Aug 6-7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Princeton, NJ
Mechanical Organ Rally
Sponsored by Carousel Organ Association of America (COAA) and Automatic Musical Instruments Collectors Association (AMICA)
Various locations in Princeton (Palmer Square, Monument Park, All Wars Memorial, Garden Theater, Arts Council, Hinds Plaza, Princeton Shopping Center, YMCA)
Admission: free



Joyce Irwin is looking for news and information for the Fall newsletter. If you have anything to share with the chapter, please let Joyce know.  joymusic44@yahoo.com.




Welcome new member, Joe Coulter! It was good seeing you at the picnic/business meeting.

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.

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Current chapter members with AGO certification:

Ronald Hemmel, FAGO
Kathleen Connolly, CAGO
Joyce Irwin, CAGO
Noel Werner, CAGO
John Milas, AAGO
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

Nicholas Steltzer, Public Relations – nsteltzer@yahoo.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