Central New Jersey


Last updated: November 22, 2016 at 14:17 pm

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Before the many events of the season keep us going, I hope we all have an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful time with family and friends this Thanksgiving. There is much for us to be thankful for both personally and professionally. Thanks to all for making our AGO chapter a vibrant and active community of musicians.
Eric Plutz



Local Events

Dec 1, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Craig Williams, organist
Admission: free

Dec 8, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Sándor Kádár, organist
Admission: free

Dec 10, 2:00 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Christmas Handbell Concert
Admission: free

Dec 14, 3:30, 6:30, and 8:30 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Carol of Many Nations
A service of readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols led by the Princeton Seminary choirs and international students and staff of the Seminary.
Admission: free

Jan 8, 4:00 p.m. Chapter Event
Home of Jay Smith and Mark Williams
Epiphany Party
Email Jay Smith or Mark Williams if attending

Feb 24, 8:00 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
Gumdrops and Lollipops
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

Mar 8, 3:00 p.m. Chapter Event
Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School
2500 Main Street, Lawrenceville, NJ
Members’ Recital
Contact Ben Cahill if interested in participating

Mar 31, time TBA Chapter Event (co-sponsor)
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ
Catherine Roland, organist

Apr 1, time TBA Chapter Event (co-sponsor)
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ
Masterclass with Catherine Roland
Contact Noel Werner for more information.

Apr 21, 8:00 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception honoring Joan Lippincott
Joan Lippincott, Scott Dettra, and Eric Plutz, organists
Concert admission: free
Gala Benefit Reception: $150

Apr 22, 7:00 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Spring Choral Concert
Admission: free

Apr 29, 2:00 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Spring Handbell Concert
Admission: free

June 2, 3:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
Annual Reunions Organ Concert
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

June 11, 5:00 p.m. Chapter Event
Home of Mary and Joe Giordmaine
Picnic and Annual Meeting




Joyce Irwin has completed the Fall newsletter and Mary Giordmaine has emailed it to all members. If you have not received an email with it attached, please let Mary know.




Beverly Jerold (a.k.a. Scheibert) has two recent publications of interest to our readers. Her book, The Complexities of Early Instrumentation: Winds and Brass (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015) studies 18th century manuals to reveal the limitations of early instruments. Unaware of these restrictions, most composers wrote for winds/brass as they did for keyboard. Her article, “The appoggiatura breve in Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonate,” in The Early Keyboard Sonata in Italy and Beyond, ed. Rohan Stewart-MacDonald (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), argues that the rules for good harmony require most appoggiaturas to be unaccented “grace notes.” Only a few meet the requirement for the “long” appoggiatura that takes a portion of the main note’s value.


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.




Director of Music Ministry (part time)
Alexandria First Presbyterian Church, Milford, NJ
Responsible for directing and continually developing a vital music program for worship services as well as coordinating special Christmas concerts and Good Friday services. Director of Music will also be a proficient organist and pianist who will participate in all church services. Direct the Chancel Choir and children’s choirs and will provide special music on the organ and piano during all worship services. Additional position details are found in the Position Summary on the church’s website at http://www.alexpres.org.
Minimum requirements: bachelor’s degree in music (performance and conducting) or equivalency; two years of experience in directing and leading a worship music program in a church setting; conducting skills and demonstrated ability to effectively lead adult and child choral and instrumental ensembles.
Part time position (15 hours per week)
Location: Alexandria First Presbyterian Church, 141 Little York-Mt. Pleasant Road, Milford, NJ 08848
Send resumes to alexandriapresmusic@gmail.com
(Oct 24, 2016)

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
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

Layton Graves, Public Relations – LaytonSGraves@gmail.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