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Last updated: September 23, 2016 at 6:59 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to September! I hope all of you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. As always, it goes by quickly and we are now once again preparing for rehearsals and programs. It is my hope that we all make our music more intensely and more beautifully, and hopefully the upcoming season of programs will inspire us to do so.
I am excited about the programs we have planned. I believe we have a wide-ranging, entertaining, and educational selection.
In what has become our tradition, we will begin the season with an Annual Chapter Dinner on  September 25, at 5:00 p.m. Our chosen restaurant this year will be Big Fish Seafood Bistro, part of the Market Fair shops on Route 1. The address is 3535 Route 1, Suite 370, Princeton, NJ. Their menu is varied. I hope you are able to attend; each year a slightly different group of members is able to gather for this meal, and it’s a wonderful way to meet new people or continue preexisting friendships. We do need a head count, so if you are planning to attend, please contact June Tipton as soon as possible.
Regards,
Eric Plutz
eplutz@princeton.edu

 

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Local Events

Sep 24, 1:00 p.m.
Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College
Student recital: Lucas Brown
Admission: free

Sep 24, 4:00 p.m.
Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College
Student recital: Peter Carter
Admission: free

Sep 25, 5:00 p.m. Chapter Event
Big Fish Seafood Bistro, Market Fair, Princeton, NJ
Annual Chapter Dinner
Email June Tipton if attending

Sep 29, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Mina Choi, organist
Admission: free

Oct 6, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Patrick Pope, organist
Admission: free

Oct 7, 7:00 p.m.
Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College
Student recital: Christopher Engel
Admission: free

Oct 8, 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
Gospel Sing with Rev. William Heard of the Kaign Avenue Baptist Church, Camden, NJ
An afternoon of singing and fellowship concluding with a service at 4:00 p.m. open to the public.

Oct 13, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Marco Lo Muscio, organist
Admission: free

Oct 14, 9:00 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
Silent movie with organ accompaniment
“Phantom of the Opera”
Michael Britt, organist

Oct 16, 5:00 p.m.
Voorhees Chapel, Rutgers University, Douglass Campus
5 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Organ Program Recital
Annual showcase of music spanning five centuries for organ and other instruments, featuring Baroque masterworks by J.S. Bach through the pop-rock-inspired works of contemporary Dutch composer Ad Wammes.
Admission: free
http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/content/organ-program-recital-0

Oct 20, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Jacob Reed, organist
Admission: free

Oct 23, 2:30 p.m. Chapter Event
St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Princeton, NJ
Organ Spectacular IX
Craig Williams, organist
Admission: free

Oct 24, 7:30 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Joe R. Engle Organ Concert
Organ recital, Robert Bates (professor of organ at the University of Houston)
Admission: free

Oct 25, 10:00 a.m.
Fisk Room, Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College
Lecture, Robert Bates (professor of organ at the University of Houston)
“The historical use of the organ in alternation with voices in the liturgies of the church in France”

Oct 27, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Clara Gerdes, organist
Admission: free

Oct 28, 9:30 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Organ Halloween
Third annual Halloween organ extravaganza.
https://www.kimmelcenter.org/pdp-pages/201617/philadelphia-orchestra/organ-halloween/

Oct 30, 2:00 p.m.
Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
Organ Recital
Mark Loria, FAGO, organist

Nov 5, 1:30 p.m. Chapter Event
Home of Glenn Thomas
Tour of automated musical instruments
Email Mary Giordmaine if interested in attending

Nov 5, 3:00 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
British Organ Invasion
In collaboration with the Mendelssohn Club Chorus of Philadelphia
https://www.kimmelcenter.org/pdp-pages/201617/kimmel-center-presents/british-organ-invasion/

Nov 6, 7:30 p.m.
Moorestown Presbyterian Church
101 Bridgeboro Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057
Music for Organ and Strings
Daryl Robinson, organist
West Jersey Chamber Music Society
Tickets available at West Jersey Chamber Music Society

Nov 10, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Donald Meineke, organist
Admission: free

Nov 12, 10:00 a.m.
Christ Church, New Brunswick, NJ
5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Masterclass given by James David Christie
Admission: free
http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/content/mason-gross-presents-james-david-christie-organ

Nov 13, 3:00 p.m.
St Paul Roman Catholic Church, Princeton, NJ
Organ Department of Westminster Choir College Studio Recital
Admission: free

Nov 13, 5:00 p.m.
Christ Church, New Brunswick, NJ
5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Recital given by James David Christie
Admission: free
http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/content/mason-gross-presents-james-david-christie-organ

Nov 17, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Drew Kreismer, organist
Admission: free

Nov 17, 8:00 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Paul Jacobs, organist
Christopher Rouse, Organ Concerto (world premier)
Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3
https://www.philorch.org/#/

Nov 18, 2:00 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Paul Jacobs, organist
Christopher Rouse, Organ Concerto (world premier)
Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3
https://www.philorch.org/#/

Nov 18, 8:00 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
Abundant Americana: works by American composers
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

Nov 19, 8:00 p.m.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Paul Jacobs, organist
Christopher Rouse, Organ Concerto (world premier)
Saint-Saëns, Symphony No. 3
https://www.philorch.org/#/

Nov 20, 4:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ
Organ recital by Olivier Latry
Program to include works by Alain, Debussy, Duruflé, Liszt, and in improvisation
Suggestion donation: $15
http://www.cathedralbasilica.org/concert/index.html

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

 

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Newsletter

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.

 

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Membership

John M. Milas, who joined our chapter during the past year, took and passed both AAGO and ChM exams during the year. He also accepted a position as AGO Young Organists officer for the Mid-Atlantic region. He currently serves as director of music at Our Savior Polish National Catholic Church in Lawrenceville and organist at Incarnation-St James Catholic Church in Ewing. Congratulations, John!

 

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.

 

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Placement

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, 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.

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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

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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/music-and-entertainment/

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

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

Daryl Robinson website:
http://www.darylrobinson.com/

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

AGO National website