I wanted to share some important news from Princeton Theological Seminary, where our February 8 event was to be held. On New Year’s Day, a pipe burst in the attic of Miller Chapel necessitating the need to close the building for the next few weeks to make repairs from water damage.  Luckily, the organ is undamaged, but is now sealed up in the anticipation of the renovation and repair work needed in the chapel.  The afternoon workshops and hymn festival will still take place, and we are indeed fortunate to be hosted by Westminster Choir College in Bristol Chapel for these events.  Because of the change in venue, Joan Lippincott will not be performing. We are most grateful for the space and time to be in Bristol Chapel.

Those of you who have already registered will have received a notice about these developments.  If you have not yet registered, please do so by February 2.  The registration is free, but required.  Please also remember that this is open to folks outside of our chapter and the guild.  Choir members may wish to participate in the second workshop and the hymn festival, choir directors that you know would be interested in the whole day, and of course, let your congregations, friends, and family know about the 7 p.m. event, free and open to the public.  Registration is available on the seminary website: www.ptsem.edu

Finally, the event is formally titled the Joe R. Engle Organ Concert in honor of the benefactor of these yearly events at the seminary.  However, they are concerts which by design must include congregational singing, thus the interweaving of organ music, anthems, and hymn singing that will be presented by Tom Trenney.

I hope to see you all there for this marvelous event in our centennial year!

Regards,Noel Werner

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Local Events

February 6, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
Richard Spotts, organist (Doylestown, PA)
Admission: free

February 8, 1:30 to 8:00 p.m. Chapter Event
Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College
Workshops with Tom Trenney
Hymn festival with Tom Trenney

February 13, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
Michael Ryan, organist (Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ)
Admission: free

February 20, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
Mark Scholtz, organist (St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, St. Louis, MO)
Admission: free

February 21, 8:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Bach, from “A” to “G”
Eric Plutz, organist
A program of selected preludes and fugues in keys from “A” to “G.”
Admission: free

February 27, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
David Burton-Brown, organist (Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA)
Admission: free

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

March 5, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
Kyle Ritter, organist (Cathedral of All Souls, Asheville, NC)
Admission: free

March 12, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
Eugene Lavery, organist (St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Waco, TX)
Admission: free

March 26, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
Stephen Schall, organist (Doylestown, PA)
Admission: free

April 2, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
Don Carolina, organist (Aquinas Institute, Princeton University, NJ)
Admission: free

April 8, 8:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Ken Cowan, organist
Stations of the Cross, Marcel Dupré interposed with poetry
Admission: free

April 16, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
Mina Choi, organist (Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Admission: free

April 18, 7:00 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Spring Choral Concert
Admission: free

April 23, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
David Tinoco, organist (St. Basil Roman Catholic Church, Los Angeles, CA)
Admission: free

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

April 30, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
After Noon Organ Concert
Richard Spotss, organist (Doylestown, PA)
Admission: free

May 29, 3:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Eric Plutz, organist
Annual Reunions Organ Concert
Admission: free

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

October 8 and 9
Princeton University Chapel
Eric Plutz, organist
The Vierne Project, celebrating the sesquicentennial of the birth of Louis Vierne through the performance of the organ symphonies.

 

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Newsletter

The Longwood Organ Academy, July 20-25, is designed as a summer intensive for college students pursuing a degree in organ performance. The Long Organ Academy provides the opportunity to study organ transcriptions on one of the world’s largest symphonic organs, the Longwood Organ. Students study with renowned instructors Peter Richard Conte and Alan Morrison, engage in master classes with visiting organists Ken Cowan and Benjamin Sheen, and participate in a culminating performance at Longwood Gardens.

Application deadline: March 2, 2020

Learn more and apply: longwoodgardens.org/organ-academy

 

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Membership

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.

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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

 

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Contact Us

Noel Werner, Dean – Email

Cecile Wang, Sub-Dean – Email

Mina Choi, Secretary – Email

Joseph Coulter, Treasurer – Email

Cecile Wang, Registrar (Placement) – Email

Greg Smith, Chaplain – Email

Mark Williams, Archivist – Email

Mina Choi, Public Relations – Email

Joyce Irwin, Newsletter Editor – Email

David Loerke, Hospitality – Email

Bill Garrett, Webmaster – Email

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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