Central New Jersey

Last updated: December 6, 2017 at 6:35 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

The next month is filled with busy days for all of us as we prepare music for special holiday events. Take opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the season and relax with family and friends.
Wishing you all happy holidays!
Eric Plutz


Local Events

December 7, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Eric Plutz, organist
Admission: free

January 7, 4:00 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Epiphany celebration at the home of Jay Smith and Mark Williams

March 3, 10:00 a.m.
Christ Church, New Brunswick (5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Organ Improvisation Master Class with William Porter

March 4, 5:00 p.m.
Christ Church, New Brunswick (5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Improvisation Recital
William Porter, organist

March 18, 2:30 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
Members’ Recital
Admission: free

April 8, 7:30 p.m.
Christ Church, New Brunswick (5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Organ Studio Recital
Admission: free

April 14, 10:00 a.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Organ tour and lunch
Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury, PA; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Lambertville, NJ; Flemington Presbyterian Church, Flemington, NJ

June 24, 5:00 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Home of Steve and Cecile Wang
Annual Meeting and Picnic





We have sent out our Fall newsletter. Thanks to all who contributed items.

The Longwood Organ Academy is July 23-28, 2018 at Longwood Gardens. Application deadline is March 5, 2018. Designed as a summer intensive for college students pursuing a degree in organ performance, the Longwood Organ Academy provides students with the opportunity to study organ transcriptions on one of the world’s largest symphonic organs. For more information and to apply: http://longwoodgardens.org/organ-academy



Welcome to new members Timothy Harrell, Kerry Heimann, Robert Kapner, Sook Hyun Kim, Matthew Obszarny, William Rehwinkel, and Charles Sunquist.

We are in need of someone to fill the position of Public Relations Officer. Please contact Eric Plutz to let him know of your willingness to fill this position.

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  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.





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

If you are interested in working towards AGO certification, please let Justin Hartz 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 – realtorjay@verizon.net

Cecile Wang, Registrar (Placement) – cecilewang@aol.com

Greg Smith, Chaplain – GregRussellSmith@hotmail.com

Mark Williams, Archivist – njglassman@gmail.com

vacant, Public Relations

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