Central New Jersey

 

Last updated: August 29, 2016 at 6:43 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Are  you still looking for another summer organ outing? Consider a trip to Atlantic City.
The restoration of the Atlantic City Convention Center organ (need I say it’s the largest in the world?) continues, and weekday recitals are commencing this summer. First of all, the Convention Center is now called Boardwalk Hall, and the organ is in the Auditorium. The concerts are daily, Monday to Friday, from noon to 12:30 p.m., followed by a 30-minute tour of the shop and some of the organ. For more information, email info@boardwalkorgans.org or call (609) 348-7499. There are also special 2-hour tours every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. (donation expected) for a real look behind the scenes.
We have also been invited by the Northern NJ chapter to join them August 22 as they travel to Ocean Grove and a guided tour of the Hope-Jones organ at the Great Auditorium. Gordon Turk is graciously giving his time for this guided tour. If interested in only the tour, show up at 1 p.m. at the Auditorium; a $5-10 donation to support the Auditorium will be requested at the door. The tour will last until 3 p.m.
Regards,
Eric Plutz
eplutz@princeton.edu

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Local Events

108th Annual Organ Festival in the Great Auditorium
Ocean Grove, NJ
Featuring Gordon Turk
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
August 31
http://www.oceangrove.org

Sep 9, 7:00 p.m.
Cleveland Tower, Graduate School, Princeton University
88 College Road West, Princeton, NJ
Twilight Carillon Bell Concert
Admission: free

Sep 15, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
John Sheridan, organist
Admission: free

Sep 22, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert Series
Eric Plutz, organist
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 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 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 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 18, 8:00 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
Abundant Americana: works by American composers
Eric Plutz, organist
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, time TBA
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

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