Central New Jersey


Last updated: August 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

We’ll soon begin another year of programs. I’m hoping many of you will join us for these events.

If you have not renewed your membership, please do so soon. As you might recall, the AGO has adopted a rolling membership year, so that those who join “during” the year will begin their year of membership at that point. The vast majority of us, who are renewing members, will continue with a July 1 to June 30 membership year. The National Headquarters allows us a 2-month grace period to renew, but that grace period concludes on August 31, so please renew ASAP if you haven’t already.

September 27, 5:00 p.m., Annual Chapter Dinner, Metro North, 378 Alexander Road, Princeton

October 18, 2:30 p.m., Organ Spectacular VIII, Daryl Robinson, organist, St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton (co-sponsored with Westminster Choir College of Rider University)

January 3, 4:00 p.m., Epiphany Party, the home of Gail Wilson

February 15, 7:30 p.m., Mina Choi, organist, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary. A lecture-recital on the pedal-piano works of Schumann.

March 13, 3:00 p.m., Members’ recital, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 801 W. State Street, Trenton (with reception to follow at the home of Jay Smith and Mark Williams)

April 1, time TBA, Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen, organist and Jochen Brusch, violinist, Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary (co-sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary and the Center NJ chapter of the AGO and is made possible through the David Weadon Memorial Trust)

June 12, 5:00 p.m., Annual Meeting and Picnic, the home of Greg R. Smith

I hope you all are able to take advantage of these fine offerings and attend. Until then, I wish you a relaxing and rejuvenating summer!

Eric Plutz


Local Events

107th Annual Organ Festival in the Great Auditorium
Ocean Grove, NJ
Gordon Turk, organist

Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., July 1 to September 2 (no performance on July 29 and August 12)

Saturdays at noon, July 4, 11, 25; August 15, 29 (no performance on July 18, August 1, 8, 22)

Sept 7, 7:00 p.m., Ocean Grove
Gordon Turk, organist
Michael Stairs, organist
Special Guest, TBA
Holiday Encores
Admission: $13 (plus applicable taxes)

Sept 20, 3:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford
(1 East Passaic Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070)
Organ Dedication Recital
Monte Maxwell, organist
Monte Maxwell, director of chapel music and organist, Naval Academy, Annapolis, will dedicate the new Walker organ in the chapel. On the same program he will also play the church’s Moller pipe organ in the sanctuary.
Freewill offering to be taken.
Call the church for more information (201-438-3569)

Mar 20, 3:00 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
An Organic Bach’s Birthday
Dryden Ensemble
Eric Plutz, organist
Tickets: $25; $10 students



Mary Giordmaine has emailed the chapter’s spring newsletter. If you did not get an email from her, please email Mary at giordmaine@att.net.




Emails have been sent to all members from AGO HQ in regards to next year’s dues. Please take the opportunity to renew your membership through the online system. To be included in our chapter directory, please make sure to fill in the information requested.

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.



If you need a substitute please contact Mary Fuller, registrar. Mary maintains a list of organists willing to substitute.

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, AAGO
James Litton, CAGO
Kathleen Connolly, CAGO
Joyce Irwin, CAGO
Noel Werner, CAGO
Mary Giordmaine, 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

Gail Wilson, Sub-Dean – gailwilson41@gmail.com

Mary Giordmaine, Secretary – giordmaine@att.net

Jay Smith, Treasurer – realtorjjay@gmail.com

Mary Fuller, Registrar – mf2242@aol.com

Justin Hartz, Professional Development – justinhartz@aol.com

Greg Smith, Chaplain – GregRussellSmith@hotmail.com

Gaylord French, Archivist – GaylordFrench@yahoo.com

Nicholas Steltzer, Public Relations – nsteltzer@yahoo.com

Joyce Irwin, Newsletter Editor – joymusic44@yahoo.com

June Tipton, Hospitality – junetipton@Comcast.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:

Central Jersey Choral Society

AGO National website