Central New Jersey


Last updated: April 24, 2017 at 6:50 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Each year, the AGO National Council selects a shining star in the organ profession to honor with the AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception. This year they are honoring Joan Lippincott, the widely acclaimed virtuoso best known for her performances of J.S. Bach’s organ works in live recitals and on recordings. Over the course of three decades, she taught organ at Westminster Choir College where she chaired the largest organ department in the world. Joan also served as University Organist at Princeton University Chapel from 1993 to 2000.
Please join Joan Lippincott, her colleagues, students, loved ones, and all of the members of the AGO National Council on Friday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. at Princeton University Chapel. Joan will share the recital with Scott Dettra and Princeton University Organist Eric Plutz. The recital is free and open to the public.
Eric Plutz



Local Events

Apr 27, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Edward Taylor, organist
Admission: free

Apr 29, 2:00 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Spring Handbell Concert
Admission: free

Apr 29, 5:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Recital of Students of Eric Plutz
Admission: free

Apr 30, Time TBA
St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Milburn, NJ
Daryl Robinson, organist
Solo organ recital

May 4, 12:30 p.m.
University Chapel, Princeton University
After Noon Concert
Tatiana Lukyanova, organist
Admission: free

May 6, 1:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Student Recital
Lucas Brown, organ
Admission: free

May 21, 1:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel
Student Recital
Christopher Jagoe, organ
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



We have sent out our Spring newsletter. If you have not received it, please email Mary Giordmaine.



Beverly Jerold (a.k.a. Scheibert) has two recent publications of interest to our readers. Her book, The Complexities of Early Instrumentation: Winds and Brass (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015) studies 18th century manuals to reveal the limitations of early instruments. Unaware of these restrictions, most composers wrote for winds/brass as they did for keyboard. Her article, “The appoggiatura breve in Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonate,” in The Early Keyboard Sonata in Italy and Beyond, ed. Rohan Stewart-MacDonald (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), argues that the rules for good harmony require most appoggiaturas to be unaccented “grace notes.” Only a few meet the requirement for the “long” appoggiatura that takes a portion of the main note’s value.
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.



Organist/Choir Director (10-20 hours/week) at First United Methodist Church of Avalon, NJ. Successful candidate will play the organ for one weekly service, and will rehearse and direct an adult volunteer choir in singing anthems and responses in worship. The organist/choir director will also assist in planning and executing special event services (Christmas Eve, Easter, etc.) and will direct a handbell choir that plays at those services. A full job description is available online at http://www.AvalonMethodist.com

Submit resumes to:
First UMC of Avalon
3344 Dune Drive
Avalon, NJ 08202
You may also email resumes to AvalonMethodist@hotmail.com (March 13, 2017)

Music Director at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in South River. Responsibilities include directing a volunteer choir and volunteer accompanying instrumentalists; accompanying the choir from the piano or organ and performing instrumental solos; assisting with recruiting and training the choir and supporting their Christian formation; collaborating with the Rector on the selection of sacred music and planning for worship; participating in ecumenical and interfaith projects. For complete terms of employment and compensation and to apply, please contact the Reverend Gregory Bezilla TheRector@HolyTrinitySR.org and (723) 254-1734. (March 13, 2017)

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
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.


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

Layton Graves, Public Relations – LaytonSGraves@gmail.com

Joyce Irwin, Newsletter Editor – joymusic44@yahoo.com

Julian Tay, Hospitality – julianbtay@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