Central New Jersey


Last updated: July 17, 2015 at 15:20 pm

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Our final event of the season, the annual meeting and picnic, took place Sunday, June 7, at the home of Joe and Mary Giordmaine. We had a wonderful turn out and lively conversation outside on their beautiful deck. Even the weather cooperated! Thank you to all who brought delicious food to eat, but most of all, an all-caps THANK YOU to Mary and Joe, who graciously opened their home to us, and furnished a scrumptious ham! Specifically, Mary does so much throughout the year, I want to personally offer my heartfelt thanks.

At the meeting the list of programs for the 2015-2016 season was unveiled. We’ll highlight these in the newsletter in September, but in case you would like to mark your calendars now (always better sooner rather than later!), I’ve listed the events below.

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)

July 1, 7:30 p.m., Ocean Grove
Maurice Clerc, organist

July 8, 7:30 p.m., Ocean Grove
Isabelle Demers, organist

July 15, 7:30 p.m., Ocean Grove
Christopher Houlihan, organist

August 19, 7:30 p.m., Ocean Grove
Christopher Creaghan, organist

July 30, 7:30 p.m., Ocean Grove
Grand Orchestra and the Great Organ
Gordon Turk, organist
Summers Stars Festival Orchestra
Jason Tramm, conductor
Symphony No. 1 by Guilmant and Symphony No. 3 by Saint-Saëns
Admission: $16 (plus applicable taxes)

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



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, AAGO, FAGO
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 – mailto: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

Fuma Sacra

AGO National website