Central New Jersey

Last updated: September 20, 2018 at 4:46 am

Message from the Dean 

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to David Loerke for arranging our annual chapter dinner at Big Fish Seafood Bistro. It was good to see so many chapter members come and enjoy catching up on all that had happened during the summer months.
Our next event is the Organ Spectacular on October 7 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Church in Princeton. Justin Hartz is the recitalist for this program. He shared his program with us at the chapter dinner and it sounds exciting and will showcase the magnificent sounds of the organ. There will be a reception after the program so we can enjoy some fellowship afterwards. David Loerke will be in contact to see what delicious treats you can bring. I hope to see you at this event.
We also have the opportunity to hear Stephen Buzard in recital at the Princeton University Chapel on Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. Buzard is director of music at St. James Cathedral in Chicago and is one of the leading concert organists. Please spread the word.
Noel Werner


Local Events

September 20, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
After Noon Concert
Monica Czausz, organist

September 27, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
After Noon Concert
The Practitioners of Musick, soloists

October 4, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
After Noon Concert
Theodore Davis, organist

October 7, 2:30 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Organ Spectacular XI
St. Paul Church, Princeton, NJ
Justin Hartz, organist

October 11, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
After Noon Concert
Paolo Bordignon, organist

October 12, 9:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
Silent film with organ accompaniment
Organist Michael Britt will return to accompany “The Phantom of the Opera” projected on a screen at the front of the chapel.
Admission: $10; $5 Student

October 15, 8:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
Stephen Buzard, organist
Stephen will play works by Leo Sowerby, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.
Admission: free

October 20, 5:00 p.m.
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ
Choral Evening Service
Soloists and choirs from Nassau Church and Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church accompanied by brass quartet and harp
Featuring Melodious Accord, by Alice Parker

October 18, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
After Noon Concert
Christopher Jacobson, organist

October 25, 12:30 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
After Noon Concert
Alistair Reid, organist

November 8, 10:00 a.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Firestone Library, Princeton University
Visit to Rare Books and Special Collections

November 10, 8:00 p.m.
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary
Bach Organ Recital
Jacob Street, organist
An all-Bach program, including the Organ Trio in E minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor
Tickets: $25

November 16, 8:00 p.m.
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, NJ
Organ Concert: A French Potpourri
Eric Plutz, organist
Program includes works by Dubois, Fauré, Langlais, Lefébure-Wely, and Vierne
Admission: free

January 6, 4:00 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Epiphany Party
Mark Williams and Jay Smith, hosts

February 3, 2:30 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ
Organ concert by Stephen Tharp
Co-sponsored by Nassau Presbyterian Church

February 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
Stephen Tharp will lead the Sacred Music Lab.

March 24, 2:30 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Princeton University Chapel
Annual Members’ Recital

June 9, 5:00 p.m. CHAPTER EVENT
Home of Cecile Wang
Annual Meeting and Picnic




We have sent out the Fall newsletter. If you did not receive a copy in your email, please contact Joyce Irwin.

Martin Tel draws our attention to the following event that he hopes to attend along with some seminarians.

Centered in Song, October 6, 9:00 a.m., 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The “Centered in Song” launch tour for The Center for Congregational Song, a new initiative of the Hymn Society. Join organist, composer, and master song leader Mark Miller for a day celebrating the importance and power of congregational song. There will be sessions on justice in music-making, introducing The Center for Congregational Song, and a closing hymn festival. Come join in song! More information at https://congregationalsong.org/event/centered-in-song-brooklyn-ny/



Welcome to these new members to the Central New Jersey chapter!

Michael Ryan, BMus

Paul Sanner, MA (dual member, New York City chapter)

Joyce Chen, DMA, MA

If you are an organist new to the central New Jersey area and are interested in becoming a member of the chapter, please email Joe Coulter 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 Joe Coulter and he will be glad to forward you membership information.



St. Matthew’s Church in Pennington, NJ, is in immediate need of an organist/choir director. This is a half-time position. For further information, please contact Robert Thick at 609-306-8743 or email rthick67@gmail.com (September 20)

First Presbyterian Church Red Bank is looking for an organist.   If there is anyone interested in this position, or anyone you would like to recommend, please contact Judith Werner (cell: 732-673-5210 or email: judithwerner@verizon.net) for more information. (August 30)

There is a part time position for organist/director of choirs available at the Lutheran Church of God’s Love, Newtown, PA. If you’re interested in this position, or if you need more information, please contact Glen McDonnell at godslovenewtown@outlook.com, or at 215-579-5825. http://www.godslovenewtown.org/ (August 31)

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



Contact Us

Noel Werner, Dean – noel.werner@nassauchurch.org

Cecile Wang, Sub-Dean – cecilewang@aol.com

Mina Choi, Secretary – orgue4him@gmail.com

Joseph Coulter, Treasurer – jcoulternj@yahoo.com

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

Greg Smith, Chaplain – GregRussellSmith@hotmail.com

Mark Williams, Archivist – njglassman@gmail.com

Mina Choi, Public Relations – orgue4him@gmail.com

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