Eric

Plutz

Organist

The year 2020 will mark the Sesquicentennial of the birth of Louis Vierne. In celebration, Mr. Plutz is available to perform Vierne's six Organ Symphonies in two-concert events throughout the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 concert seasons.

Eric Plutz
 

"Plutz is a master craftsman... his performances are sensitive, emotional, stunningly accurate, and spectacularly musical... truly a world-class performance by a world-class musician"

-The Diapason

 

Eric Plutz is University Organist at Princeton University, where his responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the Chapel, Academic Ceremonies, and solo concerts, as well as accompanying the Chapel Choir in services and concerts. He coordinates the weekly After Noon Concert Series at the University Chapel, is Lecturer in Music and Instructor of Organ at Princeton University, and maintains a private studio. Also in Princeton, Mr. Plutz is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ and rehearsal accompanist for the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Westminster Choir College, and rehearsal accompanist for Princeton Pro Musica. In 2016 Mr. Plutz received the Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. More information is available at www.ericplutz.com. 

Performances in 2020 are dedicated to the complete organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, to honor the Sesquicentennial of the composer's birth. One of a handful of organists to embark on such a venture, Mr. Plutz will perform Vierne at All Saints' Episcopal Church (Beverly Hills, CA), Duke University Chapel (Durham, NC), St. Luke Lutheran Church (Ithaca, NY), Community of Christ Temple (Kansas City, MO), Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Portland, OR), First United Methodist Church (Evanston, Illinois), Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, NJ), and Rice University's Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall (Houston, TX).


As an organ concert soloist, Mr. Plutz, who “performs with gusto, flair, clarity, and strong yet pliant rhythmic control (Mr. Hildreth for TAO),” has accepted engagements in distinguished locations across the United States and abroad including Germany, Austria, Philadelphia (Verizon Hall, the Wanamaker Organ, Longwood Gardens), New York City (Avery Fisher Hall, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Cathedral of St. John the Divine), Washington, DC (Washington National Cathedral), and San Francisco (Grace Cathedral). 

He has been a featured artist at three Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (2007, 2011, and 2019), the Annual Convention of the Organ Historical Society (2016), and at the 2010 National AGO Convention in Washington, DC, Mr. Plutz performed twice, in collaboration with two local groups. His playing has been broadcast on “With Heart and Voice,” “Pipedreams,” and “the Wanamaker Organ Hour.”


Eric has made four solo recordings on the Pro Organo label, www.proorgano.com. French Trilogy (on the Æolian-Skinner Organ at Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC), about which James Reed (The Diapason) wrote, “Plutz is a master craftsman… his performances are sensitive, emotional, stunningly accurate, and spectacularly musical… truly a world-class performance by a world-class musician,” and Denver Jubilee (restored 1938 Kimball Organ of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Denver, CO), about which David Schwartz (American Record Guide) wrote, “….he understands, as would a great orchestrator, how to register the more orchestral side of the instrument….” 


Two previous recordings are of the Princeton University Chapel Organ: Musique Héroïque and Carnival, about which James Hildreth (The American Organist) writes, “Plutz’s extraordinary musicianship and dexterous command allow him to perform the most challenging passages (of which there are many!) with apparent ease.  He performs the quiet pieces with poetry and grace.” 


As an accompanist, Mr. Plutz has worked with many organizations, including The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington, and the Cathedral Choral Society (DC).


Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Mr. Plutz earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. 

Eric Plutz is represented by Seven Eight Artists.

 
 

Events

 

Solo Recital - AGO Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention

July 1, 2019, 11:45 AM and 1:45 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
Moorestown, New Jersey

Solo Recital

August 18, 2019, 2:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
LaGrange, Indiana

Organ Rededication

October 4, 2019, 7:00 PM

Foundry United Methodist Church

Washington, DC


Mr. Plutz will help commemorate the recent renovation of the Casavant organ at Foundry United Methodist Church with a program of celebratory music for organ. 

Duruflé Requiem

November 3, 2019, 5:00 PM

Church of the Redeemer

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 


Mr. Plutz will accompany the choirs of Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, PA, in the masterful Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.

Solo Recital - East Texas Pipe Organ Festival

November 14, 2019, 10:00 AM
St. Mark's Cathedral
Shreveport, Louisiana

Concert

November 24, 2019, 12:00 PM

Saint-Sulpice Church

Paris, France


Originally scheduled to perform at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Mr. Plutz expresses his gratitude to Mr. Daniel Roth and Ms. Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, for allowing him to perform  a short recital at the Grand Orgue of St. Sulpice, Paris, following the 11 AM Mass.

Service of Lessons and Carols

December 15, 2019, 7:00 PM

Church of the Redeemer

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania


Mr. Plutz will accompany the choirs of Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, for their annual Service of Lessons and Carols.

The Vierne Project

January 12-13, 2010

All Saints' Episcopal Church

Beverly Hills, California

Mr. Plutz will perform all six organ symphonies in two concerts: Symphonies 1, 3, & 5 on Sunday, Jan 12, (Time, TBA), and Symphonies 2, 4 & 6 on Monday, Jan 31, (Time, TBA)

The Vierne Project

January 25-26, 2020 

Duke University Chapel

Durham, North Carolina

Mr. Plutz will perform all six organ symphonies in two concerts: Symphonies 1, 3, & 5 on Saturday, Jan 25, at 8:00 p.m., and Symphonies 2, 4 & 6 on Sunday, Jan 26, at 5:15 p.m.

Bach: The Gamut from A to G

February 21, 2020, 8:00 PM

Princeton University Chapel

Princeton, New Jersey


Mr. Plutz will perform Preludes and Fugues by the great master, in each key, from “A” to “G”.

The Vierne Project

March 19, 2020, 1:00 PM

St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church on Wall Street

New York, New York


Mr. Plutz will perform one symphony by Louis Vierne (TBA) on the recently installed Noack instrument.

The Vierne Project

March 22, 2020, 4:00 PM

St. Luke Lutheran Church

Ithaca, New York


Mr. Plutz will perform two or three Organ Symphonies by Louis Vierne (program TBA).

The Vierne Project

April 20, 2020, 8:00 PM

Community of Christ Temple

Kansas City, MO

Sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. Plutz will perform two or three Organ Symphonies by Louis Vierne (program TBA).

Duruflé Requiem

May 9, 2020, 4:00 PM

Princeton University Chapel

Princeton, New Jersey


Mr. Plutz will accompany the Princeton Pro Musica in the masterful Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.  Also included in the program will be the Trinity Te Deum by Eriks Ešenvalds 

Reunions Concert

May 29, 2020, 3:30 PM

Princeton University Chapel

Princeton, New Jersey


Mr. Plutz will play an entertaining program for returning Alumni of Princeton University, and the general public. 

The Vierne Project

June 13-14, 2020

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Portland, Oregon

Mr. Plutz will perform all six organ symphonies in two concerts:

Symphonies 1, 3, & 5 on Sunday, Jan 12th, (Time, TBA), and

Symphonies 2, 4 & 6 on Monday, Jan 31th, (Time, TBA)

The Vierne Project

September 15, 2020, 7:30

First United Methodist Church

Evanston, Illinois

Co-sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Evanston and the North Shore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Mr. Plutz will perform two or three Organ Symphonies by Louis Vierne (program TBA).

The Vierne Project

October 8 and 9, 2020, 8:00 PM

Princeton University Chapel

Princeton, New Jersey

To celebrate Louis Vierne's 150th Birthday, Eric Plutz will perform all six organ symphonies in two concerts: Symphonies 1, 3, & 5 on October 8, and Symphonies 2, 4, & 6 on October 9.

The Vierne Project

October 23 and 25, 2020, 8:00 PM

Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall

Rice University

Houston, Texas

Eric Plutz will perform three of Vierne's symphonies on October 23. The remaining three symphonies will be performed on October 25. 

Masterclass

October 24, 2020, time TBA
Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall
Rice University
Houston, Texas

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Houston, TX 77057

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