Eric Plutz

Eric PlutzEric Plutz is University Organist at Princeton University. There his responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the Chapel, official University services, solo concerts and accompanying the Chapel Choir in services and concerts. He also coordinates the weekly After Noon Concert Series at the University Chapel.

Acclaimed as “an impressive organist” by Donald Metz writing for American Record Guide, Mr. Plutz has two solo CD recordings to his credit, Music Héroïque and Carnival. Both are on the Pro Organo label, and were recorded at the Princeton University Chapel, utilizing the 137-rank Aeolian-Skinner/Mander organ. Carnival is comprised of transcriptions, including Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. On Music Héroïque, the Washington Symphonic Brass join him, and, regarding their performance of the Poème Héroïque by Marcel Dupré, Mr. Metz said it was “…the best interpretation I’ve heard.”

Tim Page, writing for the Washington Post, described Mr. Plutz as a “spirited and virtuosic organist.” As an organ concert soloist, Mr. Plutz has accepted engagements in distinguished locations across the United States and abroad including Salzburg, Austria (Franziskanerkirche), New York City (Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center), Washington, DC (Washington National Cathedral), San Francisco (Grace Cathedral), and Atlanta (St. Philip’s Cathedral). He was a featured artist at the 2007 Regional conference for the American Guild of Organists in Baltimore, Maryland, and was a featured performer for the 2007 American Handel Society Conference.

From 1995 through 2004, Mr. Plutz was organist and director of music at Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the church’s music program, including directing and accompanying the semi-professional choir, and managing a popular weekly concert series. During that time, he was also organist at Temple Sinai in Washington, accompanist of the Cantate Chamber Singers, and taught organ at the Selma M. Levine School of Music. He has served as dean of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and, for six years, was the keyboard artist of the Cathedral Choral Society and rehearsal accompanist of the Washington Bach Consort.

As an accompanist, Mr. Plutz has worked with many Washington, D.C. organizations, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the American Repertory Singers, the Fessenden Ensemble, the Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Washington Ballet. He has accompanied the Voices of Ascension conducted by Dennis Keene and has worked with conductors Leonard Slatkin, J. Reilly Lewis and Norman Scribner in various venues in the Washington area, including the National Gallery of Art, the Barns at Wolf Trap and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Mr. Plutz earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 1989 and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1991. In 2004, while on sabbatical, he studied in Rochester, New York, with David Higgs, chair of Eastman’s organ department, and in Paris, France, with Marie-Louise Langlais, researching the major organ works of César Franck.