Gainesville Chapter

Last updated: August 29, 2014 at 16:34 pm

Message from the Dean

Greetings, and to all readers: Welcome to the Gainesville Chapter American Guild of Organists website. We hope that you will find useful information about our chapter’s offerings throughout the season, as well as any additional information that might be helpful in getting to know the AGO and its mission.

Also, we welcome program ideas and suggestions. The Guild’s stated mission is “enrich lives through organ and choral music.”

Feel free to pass your program ideas on to Mark Coffey, our Sub Dean and Program Chair at

Finally, an invitation: If you’re reading this and are not an AGO member or have let your membership lapse, do consider joining us. You need not be a professional organist. Here’s the Guild’s official statement concerning membership: “All individuals interested in the organ and choral music fields are invited to join the American Guild of Organists. Membership is open to everyone, regardless of denominational affiliation or musical ability”.

Feel free to contact our Registrar/Treasurer, Carol Christiansen, at for membership information and materials.

We hope to see you at some or all of our upcoming programs.
Do come, and bring a guest. Even better, bring a potential new member!

Soli Deo Gloria!

John T Lowe, Jr., DM, CAGO


Local Events

AGO Chapter Events 2014-2015: 

Monday September 8th: 6:00 PM
Opening Social Event- Chapter Potluck
Home of Lorraine Amick

Saturday September 27th: 12:15 – 2:00
Lunch and Program with Jonathan Wilcocks
First Presbyterian Church

Friday October 31st: 7:30 PM
UF AGO Halloween Extravaganza
UF University Auditorium

Music for Advent and Christmas
Midweek Recitals on Tuesday, 12:15-12:45
12/2: First United Methodist Church
12/9: First Presbyterian Church
12/16: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Tuesday January 6th: 6:00 PM
Epiphany Evensong and Dinner
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Music for Lent and Easter
Midweek Recitals on Tuesday, 12:15-12:45
2/24: TBD
3/3: TBD
3/10: TBD
3/17: TBD
3/24: TBD

Friday & Saturday March 20-21/27-28 TBD
Bach Birthday Celebration with Willis Bodine
Place and Time TBD

Friday May 1st: 6:00 PM
End-of-Year Banquet
Place TBD

Sunday May 3th – Tuesday May 5th
UF Church Music Workshop
University of Florida

Other Local Events 2014-2015:

Sunday 9/14 at 4:00
Thomas Huffman, Organist
First United Methodist Church

Sunday 9/28 at 4:00
29th Annual Choir Festival with Jonathan Wilcocks
First Presbyterian Church

Sunday 10/12 at 4:oo
“Baked Bach & Braised Brahms” with David McKinney, Pianist
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Sunday 11/2 at 4:00
All Saints’ Concert
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Sunday 11/30 at 5:00
Saint Andrew’s Day Service
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Saturday 1/17 at 6:00
Spaghetti Dinner and Hymn Sing
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Sunday 1/18 3:00
Three Organ Spectacular with John Bradford Bohl, Timothy Denton, John T. Lowe, Jr.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Sunday 2/15 at 4:00
Tony Canty, lyric baritone: “All That Jazz… And Then Some!”
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Sunday 3/15 at 3:00
Handel’s Messiah
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Sunday 4/26 at 4:oo
John T. Lowe, Jr., Organist
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church


Positions Available

Available Positions in the area will be posted here



For information on joining the Gainesville Chapter, please contact our registrar, Carol Christiansen, at


Contact Us

Mark Coffey –

John Lowe –

Art Swett -

Carol Christiansen -

Scott Ziegler -

Lorraine Amick (Liaison to UF) -
Willis Bodine (Historian) -
Barbara Kirby (Historian) -
Ruth Lewis -

EX OFFICIO (Past Dean):
Laura Ellis -



For information on the various pipe organs in the Gainesville area, click here.