Gainesville Chapter

Last updated: November 10, 2014 at 15:30 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 John Lowe, our Sub-Dean 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. If you are interested in reaching our members about an upcoming event, contact our publicity/webmaster, Scott Ziegler, at

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!

Mark Coffey, DMA



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 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 11/16 at 4:00
The Alachua Consort: River Echoes on the Rhine
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

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

Sunday 12/21 at 10:30 AM
Lessons and Carols with the Alachua Consort
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

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

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

Sunday 1/25 at 4:00
The Alachua Consort: River Echoes on the Elbe
St. Michael’s 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

Tuesday 3/17 at 7:30
19th International Festival of Women Composers
Baughman Center on Lake Alice, UF Campus

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


Venue Websites

Abiding Savior Lutheran
First Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church


Positions Available

Part-time Organist/Pianist
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Ocala
Duties: Music Planning with Music Director, Pastor and Worship Team
Accompanying liturgical music and providing solo works for worship
Accompanying Thursday Evening Choir Rehearsals
One weekly Sunday morning Service
Music for holiday services and other services (events, weddings, funerals, etc.)
Start Date 1/1/15. Pays $100/week
Send letter of interest and CV/Résumé to Dr. Cory Alexander, Director of Music

Part-time Organist/Choir Director
Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Ocala
Duties: Three Masses: Saturday 4:00, Sunday 9:30 and 11:30
Choir rehearses Thursday 6:30-8:30
Funerals and Weddings as scheduled
Applicant should be a practicing Catholic, posses adequate organ playing skills, competency in the musical patrimony of the church. Salary negotiable. Organ: Randall Dyer 1993. Send resume with contact information and short letter to Deacon Edward Schaefer, gray-bar-1px


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 –



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