Gainesville Chapter

Last updated: July 26, 2014 at 9:19 am

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: Coming Soon!


Positions Available

First Lutheran Church seeks a Part-time Music Coordinator from June 1 to December 31, 2014, with potential six-month extension depending on new staffing priorities that are currently being developed by First Lutheran Church’s leadership. Service music planning required as well as classic organist and/or choir leader experience. Lutheran music/hymnody tradition and pipe organ experience preferred. Candidate will also coordinate with the contemporary Praise Team leader on blended service development. Position is slated for 10 hours per week during the summer, then 20 hours per week from mid-August until the end of the year. Please submit cover letter, resume, and sample of a thematic worship service and/or choir rehearsal agenda to: Music Coordinator Search, First Lutheran Church, 1801 NW 5th Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32603 or by April 20.  Upon request but not required, a successful music coordinator may be considered for a permanent position beginning in 2015.



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


Contact Us

John Lowe -

Mark Coffey -

Art Swett -

Carol Christiansen -

Michelle Klima -

Lorraine Amick -
Willis Bodine -
Barbara Kirby -
Ruth Lewis -

EX OFFICIO (Past Dean):
Laura Ellis -



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