Gainesville Chapter

Last updated: December 20, 2014 at 18:22 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: Lorraine Amick, Ruth Lewis, Mitchell Stecker, Melinda Cestaro
12/9: First Presbyterian Church: Dr. Mark Coffey, Hyun Ji Son, Jason Joseph
12/16: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Saturday January 10th: TBA
Alan Morrison Masterclass
First Presbyterian 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 12/14 at 5:00 PM
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
First Presbyterian Church

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

Sunday 1/11 at 4:00
Alan Morrison, Organist
First Presbyterian 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

Tuesday 3/3 at 7:30
Concordia Choir, Michael Smith Conductor
First Presbyterian Church

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

Sunday 3/15 at 4:00
Mark Coffey, Organist
First Presbyterian 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



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


Contact Us

Mark Coffey, Dean
Director of Music and Organist
First Presbyterian Church

John Lowe, Sub Dean
Organist and Director of Music
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Art Swett, Secretary
Director of Music Emeritus
First Lutheran Church

Carol Christiansen, Treasurer and Registrar
Professor Emeritus
University of Florida

Scott Ziegler, Publicity
Organist and Music Director
Gethsemane Lutheran Church

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

EX OFFICIO (Past Dean):
Laura Ellis –



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