gray-bar-1pxChapter Meeting and Event Calendar 2018-2019

Most chapter meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at various churches in the area.

Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Annual Potluck follow by Guild Service (Blessing of the Hands)

Emmanuel Episcopal Church
599 Rockfish Gap Turnpike,
Greenwood, VA 22943
Bring a dish to share, meet new and old friends and recommit to the ministry of service.
Contact: Diane Kingsbury, Sub Dean, for more information at Email

Saturday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m.
Exploring the E.M. Skinner Organ at Old Cabell Hall
Old Cabell Hall
Grounds of the University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
AGO members will be able to hear the history and play this Skinner instrument, Opus 127, 1906, donated to UVA by Andrew Carnegie.  Restored in 1983 and in 1990, it remains irreplaceable and historical.  A second part of this program will investigate the UVA music library with Winston Barham, Music Collections Librarian and Manager, followed by lunch on the Corner.
Contact: Diane Kingsbury, Sub Dean, for more information at Email

Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Hymnody Plus
University Baptist Church
1223 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA
This presentation by members will delve into the history and origin of both the texts and tunes of familiar hymns.  Additionally, arrangements and improvisations on these tunes will be performed and shared.
Contact: Diane Kingsbury, Sub Dean, for more information at Email

Tuesday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Jovial January Party

Blue Mountain Brewery
9519 Critzer Shop Rd
Afton, VA 22920
Join us at the spectacular Blue Mountain Brewery for some post Christmas celebration!
RSVP to Diane Kingsbury by January 6.
Contact: Diane Kingsbury, Sub Dean, for more information at Email

Tuesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Harmonious and Healing Handbells
First United Methodist Church
101 E. Jefferson Street
Charlottesville, VA
Presenters: Kevin White and Bob Wheeler
This session will center around the diverse functions of handbell programs – from prison ministry to novel worship programming.
Contact: Kevin White at Email

Tuesday, March 23, Time TBA
Bach Around the Clock
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
2807 N. Augusta Street
Staunton, VA
Bach Around the Clock represents a community partnership to celebrate Bach’s magnificent music.  On this Saturday after Bach’s birthday, from 9 am until 9 pm, both passionate amateurs and polished professionals will perform.  Our Chapter members will participate by providing organ selections for a portion of this day.
Contact: Diane Kingsbury, Sub Dean, for scheduling at Email

Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Confections and Conversation
This will be a sweet end to our year together as we anticipate future activities and programs with an installation of officers, punctuated by humorous anecdotes from the past.
Church of Our Savior
1165 Rio Road East
Charlottesville, VA
Contact: Diane Kingsbury, Sub Dean, for more information at Email



2018 October Carillon and Organ Concert Series at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville VA (2nd and High Streets)

Each Thursday in October, there will be a 30-minute organ concert on the 2011 Andover organ (restored E.&G.G. Hook organ originally built in 1868). The concerts are FREE and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy lunch while listening to the concert. You may bring your own lunch or box lunches will be available for sale at the door (Baggby’s: $7)
October 4 ~ Florence Jowers (Christ Evangelical Lutheran, Staunton, VA)
October 11 ~ Barbara Moore (University Baptist, Charlottesville)
October 18 ~ Jesse Ratcliffe, carillon.  Organ Dedicatory Recital celebrating installation of two new bells.
October 25 ~ Deke Polifka (St. Paul’s Memorial, Episcopal, Charlottesville, VA)

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New members are welcome to join the Charlottesville-Albemarle chapter. You may join online using the new ONCARD system at  If you prefer to fill out a paper membership form, please contact Kirk M. Dunklee, our chapter treasurer at Email



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Charlottesville-Albemarle AGO Chapter Board Members

Barbara Moore, MM, SPC  ~ Dean

Diane Kingsbury ~ Sub Dean

Alice Layman, MM, SPC ~ Secretary

Kirk M. Dunklee ~ Treasurer

Bruce Hively – Member at Large

Deke Polifka – Member at Large

Kevin White – Member at Large



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