Updated November 24, 2020
Message from the Dean
Welcome to Fort Lauderdale AGO!
This web-page contains basic information about our Chapter. Whether you are a visitor or resident, enjoy browsing through our website, and feel free to contact any of us listed below for more information.
Our Chapter Year goes from September through May. The date of our next meeting will be posted under “Local events” on this website along with other updates, so please visit us frequently!
We are located in one of the most fast growing, dynamic and ethnically diverse areas of the United States. The high Season of Tourism and Cultural Activities in general is between October and Easter, but our area is active all year round and offers a good selection of Churches with interesting organs and Music Programs to visit. In the last years some venues and cultural organizations have started offering Summer Programs.
BIENVENIDOS A FORT LAUDERDALE AGO!
PARA INFORMACION EN ESPANOL:
WILLKOMMEN AUF DER FORT LAUDERDALE AGO WEBSEITE!
FUER DEUTSCHSPRACHIGE INFORMATION:
AGO FT LAUDERDALE CHAPTER EVENTS:
Our event for December 2020 has been POSTPONED. Stay tuned for updates!
Due to the COVID19 situation and the constantly changing rules and regulations we cannot provide an official list of activities for this 2020-2021 chapter year. Please stay tuned for updates, as some events or changes concerning them might be announced on relatively short notice.
For more information about musical activities as well as some churches please go to “Links” further down on this website.
Our newsletter is sent out in electronic format to our members every month from September to June.
You don’t have to be an Organist to join AGO! We welcome everybody who loves the King of Instruments, its music, and any activity related to it. AGO membership is open to everyone who submits to our Code of Ethics.
To join us as a FIRST TIME CHAPTER MEMBER please visit:
and follow the options on the web page. Make sure you select our Chapter when joining. We get a notification from the System when somebody joins, but anyway we encourage to get in touch with us directly to make yourself known to us!
Our MEMBERSHIP FEES:
Please visit www.agohq.org for information
Chapter Friend: Minimum $ 25.00
Additional gifts are tax deductible and always welcome!
All types of Protestant services
Organist, Pianist, Choral Director and Baritone/Tenor Soloist
Seasonal availability from Jan 10 to Feb 28 – Organ, Piano, Conducting; all denominations
All Catholic & Protestant Services – Organ and Choir
Organ / piano, choral / orchestral conducting. All denominations. Weddings / Funerals.
Organ / piano / choral / All denominations.
Mark Henschel – 954 536 5220 – firstname.lastname@example.org
John Mahannah – 954 235 7224 – email@example.com
Availability limited – please call in advance
Michael Martin – 207 651 2454 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ralph Meluney – 954 587 3702 – email@example.com
Seasonal availability from Nov 1 to April 15 – Protestant only
David Clyle Morse – 954 654 0852 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Funerals, Weddings that are not on Sundays
Michael S.Murray – 617 331 0774 – email@example.com
Organist – Choral Conductor – Improvisor – All denominations
Available anytime, including Sundays
Jerry Myers – 912 656 1041 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Available year round for funerals and weddings
Mary Nelson – 203 610 1118 – email@example.com
Frank Perko III – 303-918-4269 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Organ / Piano, Choral and Orchestral Conductor, all denominations, all styles and kinds of services, concert artist, MIDI specialist, organ consultant, weddings and funerals, not on Sundays.
Linda Reiling – 954 986 8705 – email@example.com
Available for Services, Weddings and Funerals. All denominations
Gordon Roberts – H: 954 964 2449 C: 954 536 8991 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Weddings, Protestant Services, Funerals, conducting choir and orchestra, concert performances accompanying piano.
Edward Schell, 585-503-4621; email@example.com
Protestant, Jewish, Catholic services; Funerals, Weddings; Organ/Piano/Choral Conductor
Christopher Toth – 216 406 0228 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic, Protestant, Jewish services; Organ, Piano, Keyboard, Voice
Robert Vogel – 917 242-6745 – email@example.com
All Denominations; Organ, Piano, Choral; Weddings, Funerals
To aid churches in finding substitute organists for services, the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the AGO has compiled a list of organists available for various types of engagements. This list is provided as a service and is not intended as an endorsement of any organist by the Fort Lauderdale AGO.
The employer is responsible for determining that a substitute will adequately meet the needs of the church. To learn the proficiency of substitutes, feel free to ask them for references.
Information about available positions will be forwarded to AGO members only.
To become an AGO member please refer to “Membership” on this website or visit the National Website.
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.
We are sorry, but at this moment we have no AGO Certification Program. But there are opportunities for Organ Studies at following Higher Education Institutes in our area:
Broward College (BC) (Formerly known as “Broward Community College”)
Susan Dodd 954 616 7099 Cell / Email
Florida International University (FIU)
954 438 5729 / Email
More info available at the DIRECTORY of institutions of higher education who offer study programs in Organ, Sacred Music and Choral Conducting:
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR THE ORGANIST
1.- SCORES:Petrucci Music Library (by International Music Score Library Project)
Free downloadable Public Domain Scores. In the U.S., scores publishec before 1923 are Public Domain.Choral Public Domain
Public Domain Scores for free of more specialized academic works. Limited requests only (please read information on page).
Search and download digitized scores for free.Sheet Music on the Web (by Sheet Music Consortium)
This is a new project. It links to several important libraries worldwide and has thousands of scores for free download.The Mutopia Project
Classical organ music (Bach, Handel, Pachelbel) for free downloadHarvard University free digital scores
Free scores and libretti for download, but very little organ musicLanglais Scores
List of scores of Jean Langlais’ works and link to sites where to get them. (Langlais’ works -as any works and publications after 1924- are not Public Domain, therefore not available for free). The page http://www.jeanlanglais.com contains more interesting information about this important 20th cty french organ composer.
MASTER LISTS OF ONLINE RESOURCES FOR THE MUSICIAN:
(For support: Directories of Resources Lists)
Finding Scores Online List (from Yale University)
Resources for Music Scholars List (from Harvard University)
(Especially Americana!)Sheet Music Colections Inline List (from University of Chicago Library)
Sheet Music Collections Online List (from Duke University)
Internet changes almost daily! Links not working anymore? Site down or moved? Domain not longer in use? Want to know what’s new?- These Master Lists keep the Resources List Directory updated in real time plus more useful information.
(Recordings, especially early / historical recordings by U.S. artists)”National Jukebox” by Library of Congress
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
Free downloads or streaming onlineNaxos Music Library
Listening by subscription only; no downloads.04.- MISCELLANEOUS:Hymn Tune Index
An invaluable resource for the Hymnologist! A comprehensive census of English language hymns from 1535 – 1820 and their tunes.J.S. Bach Biography
Pictures, history, location of 31 original instruments(The page http://www.baroquemusic.org contains many other interesting things for the baroque music lover!)
LOCAL CHURCHES (with significant organs and / or music programs):
First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale: https://www.firstbaptistftl.com/
First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach [The Pink Church]: http://www.pinkpres.org/
The Church by the Sea, Fort Lauderdale: http://www.thechurchbythesea.org/
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church: http://www.crpc.org/
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale: http://www.firstpres.cc/
All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale: http://www.allsaintsfl.org/
St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church: http://stmartinchurch.org/
First United Methodist Church of Fort Lauderdale: https://www.fumcftl.org/
Plantation United Methodist Church: https://www.plantationumc.org/
First Church United Methodist of Coral Springs: http://www.fumcocs.org/
Christ United Methodist Church: https://www.christchurchfl.org/
PIPE ORGAN BUILDERS:
Guzowski & Steppe Organbuilders
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Fax-Phone 954 491 6852 – Cell 954 560 4438
Dunne Music Company
www.dunnemusic.com ~ 1-888-94-ALLEN
FL representatives for ALLEN Organs
“PIPEDREAMS” from NPR
on NPR Classical South Florida, WKCP – FM 89.7
To listen online:
The complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded by James Kibbie on original baroque organs in Germany as FREE INTERNET DOWNLOADS:
INFORMATION SOURCES REGARDING THE ORGAN:
AGO Boston Chapter Organ Library
Photocopies of Out of Print and Public Domain material are available for a moderate fee. Donations of organ related books, music and literature as well as financial support are encouraged.
Pipe Organ information for children:
American Organ Institute (AOI) from the University of Oklahoma:
General, Technical and biographical information about pipe organs, especially Theater and “Symphonic” organs:
The Organ Historical Society Database: http://database.organsociety.org/
Organ database project in France: (French only) http://orgue.free.fr/
American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO): http://www.pipeorgan.org/
The Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA): http://www.apoba.com
Organ Historical Society (OHS): http://www.organsociety.org/
American Theater Organ Society (ATOS): http://www.atos.org/
The Reed Organ Society http://www.reedsoc.org/
ORGAN RELATED ONLINE FORUMS AND CHAT LISTS:
Please see links posted under “Certification” on this web page.
We keep this List updated, so please check it out regularly!