Gainesville Chapter


Message from the Dean

The Gainesville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists graciously welcomes you to this website, where we hope that you will find useful information about our chapter and its offerings through the 2019-2020 season. For additional information about membership and materials, contact Registrar/Treasurer Stephanie Smith ( To reach our chapter members about an upcoming event, or for program ideas, contact Sub-Dean Laura Ellis (

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields, and its mission is ‘to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ,’ with a particular vision ‘to engage, support, and uplift every organist.’ To these ends, your AGO board has been hard at work, meeting and planning events for the coming months. In particular, this season our chapter will travel to areas surrounding Gainesville, where some of our members live and work. Current plans include a hymn festival in Ocala in November and dinner together/attending a concert in Lake City in January. These are in addition to our events here in town, where we will gather throughout the season at various venues for concerts, food, and fellowship.

We hope to see you at these events, as well as many other opportunities that can be found here on our website.  In addition, events from outside of our chapter at churches and the University of Florida  will be listed as well.  There is plenty to musically see and do in Gainesville…come out, bring a guest, and even better, bring a potential new AGO member!

John T. Lowe, Jr., DM


Chapter Events 2019-20 

Opening Potluck Dinner
Tuesday, October 8 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
6:00PM social time; 6:30PM dinner

Hymn Festival in Ocala
Sunday, November 24, 4:00PM, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Ocala
Members of the Gainesville Chapter combine with musicians from St. Matthew in a hymn festival. There will be more than organ (choir, children’s choir, handbells, piano, guitar . . . oh, yes, a wide variety). Join us in singing our favorite hymns!

Music of the Season concerts
Tuesday, December 3, 12:15PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Tuesday, December 10, 12:15PM at First Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, December 17, 12:15PM at First United Methodist Church

Dinner and Concert in Lake City
Friday, January 17
Concert by Alex Pattavina, 7:00PM, First Methodist Church, Lake City
Dinner at a local restaurant following the concert

CANCELED: A discussion with Simon Johnson
Due to travel constraints (the need for the artist to get back to England to play Ash Wednesday services!), our event with Simon Johnson has been canceled. However, you may hear him perform in recital at First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, on Sunday, February 23, 4:00PM.

Spring Celebration Concerts
Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30PM at The University Auditorium
Tuesday, April 7, No Concert/Holy Week
Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30PM, TBA
Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30PM, TBA

Closing Banquet and Recital
Banquet, Sunday, May 3, 5;30PM, Friends of Music Room, University Auditorium, University of Florida
Recital, Sunday, May 3, 7:00PM, Artist TBA



For information on joining the Gainesville Chapter, please contact our registrar, Stephanie Smith  at:


Contact Us

Dean: John Lowe,
Sub-Dean/Program Chair: Laura Ellis,
Secretary: Hye Jin Park,
Treasurer, Registrar: Stephanie Smith,
Newsletter, Webmaster: Laura Ellis,
Member-At-Large: Lawrence Hartley,
Member-At-Large: Ruth Lewis,
Member-At-Large: David Malone,
Member-at-Large/Historian: Willis Bodine,

Local Job Postings

Trinity Episcopal, Melrose, is seeking an organist. For more information, contact Rev. Tony Powell, Rector: or phone: 352-727-0354.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville is seeking a choir director. For more information, contact

First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, Florida is currently accepting applications for Organist.  For further information or questions, candidates should contact Dr. Daniel Gordon, Director of Fine Arts at FPC Lakeland. Via email:  or  phone:  863-686-7187 x 239.

Other Musical Happenings . . . 

There are many musical events happening in the greater Gainesville area. We invite you to check out the following links for more information: 

First Presbyterian Church

First United Methodist Church

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

University of Florida Organ Studio

University of Florida Sacred Music Workshop

Voices Rising Community Chorus

First United Methodist Church, Lake City