Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Gainesville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists website! We are a small, personable chapter located in North Central Florida and welcome all to our events. Church music programs throughout the country have had to explore new and different ways of fellowship during the global pandemic. We hope to do the same for our 2020-2021 season! Our Music of the Season concerts will be live-streamed from downtown Gainesville churches, we’re planning a zoom party for late January, and plans are in place for a innovative Spring Celebration!
For additional information about membership and materials, contact Registrar/Treasurer Stephanie Smith (email@example.com). To reach our chapter members about an upcoming event, or for program ideas, contact Sub-Dean Mitch Rorick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
There is plenty to musically see and do in Gainesville…come out, bring a guest, and even better, bring a potential new AGO member!
Laura Ellis, DMA
Chapter Events 2020-21
UF Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday, October 31, 2020, 7:30PM at the University Auditorium
Music of the Season Concerts
Tuesday, December 1, 12:15PM
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
- John Lowe at the Visser-Rowland Organ.
Seating is available for 50 attendees, with reservations being made at
Live-streaming begins five minutes before the concert, and can be
accessed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nJ1xUn5AX1o or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/holytrinitygnv/live/
Tuesday, December 8, 12:15PM
First United Methodist Church
- Tom Huffman on the newly repaired and updated Chapel organ. This concert is pre-recorded and can be accessed the day of the concert on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1XpKG-S-KgI or by visiting www.fumcgnv.org
Tuesday, December 15, 12:15PM
First Presbyterian Church
- Seating is available for 50 attendees, with reservations being made by calling the church, or visiting www.1stpc.org in early December.
This concert is live-streamed and can be accessed the day of the concert by visiting https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-_mwrdrnSOrbc_mzc5uO7w/videos?view=2&live_view=502
G’ville AGO Zoom Party
January 26, 7:30PM
Hosted by Laura and Mitch
Video and Conversation Provided, BYOP (Bring your own Popcorn!)
Spring Celebration Concert
Saturday, April 10, 5:00PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Closing Banquet and Recital
In lieu of our traditional banquet and recital, all members are invited to register for the “FREE” UF Sacred Music Workshop. The workshop will kick-off at 5PM on Sunday, May 2. A pre-recorded recital by Elena Barquerizo will be available for viewing at 7PM on May 2. For complete details (and registration information), please visit: https://uflsmw.wixsite.com/home
For information on joining the Gainesville Chapter, please contact our registrar, Stephanie Smith at: email@example.com
Dean: Laura Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sub-Dean: Mitch Rorick, email@example.com
Secretary: Hye Jin Park, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer, Registrar: Stephanie Smith, email@example.com
Newsletter, Webmaster: Mitch Rorick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Member-At-Large: Lawrence Hartley, email@example.com
Member-At-Large: Ruth Lewis, RALewisMusic88@gmail.com
Member-At-Large: David Malone, firstname.lastname@example.org
Member-at-Large/Historian: Willis Bodine, email@example.com
Local Job Postings
If you have a job posting, please contact Sub-Dean Mitch Rorick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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: