Gainesville Chapter

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 ( To reach our chapter members about an upcoming event, or for program ideas, contact Sub-Dean Mitch Rorick (

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
**For viewing by live-stream
Tuesday, December 1, 12:15PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Tuesday, December 8, 12:15PM at First United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 15, 12:15PM at First Presbyterian Church

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 Concerts
Tuesday, April 6, 7:30PM at First Lutheran Church
Saturday, April 10, 5:00PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church – Member Recital: all members are       invited to perform. Contact Mitch ( to be put on the list!
Tuesday, April 13, 7:30PM at the University Auditorium – UF Organ Studio Recital

Closing Banquet and Recital
Banquet, Sunday, May 2, 5;30PM
Friends of Music Room, University Auditorium, University of Florida
Recital, Sunday, May 2, 7:00PM, Artist TBA



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


Contact Us

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

Local Job Postings

If you have a job posting, please contact Sub-Dean Mitch Rorick (

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