Gainesville Chapter

Last updated: December 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Message from the Dean

Greetings, and to all readers: Welcome to the Gainesville Chapter American Guild of Organists website. We hope that you will find useful information about our chapter’s offerings throughout the season, as well as any additional information that might be helpful in getting to know the AGO and its mission.

Also, we welcome program ideas and suggestions. The Guild’s stated mission is “enrich lives through organ and choral music.”

Feel free to pass your program ideas on to John Lowe, our Sub-Dean at

Finally, an invitation: If you’re reading this and are not an AGO member or have let your membership lapse, do consider joining us. You need not be a professional organist. Here’s the Guild’s official statement concerning membership: “All individuals interested in the organ and choral music fields are invited to join the American Guild of Organists. Membership is open to everyone, regardless of denominational affiliation or musical ability”.

Feel free to contact our Registrar/Treasurer, Carol Christiansen, at for membership information and materials. If you are interested in reaching our members about an upcoming event, contact our Newsletter Editor and Webmaster, Scott Ziegler, at

We hope to see you at some or all of our upcoming programs.
Do come, and bring a guest. Even better, bring a potential new member!

Mark Coffey, DMA



Local Events

AGO Chapter Events 2015-2016: 

Monday, September 14th at 6:00 PM
Opening Chapter Potluck
Acorn Room at Oak Hammock
Main course will be provided, BYOB.
Please RSVP to Carol Christiansen, no later than September 9th. 

Saturday, October 24th, 12 Noon
Chapter Lunch following the Chris Lane Masterclass
Location- Downtown (TBD)

Advent Mid-Week Concerts
Tuesdays, 12:15-12:45
12/1: Abiding Savior Lutheran Church
12/8: First Presbyterian Church
12/15: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Saturday, January 9th, 10:00-12:00 Noon
Todd Wilson Workshop/Masterclass
First Presbyterian Church

Lenten Mid-Week Concerts
Tuesdays, 12:15-12:45
2/16: TBD
2/23: First United Methodist Church
3/1: UF Spring Break: No Concert
3/8: Westminster Presbyterian Church
3/15: First Lutheran Church

Saturday, March 19th, 10:00-12:00 Noon
Primal Bach: New Information about the Organ Works
Willis Bodine, speaker
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Sunday, May 1st
Closing Chapter Banquet
Andrew Walker, guest speaker
Location TBD



Other Local Events 2015-2016:
Sunday, December 13th, 5:00 PM
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
First Presbyterian Church Choirs
First Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 20th, 10:30 AM
Nine Lessons and Carols
Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church

Friday, January 8th, 7:30 PM
Todd Wilson, Organist
First Presbyterian Church
Donations are welcomed

Sunday, January 10th, 4:00 PM
Hymn Festival
Todd Wilson, organist
First Presbyterian Church Choirs
First Presbyterian Church
Donations are welcomed

Sunday, January 17th, 4:00 PM
Tony Canty: Singer’s Delight
With the Holy Trinity Staff Singers
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Seating is limited – for details, click below:

Sunday, January 24th, 4:00 PM
Alachua Consort “In Nature: At The Height
John Netardus, oboe; Annemieke Pronker-Coron, violin; Miriam Zach, organ
Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church
Donations are welcomed

Tuesday, January 26th, 7:30 PM
Laura Ellis, Organ Faculty Recital
University Auditorium, UF
Free Admission

Sunday, February 7th, 3:00 PM
“Organ World Showcase”
Scott R. Ziegler, Organist
Ocala First United Methodist Church
Saturday, February 13th, 6:00 PM
Speghetti Dinner and Hymn Sing with piano and organ
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Seating is limited – for details, click below:

Sunday, February 14th, 4:00 PM
Three-Organ Spectacular
John Bradford Bohl, Timothy Denton, Peter Kinzie, John Lowe
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Free Admission

Saturday, February 20th, 2:00 PM
Master of Music Degree Recital
Scott Ziegler, Organist
University Auditorium, UF
Free Admission

Sunday, February 21st, 4:00 PM
Lindsey Neumann, soprano
Kama Rasmussen-Li, pianist
First Presbyterian Church
Donations are welcomed

Friday, February 26th, 7:30 PM
Cameron Carpenter, Organist
Sponsored by UF Performing Arts
Curtis M. Phillips Center, University of Florida
Tickets available at

Saturday, March 12th, 1:00 PM
Pipe Organ Demonstration
UF Organ Studio
University Auditorium, UF
Free Admission

Sunday, March 13th, 4:00 PM
Gainesville Brass Quintet, in concert
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Free Admission

Sunday April 10th, 4:00 PM
Mark Coffey, Organist
First Presbyterian Church
Donations are welcomed

Monday, April 11th, 7:30 PM
Organ Studio Recital
University Auditorium, UF
Free Admission

Sunday, April 17th, 4:00 PM
Gainesville Master Chorale
First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
Will Kesling, conductor
First Presbyterian Church

Sunday, April 24th, 4:00 PM
First Annual Young Artists Concert
Christopher Henley, Organist
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Free Admission

Sunday, May 1st, 3:00 PM And 7:00 PM
Voices Rising Community Chorus: Spring Concert
First United Methodist Church
Suggested donation $5-20, half of all proceeds will benefit Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

Monday-Tuesday, May 2-3
UF Sacred Music Workshop: Inspiring Worship
Clinician: Andrew Walker, former President RSCM
Visit for more details



Venue Websites

Abiding Savior Lutheran
First Methodist Church
First Presbyterian Church
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church


Positions Available

 St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in downtown Inverness, FL, is actively seeking a part-time organist/ pianist to begin the New Year, starting Sunday, January 3.  Experience with liturgical worship and traditional hymnody helpful. Duties would include choir practice and two worship services weekly, at 8:00  and 10:30 AM, Sundays. In addition, Lent, Holy Week, special services, and funerals as available.  Please respond directly to rector. Students welcome. We are a small but spirit filled congregation celebrating our 123rd year in the county seat of Citrus County.

The Rev. Eugene F. Reuman+, Rector
114 North Osceola Avenue
Inverness, Florida 34450



For information on joining the Gainesville Chapter, please contact our registrar, Carol Christiansen, at


Contact Us

Mark Coffey, Dean

John Lowe, Sub Dean

Art Swett, Secretary

Carol Christiansen, Treasurer and Registrar

Scott Ziegler, Newsletter Editor

Lorraine Amick (Liaison to UF) –
Willis Bodine (Historian) –
Barbara Kirby (Historian) –
Ruth Lewis –

EX OFFICIO (Past Dean):
Laura Ellis –