Gainesville Chapter

Last updated: January 3, 2019 at 17:57 pm

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 2018-2019 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 an organ crawl in Lake City in October, and dinner together/attending a concert in Ocala in March. 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 2018-19 

Opening Potluck Dinner
Friday, September 7 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
6:00 p.m. social time; 6:30 p.m. dinner

Organ Crawl to Lake City
TBD Saturday in October
Morning crawl, lunch in Lake City
More details to come!

Music of the Season concerts
Tuesday, December 4, 12:15 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Tuesday, December 11, 12:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church
Tuesday, December 18, 12:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church

A Weekend with Tom Trenney & Gainesville Choral Festival
January 25-27
Friday, January 25, time and place TBD, AGO members gather for dinner
Friday, January 25, 7:30PM at First Presbyterian Church: Organ recital by Tom Trenney
Saturday, January 26, noon: lunch with Choral Festival participants and talk by Trenney
Sunday, January 27, 3:00PM and Century Tower, UF Campus: Carillon recital by Brent Shaw
Sunday, January 27, 5:00PM at First Presbyterian Church: Choral Festival led by Tom Trenney

Spaghetti Dinner and Old Fashioned Hymn Sing
Saturday, February 9, 6:00PM at Holy Trinity
Guild members are guests of the church, and dinner includes appetizers, salad, ziti (meatless option available), bread, dessert, and wine/tea. A $20 value! Hymn sing follows dinner.

A visit to Ocala
Sunday, March 31, 3:00PM: Brick City Piano Trio at Queen of Peace Catholic, Ocala
Dutch-treat dinner for guild members at a local restaurant following the program

Spring Celebration Concerts
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at The University Auditorium
Guild members are invited to join students and perform on the UF Organ Studio Spring Recital
Tuesday, April 16, TBD
Tuesday, April 33, TBD
Tuesday, April 30, TBD

Closing Banquet and Recital
Banquet, Sunday, May 5, 5;30 p.m., location TBD
Recital, Sunday, May 5, 7 p.m., 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/Liaison to UF: Lorraine Amick,
Member-At-Large: Ruth Lewis,
Member-at-Large/Historian: Willis Bodine,

Local Job Postings

Morrison United Methodist Church of Leesburg, FL is seeking a dynamic full-time Choir Director / Organist / Pianist for our Traditional Worship service.

Other Musical Happenings . . . 

There are many musical events happening in the 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