Last updated: February 7, 2017 at 17:40 pm

Welcome to the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists


Purpose of the American Guild of Organists

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is the national professional association serving organ and choral fields. Chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in 1896, the AGO now serves over 21,000 members throughout the United States and world-wide. It provides educational and certification services and professional assistance to its members, and promotes the use of the organ in sacred and concert settings.

  1. To advance the cause of organ and choral music, to increase their contributions to aesthetic and religious experiences and to promote their understanding, appreciation and enjoyment.
  2. To improve the proficiency of organists and choral conductors.
  3. To evaluate, by examination, attainments in organ playing, choral techniques, conducting, and the theory and general knowledge of music, and to grant certificates to those who pass such examinations at specified levels of achievement.
  4. To provide members with opportunities to meet for discussion of professional topics, and to pursue such other activities as contribute to the fulfillment of the purposes of the Guild.

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Dr. Jane Kimbrel, DMA
Dean, Macon Chapter AGO

2016–2017 Chapter Sponsored Programs


Annual Potluck Dinner

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 6:30 pm

Christ Church
582 Walnut Street
Macon, GA

Please join us for our welcome meeting and annual potluck dinner of the new 2016–2017 year. Bring your favorite appetizer, entree, or dessert to share. You spouse/significant other and friends are also welcome to attend. Beverages will be provided. Norma and Brev Hunt, who attended the AGO National Convention, will give a report and share photos from the event. Jane Kimbrel, who attended the St Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts, will also present a report.  Other members are invited to share of recent continuing education experiences. If you have any questions please contact Jonathan Poe by email at

“Not like Hymns–like Music!”

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Northminster Presbyterian
565 Wimbish Rd
Macon, GA 31210

Mr. Joseph Golden, guest speaker

Columbus State University Professor of Organ and Columbus AGO Chapter Dean

An approach to playing hymns on the organ in a manner that facilitates the multiple needs of the singers, and that honors the stylistic standards that we all expect in the preparation and presentation of any sort of serious music.

Workshop on Choral Techniques

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Vineville United Methodist Church
2045 Vineville Avenue
Macon, GA 31204

Dr. Jeffrey Seeley, clinician

Associate Professor of Church Music, Mercer University

Concert for Organ & Brass

Monday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30 pm

Riverside UMC
735 Pierce Ave
Macon, GA

Colony IV Brass Quintet and American Guild of Organists members join forces in this traditional Cherry Blossom event.  This year the event will celebrate the newly renovated console of the Riverside United Methodist Church organ, played by Nelda Chapman (St. Joseph Catholic Church), Jonathan Poe (Christ Episcopal) and Gail Pollock (Riverside UMC).  Join us as we spotlight the sounds of the organ, the brass, and the glorious combination of both.

Clergy/Musician Luncheon

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 12:00 pm

Christ Church
582 Walnut Street
Macon, GA

Guest Speaker, TBA

Lunch will be provided free of charge.


We’d love to have you in our chapter!  Membership is not limited to organists only.  It is open to anyone who has an interest in organs and/or organ music.  If you’re interested in becoming “one of us,” please contact Gerald Carper, our Treasurer and Membership Chair.   He will lead you through the quick process that can be done almost entirely online.

Gerald Carper,


Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.

2016­–2017 Executive Committee

Dean: Dr. Jane Kimbrel
Sub-Dean: Mrs. Ellen Wilson
Past Dean: Ms. Nelda Chapman  or
Secretary: Mrs. Sandra Smith
Treasurer: Mr. Gerald Carper
Registrar: Dr. Michael McGhee
Website/Publicity: Mr. Jonathan Poe
Historian: Dr. Harry Eskew
Chaplain: Mr. Dana Smith


AGO National website