Last updated: November 2, 2015 at 16:34 pm

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the Macon, Georgia, Chapter of the AGO!  We are 60 members strong, drawn from around the Middle Georgia area.

We have been in existence for almost that many years and host six meetings each year, two of which are popular annual events open to the public — a hymn festival in February and a week-long series of lunchtime organ concerts downtown during Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival in March.  For our members, we have the annual AGO/Townsend-McAfee School of Music dinner and recital in partnership with Mercer University, and a clergy/musician luncheon and speaker.   Our two remaining meetings vary by the year and have ranged from choral techniques workshops to organ crawls and open consoles.

As I begin my first year as Chapter Dean, I am looking forward to an exciting year of programs and events.  With the growing number of young organists in our area, both high school and college students, it is wonderful to see opportunities opening for them to play in churches, to play recitals, and to participate in national competitions.  The pipe organ and organ music are alive and well in Macon, Georgia!

                     Nelda Chapman

NOTE:  If you would like to make a lasting contribution to the future of the pipe organ, please consider sponsoring one of our high school or college students with a student membership.  You may contact me or our treasurer, Gerald Carper, for details.  As you might guess, it is not unheard of for many students to be short on funds after paying tuition and buying books!


This Year’s Events

Chelsea Chen Master Class

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:30 pm

Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College

Michael McGhee, Host


Service Playing Workshop

Monday, November 10, 2014, 7:30 pm

Christ Episcopal Church

Jack Mitchener, Clinician and Host


Organ Crawl

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7:30 pm

Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College

Michael McGhee, Host


AGO Hymn Festival

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 4:00 pm

Vineville Baptist Church

Dana Allen Smith, Conductor         Jane Kimbrel, Organist


Cherry Blossom Organ Concerts 2015

 March 23 – 27, 2015

30 minute recitals held at 12 noon Monday-Friday at historic Mulberry Street UMC, 719 Mulberry Street, Macon

The Cherry Blossom Organ Concerts are co-sponsored by Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and the Macon Chapter, American Guild of Organists.

 For more information:  Cam Bishop, cambishop@mulberrymethodist.org478-745-8601


Alan Morrison, Organ Recital

Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:30 pm

Mulberry Street United Methodist Church

Sponsored by the Joan Godsey Keyboard Series

Jack Mitchener, Host


Clergy/Musician Luncheon

Monday, May 4, 2015, at 12:00 pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 Poplar Street, Macon

The speaker will be The Rev. Julia B. Mitchener

For more information:

Nelda Chapman,  or      478.745.1631 x 12






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.





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Board Members of the Macon Chapter for 2014 – 2016

Dean          Nelda Chapman  or

Dean Emeritus           Gail Pollock

Sub-Dean          Dr. Jane Kimbrel

Secretary           Sandy Smith

Treasurer          Gerald Carper

Registrar           Dr. Michael McGhee

Historian          Dr. Harry Eskew

Chaplain        Dana Smith 

Webmaster/Publicity         Harold McManus




Nadine Cheek,

Dr. Jane Kimbrel

Dr. Michael McGhee

Dr. Jack Mitchener

Gail Pollock

Sandy Smith

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