Message from the Dean
Welcome and thank you for visiting our web page!
After the past unique and “out of the ordinary” year, this Chapter finds itself ready to start a new year of events. It is exiting to see the varied offerings, while special thanks is extended to our Board, whose members have dedicated themselves to our planning task.
Located in the central area of Virginia, we are surrounded by natural exhibits of beauty. Our Chapter members continue to inspire and encourage through music making in this lovely setting. The door is always open to AGO members who might find themselves seeking out one of our offerings. Please contact me for more information on any of our programs, if needed!
Diane Kingsbury, Dean
Chapter Meeting and Event Calendar 2021-2022
Most chapter meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at various churches in the area.
Tuesday, September 21, Time 7:30pm
Opening of Year Meeting
Host: Daniel Brinson
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 851 Owensville Rd, Ivy, VA
Opening meeting will be followed by Member Recital honoring those AGO members who have passed away.
Norman Allen (2015) – Rick Maryman (Davies, “Solemn Melody”)
Paul Fisk (2017) – Bruce Hively (Paul Manz, “Tallis’ Canon”)
Gus Norvelle (2018) – Barbara Moore (Bach, “Little G minor Fugue”)
Bob Moody (2018) – Alice Layman and Daniel Brinson (Chenault, duet for organ, “Stars and Stripes”)
Bill Little (2019) – Daniel Grotz (Mendelssohn, “Prelude and Fugue in G major”)
Bruce Keith (2021) – Deke Polifka (Widor, “Allegro” (Symphony VI)
The recital will be followed by social time, potluck desserts and drinks in the courtyard or inside if we can’t be outside.
Refreshments: Diane Kingsbury (email@example.com) with Board providing drinks
Saturday, October 9, Time 2:00pm. Moravian Hymnody
Host: Roger Daggy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Location: Hebron Lutheran Church, 899 Blankenbaker Road, Madison, VA
Saturday, November 20, Time 11:00 am
Mary Beth Bennett, Improvising at the Organ
Host: Jeremy Thompson (email@example.com)
Facilitator: Florence Jowers (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Location: First Presbyterian Church,
Dr. Mary Beth Bennett is a recognized performer, composer and improviser living in historic Richmond, Virginia, where she serves on the Music Faculty of the University of Richmond and is Organist of Second Baptist Church.
Having previously held various positions in Washington, D.C., including at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and as Ceremonial Organist for the United States Department of Defense, she holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Stetson University, the Staatliche Hochschüle für Music (Cologne, Germany), and the University of Southern California. She pursued postdoctoral study in pianochant at the Catholic University of America.
Facilitator: Deke Polifka (email@example.com)
December – no meeting
Tuesday, January 18, Time 6:30pm. Jovial January Party
Host: Larry Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Location: Blue Mountain Brewery, 9519 Critzers Shop Rd, Afton, VA
Tuesday, February 22 (*note this will be the fourth Tuesday), Time 7:30pm
Visit the restored organ at St. Paul’s Memorial
Host: Deke Polifka (email@example.com)
Location: St. Paul’s Memorial Episcopal Church, 1701 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA
Thompson-Allen Organ Company is restoring the SPM (Skinner, Op. 597) organ. We will have the opportunity to see/hear the progress (new console and Swell division). Deke will explain what has and will be done, and if A. Thompson-Allen is there, they will talk about it as well. Members will be invited to play, if they wish.
Refreshments following meeting: Diane Kingsbury
Saturday, March 19, Time 9am until 8 pm. Bach Around the Clock
Host: Florence Jowers (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Location: Christ Evangelical Lutheran, 2807 N. Augusta St, Staunton, VA
AGO members will be invited to play during an hour segment, most likely in the afternoon.
April – no meeting
Tuesday, May 17, Time 7:30pm. End of Year Meeting
Host: Alexander Johnson (email@example.com)
Location: Christ Episcopal Church, 120 W. High Street, Charlottesville, VA
Closing meeting will be followed by a short recital by scholarship students. Plans are being made to have members entertain others with some organ duets. Refreshments will follow the recital.
Refreshments: Diane Kingsbury (firstname.lastname@example.org) and members
Facilitators: Deke Polifka (email@example.com) and Diane Kingsbury
New members are welcome to join the Charlottesville-Albemarle chapter. You may join online using the new ONCARD system at http://www.agohq.org/membership/join-as-a-chapter-member/. If you prefer to fill out a paper membership form, please contact Kirk M. Dunklee, our chapter treasurer at Email
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild’s National Website.
Charlottesville-Albemarle AGO Chapter Board Members
Diane Kingsbury ~ Dean
Deke Polifka – Sub-Dean
Barbara Moore, MM, SPC ~ Immediate Past-Dean
Alice Layman, MM, SPC ~ Secretary
Kirk M. Dunklee ~ Treasurer
Bruce Hively – Member at Large