|Last updated: November 9, 2013|
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 Mark Coffey, our Sub Dean and Program Chair at <email@example.com>.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> for membership information and materials.
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!
Soli Deo Gloria!
John T Lowe, Jr., DM, CAGO
|AGO Chapter Events 2013-2014
Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10 a.m.-12 noon--Thomas Trotter masterclass at the University Auditorium, UF Campus (note venue change)
Advent Organ Concerts—Tuesdays from 12:15-12:45 p.m.
December 3, 2013 at First Lutheran Church
December 10, 2013 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
December 17, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. Epiphany Day Evensong followed by covered dish dinner at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (contact John Lowe by December 1 at email@example.com if you wish to sing for this event)
Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12 noon—lunch and 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Discussion with Michael Bedford at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church ("The Organ: How it Still Relates in Today's Worship")...$25 fee for non-members who wish to attend
Lenten Organ Concerts—Tuesdays from 12:15-12:45 p.m.
March 11, 2014 TBA
March 18, 2014 TBA
March 25, 2014 TBA
April 1, 2014 TBA
April 8, 2014 TBA
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6 p.m. End of season dinner with clergy/Don McGarity/installation of officers at First Lutheran Church
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS
Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church --ALL SAINTS' CONCERT
Howard Goodall's Eternal Light with guest artists Dance Alive National Ballet with The Holy Trinity Choir and Chamber Orchestra; John T. Lowe, Jr., conductor
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Ocala--Marion Civic Chorale, Matthew Bumbach, conductor
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church--Gainesville Community Band; Gerald Poe, conductor
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church--Thomas Trotter, Birmingham City Organist (Birmingham, England)
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Ocala--Central Florida Master Choir, Harold W. McSwain, Jr., conductor
Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 5 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church --ST. ANDREW'S DAY SERVICE with the Holy Trinity Choir, Bagpipes, and Scottish Dancing; Dr. John T. Lowe, Jr., conductor/organist
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Ocala--Marion Civic Chorale, Matthew Bumbach, conductor
Sunday, December 8, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Ocala--FUMC Praise Band with FUMC Cancel Choir, Jeff Rogers, director
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 5 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church--Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (Choirs of First Presbyterian Church)
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church--Philip Brisson, organist (Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville, KY)
Three-Organ SPECTACULAR Weekend!
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church --DINNER is served in Page Parish Hall, followed by AN OLD FASHIONED HYMN SING with John Bradford Bohl, Timothy Denton, and John Lowe at the piano and organ!
Tickets are required for this event, held in Page Parish Hall--call the Parish Office (352.372.4721) for more information.
Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church --THREE-ORGAN SPECTACULAR! John Bradford Bohl, Timothy Denton, John T. Lowe, Jr., Peter Kinzie, organists;The Holy Trinity Choir, performing Louis Vierne's Messe Solennelle for Choir and Two Organs.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church--THE 27TH ANNUAL GAINESVILLE CHILDREN'S CHORAL FESTIVAL; Michael Bedford, guest conductor
Sunday, February 9, 2014, 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church--UF Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Chobaz, conductor;
Kevin Orr, pianist
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Ocala--Gainesville Civic Chorus, Will Kesling, conductor
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church --I, TOO, SING AMERICA
Shanelle Woods and Laquavia Alston in a vocal concert that explores the rich history of spirituals and poetry that has shaped the African-American experience.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church--Choral Evensong (St. John's Cathedral Choir, Jacksonville; Canon Timothy Tuller, organist John Lowe)
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church--Mark Coffey, organist
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church --G. F. Handel’s MESSIAH
Hear Messiah as you've never heard it before, with 16 professional singers, soloists, and chamber orchestra! John T. Lowe, Jr., conductor
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Ocala--Central Florida Master Choir, Harold W. McSwain, Jr., conductor
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church--First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir; Gainesville Civic Chorus; Will Kesling, conductor
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Ocala--FUMC Praise Band, Jeff Rogers, director
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Ocala--Marion Civic Chorale, Matthew Bumbach, conductor
A SERVICE OF COMPLINE
The service of prayers at the close of the day is sung by candlelight by the Gentlemen of the Choir, or the Men and Women of the Choir, Sundays at 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8, 2013; and January 12, February 9, and March 9, 2014
|Information from HQ and Other Sources:
Young Organist Competition 2014
Sponsored by the Greater Columbia AGO Chapter
Saturday, March 8, 2014, Columbia SC
Open to Grades 8-12
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $300
Fourth Prize: $250
For Application, rules, and contact information, see Young Organist Competition 2014 on the Columbia AGO Chapter Website.
|For information on joining the Gainesville Chapter, please contact our registrar, Carol Christiansen, at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.|
|North Lake Presbyterian Church in Lady Lake, FL is seeking an organist/accompanist to support the traditional worship services with appropriate organ and piano musical offerings, to accompany the church choirs and soloists, and to support the congregational singing of hymns.
1. Coordinates with the Director of Music and the Pastor in planning, preparing, and playing organ and
piano music appropriate to the worship services. Prepares sufficiently for optimum performance on
organ and/or piano for both rehearsals and worship.
2. Accompanies all rehearsals and services for: adult choirs, soloists, 2-3 special concerts annually
including major works, and up to two choir retreats annually as determined by the Director of Music.
3. Plays for weddings and funerals as available. Additional compensation is provided for these
4. Plays for special gatherings of the church when requested by the Pastor or Director of Music.
5. Possesses a sincere commitment to Jesus Christ and His Church.
6. Provides appropriate substitutes for worship services or special events when not available.
7. Actively pursues ongoing education through seminars, AGO workshops etc. to increase professional
QUALIFICATIONS: Experienced church musician needed. Must have degree(s) in piano/organ performance
OR equivalent experience and technical skill. Excellent sight-reading, improvisational, transposing, and chart
reading skills desired. Should be comfortable with a variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz, and
traditional church music.
HOURS and BENEFITS: Part-time position which includes 8:30 and 11:15 Sunday services. Also holiday
services, currently: Christmas Eve, Holy Week, Easter, Ash Wednesday. Other additional services and
concerts. Wednesday evening and Sunday morning choir rehearsals. Additional needed prep time at discretion
of organist. Estimate of 15 hours per week for all services, rehearsals, and prep time. Annual two week paid
vacation, dates to be scheduled with Pastor and Director of Music.
INSTRUMENTS: 3 manual Allen Renaissance, Yamaha 7.5 ft Grand
Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Valdosta, GA is seeking an organist to serve as the church organist for traditional worship services at 8:30-9:30 & 11:00am-12;00noon on Sundays and the principal accompanist for the Chancel Choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7:00-8:30pm.
This position could be part time for the aforementioned duties.
If someone is available and willing, the position could be full time with additional responsibilities administering and assisting with children & youth choirs and instrumental ensemble.
Contact: J. Reese Nelson, Minister of Music & Worship
Park Avenue United Methodist Church
100 E. Park Avenue
Valdosta, GA 31602
Employers and job seekers are invited to post and search listings of available positions on the Guild's National Website.
|For professional certification information, click here.|
John Lowe - email@example.com
Mark Coffey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Swett - email@example.com
Carol Christiansen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Klima - email@example.com
Lorraine Amick - firstname.lastname@example.org
Willis Bodine - email@example.com
Barbara Kirby - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Lewis - email@example.com
EX OFFICIO (Past Dean):
Laura Ellis - firstname.lastname@example.org
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