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Tim Smith, Dean
Tim Smith, Dean
Dear CFAGO Member,

Please join us for these 2018 Central Florida American Guild of Organists Programs.

January Open Dinner Meeting with Regional Councillor Homer Ferguson
Date: Please see detailed information above.

January Pedals, Pipes and Pizza for Young People 
Date: Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m.—1 p.m. Venue: Stetson University, Deland, FL.

February Choral workshop, technique and repertoire. Claire Hodge
Date: Tuesday 2/6, 7—9 p.m. Venue: All Saints Episcopal Church, Winter Park Host: Tim Smith

March Douglas Major, Richard Watson, Organ and Trumpet
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. Venue: St. Luke's Episcopal Cathedral, Orlando

April Lynne Davis, organ
Date: Sunday, April 8, 4 p.m. Venue: First United Methodist Church, Orlando

May Closing Banquet and Rising Stars Concert
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Venue: First United Methodist Church, Oviedo

A Letter from our Dean

3 January 2018

Greetings and Happy New Year!

Writing to you this morning, I feel like we are In the Bleak Midwinter, though I know that we fare better than most of the nation. I trust you are basking in the joy and glow of many Advent and Christmas Eve services and concerts and are taking adequate self-care time before digging into the new year.

Rick Robinson hosted a grand Christmas Party for our chapter last week. Many CFAGO members were there and the fellowship and food were first-rate. Rick entertained us by playing amazing cocktail piano.

We have two events this month. Our Regional Councilor Dr. Homer Ferguson III meet with us informally for a lecture/discussion on the State and Future of the AGO. This is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues you may not have seen for a while. Plan to be there!

Stetson University hosts the annual CFAGO Pedals, Pipes and Pizza on Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. John Reilly has organized the event and sent a publicity letter yesterday to your e-mail inbox. PPPs are often the first introduction many young pianists have to the pipe organ. It is fascinating and a joy to witness their faces light up with their initial experience with the organ. These events always remind me of the thrill at my first discovery of the organ. Boyd Jones and David Bellows are the clinicians for the morning. If you are in the vicinity of Deland on January 20, drop in and witness the fun. Please print out the flier John included in his e-mail and post it and circulate it widely!

The February program features a Choral Workshop for technique and repertoire led by Claire Hodge. It is on Tuesday evening, February 6, 7—9 p.m. in the Choir Room, Winderweedle Center at All Saints Episcopal Church in Winter Park.

Claire has national RSCM experience, directed the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir for 16 years, and took them to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and England, completing residencies at St. Paul's Cathedral in London and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on one of the trips. She directs a women’s ensemble, Belle Voci, and Lutheran Cantata Choir. She is private voice instructor for many of the Winter Park High School chorus students and many of the All Saints choral scholars.

Claire is a master teacher and will give succinct and helpful tips for our choirs. If you aren’t the choir director at your church, why not invite your choir director and any interested singers in your church to attend with you?

I am aware through our registrar Ken Stoops that there are a lot of new members and transfer members in our chapter. If you are new to the Central Florida Chapter, please come to one or more of these events. We want to meet you!

All the best for a healthy, gratifying, and satisfying 2018.


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Timothy Hanes



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Ken Stoops




Randall Krum (2018) Paul Kusler (2020)
David Bellows (2018)Michael Petrosh (2020)
Dan B. Sellers (2019)  

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Hospitality Committee

James Rice
Dan Sellers
Elizabeth Sellers

Placement Committee

Dr. Terry Yount    

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Dr. William Picher, Chair
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New Organist Fund
The Michael Cohen Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by Michael's partner Carl Brown, his family and his many, many friends. The New Organist Fund shelters both permanently restricted gifts to named scholarships, and restricted gifts for the support and development of new organists. Each year, this fund provides scholarship assistance for talented Pipe Organ Encounters participants. Many young, aspiring organists benefit from this fund each year, some who otherwise would be unable to attend a Pipe Organ Encounters.  More...... 

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