American Guild of Organists
Central Florida Chapter

Central Florida AGO Scholarship Applications now available
2016 CFAGO Scholarship Winners
L-R: Eric Zarycki, Nicholas Schefstad and Jessica Bailes with Shannon Fore, Dean.
American Guild of Organists
Central Florida Chapter

Applications are now available for the 2017 Scholarship Competition. Review the PDF below for all of the Guidelines. Print out of the Application PDF. It includes instructions for submitting your application.

Scholarship Guidelines
Application Form
Help support our Scholarship Program. Make a contribution today here.

Simon Johnson, organist
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2:00 pm 

Organ concert by Simon Johnson, Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral, London. Free will offering.

Co-Sponsored by the Central Florida American Guild of Organists and
Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando.

AGO Southeast Convention
June 11-14, 2017

Jacksonville & St. Augustine
from the Dean

January 2017 - 
The Year of the Member

Dear CFAGO Member,

The Year of the Member

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had glorious services and concerts in December and had a fantastic holiday season, and that you have taken time to rest and recharge.

The Central Florida Chapter of the American Guild of Organists has two upcoming events of note.  The first is a Pedal, Pipes, and Pizza morning, Saturday, January 21, 9:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. at Morrison United Methodist Church, 1005 West Main Street in Leesburg, FL. 
David Bellows has put together an exciting morning with lots of hands-on opportunities for piano students.
     ... READ MORE ...    


2016 Scholarship Applications

The CFAGO Final Event this year will be held at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Orlando The Chapter is looking forward to featuring some of our brightest and best young performers at our final event of the year on Tuesday, May 17 for our Rising Stars! Concert which will follow our annual banquet. We are looking for the brightest and best young musicians for a celebration of music.

The 2016 CFAGO Scholarhip awards will be present at the Rising Stars! Concert. Applications are now available by clicking on on the icons below. Deadline: May 1, 2016.

Scholarship Guidelines
Scholarship Application

2015 Scholarship Awards
L-R: Shannon Fore, Dean; James Johnson; Jessica Bailes; David Streep, CFAGO Treasurer; Jessica's organ teacher, Candice Travis,

Two students have been named CFAGO 2015 Scholarship Winners. James Johnson, student of Josiah Armes, and Jessica Bailes, who studies with Candice Travis, each received a $500 Scholarship to use in studying with a professional organ teacher, or to attend an AGO Pipe Organ Encounter (POE).

CFAGO members are encouraged to support the Scholarship Program through a convenient donation on the Membership Form while you are renewing your Membership for 2015-16

What about "The King of Instruments?"

Op Ed piece by Ture Larson, June 2012
I am concerned to learn that as a world class destination we are not going to be on par with other world class performing art centers because of the exclusion of the vital component of a pipe organ. Why would we settle for anything but the best? Even Bob Carr PAC once had a pipe organ!
There has been consultation with many acousticians, organ builders and architects familiar with the hall and similar projects and have learned since phase II is theoretically "On Paper" there is still time to make adjustments to the plan without being too cost prohibitive. In fact, this change/additional would be much less than 1% of the total cost of the DPAC project itself!

October 2012 Intersection interview with Ture Larson, by WMFE's Mark Simpson

Organ case in the planned Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando

Dear CFAGO Membership,
In order to promote our cause and reach as many people as possible, we have created an online petition for the DPAC Pipe Organ Initiative in addition to the paper petition. 
Please click on this link and sign and spread the word.
Feel free to post, forward and share this link with all you know in the community. Remember, this is all up to YOU, without your support, this cuase will not be heard!

           1.  If you have an email account please send the below petition link to ALL your friends
2. If you have a Twitter, Facebook, MySpace or Instagram Account paste the below petition link on your account
3. If you have friends, family, a congregation, students have them sign the petition
4. Send emails of support to local newspapers - emails are listed below
5. Don't have any of this fancy electronic stuff? Use the attached petition and get signatures of support!

On-line petition here: 
Print out a hard copy from and collect signatures. 
You may also contact WMFE (, the Orlando Sentinel (, or Orlando Weekly ( ) to voice your support 
Best regards!
CFAGO Action Committee to Install a Pipe Organ in the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center

Print this Petition and carry it with you to get signatures from Orange County Residents. 

Free digital access to Choir & Organ to the membership of the Central Florida Chapter - AGO

Click the cover to register using special access code: AGO12

 Registered users can download digital editions to read on PC or Mac.
 Future downloads will only require the individual’s username and password. 


To All Theater Organists and enthusiasts: 

If you are interested in the theater organ and would be interested in playing, we could use your services for future events we hold.  We have a Rogers 340 along with our collection of 8 band organs.  Please contact Bill Hall at 407 448 2803 or


Free at Last! – Public Domain Organ Music
Washington DC – National AGO Convention
Richard Konzen DMA, AAGO, ChM


Welcome to Free at Last – Public Domain Organ Music. I hope you find this information useful and that this will expand your ideas of what is possible with technology.

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 CFAGO Officers.
 and Executive Committee

Left to Right: Douglas Spike, Candace Travis, Tim Hanes, Ture Larson, Dan Sellers,
Joanna Wallace, Tim Smith, Dr. Gayle Burch, David Bellows, Richard Robinson


Dean Timothy Smith

Sub Dean

Timothy Hanes

Past Dean

Shannon Fore

Secretary Richard A. Robinson


Josiah Armes


Ken Stoops


_____________ (2017)
Candice Travis (2017)
Randall Krum (2018)
David Bellows (2018)
Dr. Gayle Burch
Dan Sellers

Non-Voting Executive Committee Members


Dona M. Carmine


Pastor H. Norton Rosebrock

Hospitality Committee

James Rice
Dan Sellers

Placement Committee

Dr. Terry Yount

Professional Certification Committee

Dr. William Picher, Chair
Dr. Boyd Jones, Assistant Chair 

Professional Concerns Committee

Joanna Wallace

Publicity Committee

John F. Reilly

Yearbook & Webmaster

Douglas B. Spike

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...... 

Job Placement
Organizations with Position Openings may post announcements on our website. Please submit this form to our Placement Director:
      Dr. Terry Yount,
Placement Director

Last Modified Wed, Mar 22, 2017