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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.

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

Mid-Lent, 2018

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Organ Concert this Sunday

We seem to be racing through Lent, and I know all of you are deep into preparations for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Day. Though calendars are extra full just now, why not treat yourself to our March program this Sunday, March 11 at Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Luke in downtown Orlando?

At 2:00 p.m. the virtuosic duo of concert organist Douglas Major, formerly of Washington National Cathedral, and trumpeter Richard Watson of the Boston Philharmonic, is presenting our March concert. This event is co-sponsored by the Cathedral of St. Luke. The program features music by Bach, Telemann, Hovhaness, John Knowles Paine, and Dr. Major himself. A reception follows the concert.
Can you help with ushering, passing the offering plates, helping set up the reception or help clean up after the reception? Any one of these jobs takes just a little bit of time and we can enjoy visiting while working. If you can help, let Ben Lane know.

CFAGO Nominating Committee The Nominating Committee is forming and preparing nominations for officers for our 2018-2019 season.  The following officers are up for election:
Dean Sub-dean Secretary Two board members for expiring terms of  Randall Krum and David Bellows.
Please give some thought to who would be good leadership for our Chapter next year. Perhaps you might be interested in serving. If you have some nominations to make, send your thoughts to Ben Lane or Dan Sellers .

CFAGO Public Relations
John Reilly, who has done a magnificent job for our Chapter as Public Relations Committee Chair and The American Organist chapter reporter, would like to step back for a couple of years. Can you help with the Public Relations Committee? John has has faithfully kept us well-informed of chapter events, and shared things of regional and national interest. He has a thorough list of what he does, and is willing to help the next Public Relations Chair and Committee get started.
Pipe Organ Encounter By now you should have received an informative email from Randy Krum about the Pipe Organ Encounter that we are co-sponsoring with Stetson University this summer. Follow the link in his email to print out a brochure or two and share it with some young pianist or a piano teacher. We already have two students registered! Let's make it 25!

And, of course, you guessed it, we need your help at the POE. There are still committee chairs that need filling, and we can always use volunteers during the event itself for small but important tasks. We will have great fun. Write to me!

Reviewing this letter, I realize I have asked you to do a lot of things. The Central Florida Chapter of the AGO is widely known for the educational events, encouragement, and scholarships we provide to aspiring organists, and for the quality programs we present. The caliber of programs and events of CFAGO far exceeds any other chapter where I was a member. Each of us is hugely busy, I know. But this is important work, and it will happen only if we all join together to make it happen.
Many parishioners are counting on us to help facilitate a rich Lenten journey and joyous Easter for them.

Blessings on your work. Take time for self-care and prayer.
See you Sunday.

Tim Dean, Central Florida Chapter American Guild of Organists

Tim Smith
Director of Music Ministries
All Saints Episcopal Church
338 East Lyman Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Direct line 407-599-4317

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 CFAGO Officers  and Executive Committee


Dean Timothy Smith 

Sub Dean

Timothy Hanes



Past Dean

Shannon Fore


Secretary Richard A. Robinson 


Julie Lushetsky




Ken Stoops

(321) 368-0914


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

Non-Voting Executive Committee Members


Dona M. Carmine    


Pastor H. Norton Rosebrock    

Hospitality Committee

James Rice
Dan Sellers
Elizabeth Sellers

Placement Committee

Dr. Terry Yount    

Professional Certification Committee

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

Professional Concerns Committee

Position Vacant    

Publicity Committee

John F. Reilly



Douglas B. Spike



Randall B. Krum  

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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