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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

31 January 2018


The CFAGO has been active in January. Several officers and members gathered at 310 Park in Winter Park for a meal, good fellowship, and an informative talk by our regional counselor Homer Ferguson.

On January 20, Dr. Boyd Jones and David Bellows served as presenters for the chapter’s annual Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza event at Stetson University. John Riley organized the event and made sure everything ran smoothly. The interest and excitement from the young charges was palpable.

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 the 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?

Please let me know approximately how many singers will be coming from your church, so we can be sure to have enough chairs set up and an adequate number of anthem copies for the evening.

I’m looking forward to being with you next Tuesday!


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

Dean, Central Florida Chapter
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Timothy Hanes



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Randall Krum (2018) Paul Kusler (2020)
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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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