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School of Music

Organ Studio

Fall 2021
Gavan Mcvey

Gavan is a sophomore organ performance major. He went to high school at Palatka High and earned his Associate in Arts at St. Johns River State College. Gavan served as organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palatka Florida for three and a half years and is currently organist at First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. He studies both organ and harpsichord at University of Florida with an expressed interest in historical performance practice in hopes to one day become a university organ professor. When Gavan isn’t on the organ bench he spends his free time mountain biking both recreationally and competitively with Team Florida Cycling.

Fall 2021
Katy Shiomitsu

Katy Shiomitsu is a third-year student studying Economics and International Studies. She became interested in the organ after hearing Dr. Ellis play as a guest speaker for her Quest class and joined the organ studio in the Spring of 2020.  Her other musical endeavors include being part of the Gator Marching Band during her first semester of college and being the current Editor for Sigma Alpha Iota – Delta Gamma, an international music fraternity, on campus. Other general interests of hers include baking, traveling (especially to National Parks and countries outside the US), and learning other languages and cultures besides her own! 

Fall 2021
Gabriel Johnston

Gabriel Johnston is a Ph.D. student studying geophysics under Professor Allesandro Forte. He minored in music at UF, taking courses in organ, viola, piano, and composition. He continues to push his improvisation and organ skills continuing his studies with Dr. Ellis. Currently, he serves as the organist at Grace Presbyterian church, as well as a ballet pianist for the UF dance department.

Fall 2021
Zane Price

Zane Price is a Pennsylvania native and recent graduate of the University of Florida. He earned his minor in pipe organ performance and majored in Spanish. He plans to continue studying for his master’s in Spanish linguistics and hopes to continue studying organ with Dr. Ellis. He is currently the pianist at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Interlachen, Florida. 

Fall 2021
Jessica Bailes

Bio to come!

Fall 2021
Justin Barber

Bio forthcoming. 

Fall 2021
James Anderson

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Fall 2021
Sara Booth

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