Organist and Director of Music, Saint John United Methodist Church, Augusta

 Jamie Council Garvey has served as Organist and Director of Music at St. John United Methodist Church of Augusta, Georgia since 1980. Under her leadership, the youth and adult choirs of St. John have enjoyed numerous performing tours and have performed major works by Bach, Brahms, Handel, Haydn, Durufle, Faure, Bruckner, Distler and Rutter. She has prepared choruses for several prominent choral conductors, including John Rutter, Joseph Flummerfelt, Alice Parker, Mack Wilberg, Ann Jones, John Ferguson, Henry Leck, Eric Nelson, Brad Holmes and Andre Thomas. In 1997 the St. John Choir, together with the Church of the Good Shepherd Choir of Augusta, sang services for a week as choir in residence at Westminster Abbey.

In addition to her work at St. John, Ms. Garvey has served as Assistant Conductor and accompanist of the Augusta Choral Society, Chorus Master of the Augusta Opera Company, Director of Choral Activities at Augusta College, and Music Director for the Ft. Gordon Performing Arts Theatre and the Augusta Players. Occasionally, she teaches humanities classes at Augusta State University.

Ms. Garvey holds BM and MM degrees in Organ Performance from Meredith College (Raleigh, N.C.) and The University of Alabama, were she studied organ with Arthur Poister,David Lynch, and Warren Hutton. She has done additional study in choral music at the Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She has served on the advisory board for Music at the Morris at the Morris Museum of Art, and she is an active member of and has served as Convener for the state of Georgia, The American Guild of Organists. She is a graduate of Leadership Augusta and served on their board of directors for several classes. She also served on the board of directors for the Greater Augusta Arts Council. She is a recipient of the CSRA Girl Scouts’ Women of Excellence Award and the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Arts Professional Award. She is a certified teacher of Shake Your Soul: The Yoga of Dance.

At St. John, Ms. Garvey created and taught for Kindermusik of Augusta and served on the advisory board that founded The Jessye Norman School of the Arts. In 2003, she created Concerts with a Cause, a concert series featuring internationally prominent artists and regional musicians. The series has donated thousands of dollars to charitable organizations in the Augusta area.

She is married to writer Jim Garvey, professor emeritus Augusta University.



Laurie Orth teaches general music classes to home schoolers at the Kroc Center and at St. John United Methodist Church, where she is an active member of their adult choir. She has been a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus and was a young artist at Virginia Opera and Chautauqua Opera. She received her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University, in Alabama, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Opera Performance, from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Ms. Orth was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artist Competition. Currently, she volunteers as the team mom for her son’s Cyberpatriot team at Augusta Christian School and enjoys community service projects with the Augusta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She recently celebrated her 23rd wedding anniversary to her husband John, and they have two sons, Dylan, in college, and Emmitt, in high school.