Our April duo-organists’ recital with Ray and Beth Chenault was great fun! They scored a hit with all those in attendance, performing compositions they’ve commissioned over the years!
Our first May event is Bachathon XXIX. This time-honored tradition in our chapter is now well-known and well attended in the community. This is a great opportunity to invite your congregation and friends to a full afternoon of goodies! If you want to post a flyer, click HERE. Bachathon is Sunday, 4 May 2008, at Grace &Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th & Broadway, KCMO.
Monday, 19 May 2008, is the date of our final recital of the 2007-2008 season at Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf, in Overland Park. Atonement Lutheran and the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the AGO will co-sponsor Dr. Dana Robinson’s recital on the new Ott organ at Atonement Lutheran. Additionally, a masterclass at KU’s Bales Organ Recital Hall will be conducted by Dr. Robinson on Saturday, 17 May, from 10 a.m. - Noon.
Dana Robinson is organ professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches both organ and harpischord. His degrees include a B.M. (with Distinction in Performance) and M.M., New England Conservatory of Music; and D.M.A. (organ performance), University of Iowa. Additional study at the University of Salamanca (Spain), the Municipal Conservatory in San Sebastian (Spain), Boston University, and Westminster Choir College. A native of Boston, his performances are frequently featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, “Pipedreams.” An active church musician, Professor Robinson is presently organist of Grace Lutheran Church in Champaign. He has held teaching appointments at Central College of Iowa, and Luther College. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Professor Robinson won the Youth Concerts at Symphony Hall Concerto Competition, and First Prize in the Arthur Poister Competition. His principal teachers include George Faxon, Yuko Hayashi, Harald Vogel, and Delbert Disselhorst.
Come and join us for dinner (information below), followed by the recital.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Sharon L. Hettinger, Dean
Dinner reservations are required and may be made no later than Wednesday, May 14, by contacting Jean Lyne, 816.452.8222. Our menu is brisket, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, French rolls, and an ice cream sundae bar. Now, who can resist an ice cream sundae bar??!
The absolute deadline for submissions to Bombarde’s editor is the 20th of each month. Please email your information to email@example.com (this is a new address).
Kansas City (Mo.). Times 09 September 1875, page 4
“—Miss Etta Vaughn, the accomplished and faithful organist of the First Presbyterian Church, was presented with a beautiful gold watch a short time since by members of the congregation, as a token of their regard and appreciation.”
[NOTE: Etta M. Vaughn was born in the 1850s in Illinois. By 1867, her family had settled in Kansas City. Etta served as organist from 1875 until 1881 at the First Presbyterian Church (northwest corner, 10th Street and Forest Avenue) where she apparently played a reed organ. In November 1881, Etta married Peter F. Clinton, a division superintendent of the Kansas City, Fort Scott &Gulf Railroad, who died of consumption only five years later. Etta (Vaughn) Clinton is not known to have served as organist of any Kansas City church after her marriage in 1881.]
–Evelyn Mesley, for Nominations
Dean: William McCandless
Sub-Dean: Roseann Penner Kaufman
Secretary: Carol Wallace
Treasurer: Sally Livengood
Auditors: Jeff King & Dale Ramsey
Registrar: Debbie Lynch
Class of 2010: Brian Campbell, Thomas Greathouse, Mark Langdon
Thanks to a great committe: Dovie Fields, Nan Hulet, Eddie Straub, with help from Junia Braby and Nancy Hershey; and, thanks to chair, Evelyn Mesley!
The Greater Kansas City Chapter of AGO has been awarded a POE (pipe organ encounter) for 2009. What a great way to celebrate our 70th Anniversary as a Chapter! Claudette Schiratti worked tirelessly in compiling information for a very detailed application. How exciting (okay, “Swell”!) for us all. NOW comes the hard work. PLEASE offer to assist in whatever ways you may be gifted. I know that we all want to get the next generation of organists energized and excited about the KING of instruments!
The Quimby Competition for young organists will be held between 6 February 6 and 19 April 19 2009. If you are interested in helping with this event, contact Ann Posey, Competition Coordinator. Committee members will help choose a date and place for the competition and recruit competitors. In addition, page turners/rehearsal monitors, will be needed at the time of the competition.
The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the AGO (national) $25,000 in grants, which will support new music commissions and premier performances at the National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul, 22-26 June 2008.
It’s not too late to register to attend our AGO national convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Online details may be found at www.ago2008.org.
Learn more details about the convention online at www.organsociety.org/2008
Several Pipe Organ Encounters for junior/senior high students have openings available. If you have a piano student who would like to attend one of these events, or someone who attended our I*POD (pipe organ discovery) in January and is interested in taking the next step, send him/her to this site about POEs this summer. Check the AGO website, www.agohq.org/education/index.html which provides links to each of the POE programs. Central Texas POE in Waco (June 8-14), Salt Lake City POE (June 15-20), Charlotte POE (July 13-18), and Seattle POE (July 27-31) are sites that have openings for this summer.
Kellam Rigler, Ann Marie Rigler’s father, died on Sunday, 20 April 2008, in Columbia, MO. Please keep Ann Marie and her family in your prayers.
Fenner Douglass, 6 Arpil 2008, Naples, FL. Arguably the quintessential scholar on the art of French classical registration and design, and also teacher.
Greater KC AGO member Mary Engel is going on the Bella Italia Organ and Opera in Italy tour July 30 to August 11, as advertised in The American Organist. If anyone from our area is planning to go, or even has questions, Mary would like to hear from you. Her phone number is 816-531-2322 and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, 4 May 2008, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. BACHATHON XXIX, at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. 13th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO. Come when you can, leave when you must!
Sunday, 18 May 2008, 3 p.m. Brett Terry, organ. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 40th and Main, Kansas City, MO. Bruhns - Praeludium in G; Hindemith - Sonate II; J.S. Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in g, BWV 542; Brahms - Chorale Preludes Nos. 5, 9, 10; Gigout - Toccata in b.
Sunday, 18 May 2008, 3:30 p.m. Trinity Sunday, Solemn Evensong, Carillon Concert, and Reception presented by the Bells of Peace School of Campanology. Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1307 Holmes, KC, MO.
Monday, 19 May 2008, 7:30 p.m. Dana Robinson, organ. Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS.
Sunday, 1 June 2008, 7 p.m. Hector Olivera, organ. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5325 Nieman Road, Shawnee. 913.631.8597; www.stlukes.net. $20/person. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Church office. Cash or check.
Monday, 2 June 2008, 7 p.m. Hector Olivera, organ. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5325 Nieman Road, Shawnee. 913.631.8597; www.stlukes.net. $20/person. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Church office. Cash or check.
Part time Church Organist/Accompanist
First Baptist Church, Olathe, Kansas, is currently seeking an organist for weekly Sunday worship services, as well as during special evening services (i.e. Holy Week), as needed. Piano and accompaniment experience is a plus, but not required. Questions? Contact Jeremy McDonald at (913) 764-7088. Please forward your cover letter, resume, and references to: The Music Committee, 2024 E. 151st Street, Olathe, KS, 66018 or fax: (913) 764-8253.
|John Arndt – org, lit||816-833-0957 or 816-518-8250|
|Tom Atkin – org, lit||913-722-2404|
|Betty Bauer – org, lit||913-814-9021 or 913-488-8417|
|Doris Daniels – org, lit||816-431-3244 or 816-721-3191|
|Floyd Gingrich - dir, lit||816-405-8135|
|Kathy Hellwege – org, lit||913-362-0594 or 913-706-0126|
|Mary Hunt – org, lit||913-375-1654|
|Marie Lerner-Sexton – sop soloist||913-780-1299 or 913-558-2688|
|Steven McDonald – org, dir, lit||785-841-4696|
|Nick Mourlam – org, pian||913-722-3083|
|Caroline M. Neal – org, pian, singer, dir||816-305-9526|
|John Obetz – org, dir, lit||913-681-1092|
|John Pitchford – organist||913-663-3768|
|Ann Marie Rigler – org, lit||816-415-3792 or 816-781-7700x5199|
|Joan Schmitt – org., dir., lit||816-444-3813 or 816-896-8935|
|James Snyder – org, dir.||816-765-1721 or 816-719-3289|
|Nancy Stankiewicz – org., lit||913-642-8642|
|Brett Terry – org, dir, soloist (tenor), lit||816-204-0408|
|Matthew Thompson – org, dir||785-312-4151|
|Marilyn VanderLinden –org
(very early or evening), lit
|Anne Warzyn – org, pianist, lit||816-453-5027|
|John Winkels – org, dir, lit||816-474-5332|
|Roger Wischmeier – org
(Wed & Sun. p.m.)
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
All of us who labor to prepare the elements for worship and who weekly toil in service preparation wish we could discover an easy formula for "doing it right." If God did not seem so elusive, why would the Scriptures urge us to keep on seeking the Lord? We do this because, however close we are to God, we have to do further searching. We're in a quest. We're engaged in discovery.
We who present occasions of worship to others must live with the reality that we're shooting at a moving target. In addition, we have to battle our lethargy, wandering thoughts, limited aspirations, flickerings of wickedness and, worst of all, the prideful presumption that we really know "how to do it." For even if we could produce The Perfect Service, we could botch the whole thing by our own lack of devotion, ardor, surrender and concentration.
So we live in an uneasy tension between the challenge to bring to God the very best we can bring by way of preparation, and the realization that we shall never get it right this side of heaven. This can both energize us and get us off the hook. For when the prelude sounds its fanfare, all we can do is hand over our preparedness, like the pre-teen with his few fish and a bread roll, and ask Jesus to multiply the meager offering we present.
For worship is not about us, it is about God and God alone. Worship is not about worship. Worship is not about the worshipers. Worship is about being enthralled with our Omnipotent Creator, our Compassionate Savior and the Holy Spirit, who is our comfort and truest inspiration. ~Brian Jeffery Leech
Thank you, Ann Posey, for sharing this with the Executive Board at our April meeting.