Lent is a time of reflection and of preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Unfortunately for church musicians, the preparation for Holy Week and Easter too often crowds out the time for reflection. I hope that in the remaining days of Lent each of you will be able to find some time for yourself—some time for quiet reflection and peace.
Mark Ball gave us a fine program in March. I only wish more of our members, both organists and choral directors, could have been there to hear his presentation. Mark did a superb job of incorporating techniques for “ensemble building” into the reading of ten anthems suitable for the time from Transfiguration through Lent to Easter Sunday. Thanks go to Mark, to John Schaefer, who served as our accompanist, and to Don Shoberg of Luyben Music, who provided the packets of music for the reading session.
Plan now to join us for our next meeting on April 20 at Southminster Presbyterian Church. This will be a time to “let your hair down” after the demands of Holy Week and Easter and enjoy a fun recital of “Organ Music You Can’t Play on Sunday Morning.” The performers will be members of our chapter, and the music will range from Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are” to the Liszt “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.” Southminster Presbyterian Church is on the southwest corner of Roe and 63rd Street. Parking lots are located on the east and west sides of the church with corresponding entrances. Dinner reservations need to be called in to Jean at 816-452-8222 by Wednesday, April 15 (an easily remembered date). Please note that the price of the meal does not include a “doggie bag.”
Be sure to complete the ballot of 2009-2010 officers and mail it back to Mary Davis or bring it with you to the meeting on April 20.
I hope to see all of you on April 20.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Bill McCandless, Dean
The 2009 Bachathon is right around the corner. Please mark Sunday, 3 May 2009, on your calendars. The afternoon will include various students from the area, local Guild members, the Kansas State Brass ensemble, and the AGO Schola Cantorum.
While the performer list is full, there is still room for you to volunteer your time. If you would like to assist in the Café or as the Sales table, please contact Brian Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 816. 896.4750. Thank you in advance for those who are helping plan this event.
Where are the organists of the future? All around you! They are high school students who play the piano well, and love adventure! Well, isn't it an adventure to learn to play the pipe organ? Talk to the teenage piano players you know, and tell them about our chapter's Pipe Organ Encounter! Participants can register for the early-bird price of $375 before April 1st. It costs $425 after that. You and a friend could help sponsor a student, or your church could provide a scholarship for a teenage musician from the congregation. There are 36 places to be filled, and you can help fill them.
— Marian Thomas, Publicity Chairperson KCAGO POE Steering Committee email@example.com
The Greater Kansas City American Guild of Organists held the chapter Regional Young Organists Competition on 28 February 2009, at Central United Methodist Church with Barry Wenger hosting. The jurors were Rosi Kaufmann, John Schaefer and Ken Walker. There was one participant, Nick Mourlam, who was awarded the third prize of $500. Nick is a senior in high school and is planning to study organ at KU in the fall. His teacher is Karen Engbretson.
John Ditto, director of the Pipe Organ Encounter and Lisa Galchick, treasurer for the event, request donations to help provide scholarships to deserving young students (ages 13-18). If you, your parish, and/or your institution of choice, are willing and able to help provide some financial support, please send your check to “GKCAGO--POE 2009" and mail it to Lisa S. Galchick, treasurer, 3309 NW 67th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 64151-2283.
Donations postmarked by April 1 will be listed in the programs during the week of POE.
Just a reminder from AGO National Headquarters that the National Council has approved a modest dues increase for the 2009-2010 AGO membership year. Notification of this increase was published on page 86 of the January issue of TAO. The new rates will be:
For Regular members: $92; for Special members: $67; for Students: $37; for Partner members: $67; for Dual members: $36; for Student Dual members: $15.
Processionals and Recessionals: Organ Arrangements for Weddings & Festive Occasions by Dick Torrans or Organ Solos arranged by Paul Mickelson that includes the Doxology, God of Our Fathers and On Jordan's Stormy Banks? Member Ray Smith had several collections stolen from his car, and he is trying to replace them (and these two are permanently out of print). If you can help, please contact Ray Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 913.424.7763.
Friday, 27 March 2009
Kansas City Wind Symphony presents a program of Organ and Wind Ensemble works. Southminster Presbyterian Church. Stephen Casurella, organist. Free. For more information, contact Phil Posey, 816.507.2575.
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Kansas City Wind Symphony presents a program of Organ and Wind Ensemble works. Village Presbyterian Church. Stephen Casurella, organist. Free. For more information, contact Phil Posey, 816.507.2575.
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Ashland United Methodist Church. Mark Hayes, pianist, performs his own arrangements and original compositions and will accompany soloists singing his works. Free.
Friday, 17 April 2009
Westport Brown Bag Concert Series presents the The Fedele Trio (David Fedele, flute, Matt Herren, violin, and Dan Veliver, piano). Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Free. Coffee and cookies provided. Donations gratefully accepted. Sponsored by The Westport Center for the Arts: www.westportcenterforthearts.org.
Sunday, 10 May 2009
John Obetz and Ken Walker, organists. Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, KS. This recital is dedicated to the memory of Margaret Krehbiel Goertz, a long-time organist for the church.
Director of Music/Organist
Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6306 Roe Ave., Prairie Village, KS 66208. ¾ Time, P (Casavant, 3M) 28-voice Chancel Choir. $N. Contact Annehara Tatschl at the church address or email@example.com.
Director of Music/Organist
Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111. 1S, 1R, P (Reuter/Wicks, 3M, 23R), $N. Effective 7/1/2009. Application deadline 3/1/2009. Contact Rev. Scott Myers at (816) 931-1032 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Church website is www.westportpresbyterian.org.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 9333 W. 159th St., Overland Park, KS 66221. 2S/month, 0R, E (Allen 3M/68stops), Yamaha Baby Grand, $N. Contact Rev. Tony Felich at (913) 522-1719 or email@example.com. (Church website www.redeemer-pca.org)
Leawood Baptist Church, 8200 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66206, is seeking a part-time person to play organ or piano each Sunday morning, accompany choir rehearsals Wednesday or Thursday evenings, be available for periodic vocal and instrumental rehearsals. Must be comfortable with traditional and
contemporary styles of worship. Salary: $175/week. Contact Michelle Patton, Director of Worship, Music & Young Adult Ministries. Phone 913.649.0100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-time Organist Position in Colorado
Father Dyer United Methodist Church, Breckenridge, CO, seeks part-time organist. 1S, 1R, extra Holy Week, Christmas services for additional compensation. Benefits include ski pass, teaching privileges, etc. Submit resume, salary requirements, and references to email@example.com. This positions may be combined with office management our youth ministry duties to create a full-time position. See www.fatherdyer.org for more information.
All Substitutes: Please confirm your availability for Summer 2009
Contact Bombarde’s EditorToday! — firstname.lastname@example.org
|Betty Bauer – org, lit||913.814.9021 or 913.488.8417|
|Phyllis Curtis, MM – org||(4th & 5th Sundays only) 913.839.8856, 913.406.5327
|Doris Daniels – org, lit||816-431-3244, 816-721-3191 or 913.288.7129|
|Sharon Davies, BM – org||816.331.5581|
|Kathy Hellwege, BSE – org, dir, lit, sop, alto||913.362.0594 or 913.706.0126|
|Steven McDonald – org, dir, lit||785.841.4696
|Nick Mourlam, SPC – org, lit||913.488.1272|
|Michael Phelps – org, lit, dir||816.876.5677|
|John Pitchford, MM, SPC – org||913.663.3768|
|Freda Proctor - org, dir, lit||913.328.0721 (h); 913.484.8271 (cell); 913.758.6320 (w)|
|Dale Ramsey, MM – org, dir||816.322.8985
or 816.797.3014 (cell)
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA – org, lit||816.415.3792
|James Snyder, DMA – org, dir||816.765.1721 or 816.719.3289|
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA – org., lit||913.642.8642|
|Marilyn VanderLinden – org, lit
||(very early or evening), 816.665.4441|
|Ann Warzyn, BME, SPC – org||816.453.5027|
|Roger Wischmeier, DMA, CAGO – org||(Wed & Sun. p.m.) 816.761.3811|
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
The absolute deadline for submissions to Bombarde's editor is the 20th of each month. Please email your information to email@example.com.