Do you dream of being able to improvise with ease and confidence? Would you like to feel less panicked when you find yourself in a situation where you need to extend a prelude or suddenly provide an organ interlude? Have you wished for some practical tips for improvising or guidelines for practicing improvisation? If so, come to our AGO meeting and program on January 19 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Tom Trenney, winner of the 2006 AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation, will be our guest artist for the evening. His program will begin with a workshop titled "Abracadabra: Magically Making Music in the Moment," followed by a short recital which will conclude with a four-movement improvisation on themes we provide (in a sealed envelope!).
Those of us who heard Tom play at the Opening Celebration of the national AGO convention this summer and those who attended his improvisation workshop later in the week were so impressed by his performances and are excited to have him in Kansas City.In addition to the improvisation, his recital will include Variations on 'America' by Charles Ives, Scherzo by Maurice DuruflÇ, and the Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor by J. S. Bach.
Since our chapter is hosting a Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) this summer, I should point out that Tom is an alumnus of a POE, where he began organ lessons in 1991, and has directed a POE in Rochester, NY, in 2002 and a POE + in Detroit in 2004. You can read more about Tom elsewhere in this issue of the Bombarde.
I look forward to seeing you on the third Monday of January. Don't forget to make a dinner reservation by Wednesday, January 14, if you don't have a standing reservation (816.452.8222).
Soli Deo Gloria,
Bill McCandless, Dean
Tom Trenney is Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Michigan, where he directs five choirs and Many Voices One Song, an extensive music outreach program. Tom serves as artistic director for the Ovations! Concert Series, the Birmingham-First Chamber Choir, an annual church music workshop, and a seasonal series of Summer Sings. He is also on the organ faculty of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Tom completed two graduate degrees in 2002, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, studying organ performance with David Higgs and choral conducting with Dr. William Weinert. He holds the Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied organ and church music with Todd Wilson.
A native of Perry, Ohio, Tom began piano study with Margaret Syroney at the age of four and began organ lessons with Anne Wilson at a Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) in 1991. His involvement in POE has continued since then as a student, chaperone, teacher, performer, and director. Tom directed a POE in Rochester, NY, in 2002 and a POE+ in Detroit in 2004. An active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), he has served on the national Committee on the New Organist and on the executive board of the Detroit Chapter.
He has been awarded First Prize at several regional and national competitions, becoming the first organist to win both the First Prize and Audience Prize in the American Guild of Organists' National Competition in Organ Improvisation.
Tom has presented numerous programs around the country including solo recitals, duo recitals, hymn festivals, service playing workshops, silent film accompaniments, and master classes. Performances have taken place at such venues as Royce Hall (UCLA), the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall (Nashville), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Ocean Grove Auditorium, Portland Municipal Auditorium (Maine), Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. Most notably, Tom has been a featured performer at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society in Dallas, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Buffalo, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Cleveland. He has served as Organ and Choral Clinician at the Westminster and Montreat conferences of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Tom's debut recording, Organa Americana, featuring works by American composers, was released on the Pro Organo label in 2004. Organ Ovations and Improvisations on the Raven label was released in 2007.
The Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is co-sponsoring the Fourth Annual High School Organ Competition with Oklahoma City University on 7 February 2009. The amount and number of prizes has increased this year to a total of more than $3000! The competition is open to any student who is a High School senior or younger. The competition has very flexible parameters with the intent of allowing a wide array of competitors to enter. Information about the competition can be found at www.okcu.edu/music/organ/competition.aspx. The deadline for entering is a postmark of 9 January 2009. Up to 10 competitors will be selected. If you have questions, contact Timothy Olsen, DMA, Associate Professor of Organ, Oklahoma City University, firstname.lastname@example.org; 405.208.5013 (office) or 405.535.8124 (cell).
From 28 July 28-10 August 2009, the University of Kansas will sponsor KU European Organ Study Tour IV: North Germany, under the direction of professor Michael Bauer. This tour will include a significant number of the major Schnitger organs, as well as renaissance instruments, important 17th-century organs by Scherer and Stellwagen, romantic organs by Ladegast and Sauer, and contemporary instruments by Ahrend and Metzler. We will also tour the Ahrend shop and have free time in Hamburg and Lübeck. For further information see www2.ku.edu/~organ or write email@example.com, or call 785.864.9744.
The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will hold their chapter's Quimby Competition for Young Organists on Saturday, 28 February 2009. The place will be determined after all entries have been received. The official rules are given in the April 2008 issue of The American Organist, p. 96 and following. Applications must be postmarked no later than 17 January 2009. Applications may be sent to Ann Posey, 11418 Hwy A, Liberty, MO 64068. Questions may be directed to Ann Posey, 816.781.1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, 8 February 2009, 5 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd. (at State Line Rd.) Bach Cantata Vespers: J. S. Bach's Cantata #158: Der Friede sei mit dir (Peace Be With You), with William Krusemark, bass, and Bach Vespers Orchestra. William T. Stewart, conductor. The public is invited to this free performance. 816.931.8483.
The American Guild of Organists is pleased to announce an exclusive benefit of AGO membership. Effective Monday, 15 December 2008, job listings posted online at www.agohq.org will only be accessible by AGO voting members.
Southminster Presbyterian Church (375 members) is seeking a part-time organist.3-manual Casavant, 28-voice Chancel Choir. Salary: $12,000 (no benefits); 10-12 hours/week; two Sunday services, 8:30am and 11:00am; one choir practice, 7:00pm Wednesdays. Position open until filled.Please send a resume and letter of interest to Dr. Stephanie Henry, Director of Music, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6306 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Email to: email@example.com.
First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Pleasant, Independence, MO 64050. 1S (+ 1/mo. Sunday p.m.), 1R, P (42-rank Kilgen), $N. Contact Barbara Graham at 816.822.3014 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Send resume to email address.
Zion United Church of Christ, 2711 N. 72nd St., Kansas City, KS 66109. 1S (plus seasonal), No Rehearsals, E/P (32 rank Reuter-Rogers). Contact Rev. Kevin Olsen at 913.299.6176 or email@example.com.
Leawood Baptist Church, 8200o 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.
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Pianist needed to accompany youth choir rehearsals and once a month and performance in Sunday morning services, $30/hr. For more information contact Barbara Eichenberger, 816.373.6197.
Pianist and Handbell Ensemble Leader
Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 NW 72nd St., Kansas City, MO 64151. 2S (plus seasonal), 3R (choir, bells, praise team). Contact Rev. Kimi Whipple. Ch: 816-741-1851 or email@example.com ; (cell) 816.516.4239
1977 Rodgers Organ, 2 manual, 47 stops, full AGO pedalboard rodgers organ. Organ is an excellent shape. $2,500.00. Organ was housed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Grandview, MO. Perfect for a practice organ at home or for a church. Please call Keith Sandrock at 816.896.6762 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|Tom Atkin – org, lit, dir||913.722.2404|
|Betty Bauer – org, lit||913.814.9021 or 913.488.8417|
|Phyllis Curtis – org||(4th & 5th Sundays only) 913.839.8856, 913.406.5327 or 913.248.6600|
|Doris Daniels – org, lit||816-431-3244, 816-721-3191 or 913.288.7129|
|Sharon Davies – org||816.331.5581|
|Kathy Hellwege – org, dir, lit, sop, alto||913.362.0594 or 913.706.0126|
|Steven McDonald – org, dir, lit||785.841.4696 or 785.242.5200x5439|
|Nick Mourlam – org, lit||913.488.1272|
|John Pitchford – org||913.663.3768|
|Dale Ramsey – org, dir||816.322.8985 or 816.797.3014 (cell)|
|Ann Marie Rigler – org, lit||816.415.3792 or 816.781.7700x5199|
|James Snyder – org, dir||816.765.1721 or 816.719.3289|
|Nancy Stankiewicz – org., lit||913.642.8642|
|Marilyn VanderLinden – org, lit
||(very early or evening), 816.665.4441|
|Ann Warzyn – org||816.453.5027|
|Roger Wischmeier – org||(Wed & Sun. p.m.) 816.761.3811|
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
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