There’s never a dull moment for the Dean of the GKCAGO, but some days are more exciting than others, such as when one finds out at 4:00 pm that plane carrying the presenter for the evening’s program just turned around and went back where it came from! So, thank you, those of you who braved a cold, foggy night to hear Stephen Pinel but wound up listening to someone spout passionately, if not articulately, about her own pet project (that would be me). Stephen has offered to come back at a later date (when it’s warm). We’ll see what we can work out.
Perhaps one of the best things to come from our January meeting was the impromptu brainstorming session that came as a result of our change in program. Our table discussions centered on “how we can improve our chapter” and brought thoughtful response, which was recorded by Carol Mueller, our long-range planning chair. I also received more detailed responses after the meeting. Thank you for investing in and caring about the future of our chapter.
Our program for this month brings an artist to Kansas City who has not played here before: Gail Archer (see her biography below). She will play a program including Bach, Buxtehude, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Messiaen at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. It promises to be an enlightening program. I hope to see many of you there. Bring a friend. – Rosi Penner Kaufman, Dean
Gail Archer is college organist at Vassar College and a member of the organ and history faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. She serves as director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University and conducts the university choirs. Ms. Archer is artistic director of the artist and student organ series at historic Central Synagogue in New York City. Her first CD, the Orpheus of Amsterdam on CALA Records, London, received international critical praise; her second CD, A Mystic in the Making, music of Olivier Messiaen, recorded on the Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University was released in April, 2007, on Meyer-Media. Ms. Archer played the complete Messiaen organ works in six Manhattan churches in spring, 2008. The New York Times declared, “a survey of Messiaen’s organ music by Gail Archer is sure to be among the year’s highlights---Ms. Archer’s well-paced interpretation had a compelling authority. She played with a bracing physicality in the work’s more driven passages and endowed humbler ruminations with a sense of vulnerability and awe.” Time-Out New York named the Messiaen cycle “Best of 2008”in classical music and opera. In spring 2009, Ms. Archer celebrated the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn with a recital series at Central Synagogue and Temple-Emanu-El in New York City; an on-line release of live recordings of these concerts is available on Meyer-Media. Ms. Archer’s CD, An American Idyll, featuring American organ music from 1900 to the present played on the E. M. Skinner organ at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida was released in August, 2008 on Meyer-Media. Her new CD, Bach the Transcendent Genius the “Great 18” chorale preludes recorded on the Fritts organ at Vassar College, was released on January 26, 2010.
**REMINDER TO BOARD MEMBERS: Our next Board meeting will be Saturday, February 13 at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church. All committee chairs are asked to attend.
Monday, February 15, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
13th and Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri
Punch Bowl 6:00, Dinner 6:15 (Cost: $9), Recital 7:30
Swiss steak with Peppers, Onions and Mushroom Sauce
Twice Baked Potato Casserole, Buttered Corn, Tossed Green Salad
Cherry or Apple Pie, Butter & Egg Rolls
Coffee and Iced Tea
Please call Jane Dauer at 816.252.3787 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. The deadline for called-in AGO dinner reservations is 10 PM on WEDNESDAY of the week preceding the meeting. When making your reservation, please indicate how many people you are reserving for. (If you have a standing reservation and are just calling to make sure you will have a place, please also indicate that).
Last Call for Bachathon 2010! The performer list for Bachathon is nearly full! However there is still room for you! Contact Brian Campbell, email@example.com, 816-896-4750 to add your name to the list of performers or to volunteer.
Schola will singing at Bachathon – if you are interested in participating, please talk to Ken Walker.
SAVE THE DATE! May 2, 2010
The next Carlene Neihart International Pipe Organ Competition will be held on April 10, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri at the Second Presbyterian Church. The 1949 Möller Pipe Organ has been rebuilt and restored in 2009 and includes a new movable console. Contestants from various places in the United States and other countries are expected to enter the competition.
Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., will underwrite the 1st place award ($2500) and the second place award ($1500) is supported by Casavant Fréres and Caroll Hanson. The third place award is $1000.
The Carlene Neihart Organ Competition Foundation, with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, was formed to organize, present the competition, and fund the prize money to help sustain the future of the Pipe Organ.
The web site www.organcompetitions.com has more information about the competition.
The Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Community of Christ Auditorium has been celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Staff organists have been presenting regular organ demonstration recitals at Community of Christ International Headquarters since the Auditorium Organ was installed in 1959. As we look forward to the next fifty years, we would value input from folks who have visited Independence to hear one of the recitals, who have encouraged others to attend the recitals, who have played some of the recitals, or who would like to come some day. There is a short survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BXMPZ33 that we would like to ask you to take. Your responses will help us create a meaningful musical experience for our visitors. Thanks!
Looking for something to look forward to this summer? Consider attending the AGO National Convention, July 4-8, in Washington, D.C. It’s an opportunity to find inspiration and fellowship with colleagues. More information is available in The American Organist or at www.agogq.org.
Friday, February 5, 7:30 pm
Martin Jean Performs and Teaches at KU. Martin Jean, Professor of Organ, Professor in the Practice of Sacred Music, and Director of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University will present an organ recital at the Bales Organ Recital Hall at the University of Kansas. This is one recital in the 2009-10 Bales Artist Series. Tickets for the recital are $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the Lied Center Ticket Office 785-864-2787 or online at lied.ku.edu
Professor Jean will deliver a lecture on “music and meaning” at the Bales Organ Recital Hall at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 6th followed by a masterclass.
Sunday, February 7, 3:00 p.m.
Jan Kraybill will present her 11th annual Super Bowl Sunday Concert at the Community of Christ Temple (corner of River and Walnut Streets in Independence, Missouri). This program will be aimed at the young and the young-at-heart. If your group contains at least one person under the age of 20, you can be among the first in line for an up-close look at the instrument following the recital. (Football fans will be home in time for the kick-off!) The program is free and open to the public.
Sunday, February 7, 4:00 pm
Parker Stanley and friends: music focused on the collaborative effort: Haydn Quartet, Bach Duets, Contemporary Cello piece, Contemporary Bulgarian piece and more. Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 SW Blvd., Kansas City, KS. Graduate chamber music ensemble from the University of Iowa. Free, donations accepted.
Sunday, February 7, 5:00 pm
Bach Cantata Vespers: J.S. Bach's Cantata #191: "Gloria in excelsis Deo" with Musica Vocale Ensemble and Bach Vespers Orchestra, Arnold Epley, conductor. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd (at State Line Rd.), KCMO The public is invited to this free performance. (816) 931-8483.
Friday, February 19, 12:10 pm
Richard Preis, baritone and Marian Thomas, pianist: "What is This Thing Called Love? Music of Rodgers & Hart & Hammerstein." Presented by The Westport Center for the Arts at Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri. FREE. Coffee and cookies provided. Donations always welcome. Come and bring someone you love and enjoy songs about love!
Friday, February, 2010, 7:30 pm
St. Michael's and All Angels Church at 6630 Nall Ave, Shawnee Mission, Kansas and
Sunday, February 21, 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 817 SW Harrison, Topeka, KS
Harpsichordist Nicholas Good will be joined by members of the Kansas City Baroque Consortium in an all-baroque program that includes a Bach harpsichord concerto, the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, one of the Paris Quartets of Telemann and solo harpsichord music by Böhm and Rameau. The Kansas City Baroque Consortium, a period instrument group, is lead by Trilla-Ray Carter, artistic director. Nicholas Good, CAGO, is organist at First United Methodist in Topeka, KS and a member of the Kansas City and Topeka AGO chapters. He performs frequently as a harpsichordist in the midwest, including touring as a performer on the Kansas Arts on Tour rooster. Mr. Good is a graduate of the school of music at the University of Illinois. In recent years he has continued harpsichord studies with Prof. Ed Parmentier at the University of Michigan. February will see the release of his second harpsichord CD, a recording of the keyboard music of Georg Böhm. Both concerts are free and open to the public (a free-will offering will be gratefully accepted).
The KC AGO marionette crew has two programs ready to present to your church, school, or group. Children (of all ages) enjoy the marionette skits when J.S. Bach comes to life and plays the organ and converses with other marionette characters, including two organ pipes that can actually “speak.” Contact Mary Davis for further information at 816.436.1419.
. . .that AGO is the world's largest organization of organists and choral conductors as well as the largest organization on the globe dedicated to a single musical instrument?!!
And . . . Eileen Guenther is only the third women in the 112-year history of AGO to hold the office of president.?
(Source: P.E.O.'s international magazine "The P.E.O. Record",May-June 2009. Eileen Guenther is a P.E.O. as well as AGO's president.)
Notice informing the membership of a case in progress: On November 2, 2009, an AGO Member filed a formal complaint against St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 900 NE Shady Lane Drive, Kansas City, MO 64118 for wrongful termination of employment. The Guild is investigating the matter according to the AGO's Procedures for Dealing with Complaints about Termination. No determination has been made at this time.
Although Guild Members may provide substitute or interim services, no Member may seek or accept regular or permanent employment with St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church while these Procedures are pending. See the AGO’s Web Site for the current status of this case.
**As of January 30, 2010, the case is still under investigation.
Leawood Baptist Church, 8200 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66206. Must play organ and piano, have a sensitivity to congregational worship, sight read well, and have experience playing for choirs and with a worship band. Must be available Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings, and some Saturdays. Email resumes to apply. Contact Michelle Egbert (Director of Music, Worship, and Young Adult Ministries) at firstname.lastname@example.org Daytime phone: 913-649-0100.
Platte City United Methodist Church, 14040 N Hwy., Platte City, MO. 1S, 0R, $50/week. Contact Melissa Hickman at email@example.com or (816) 858-7225.
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 5001 N. Oak Tfy, KCMO 64118. 1S, (Tuesday a.m. chapel), Teach keyboard or organ students for the semester (approx. 5). Minimum Masters degree in keyboard, prefer Doctorate. $200 month for chapel/$225 per student for lessons for the semester. Contact Dr. Eric A. Foley, Asst. Professor of Church Music. (816) 414-3750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Professional Development, this year's thrust will be for our Guild to provide the best possible organists for congregational worship -- either full-time organists or substitute organists. One of the ways for you to help accomplish that goal is to acquire an AGO certificate. If you are interested in working on your AGO certification, contact Ted Stewart email@example.com (816-254-5665) or Betty Baue firstname.lastname@example.org (913-814-9021). For those wishing to substitute, getting the minimum Service Playing Certificate will guarantee you will be included on our web site's substitute list.
Substitutes listed are members of the local organ guild. The ones who hold AGO certificates have passed requirements of the national American Guild of Organists for various levels of service playing and choral conducting. However, the Greater Kansas City AGO is not an endorsement agency for service provided by the persons listed here. To learn proficiency of substitutes, feel free to ask them for references.
These substitutes have passed various levels of AGO certification requirements:
|Scott Foppiano, MM, CAGO
– org, lit, dir, pian, synagogue, ten/bari
|David Jaranowski, CAGO – org, dir, lit||216.534.4876|
|Jan Kraybill, DMA, AAGO||913.897.8332|
|Nick Mourlam, SPC – org, lit||913.488.1272|
|Joyce McIntosh, BA, CAGO – org, dir, lit||816.254.2409|
|John Pitchford, MM, SPC – org||913.663.3768|
|Barbara Tankard Thatcher, CAGO||816.796.3706|
|Ann Warzyn, BME, SPC - org||816.453.5027|
|Roger Wischmeier, DMA, CAGO – org||(Wed & Sun. pm) 816.761.3811|
|SPC = service playing certificate, CAGO = Colleague certification|
The following have various degree in organ or church music at the college or post-graduate level:
|David Armstrong, MChM
– org, dir, T/B solo, lit
|Phyllis Curtis, MM – org||913.839.8856,
(4th & 5th Sundays only)
|Steven McDonald, Bmus - org, dir, lit||785.841.4696 or 785.242.5200x5439|
|Caroline M. Neal, MA - org, pian||816.305.9526
|Dale Ramsey, MM – org, dir||816.322.8985|
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA – org, lit||816.415.3792
or 816.781.7700 x5199
|James Snyder, DMA – org, dir||816.765.1721
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA – org, lit||913.642.8642|
|Kevin Vogt, DMA org, lit||913.649.2196|
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
The following also offer their services:
|Betty Bauer - org, lit||913.814.9021
|Doris Daniels - org, lit||816.431.3244,
|Freda Proctor - org, dir., lit||913.328.0721 (h);
913.484.8271 (cell); 913.758.6320 (w)
|Keith Sandrock – org,||816-420-9104
or 816-896-6762 (cell)
|Marilyn VanderLinden - org, lit||816.665.4441|
|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.
The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce seven PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTERS (POEs) and one POE (Advanced) for students aged 13–18; and two POE+ programs for adults in 2010. Generous funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) <www.apoba.com> and the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) <www.pipeorgan.org> will support the summer programs, which will be held from coast to coast.
"The AGO and APOBA have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship since 1975," declared AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. "Likewise, the AIO has been active in supporting the Guild's educational programs, beginning with their partnership in Pulling Out All the Stops, a video produced jointly by the AGO, AIO, APOBA, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Theater Organ Society in 1996. Collectively, APOBA and the AIO have contributed more than $325,000 in support of the AGO's educational programs over the past 15 years. For their ongoing, committed generosity in supporting the Guild's mission to ‘promote the organ,' we are extremely grateful."
Complete contact information for each Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in The American Organist Magazine and online at <www.agohq.org>. The summer schedule follows:
POEs for Teenagers
June 13–18 Columbia, S.C.
June 13–18 St. Louis, Mo.
June 21–26 Bloomington, Ind.
June 27–July 2 Fairfield, Conn.
July 18–23 Waukesha, Wis.
July 25–30 Fort Worth, Tex.
July 25–31 Irvine, Calif.
POE (Advanced) for Teenagers
July 18–23 New York City
POE+ for Adults
July 26–30 Eugene, Oreg.
August 8–13 Winchester, Va.
PIPE ORGAN ENCOUNTERS introduce young people to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer organ music institutes for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Basic keyboard proficiency is required, although previous organ study is not necessary. The POE (Advanced) is designed for teenagers who have already attended a POE, or who are already receiving private instruction. Scholarship assistance is available. The POE+ is a summer program filled with practical information and instruction for adult keyboard musicians interested in improving their service-playing skills. Participants will be introduced to basic organ skills through private instruction and classes. The week-long experience will lead to greater confidence and competence at the organ.
Pipe Organ Encounters is an educational outreach program of the American Guild of Organists. Major funding for Pipe Organ Encounters is provided by the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America. Additional support is provided by the American Institute of Organbuilders. Permanently endowed AGO scholarships are provided in memory of Charlene Brice Alexander, Robert S. Baker, Seth Bingham, Clarence Dickinson, Philip Hahn, Charles N. Henderson, Alfred E. Lunsford, Ruth Milliken, Ned Siebert, and Martin M. Wick; and in honor of Anthony Baglivi, Philip E. Baker, and Morgan and Mary Simmons. POE and POE+ site locations are selected by the AGO Committee on the New Organist and approved by the AGO National Council after application by AGO host chapters. The deadline for applications to host 2011 POE and POE+ programs is March 15, 2010. Applications are available from AGO National Headquarters. Partial program funding is provided to AGO host chapters.