And away we go into 2010: The January meeting will be presented by Stephen Pinel, archivist for the Organ Historical Society. The archives are located at Westminster Choir College, Rider University, Princeton, New Jersey. His presentation is “What the OHS Can Do for the AGO.” He has many, many visuals to share, and there will be a brief demonstration on Rainbow’s historic 1869 E and GG Hook organ. If you missed “History of American Organ Building” as part of your organ studies, or are curious about anything to do with why American organs are the way they are, please come. Scott is passionate about his field, and it will be enlightening and enjoyable to hear about the development of our instrument from someone who knows its history so intimately.
**REMINDER TO BOARD MEMBERS: Our next Board meeting will be Saturday, January 9 at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church. All committee chairs are asked to attend.
Monday, January 18, Rainbow Mennonite Church
1444 SW Blvd., Kansas City, KS
Punch Bowl 6:00, Dinner 6:15 (Cost: $9), Recital 7:30
Menu: Dean’s Favorites!
Chicken Cordon Bleu, Wild Rice, Green Beans, Green Salad
Whole Wheat Rolls, Famous Filled Cookies, Iced Tea, Water and Coffee
**PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE IN RESERVATION PROCEDURE: The Dean regrettably accepted the resignation of Scott Foppiano as the Dinner Reservations Coordinator, due to a job change. Jane Dauer has agreed to fill his position through the end of the program year. You can reach her at 816.252.3787 or email@example.com 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).
Director Ken Walker reports that the December 13th Schola concert was a success. Scheduling the concert and rehearsals was a major challenge this year, and many AGO members who would usually participate were committed to other events on the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Ken was able to put together a group of singers from local choirs to perform interesting music they might not otherwise have an opportunity to sing. I know a couple of singers from my own church choir appreciated the chance to work with Ken. This particular concert was an opportunity for the GKCAGO to provide outreach and education to local singers, the audience, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in KCK, where the concert was held. Thank you, Ken.
—Submitted by Dean Rosi Penner Kaufman
P.S. Schola will singing at Bachathon – if you are interested in participating, please talk to Ken Walker.
Planning efforts are already underway for the 2010 Bachathon program. The committee has decided to focus on ways to improve attendance and Guild member participation. If you are interested in helping out with Bachathon 2010, please contact Brian Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 816-896-4750. The performer list is not yet complete, so there is room for you! If you have never volunteered for an AGO event, this event is for you!! Come and take part of the chapter tradition.
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 Frères 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.
Sunday, January 3, 2010, 4:00 pm
Thomas P Smith, Annual Epiphany organ recital. Cathedral of St. Joseph, 519 N. 10th St., St. Joseph, Missouri. Free admission.
Sunday, January 10, 2010, at 3:00 p.m.
The third event of the 50th-birthday celebration of the Auditorium Organ will feature the husband and wife duo of Ken Cowan and Lisa Shihoten in a free concert of organ and violin music at the Community of Christ Auditorium (corner of River Boulevard and Walnut Streets in Independence, Missouri).
Mr. Cowan is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Cowan has also been a featured artist at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
Ms. Shihoten made her debut in 1995 performing Bruch's Scottish Fantasy with the Juilliard Orchestra under Kurt Masur. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has appeared at the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals, and at Caramoor's "Rising Stars" series. She is also Grand Prize winner at the Marcia Polayes National Violin Competition and the Nakamichi Concerto Competition.
This event is free and open to the public (a free-will offering will be gratefully accepted). Check the Dome and Spire Fine Arts Series website, www.CofChrist.org/dome_spire, for more information on this and additional upcoming events.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
A Sing-Along with renowned conductors Dr. Weston Noble and Charles Bruffy is based on a similar event held 11 years ago at Bethel College with famed choral conductor Robert Shaw and Arts in Prison founder Elvera Voth.
That event, consisting of a 500-voice chorus and over 1,200 participating audience members, was a remarkable success, raising enough funds to officially launch Arts in Prison and paying tribute to the passions of social justice and musical excellence.
The Kansas City Sing-Along will use the same repertoire of well-known classical choral works and hymns that was used in the original concert. In fact, concert songbooks that include Mr. Shaw’s editorial markings will be distributed to each attendee for use during the sing-along.
This event will also benefit Arts in Prison, which has grown in the last decade to not only include vocal music ensembles, but classes in creative writing, drama, instrumental music, art, yoga and gardening as well.
The Sing-Along of classic choral favorites will be at 4 p.m. at Yardley Hall in the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College. You are invited to work with these accomplished conductors in an afternoon workshop from 1-3 p.m. and the 4 p.m. Sing-Along concert accompanied by the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Or you can simply come to the concert to experience the joy of participating in a mass choral event.
Tickets are $15 (students), $40 (adults) and $60 (premium tickets—first tier seats) and may be purchased individually through the Carlsen Center (913.469.4445) or as a group through Arts in Prison (913.403.0229) or www.kcsingalong.org.
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.
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 1, 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 email@example.com Daytime phone: 913-649-0100.
Platte City United Methodist Church, 14040 N Hwy., Platte City, MO. 1S, 0R, $50/week. Contact Melissa Hickman at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
For Professional Development, this year's thrust will be for our Guild to provide the best possible organists for congregational worship — either fulltime 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (816-254-5665) or Betty Bauer email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.