Our concert season is drawing to a close, but I think we saved the best for last. Bachathon is just around the corner. I consider this event as our gift to the larger musical community in Kansas City, as it often draws more interested amateurs and non-organist musicians than our regular concert series. Please come and be a presence in the audience, to show support for colleagues and to encourage the love of music of the greatest composer for our instrument.
Our final event of the program year is an organ recital and hymn festival led by Robert Hobby. Ted Stewart has provided additional comments printed below – please read them for all the details. It promises to be an inspiring event. See you there! -- Rosi Penner Kaufman
Bachathon is here! Please come support your colleagues and celebrate the music of organists’ favorite composer. Performers include Claudette Schiratti; Chelsea Vaught; Elisa Bickers/Village Presbyterian Choir; Evan Mitchell; Nick Mourlam; Ho Anthony Ahn, ‘cellist and John Schaefer, harpsichord; Jan Van Otterloo; Alan Gagnon; Stephen Kucera; Kevin Vogt; and Schola Cantorum. The schedule is available at http://www.kcago.com/bachathon.html. See you Sunday!
Monday, May 17 at 7:30 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1700 Westport Road
Kansas City, Missouri
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Seasoned Green Beans, Tossed Green Salad
Ice Cream Sundae Bar, French Rolls
Iced Tea and Coffee
Punch bowl at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:15
Please note change of contact information
Because Jane Dauer, our regular reservations coordinator, is on vacation this month, please call Margaret Jenkins at 816.943.0017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. If you email, please put “dinner reservations” in the subject line. The deadline for called-in AGO dinner reservations is 10 PM on WEDNESDAY (May12) 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).
**REMINDER TO BOARD MEMBERS: Our next Board meeting will be Saturday, May 8 at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church. All committee chairs are asked to attend.
Hobby Fest: Organ Recital - Hymn Fest - Workshop;
Mentor with Model Church Musician and Composer Robert Hobby
May KCAGO Meeting, Monday, May 17, 7:30 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd, KCMO
Our finale KCAGO meeting is designed to stimulate us as organists and church music leaders to bring energetic and enthusiastic leadership to our congregations’ music ministry. The program will be a combination of organ recital, hymn festival and opportunity to mentor with the renowned church musician and composer Robert Hobby. The informality of the evening will also allow us to get to know Mr. Hobby as composer, performer and pastoral musician. Robert A. Hobby is Director of Music at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he oversees an extensive music program. He is well known as organ recitalist, workshop teacher and composer of over 150 choral and organ compositions, published by Augsburg, Choristers Guild, Concordia, GIA MorningStar and Warner Brothers. In presenting his music he will exemplify ways of being creative and inspiring in our own church music ministry.
Luyben Music Store will provide a table of some of his published music for perusal and for sale. A special choir (see attached invitation article) and instrumentalists will assist in presentation of choral music. This meeting will be of special Interest to organists, music leaders and clergy wanting to be more creative in bringing to life the Word in music.
Our finale meeting of the season promises to be a celebration of the finest aspects of church music in recital and song. Do be present to listen, learn and make some great music together, led by this master of church music. This will be a great meeting to which to invite your clergy and singers and let them see how you do your work.
To Singers, Directors, and Organists: How can you inspire your choir and congregation to deeper meaning in texts in hymns, songs and anthems? How can they inspire your congregation? You are invited to sing in a one-rehearsal/one-performance choir to lead the Monday, May 17, KCAGO Hymn Festival/Recital, led by guest artist Robert Hobby. Mentor with him in a master rehearsal in preparing singers to bring vitality and life to the songs of the church.
The master choir rehearsal will be Sunday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd., KCMO. This rehearsal will be a practicum in rehearsing and inspiring singers to bring their songs to “life”, as well as preparation of the choir for the AGO Hymn Festival/Recital, Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. Music will be hymn concertatos and anthems written by Mr. Hobby. This choir is for organists, choir directors, and your choir singers. Here is a chance to participate in a master rehearsal to learn about preparing your singers for music ministry. We guarantee that you will be pleased at getting acquainted with this dynamic church musician and composer.
It will be helpful to have a count of singers in order to have sufficient music. Please call Ted Stewart (816) 305-1038 (or email email@example.com) to say that you and how many of your singers might be there. Please call/email by Monday, May 10. This is an outstanding educational opportunity to learn about inspiring our church singers and congregation. Do come and sing, and invite a choral singer or two to come along. Invite them to join you at dinner as well. We’ll have a good time together!
|Rehearse:||Sunday, May 16, 6:30-7:45 pm|
|AGO Festival:||Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.|
|Where:||Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd. KCMO|
|Contact:||Ted Stewart, (816) 305-1038 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
Congratulations to the following newly-elected Officers and Board members.
|Sub-Dean:||Dale E. Ramsey|
|Class of 2013:||Elisa Bickers, Lisa Galchick, John Schaefer|
|Auditors:||Thomas Watgen, David Weldy|
The officers will be installed at the May meeting. Thank you for a record response in numbers of ballots and on-line voting returns. Best wishes for our new, enthusiastic leaders!
Mary Davis, Nominations Chair
During this month, our registrar will be mailing GKCAGO membership applications for the 2010-2011 year. On the application form, you will be given an opportunity to make a donation to our concert fund.
GKCAGO is one of the largest and most active American Guild of Organists affiliates, in large part because of the quality of our programs. Throughout the year, we are able to hear recitals featuring not only our own members but some of the most acknowledged artists in the United States and even the world. In addition, we offer these programs free to the public, a true community service.
Concert series donations for the past year totaled $5,366, providing a sizeable portion of the concert series costs for the year. Our thanks to all those who made these donations.
If you would like to share in providing these outstanding programs, please include your desired donation to the concert series for 2010-2011 when you fill out your membership application for next year.
The Carlene Neihart International Pipe Organ Competition was held on April 10, 2010 at the Second Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.
The first-place Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc award of $2,500 was given to Arnfinn Tobiassen who is a resident of Avaldsnes, Norway. He has a Postgraduate Diploma of Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London and has taken a new position as organist of a church in Norway.
The second place Casavant Freres award of $1,500 was given to Aaron Tan a resident of. Canada. He is an Associate & Fellow – Royal Canadian College of Organists. He also has taken a new position as organist of a church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The third place award by Jim and Carlene Neihart of $1,000 was given to Nicholas Bideler who is a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Judges for the contest were Carlene Neihart, Dr. John Obez and Dr. John Ditto. Chris Oelkers of Austin, Tex., was also involved in selecting the finalists. Nancy Stankiewicz is Competition Chair of the competition.
Neihart Competition Winners
Pictured are, left to right: Aaron Tan, Nicholas Bideler and Arnfinn Tobiassen
Friday, May 7, 12:10 pm
The Westport Center for the Arts presents The Lyric Arts Trio as the final concert in its 16th season of Brown Bag Concerts. The trio features Elena Lence Talley, clarinet, Sarah Tannehill, soprano, and Daniel Velicer, piano. FREE. Donations gladly accepted. Coffee and cookies are provided, bring your own lunch.
Thursday, May 13, 7:00 pm
Solemn Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Ascension. Choral music by Schaefer, Sowerby and Finzi. Organ music by Buxtehude and Jordan. The Trinity Choir, Arnold Epley, conductor, John Schaefer, service organist, J. Richard Coulter, organist for the voluntaries
Sunday, May 16, 7:00 pm
Organ Dedication Hymn Fest with David Cherwien, organist, featuring the newly expanded Quimby pipe organ. Trinity Lutheran Church, Shawnee Mission Pkwy at Nall Ave, Mission, KS
913-432-5441 www.tlcms.org FREE admission
Sunday, May 23, 2:30 pm
Piano and organ concert presented by Stephen Kucera. First Baptist Church of Shawnee, 11400 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS. Refreshments following. FREE
Country Club Christian Church is currently seeking to fill the position of Associate Organist. We are looking for an organist with good knowledge of the organ literature, excellent service playing skills, and above-average accompanying ability. The individual must work well with people. Experience working in the church is a plus. The position involves two worship services per week, plus one regular weekly rehearsal. Weddings and funerals are additional compensation. The instruments in the George Hamilton Combs Chapel and our Sanctuary are both pipe instruments: a two manual Wicks and a four manual Schantz. The salary range for this position is between $12,000 – 14,000 per year, based on ability and experience. Our current honorarium for weddings is $300.00. A complete Job description is available on the church’s web site (www.cccckc.org) or by contacting David Diebold at the church (816-333-4917 or email@example.com). Interested parties should submit a résumé and letter of interest no later than May 21, 2010, to Organ Search Committee, Country Club Christian Church,6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64113.
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.
First Presbyterian Church of Independence, 100 N. Pleasant St., Independence, MO 64050. ?S, 2R, $N. Contact John Crick at (816) 461-6200 or email@example.com.
Director of Music Ministries
Atchison United Methodist Church, 501 Kansas Ave., Atchison, KS 66002. Pianist/ Accompanist (organ optional), choir director and coordinator of all music ministries. 1S (occasional special services), 1-2 R, periodic meetings required. Send application letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications accepted until position filled and reviewed in order of receipt.
Barry Christian Church, 1500 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO. 1S, 1R. Contact Senior Minister, Robert George 816-436-0462 or email@example.com
Items are listed as a courtesy for our members, and come with no endorsement or responsibility from the GKCAGO.
For Sale: Allen Digital organ, model MDS-16, purchased in 1996. Church model, with five internal speakers. Two manuals, 50 stops, 28 pistons, 12 toe studs, swell and great expression pedals, crescendo pedal, 4-level memory. MIDI expander, transposer, 30 minute record/playback capability. Suitable for church or home. Contact Ralph Lundell at 816.941.4722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free to a good home: Cleveland console piano, approx. 20 years old, has been maintained and tuned. Contact Michael Phelps at 816.686.5454.
If you're planning to take AGO certification tests, here are the particulars:
The Colleague Examination will be given again on May 14th; Choir Master June 2nd; and both the Associate and Fellowship Examinations on June 3rd and 4th. Contact Ted Stewart for more details. email@example.com or 816-254-5665.
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:
|David Jaranowski, CAGO – org, dir, lit||216.534.4876|
|Jan Kraybill, DMA, AAGO||913.897.8332|
|Nick Mourlam, SPC – org, lit||913.488.1272|
|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|| 913-944-3476
|Michael Phelps, BA - org, pian, lit||816.686.5454|
|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:
|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.
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.