From the Dean:
We had a good gathering for February’s program and I hope you might have found some new ideas from the broad selection of music on sale in the church’s narthex to the program of musicians in the program. Thanks Doris Daniels, Don Shoberg, and all the performers who shared their music. And speaking of music that was in the narthex, Doris Daniels is doing a fine job recycling music and raising funds to enhance the Luther Crocker Fund for competition prizes! It is a great deal of work to haul the music in for each meeting and when possible, Doris features scores relevant to that night’s event. Please take time to peruse the assortment she presents each month.
I would also like to express the chapter’s gratitude for the work of the Convention Committee which just completed the extensive process of an application to Headquarters for a National Convention. Thanks especially to Lynn Bratney and Jan Kraybill for their hours of homework!
This coming month’s meeting will be at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. For the past few years, the Kansas City Baroque Consortium has been building a baroque-instrument orchestra—that is a significant and distinguished accomplishment for Kansas City. We have invited them to play with five of our own organists: Mary Davis, John Ditto, Terry Foster, Rosi Penner Kaufman, Bill McCandless and they will perform some delightful, rarely-heard music for organ and orchestra by Paradies, Sammartini, Haydn, Handel, and Corrette. So please plan to join us and bring a friend!
Monday, March 21 at 7:30 pm
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
13th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:15 pm
Menu: Beef Brisket (sauce on the side), Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Broccoli & Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce, Tossed Green Salad
Butter & Egg Rolls, Lemon Bars, Cost: $9.
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, MARCH 16. 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).
PLEASE NOTE TIME AND VENUE CHANGE: The next meeting is Saturday, March 12, 2011 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 40th and Main. Board members are encouraged to attend the competition, and the meeting will begin asap after the conclusion of the competition, probably around 11:30. All committee chairs, elected positions and long-range planning committee members are expected to attend. If you must be absent please contact Carol Wallace at 816.468.6596 or email@example.com.
The GKCAGO/Quimby chapter competition for young organists will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 9 am-noon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 40th and Main. We have three competitors.
In order to hold the competition, we will need three page turners who would be able to meet with the performers to rehearse, along with two mentors who would be in the room during rehearsals as well. This would probably involve some time on Thursday, Mar. 10 and/or Friday, Mar. 11. We may also need a host for one of the competitors. If you would be willing to assist with this, please contact Ann Posey, 816-507-2744, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help promote our craft as musicians we need to encourage the quality education of our youth. As Youth Committee Chair I feel we need to promote our AGO piano & organ teachers.
If you would like to advertise your private piano/organ studio in the Bombarde, as we do our AGO substitutes, please submit your information to David Weldy. Please include name, phone, years of teaching experience, AGO certification, general location of your studio and a specialty if you have one; church music, classical literature, jazz, ETC.
--Submitted by Youth Committee Chair: Rev. David Weldy, email@example.com
Although our chapter is not hosting a POE this year, we can still do our part to support this important outreach program of the AGO. If you know of an interested organ or piano student, please direct them to http://www.agohq.org/education/pdf/AGO-POE-AD.pdf. Please note – there is now a POE+ for adults, so if you missed your opportunity for summer organ camp as a teenager, it’s not too late!
Standing Rule 34: Nominations can be found in the back of our Directory. Time line: Committee’s nominations were approved at February Board meeting; names and biographies go in March Bombarde. (Note information about any additional nominations.)
Standing Rule 7: Elections calls for voting in April and installation of officers in May. Voting Members will receive a ballot the same way you receive your newsletter. Balloting will cease at 6:30 p.m. at our April meeting on the 11th (the second Monday of April) and results announced that evening.
Nominating Committee members are Lynn Alfers, John Ditto, Margaret Jenkins, Jim Krehemker, and Joyce McIntosh, chair.
Introducing the Nominees for the 2011-2012 Season
Asterisk indicates incumbent
Dean: DALE RAMSEY
Dale Ramsey worked the early part of his career serving congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana, Texas and Missouri as an ordained associate minister and minister of music/organist. In 1990 he established MusiGraphics Productions, a company specializing in music engraving and editing services for publishing companies and composers.
For a number of years Dale was a staff organist for the Community of Christ National Headquarters. He recently retired from the position of Associate Organist for Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City. Earlier he was organist for Central United Methodist Church in Kansas City. He has served on the board of the KC area AGO for four years. He served as Dean of the Corpus Christi, Texas Chapter in 1990-91.
His compositions have been published by Kjos, Choristers Guild, Southern Music Company, MorningStar Music Publishers, and Wingert-Jones Publications.
Sub-Dean: CLAUDETTE SCHIRATTI
Claudette Schiratti, AAGO, has served on the AGO Board as secretary and youth chair. She has assisted with Pipe Organ Discovery, for students in grades K-12; and Pipe Organ Encounter for students, ages 13-18. Currently she is serving as Bachathon XXXII chair.
She has served as music director in parishes in Kansas, Missouri , and Nebraska. In April 2010 she retired as Director of Music for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. She has performed as an organist, pianist, member of a piano trio and member of NewEar. Currently she subs in various churches, mentors a parish music program, and teaches organ students. Claudette is a Sister of Mercy of the Institute of the Americas.
Secretary: CAROL WALLACE *
Carol is currently the organist at Liberty Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She holds a BM degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, and an MM from the U.M.K.C. Conservatory. She has worked at the Kansas City, Missouri Public Library for over 35 years as a Reference Librarian. As the Art & Music Specialist for the Central Branch, she is also responsible for collection development in the area of the arts. Carol is an active member of the national chapter of the Association of Disciple Musicians. She has been a member of the Kansas City AGO chapter since 1971 and has served as Registrar, Dinner Reservations Chair and as a member of the Professional Concerns Committee and the Youth Committee. She is currently Secretary of the Executive Board.
Treasurer: LYNN BRATNEY *
Lynn is currently assistant organist at Barry Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has served as the treasurer for the Kansas City AGO Chapter for one and a half years and has also headed the committee currently preparing our chapter's Letter of Interest for a national convention in 2018.
Lynn has worked at Cerner Corporation for over 20 years and is currently a consultant there for the laboratory information system. She holds a BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Iowa where she also took as many music classes and lessons in piano and oboe as her schedule would allow; she was also a member of the Scottish Highlanders while at Iowa playing tenor drums in the all girls' bagpipe band. Today, Lynn studies organ with Mary Davis and is an active member of the Kansas City AGO. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri putting her son, Rob through school at the University of Missouri - Columbia.
Registrar: PAM ROBISON *
Pam Robison has been involved with organs of one kind or another for 50+ years, ever since she began playing for church in England on a reed (pump) organ. She has been a member of the organ staff at Community of Christ International Headquarters since 1969, helping to provide music for worship services, the Daily Prayer for Peace, and organ demonstration recitals. She has also played at many Community of Christ congregations in diverse locations. She currently works as a Worship and Music Support Specialist at Community of Christ and has served as Registrar for the Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for the past two years.
OTHER ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
NOTE: The Executive Board voted to reduce the number of Members-at-Large/Long Range Planning Committee to two each year, beginning with this election.
CLASS OF 2014 (Choose TWO)
JOHN DAVIES John T. Davies has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a certificate in Organ Performance from CMSU, Warrensburg, Missouri, and a Master’s Degree in Management from Baker University, Baldwin, Kansas. He studied organ with Bethel Knoche, Frederick Homan and David Sanger in Great Britain. He is on the Auditorium Organ staff and is the Organist for the RLDS Stone Church in Independence, Missouri. He has been in school bus transportation management for many years retiring in July for 2010 from the Independence Public Schools as Director of Transportation. In 1997, he created the District’s Transportation Department and served on several district committees’ including site selection and long range planning. Although he considers himself a church organist he has played recitals in England – Bristol Cathedral, St. Paul’s-London, St Mary’s-Edinburgh and other venues.
SHARON DAVIES I graduated from St. Louis Institute of Music with a bachelor's degree in music. I taught piano and organ for about 25 years part time. I had substituted as organist when I lived in Iowa, Michigan, Maryland and Geneva, Switzerland. I was organist at College Avenue United Methodist Church in Manhattan KS for 13 years and was substitute for another seven. I joined the Manhattan/KSU AGO chapter in about 1992 and served as secretary, sub-dean, and dean. I was also a member of the Topeka AGO chapter and served as secretary there for one year. I have been a member of the GKCAGO several years. I moved to Belton in August, 2008, and am now organist at Raymore Presbyterian Church in Raymore.
(Note: the two Davieses are not related)
ANN POSEY Ann Posey has been organist at Second Baptist Church, Liberty, for over 30 years and adjunct instructor in keyboard at William Jewell College for over 40 years. She holds a BMus in Organ Performance and Church Music from the University of Alabama (Warren Hutton) and a MM in Organ Performance and Pedagogy from UMKC (James Evans). A long time GKCAGO member, she has performed on Bachathon, and served on various short term projects, currently as Quimby Competition chair. Ann has completed the Service playing and Colleague certification.
NANCY RAMIREZ My name is Nancy Ramirez and I have been a member of KCAGO since 2006. I can credit my mother for my love of classical music, and organ music in particular. Two of the first LP's she bought for her first stereo system were recordings by E. Power Biggs and Virgil Fox. We played them nearly as loud as the speakers would tolerate it! I no longer play organ or piano for church, but still enjoy playing both at home for my own enjoyment. I work as a medical technologist in the laboratories of Liberty Hospital and Gashland Clinic in Kansas City North. I also regularly attend the KC Symphony and am a member of the KC Theater Pipe Organ group.
AUDITORS (Choose TWO)
TOM WATGEN * I studied music at the University of Southern Ill. with Marianne Webb, graduating in 1985 with 2 bachelor degrees. Additional teachers include Mary Preston and Laura Ellis. I have been employed with the Reuter Organ Company since 1988 and am currently the voicing supervisor at the shop. Also, I have been a part-time organist at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Olathe, KS since 1991. Currently hold the position of auditor with the chapter.
JOHN PITCHFORD John Pitchford, SPC; B.A., Idaho State University; M.S., Kansas State University; M.M., Manhattan School of Music; completion of all course requirements for the doctorate, University of Oklahoma. Previous organ positions that I have held include Leawood United Methodist Church, Leawood Presbyterian Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Over the past 20 years, I was the Wednesday organist at Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist, and I have been a substitute organist in the greater Kansas City Area. I also have held security and insurance licenses. Thank you for your consideration.
CAROL HAMILTON Carol Hamilton has been a member of the KCAGO since moving here in 1969. She has served as historian and secretary of the chapter. At present she is treasurer of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon. She retired from teaching piano at Johnson County Community College in 1995 and Kansas State School for the Blind in 1999. She retired as organist at Colonial Church in Prairie Village in 2002. Carol now teaches private piano lessons to five blind students.
BETTY BAUER Betty Bauer credits her musical interests for getting her through the troublesome times of her long life. She's fastidious with record-keeping and believes she can detect someone else's errors, (and point out gently).
Placement Coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Full-time Director of Music
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, an active parish of 2700 families located at l3520 West 92nd Street, Lenexa, KS is seeking a full-time Director of Music to begin July 15, 2011. Chief responsibilities include planning music for all liturgies, coordinating and preparing volunteer musicians, serving as organist/pianist for liturgies, direct the parish choir, and serving as a member of the parish Liturgical Council. Candidates should have a music degree, be proficient in organ and piano, and possess strong interpersonal skills. Experience in church music preferred. Salary (including benefits) based on education and experience. For more information and a complete job description, please contact Dr. Paula Neihouse at email@example.com or 913-895-0682.
First Presbyterian Church, 601 East Oak Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 is seeking organist for Sunday and Seasonal/Special Services, 90 member congregation, Allen AE Model, 2 manuals. Contact Ebony Shaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816/892/2155, Frances Armstrong at 816/987/4132, or Patty Sudhoff at 816/224/2677.
Organist: First Presbyterian Church of North Kansas City, 23rd & Fayette, North Kansas City, MO 64116, small congregation, traditional service, salary $N. Time commitment 10-12 on Sundays plus about an hour on Tuesday evenings. Contact Gretchen Gober, Music Director at email@example.com or 816/699-5974.
Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 pm
David Pickering, organ. All Faiths Chapel, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. Works by Bach, Bridge, Gawthrop, Jordan, Mendelssohn, and Widor. The recital is free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 5, 7:30 pm
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Ensemble Singers. Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 SW Blvd., KCK. Free admission.
Sunday, March 6, 2:00 pm
Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ presents virtuoso British Theatre Organist Simon Gledhill. The Music Hall, 13th and Central, KCMO. The program is complimentary admission with donation requested (to help defray both the hall expense and the artist fees).
Sunday, March 13, 5:00 pm
Bach Cantata Vespers: J.S. Bach's Lenten Cantata #156 "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe" (I Stand With One Foot In The Grave) with Bach Vespers Choir and Orchestra. William T. Stewart, conductor. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd. (At State Line Rd.), Kansas City, Missouri. The public is invited to this free performance. (816) 931-8483.
POSTERS: By March 15 you will be able to go to the website and download a poster of BACHATHON – as many as you want, to place in as many places as you can think of.
Posters will also be available at the March meeting for you to pick up. Since Bachathon is May 1, one week after Easter, April 24, we all need to get the word out throughout the month of April.
PR in parish bulletin: Please place the following note in your parish bulletin:
BACHATHON: An afternoon of the music of J. S. Bach., 2 – 7 pm, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway. The theme is CHORALES: SOURCES OF INSPIRATION AND REPERTOIRE for J. S. Bach. Come when you can, leave when you must. List of performers and more information on the website www.kcago.com
AD for program: Have you placed an ad for BACHATHON? Check the website for information. www.kcago.com Deadline is March 20.
Sr. Claudette, RSM firstname.lastname@example.org
The KC AGO Marionette Crew would love to put on a production for the children of your church or school. Johann Sebastian Bach and his friends will come alive to explore the numerous possibilities that only a pipe organ can offer. Contact Mary Davis at 816/436-1419 or email@example.com to book an educational experience through this exciting presentation.
For the collection of 2011 dues, National Headquarters will be starting a process of collecting dues and entering membership information online. There will continue to be accommodation for chapter members who do not have computer access or who are not comfortable with online payment. More information will be shared as it becomes available. We just wanted to give you a heads’ up. –Submitted by Pam Robison, registrar
Now is the time to beginning planning for AGO certification exams. They are a great motivation to improve your professional skills. Contact Ted Stewart for more details.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
|Scott Foppiano, MM, CAGO - org, dir, soloist, lit||816-437-8557,
|Alan Gagnon, SPC, org, lit||603-660-8408 (cell)|
|Jan Kraybill, DMA, FAGO||816-833-1000, ext. 2432|
|Nick Mourlam, SPC – org, lit||913.488.1272|
|John Pitchford, MM, SPC – org||913.663.3768|
|Claudette Schiratti, MM, AAGO - org, dir, lit||913.530.0960 (cell)|
|Barbara Tankard Thatcher, CAGO||816.796.3706|
|Ann Warzyn, BME, SPC - org||816.453.5027|
|SPC = service playing certificate, CAGO = Colleague certification
AAGO = Associate certification, FAGO = Fellow certification
The following have various degrees in organ or church music at the college or post-graduate level:
|Tom Atkin, MSM - org, lit||913.722.2404|
|Joyce Berg, MM – org||816-741-7388|
|Phyllis Curtis, MM – org
(4th & 5th Sundays only)
|Michael Phelps, BA – org, piano, 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
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA – org, lit||913.642.8642|
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
The following also offer their services:
|Lisa Shephard Galchick, org, lit||816.587.9290 or
|Jonathan Gregoire, org||320-333-8894 (cell)|
|Kathy Hellwege, BSE in Music & English||913-362-0594 or
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 or
|Brent Stull – org, lit, dir (Saturdays only)||(620) 794-1940 (cell) or email@example.com|
|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.
Dear Friend of the American Guild of Organists:
The Kansas City chapter of the AGO will be sponsoring the thirty second annual Bachathon on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 West 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Once again we will feature a variety of artists playing or singing the music of J.S. Bach.
We would like to give you the opportunity to be part of the celebration by placing an ad in this year’s program booklet. Enclosed you will find the available sizes and costs, which have not increased since last year.
If you work for a church with a recital series, this is one of the most cost-effective ways of reaching your target audience, or to honor one of your staff musicians.
If you work for a music-related company, the musicians in attendance include many of the area’s decision-makers with regard to music and instrument purchases.
If you are a musician, you may wish to advertise your services, or to honor a mentor or teacher.
If you value the musical arts, this is a great way to show your commitment to the music of Bach, a true sign of permanence and excellence in an age of instant gratification and constant change.
The ad deadline is April 1st. Please return your ad request, copy ready, with check, by April 1 to the address below. Make your check payable to “Greater Kansas City AGO Bachathon”. If you would like to retain your ad from last year, simply note that. If you wish, assistance can be given in creating your ad.
If you have any questions, contact me at 913-782-2032, 913-579-4767 (cell) or by e-mail at email@example.com. Thanks for your support of the 2011 Bachathon.
Bachathon Advertising Chair
Send ads and payment to:
Rick Deasley / Bachathon Ads
2001 E. Sunvale Dr.
Olathe, KS 66062