From the Dean:
PLEASE NOTE: November’s meeting is the second Monday this month, November 14, rather than the usual third Monday. This is our second Concert Series event which features 16-year-old prodigy Karen Christianson at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak Street in Kansas City, MO, 7:30 pm.
Karen has already performed over 50 solo recitals on some of the major venues in this country, including St. John the Divine, New York; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; The National Cathedral, Washington D. C.; the Wanamaker organ, Philadelphia; and The Princeton University Chapel. She has performed in Coventry and Gloucester Cathedrals in England. Her teacher is Alan Morrison, Curtis Institute of Music. She also studies improvisation and composition at Curtis—all this while attending high school! In fact, this is why we are having her on a night other than our usual one. We had to negotiate with her high school to find a date she could come without interfering with her studies or exams.
She has played live radio broadcasts and been interviewed on NPR several times, including the well-known program “From the Top”. She is one of only three organists to have appeared on that program.
Selections for her concert are from the great literature for the organ, and include pieces that challenge the most experienced players, including the “Allegro” from Widor’s 6th symphony and “Variations on a Noel” by Marcel Dupré. One piece is virtually all pedals. This will be a pleasurable evening of music.
Karen is a delightful, intelligent young lady. We are excited to have her in Kansas City. Don’t hesitate to encourage your friends—especially your young friends—to join us. See you there.
And, we have many fine talents within our own ranks, as well. Last month’s program, led by Dr. Ann Marie Rigler, was most interesting and informative. She gave us a peak of what church life and culture was like in the latter part of the 19th century. Very different, indeed, from how we experience these things today. It was good to see some of the roots of our own work, and get a feel for how much things have changed. Ann Marie did a beautiful job opening a window to the past for a quick view. And, the organ at Rainbow Mennonite Church was perfect for the occasion, having been built very close to the era of our discussion time period, and even by the same builder of the instrument John Zundel played, who was the focus of her presentation. Our thanks to Ann Marie and also to Dr. Rosi Kaufmann, our host that evening.
Dale Ramsey, Dean
Monday, November 14 at 7:30 pm
Central United Methodist Church
5144 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:15 pm
Baked turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy,
seasoned green beans, cranberry salad, rolls, pumpkin pie.
Iced Tea and Coffee 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 NOON on WEDNESDAY, November 9. 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).
Our chapter's Facebook Page has been updated with an announcement of our next concert: Karen Christianson, 16-year-old organ prodigy, and a delightful, brilliant young lady.
Please go to your facebook home page, if have one, and at the very top, in a box labeled "search" type "Kansas City American Guild of Organists". It will bring you to our chapter's special page.
Next, below the story for Karen's concert, click "share". You will be presented with a box to type a few enthusiastic words of invitation, then click on "Share Status". It will now appear on your home page and on all your friend's pages as well. Very simple to do.
This is a great way to spread the word to lots of folks. And being a "Personal" invitation from you, it will have more impact than simply seeing it in the newspaper or an email list or an online journal.
The more I learn about and hear about Karen, the more enthusiastic I am about her being here and playing for us. Let's all work together to build a great audience for her!
The next meeting is Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran in Westport. 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 Board is looking for someone to direct Schola Cantorum. Schola is designed to be a mid-sized group of amateur and professional singers that perform diverse choral literature. The purpose of its existence is to provide education for both performers and audiences, opportunity for vocal performance, and joy that comes from participation. Anyone that is interested in this position or knows of someone that would be interested, please forward that information to the Board.
We are planning to acquire a block of tickets for AGO members who wish to attend the first public performance of the new organ in Helzberg Hall. Saturday, March 10 is the date. A time has not been set, nor has the cost of tickets. However, we have been promised that information as soon as it is available.
Already 120 people have indicated their desire to participate. It is not too late to add your name to the list. If you have not already done so, please send an email request with your name and the number of tickets you want to Dean@KCAGO.com right away. The list will need to close as soon as tickets become available and we can make our purchase.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Kansas City, Missouri, announces a hymn contest to commemorate and celebrate its 100th Anniversary. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is a member of the Diocese of West Missouri. Information regarding our church can be found on our website, www.standrewkc.org. This is a contest for a new text. New music for the winning text will be sought in the future. This contest carries a prize of $750 for the winning entry.
Your AGO chapter wants to provide helpful resources to our members. This year, in our emphasis to interest young keyboardists in the organ, we plan to compile a list of organ literature that works well in the transition between piano and organ. This could be music for manuals only; it could be music with optional pedals; also music with minimal pedal requirements. Keyboard skill levels could vary from easy to moderate, as some pianist have good finger facility, just no pedal skills.
Please look through your personal libraries and send via email titles and composers of pieces, or collections you recommend to: Dean@KCAGO.com. We will compile a comprehensive list and make it available to members. Doris Daniels, who so skillfully organizes our recycled music display each month, will create a category of pieces for “the beginning organist” to be made available to members. Should there be any music from your libraries you would care to donate, please bring it to the next meeting and give it to Doris, clearly marked “For the Beginning Organist”. It will then be available each month as a new resource for you.
As always, we appreciate your involvement and active support of these efforts.
Submitted by Dale Ramsey
Two Sundays ago, October 16, I witnessed something that is a key to our goal of instilling an interest in young people in the organ and its music.
During the postlude following the 11:00 service at Country Club Christian Church, a little tyke no older than three-years old, if that, toddled up the chancel steps to watch David Diebold play. This little lady stood transfixed during the James Biery postlude. Afterward, her daddy led her to the console where David spoke with her and then took her in his arms and placed her on the bench, pulled a few stops and let her very carefully, with pointer finger extended purposely, push a few keys.
Last Sunday, October 23 she was back. This time, grandma followed her up the steps. Again, she listened intently the whole time David played the “St. Anne’s Fugue” of Bach. Again, she was invited to the console to play a few notes.
I visited with “Grandma” a little following the service. She said her granddaughter was captivated by music, including the choir and the organ. I have a feeling she’ll be back to the console again and again.
Interestingly, I recently listened to a radio interview with the young 16-year-old organ prodigy who will be playing a concert here in a couple weeks, Karen Christianson. She told the story of her father who took her to the organ console during the postlude when she was about three years of age, where the organist kindly visited with her and invited her to play a few notes. She tells that this was the beginning of her fascination and later commitment to organ playing. Now she is touring the Western world playing concerts.
Such a simple gesture of kindness and good will can lead to marvelous things. We too, can invite anyone who is fascinated with the instrument to come to the console and make similar personal discoveries. We all can be ambassadors for our instrument. Being open to and looking for such opportunities is the key. Submitted by Dale Ramsey
On September 22 of this year, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas made the following declaration:
To the People of Kansas, Greetings:
WHEREAS the earliest agents of advancement for musical culture in the State of Kansas were organists and choir directors, in the various houses of worship and in other public meeting places; and
WHEREAS their influence continues even unto this day; and
WHEREAS, in the State’s Sesquicentennial Year, the Wichita Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO has instituted the Sunflower Organ Initiative as a program to recognize the role of the organ and of organ and choral music in the State; and
WHEREAS that Chapter has enjoined and enlisted other AGO Chapters across the State to take part in the Initiative, by their local programming, by their recognizing the organ and local performers of organ and choral music, and by sending out ambassadors and programs with this goal unto all corners of the State:
NOW, THEREFORE I, Sam Brownback, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim October of 2011, as SUNFLOWER ORGANISTS MONTH in Kansas and urge all citizens to join in this observation. The Proclamation is signed by Sam Brownback, Governor; Kris Kobach, Secretary of State; and Byran Caskey, Assistant Secretary of State.
Those of you in KCAGO who are Kansas citizens or who serve churches in Kansas may be hearing more about the Sunflower Organ Initiative. We’ll try to keep you apprised of activity related to this effort.
Placement Coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
First Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Jeffreys Street , Pleasant Hill , MO 64080 is seeking an organist for Sunday and Seasonal/Special Services, 90 member congregation, Allen AE Model, 2 manuals. Contact Ebony Shaffer at email@example.com or 816/892/2155, Frances Armstrong at 816/987/4132, or Patty Sudhoff at 816/224/2677.
Director Of Music:
The First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth, KS has an immediate opening for a Director of Music. The current position includes organist, chancel choir director, bell choir director and director of small children's choir. The congregation has one traditional service at 10:30 on Sunday and has in the past had Wednesday rehearsals, 6 pm for bell choir and 7 pm for chancel choir. Send resume to the First Presbyterian Church, 407 Walnut, Leavenworth, KS 66048 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or Chairperson Personnel Committee, Shirley Rockwell (913-772-0420) or email@example.com. She will be happy to send a full job description.
We are hosting the convention in 2018. Keep it in mind. Perhaps you might consider attending the National Convention in Nashville this summer, July 1-6, to see what’s in store for us in a few years?
Friday, November 4
Kansas State University is hosting a festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Austin organ housed in All Faiths Chapel on the Kansas State University campus. The Festival will feature Eric Johnson (Quimby,Pipe Organs), Daniel Gawthrop (composer), and David Pickering (Kansas State University). See http://www.ksu.edu/music/keyboard (look the festival website under EVENTS ) for more details. Please contact David Pickering ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) regarding questions about the festival. In addition, the organ (Austin Op. 2352, 1961, III/40) will be receiving a Special Citation as part of the Historic Organs Citations program. The All Faiths organ will be the second organ in the state of Kansas to receive this citation.
Sunday, November 6, 5:00pm
Bach Cantata Vespers: J.S. Bach’s Cantata #79: “Gott, der Herr, ist Sonn’ und Schild” (God, our Lord, is Sun and Shield) with Bach Vespers Choir and Orchestra, written for the Reformation Sunday. 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.
Saturday, November 12, 7:00pm
Esterhazy Quartet, University of Missouri Columbia. Venue Vistation Series, Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Tickets available through Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222.
Sunday, November 13, 2:00pm
Brett Valliant on the Robert Morton 4/27 Theater Pipe Organ at the Kansas City Municipal Music Hall. Sponsored by the Kansas City Theater Organ group.
Thursday, 17 November 2011, at 3 pm
Sharon L. Hettinger, DMA, will present a recital of Advent Music. Bishop Spencer Place, 43rd and Madison Streets, KCMO. Music by J. S. Bach, Callahan, Wold, and others will be featured on the little Schoenstein organ in the Chapel.
Thursday, November 17, 12:15pm
Wayne Hawkins, jazz pianist. Lunch and Listen Series, Venue Vistation, Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri. FREE.
Friday, November 18, 12:10pm
Filippa Duke, organist, presented by The Westport Center for the Arts, at Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport road, Kansas City, Missouri. Filippa is a doctoral student in Church Music (emphasis in organ) at the University of Kansas. She studies with Michael Bauer. Her program will include music by C. M. Widor, Ethel Smyth, Craig Philips, and J.S. Bach. FREE. Coffee by Westport Coffee House, Cookies by Californos. Donations are gladly accepted.
Sunday, November 20, 7pm
Pipes and Voices with the Spire Chamber Ensemble, Community of Christ Peace Temple. $10 Tickets at the door. At the center of this program will be one of the great masterpieces for organ and chorus, Kodály’s Missa Brevis. Jan Karybill, organ, Ben A. Spalding, founder/conductor.
When we talk about encouraging "the young organist" whom do we have in mind? Does "under 30" qualify? Compared to the average age of our chapter membership, that is quite young! I therefore urge you to go to hear the "under 30" organists who are members of our chapter when they perform for us. Filippa Duke joined our chapter about a year ago, soon after arriving in Lawrence to pursue a doctorate in Church Music with an emphasis on organ performance. She and several other KU students have been contributing to the high quality of church music performed by choirs, congregations, and soloists in the Kansas City/Lawrence/Topeka areas. Filippa will be performing a noon-hour recital at Westport Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 18th. See the Calendar listing above for details. I hope to see you there!
Submitted by Marian Thomas
Please print and add to your directory
David Armstrong, MCM
606 SW 36th Ter
Lees Summit MO 64082
Phone (home): 816-623-9947
Phone (business): 816-251-1100
Director of Liturgy and Music
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Rd
Lees Summit MO 64081
10029 W 68th St
Merriam KS 66203
Phone (home): 913-831-6850
Phone (cell): 913-484-7850
Organist / Choral Director
Community of Christ
7842 Mission Road
Merriam KS 66203
Barbara Thatcher CAGO
2301 S Seminole Dr
Independence MO 64057
Phone (home): 816-796-3706
Phone (cell): 816-516-2307
Community of Christ International Headquarters
1001 W Walnut
Independence MO 64050
Beacon Heights Community of Christ
2311 N Early St
Kansas City KS 66101
Phone (home): 913-342-2635
Phone (cell): 816-547-9633
Pianist / Organist
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
2310 E Linwood Blvd
Kansas City MO 64109
Change of address
Patricia A. Brand
2350 Limon Drive, Suite 149
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Correction: Filippa Duke is the correct spelling (not Philippa)
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:
|Barbara Adler, DMA, SPC – org, lit||816-333-3912
|Scott Foppiano, MM, CAGO - org, dir, soloist, lit||816-437-8557,
816-305-0260 (cell—eve. only)
|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|
|Thomas Zachacz, MA, CAGO - org, dir, lit||913-967-5952
|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:
|Rebecca Bell, MA – org, lit||816-523-5569 email@example.com|
|Joyce Berg, MM – org||816-741-7388
|Phyllis Curtis, MM – org
(4th & 5th Sundays only)
|Alan Gagnon, org, lit||603-660-8408 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org|
| Kathy Hellwege, org, lit, solo, dir,
BSE in Music & English
|Desiree Hines, (Organ major UMKC)
Org, Lit, Dir:
|917-257-6451 (cell) email@example.com|
|Sarah O Holland,
DMA student KU - org, piano, lit
|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:
|Doris Daniels, org, lit||816-431-3244|
|Jonathan Gregoire, org||320-333-8894 (cell)|
|Aaron Jaynes, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Mark Langdon – org, lit||816-807-4294 email@example.com
(after 10:30 am only)
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 or
|Lisa Shepard, org, lit||816-587-9290 or
|Brent Stull – org, lit, dir (Saturdays only)||(620) 794-1940 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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.