From the Dean:
It was been a remarkable, powerful week. The celebrations surrounding the new Kauffman Performing Arts Center drew huge crowds. The KC Star estimated as many as 55,000 came through the stunning, new facility during Sunday’s open house. Newspapers and news broadcasts of all forms heralded the event in all its excitement and glamour. The grand opening was the talk of people everywhere—meaning Kansas City, both states, and further afield to cultural centers around the country. Kansas City has been put on the map! There will be pilgrimages from across the nation to see the center and hear performance in the acoustical marvels of its two spaces.
Our AGO Chapter had a pretty exciting event, too. Even with all the possibilities of the new PAC plus many other musical organizations presenting concerts, we attracted among the largest crowds we have seen recently to hear David Briggs play the beautiful Casavant in the Temple of Peace in Independence. Nearly 200 people shared the excitement. I wonder how many might have come on a less crowded weekend? It was a great beginning to our year of fine programs.
October’s meeting will also be a fine event. German organist John Zundel moved to Brooklyn in 1847 from Germany and was organist at Plymouth Church there for 31 years. Please see more details of his story below in another article. Dr. Ann Marie Rigler will present a lecture recital featuring the works and times of this fascinating man. She will play a few of his compositions on the organ of Rainbow Mennonite Church, which is an 1869 E. and G.G. Hook mechanical action organ, moved to Michael Quimby’s shop in 2004 and restored for placement at the Rainbow Church. It is a perfect instrument to demonstrate Zundel’s music. Dr. Rigler is well-known lecturer, having presented a major lecture at the National AGO Convention in Washington D.C. last summer. We look forward to her presentation.
Hope to see you there. Be sure to make dinner reservations by Wednesday noon, prior to meeting day.
Dale Ramsey, Dean
Monday, October 17 at 7:30 pm
Rainbow Mennonite Church
1444 SW Boulevard, Kansas City, KS
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:15 pm
Swiss Steak with Peppers, Onions & Mushroom Sauce, Mashed Potatoes,
Steamed Mixed Vegetables, Cole Slaw, French Rolls, Lemon Bars,
Iced Tea and Coffee Cost: $9
Please call Jane Dauer at 816.252.3787 or email@example.com to make a reservation. The deadline for called-in AGO dinner reservations is NOON on WEDNESDAY, October 12. 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).
German organist John Zundel launched his American career Brooklyn in 1847 after having established himself as a multi-faceted musician in St. Petersburg. He studied several years with Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck. Most of the next 31 years were spent in the enviable position of organist for Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, where he worked closely with one of America's most famous--even infamous--preacher of the day, the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. As part of the church's exemplary worship arts ministry, Zundel played one of America's largest E. & G. G. Hook organs, compiled several hymnals, participated in one of the most significant weekly church recital series on the East Coast, and led congregational singing for crowds of nearly 3,000 worshipers every Sunday morning. This month's program will offer a glimpse into the life of one of 19th-century America's most influential churches with congregational singing of several of Zundel's hymns, a sampling of his organ compositions, discussion of the instruments that he played, acknowledgement of his tireless efforts as a music educator, and recollections by and about Beecher as his boss, colleague, spiritual mentor, and loyal friend. Come ready to sing, to laugh, and to recognize aspects of your own commitment to music ministry in their stories.
Each week, some lucky person attending our monthly meeting will be awarded a free pick of organ music from the recycled music put on display each week by Doris Daniels. It’s just a little thank you for attending our meetings.
The next meeting is Saturday, October 8, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On October 1, 2011, Canon Musician John Schaefer completed 35 years of ministry as organist-choirmaster at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, MO. His remarkable tenure was celebrated at the 10:15am worship service at the Cathedral on September 25. On Saturday, October 1, the church hosted a Lobster Fest dinner. It celebrated John’s commendable achievement and also served as a fund-raiser for the Cathedral Choir’s planned performing tour to England in the summer of 2013.
The Kansas City Chapter of AGO has long been a beneficiary of John’s unshakable support, interest and example over those many years. We offer our hearty congratulations and our thanks for his years of service, inspiration and leadership.
The great Casavant organ in Helzburg Hall of the Kauffman PAC is physically in place, and voicers are in town doing their careful work to adjust each and every pipe to perfection. On March 10, James David Christie will play a solo recital giving the instrument its first public hearing.
We have been alerted that tickets to every event at of every kind at Kauffman are selling very rapidly—and selling out in many instances. We feel the inaugural recital will quickly sell all 1600 seats, therefore we are attempting to purchase a block of seats for guild members, thus assuring that those of us who truly want to go are able to do so.
In order to get a better idea of how many tickets to set aside, please send an email to Dean@kcago.com indicating how many tickets you want to purchase. This is not a guarantee of tickets, but we will attempt to do this and let you know. If it doesn’t work out to purchase a block of tickets, we will alert you quickly for you to acquire your own independently. Please respond right away, so we can get cracking on this. MANY THANKS.
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. More information can be found here.
Thanks to the extraordinary effort of Laura Griggs, our Directory Chair and Pam Robison our Registrar, the new membership directory was made available at the September 19 meeting at Stone Church Community of Christ. If you were not present at that meeting, the remaining directories will be mailed.
One error has come to our attention, and we encourage each of you to make this correction right away. On the back, outside cover, programs for the year are listed. The location of the February 20 meeting is Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6306 Roe Ave., Prairie Village and not Leawood UMC.
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.
One of our members shared this story. As a teenager, she went to see the organist after a service to express an interest in playing the organ. He slammed the instrument shut and refused to discuss it!
We need to be open to people (young or old) who come up to the console after any event to give them at least a brief opportunity to learn about the instrument and even to try some of the sounds. If the console is not easily visible or accessible, periodically print an invitation for an open console after a service.
Be open to having an open console during Sunday School - for any age group - or invite children's groups (preschools) to come in to try the different sounds.
One of our members had a young person who was invited to come and set the stops for the postlude each Sunday.
What do you do?
Thanks, Ann Posey
Student organist Stephen Kucera reports on the Advanced POE in Boston. Access his article by clicking here! Stephen provides an in-depth look at what goes on and what his experiences were this summer. Stephen will be one of the organists featured in our students' recital in January.
Kansas State University will be hosting its second annual High School Piano and Organ Day for students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 on Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM on the Kansas State University campus. All activities will be held in All Faiths Chapel and McCain Auditorium.
Students will have the opportunity to receive an introduction to the pipe organ, participate in a panel discussion on career options for keyboard musicians, and hear University Faculty perform. After lunch, students will have a free, 20-minute private lesson with a faculty member of their choice.
The registration fee for the camp is $10 (checks made payable to the Kansas State University Music Department) and includes refreshments, lunch, and the private lesson. A refund of $5 will be available for all cancellations received by October 14. No refunds will be available after October 14.
Faculty for the camp will be comprised of the following Kansas State University Keyboard Division faculty members: Ms. Amanda Arrington, Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, Dr. Virginia Houser (piano) and Dr. David Pickering (Organ)
A registration form and schedule can be found on the Kansas State University website, at the Keyboard Division website under Events. Please feel free to contact Dr. David Pickering for more information or questions! David Pickering’s email: email@example.com.
I regret to inform the chapter that Robert Parris, Professor of Music at Mercer University for 32 years passed away last Thursday. Robert was one of our Guest Recitalists for the KCAGO last year. His funeral was this past Saturday (Sept. 24). Submitted by John Ditto.
We’re well ahead of AGO National’s suggested timeline, so the committee is cooling its jets for a couple of months. Don’t worry, communication is ongoing, but there are no major decisions that need to be made in the near future. We’ll keep you posted when things heat up again.
Placement Coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 NE Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, MO is seeking a Music Director. This will begin as a half time position (20 hour per week). Duties include working with the Pastors to coordinate music in traditional worship services (scheduling organists, directing adult and youth choirs, working with bell choir, soloists, and groups). Duties also include coordinating a weekly blended worship service. Duties may include serving as an accompanist for choirs, soloists, and groups. The opportunity to serve as organist may also be available. Interested individuals should contact Brian Mitchell at (816) 525-6016 or via email at email@example.com.
First Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Jeffreys 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.
Belton Christian Church, 409 Airway Lane, Belton, MO. Contact Vicki Lybarger, Music Director at 816-591-9602 or email@example.com
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.
Sunday, October 2, 3:00 pm
Recital of Compositions by Dale Ramsey. Multiple performers, including Claudette Schiratti and Ted Stewart on organ. Country Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway, KCMO. Free Admission.
Sunday, October 9, 3:00pm
David Chavannes, piano. J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations. Prairie Baptist Church, 75th and Roe, Free Admission.
Friday, October 21, 12:10pm
The Goldenberg Duo (Susan, violin and William piano) presented by The Westport Center for the Arts Brown Bag Concert Series. At Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri. FREE. Donations welcomed. Westport Coffee House coffee provided, with cookies by Murray's Ice Cream and Cookies. Program will include music by Handel, Rachmaninoff, Peterson, Joplin, Gershwin and Grieg.
Friday, October 21st at 7:30pm
Jack Mitchener, Bales Recital Hall, University of Kansas. Jack Mitchener is Associate Professor of Organ at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Tickets are available at the Lied Center Ticket Office (785-864-2787) or online at www.lied.ku.edu. Professor Mitchener's
biography is listed here.
Sunday, October 23, 4:00pm
University of Kansas Men’s Glee, University Singers, and Collegium Musicum. Sponsored by the Rainbow Performing Arts Series. Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 SW Boulevard, Kansas City, KS. Suggested donation $10.
Sunday, October 30, 8:00pm
Organ music of Jehan Alain (1911-1940). Ann Marie Rigler, organ. Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, KCMO
Jan Kraybill and Rosi Penner Kaufman joined a group from the Wichita AGO Chapter to attend the signing of a proclamation by the Governor of the State of Kansas at the state capitol in Topeka. Due to the ongoing efforts of a few in the Wichita AGO chapter, October has been proclaimed "Sunflower Organists Month" in Kansas! Read all about it and see photos on the Region VI Blog.
Have you ever wondered about the sources of the music we sing and hear in church? Jewish songs (The Psalms) and music created for centuries in the Catholic Church permeate our music traditions in Protestantism. Three of Kansas City’s faith community leaders will share their ideas about the importance of the arts in expressing their respective faiths in a series of “trialogues:” Rabbi Alan Cohen, long-time leader in Kansas City’s Jewish community and currently interim rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom, Mr. Jude Huntz, Director of the Human Rights Office, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and Rev. Scott Myers, long-time pastor of Westport Presbyterian Church. Their first “trialogue” will be on MUSIC at Westport Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 pm. The second trialogue will consider VISUAL ART, and the third will focus on SPOKEN WORD. The schedule for those programs will be released later. You are cordially invited to attend the first of these programs of interfaith dialogue, to learn about music traditions in the three faiths, as well as current practices and trends. Westport Presbyterian Church is at 201 Westport Road in Kansas City, Missouri, across from the Westport Library and the Westport Post Office, and near Pryde’s Westport. Submitted by Marian Thomas
First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas has announced the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival to be held November 14-17, 2011. This four-day festival features five Aeolian-Skinner organs designed and tonally finished by Roy Perry: First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas; St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Kilgore, Texas; First Baptist Church, Longview, Texas; First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas; and St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Shreveport, Louisiana. Guest recitalists and presenters during the festival include Frances Anderson, Robert Brewer, Charles Callahan, Neal Campbell, Casey Cantwell, James Lynn Culp, Ronald Dean, Richard Elliott, Norman Fisher, Lorenz Maycher, Robert McCormick, Albert Russell, William Teague, and Brett Valliant, with the choir of St. Mark's Cathedral, Shreveport, and a Festival Choir. For additional information, visit the website www.easttexaspipeorganfestival.com or send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are on Facebook at East Texas Pipe Organ Festival.
We would be happy to mail you festival brochures, postcards and posters upon request. Submitted by Lorenz Maycher, organist-choirmaster of First Presbyterian Church, Kilgore, Texas
(write them in NOW before you forget)
President and CEO
Kansas City MO 64108
Phone (work): 816-994-7200
5051 Oak St #2008-A
Kansas City MO 64112
Phone (cell): 917-257-6451
Winter, Joy e-mail address should read email@example.com (the "o" in "topper..." should be a "u")
Winter, Deborah J (add the "h" in her name)
Sachen, David ("n", not "m")
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|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joyce Berg, MM – org||816-741-7388
|Phyllis Curtis, MM – org
(4th & 5th Sundays only)
|Alan Gagnon, org, lit||603-660-8408 email@example.com|
| Kathy Hellwege, org, lit, solo, dir,
BSE in Music & English
|Desiree Hines, (Organ major UMKC)
Org, Lit, Dir:
|917-257-6451 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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, email@example.com
|Stephen Kucera – org||913.485-4832
|Mark Langdon – org, lit||816-807-4294 firstname.lastname@example.org
(after 10:30 am only)
|Steven McDonald – orgn, dir, lit||785-841-4696
|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 email@example.com|
|Marilyn VanderLinden - org, lit||816.665.4441|
|Thomas Zachacz – org, dir, lit||913-967-5952
|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.