From the Dean:
Congratulations to the 12 chapter organists who led the hymn singing at our March 19th program, and to Ted Stewart who organized, administered and inspired the whole event, and to Jan Kraybill who dug deep to find fascinating and informative things to tell us about the hymns. Here is a fine example of the strength and variety of abilities from our membership. Area congregations are very fortunate to have these highly skilled musicians serving them.
I want to repeat information Jan told us about a fantastic new resource for us who love hymns: www.hymnary.org is a place to go to find a vast number of hymns and the stories of their authors and composers, do text searches, and find additional hymn related resources. In many instances there are downloadable audio files. They even have a “widget” for your iPhone. I have already added it to my “favorites”. Be sure to let your pastor know about this valuable site as well. The website is the result of decades of work by The Hymn Society—another great resource for us.
For our April meeting, we turn to another learning opportunity for our members and our pastors. A panel discussion will consider the topic “Modern Realities for Church Musicians and Job Survival Skills”. Four distinguished individuals from the community will each make a brief presentation with a focus from four different perspectives. That will be followed by a moderated discussion between the panel members. Then, the floor will be open to all of us for discussion, questions and comments.
Our panelists are: Dr. Glen Miles, senior pastor at Country Club Christian Church; Dr. David Pickering, Associate Professor of Music and Organ Instructor at Kansas State University; Mark Ball, Minister of Music at Village Presbyterian Church; and Dr. Michael Graves, Professor of Preaching and Director of Continuing Education at St. Paul’s Seminary.
Each panelist has been assigned a particular perspective from which to fashion their opening comments. 1) Dr. Miles: from the perspective of the “emerging” church—what the shape of the future will possibly look like. 2) Dr. Pickering will present from the perspective of the education and training of church musicians. 3) Mark Ball will speak from a perspective of the working musician in today’s dynamic and changing church. 4) Dr. Graves will speak from a perspective of inter-church and inter-staff relationships with a focus on church musician. These four presentations will then provide a great deal of fodder for continued discussion and questions.
This is an opportunity for us to invite our pastors to attend along with us. Be sure to invite them to join you. This can be a fine opportunity to build understanding and strengthen our relationships within our churches and among church staff. Don’t fail to take advantage of it.
Posters of both the Bachathon and Isabelle Demers’ concert are available online at our website. Please print off a couple and post them in your churches and schools. Pass some along to folks you know would be interested. And, thank you all for your continuing support of your local chapter of AGO. It is inspiring and encouraging to us all.
Monday, April 16 at 7:30 pm
Country Club Christian Church
6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:15 pm
Menu: Chicken Cordon Bleu - Scalloped Potatoes
Broccoli & Cauliflower w/cheese sauce
Tossed Green Salad - French Rolls
Apple Dumpling w/Cinnamon Sauce
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, April 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).
The next meeting is Saturday, April 14, 2012 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 ballot for 2012-2013 officers will be emailed to voting members shortly after this issue of the Bombarde. If you receive the Bombarde by USPS, it will arrive in a separate mailing. If you believe you are a voting member and have not received a ballot, please contact Joyce McIntosh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating its 1938 founding, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists announces a 75th Anniversary Organ Composition Competition. The inaugural performance will be by a nationally recognized performing artist in Spring 2013 on a significant organ in the Greater Kansas City area. The single winning prize of $1,000 will be presented immediately following the public premier of the music. Travel compensation up to $600 will be added to the prize award.
The Chapter requests celebratory solo music suitable for most 2, 3 and 4 manual organs. Suggested duration is 5 to 8 minutes. Technical requirements should be Moderately Easy to Medium Difficult. The goal is original new music of strong audience appeal and performer interest, playable by most organists, to become part of the standard repertoire.
The entry fee is $10.00 for one work or $15.00 for two works. Composer identity must not appear on the musical manuscript. Entry forms identifying the title of the work and the composer must accompany each submitted score. Deadline for receiving entries is July 30, 2012.
Application materials with the address for submissions, entrance eligibility, entry forms, requirements, rules and judging criteria will be available at http://www.kcago.com/competition75.
KCAGO set up a display table in the grand foyer at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on both nights of the Inaugural Concert for the new organ in Helzberg Hall. Several members staffed the table and engaged visitors in conversation, sharing information and printed flyers about our chapter and upcoming events of interest in the world of organs in our area. On Saturday night, the Kansas City Lyric Opera also had a production in the other hall. It too was a sold out performance, so the nearly 1,800 folks in addition to the approximately 3,000 people who attended the two organ concerts, also had a chance to view our display.
Pictured is the ten foot tall banner which caught people’s eye and attracted large numbers over to the table. The table also sported a large montage (four feet, by three feet) of pipe organs from the area. Many people enjoyed figuring out which organs were shown and in what churches they lived. Also pictured is Sally Livengood, one of those who joined us at the table and graciously engaged people in conversation and directed them to the informative literature available.
**Note: many people have asked for the specifications for the Helzburg Hall Casavant. The specification can be found HERE.
On Sunday, April 15th Hope Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Quivera Road, will celebrate the arrival of its new mechanical action organ built by Martin Pasi of Roy, Washington.
At 3:00 p.m. on the 15th Martin Pasi and Kevin Vogt, (Director of Music at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Leawood, and Lecturer in Organ and Church Music at the University of Kansas) will team up to systematically demonstrate all the stops and the principal combinations of stops on the new organ.
At 4:00 p.m. Michael Bauer (Professor of Organ and Church Music at the University of Kansas) will perform the dedication recital featuring works by Bruhns, Walther, Bach, Alain, Dupré, Locklair, and Widor. Admission is free. Early arrival is suggested.
The Pasi firm specializes in building fine mechanical action organs and restoring historic instruments. Working with a small group of fine craftsmen, Martin Pasi oversees all phases of building his organs, including design, manufacturing, voicing, and installation. All components of the instruments are built in his shop. Since the opening of the shop in 1990, 21 instruments have been completed ranging in size from a 3 stop continuo to a large 4 manual organ.
Martin Pasi received his first formal experience in organ building during a four year apprenticeship with the Rieger Company in his native Austria. He immigrated to the United States in 1981 and worked with several organ builders until he opened his own shop. Notable instruments during the past year include the new organ for Houston’s Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cathedral, and a new organ for Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music.
The Hope Lutheran project includes a sanctuary renovation. The project began over six years ago when Michael Bauer was hired as the organ consultant to oversee the process. After several years of work featuring education of the organ committee and the congregation, along with an extensive search process, the church elected to hire the Pasi firm to build its new instrument. Case carvings, featuring images of wheat and sunflowers along with embedded religious symbols were designed by Martin Pasi’s wife, Jennifer von Holstein and executed by his daughter, Maurine Pasi.
On April 24, 7:00 pm, the Casavant Organ at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts will again ring out for only the second time under the hands and feet of two performers. David Diebold, who has frequently played as an adjunct member of the Kansas City Symphony and serves as Minister of Music at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, will be joined by Charles Miller, Minister of Music of the National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C.
The event is a benefit concert to help finance repairs to the structures and organ at the Washington church which were damaged in the earthquake of August 23, 2011. The program, which includes music of two local composers, will be as follows:
Sortie (2008), Dale E. Ramsey;
Suite for Worship (1998), Rick Deasley ;
Confession – “Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive” (Detroit)
Praise – “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven” (Lauda Anima)
Word – “Lord, keep us Steadfast in your Word” (Erhalt uns, Herr)
Sacrament – “Now the Silence” (Now)
Dismissal – “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” (The Ash Grove)
Sonata V in C Major, BWV 529 , Johann Sebastian Bach
Choral Varié sur le theme “Veni Creator” (Come, Holy Spirit) Opus 4, Maurice Duruflé
Fanfare (based on Ps. 81), John Cook
March of the Torchbearers, F. Scotson Clark (1840-1883)
“Little” Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, Johann Sebastian Bach
Three Settings of Well-Known Hymns
I Love to Tell the Story, arr. Dale Wood
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, arr. Gilbert Martin
Amazing Grace, arr. Frederick Swann
Carillon de Westminster, Louis Vierne
Tickets are available at the Kauffman Center ticket office (816) 994-7222, or online at www.kauffmancenter.org for $21.00 (plus service fees).
The second Kansas State University Keyboard Camp will take place Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, July 13. All students at the camp will have daily lessons and practice time on both piano and organ, in addition to class sessions focusing on a variety of topics including music theory, solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and informative sessions on music-related topics such as jazz piano, organ improvisation, and popular music for the organ. We will also be taking a field trip Wichita, Kansas to play the organs in the area.
Faculty members for the camp will feature pianists Virginia Houser (Kansas State University), Eduardo Orozco (Manhattan, Kansas), and John Goering (jazz pianist from Wichita State University) and organists David Pickering (Kansas State University) and Brett Valliant (First United Methodist Church, Wichita).
Please visit the Kansas State University's Keyboard Division’s website (www.ksu.edu/music/keyboard ) to obtain a registration form and more information about the camp.
Two pipe puppets visit with J. S. Bach at the console in one of two programs that introduce youngsters to the wonders of the pipe organ. This was a scene in the marionette’s staging, performed recently at Hope Lutheran Church, in Shawnee Mission. The church and school there are celebrating the completion of their new Martin Pasi pipe organ.
About 125 children from Kinder through elementary grades witnessed the two program s our Marionettes can produce at the invitation of a church or school. Puppeteers shown here are Sharon Davies, Mary Davis and Claudette Schiratti. Inquiries are welcome. Contact Mary Davis.
A WINNER ! Our St. Andrew's Hymn Competition has a winning entry, submitted by The Rev. Prof. Adrian Low, of Staffordshire, UK. One of more than 30 hymns submitted, his text rose to the top in the estimation of the judging committee, headed by Bob Schubert. Authors from around the globe submitted texts to our competition. Our Hymn Competition is in two phases: phase one was the search for a new text celebrating St. Andrew (the man and the mission of our place); phase two will begin soon-and it is the search for a new tune to underscore this winning text.
Adrian Low, the winner, teaches at Staffordshire University, in the United Kingdom, as professor of computing education. Additionally, he is faculty director for research, resources, and enterprise. In 2010, he completed his MA in Theology and Pastoral Studies at Nottingham University. He is a clergyman in the Church of England, and curate of the parishes of Alrewas, Fradley, and Wychnor in Staffordshire.
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AND: THIS IS THE FINAL PART OF OUR CONTEST...for our Centennial Celebration
HYMN-TUNE CONTEST -Deadline: 30 August 2012
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Kansas City announces a hymn-tune contest to commemorate and celebrate its 100th Anniversary. This contest is for a new tune to set the new hymn text, "St. Andrew," and carries a prize of $750 for the winning entry.
The text to be set is available upon request. Please contact HymnContest@StAndrewKC.org for a copy of the text to be sent by e-mail. You may call the office (816.523.1602) if you require a copy of the hymn be faxed or mailed to you.
Placement Coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, email@example.com
Valley View United Methodist Church -- 8412 W. 95th Street. Overland Park, Kansas 66212. Valley View UMC is searching for a new organist to begin duties around June 1st, 2012. Responsibilities include: Wednesday evening Chancel Choir Rehearsal (6:30-8:00pm; approx. 40 members); occasional accompaniments for special music; provide service music (preludes/postludes/offertories) on Sunday morning at 8:30 am; additional services surrounding Christmas and Easter; and weddings and funerals (additional compensation). Salary is negotiable based on experience, and competitive with guild standards. If interested, please send a resume to Patrice Sollenberger, Director of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 13, 12:10 pm
Westport Center for the Arts’ Brown Bag Concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road. UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Graduate Students. The UMKC Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet: Kate Howard, flute; Jason Paschall, oboe; Jennifer Fischer, clarinet; Andrea Stanton, horn; and Jonathan Zepp, bassoon. Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. A complimentary reception will be held immediately following the performance.
Sunday, April 15, 3:00 pm
Organ dedication, Hope Lutheran Church (see article above).
Sunday, April 22, 3:00 pm:
Nicholas Bideler, organ. Visitation Catholic Church, 5141 Main St., KCMO. FREE concert.
Sunday, April 22, 5:00 pm
Bach Cantata Vespers: J.S. Bach's Easter Cantata: #4: Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands) with Musica Vocale Choir and Bach Vespers Orchestra, Arnold Epley, 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.
Please mark your calendars for a special meeting for the whole membership of KCAGO on June 11, 6:00 at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church.
This will be an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for the forthcoming National AGO Convention in 2018. YES, we are already starting the planning phase of this great adventure, and you are a keen part of the process to plan an exciting, rewarding event for ourselves and AGO members of the entire nation.
Dennis Elwell, the National Councillor for Conventions, will be present to guide us through a process of compiling ideas, dreams, and possibilities. These include: commissioned music, concert artists’ recitals, hymn festivals, worship celebrations, choral concerts, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and much more. We are limited only by the degree of our creativity and imagination at this stage. No idea is out of bounds at this initial brainstorm session.
Dinner will be served promptly at 6:15! Meissen’s caterers will provide us a “Summer BBQ” meal for $10.00 each. It is important to make reservations, as usual. If you had a standing reservation for the year, you will still need to make a reservation for this particular meal, since this is an “add on” event. Be sure to contact Jane Dauer by phone or email by June 6. The meal will include Brisket with BBQ sauce on the side, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Melon Wedges, Rolls, Ice Cream and Cookies.
If you cannot join us for dinner, please come around 7:00 to take part in the discussion. The facility at Rolling Hills is especially accessible. No steps from parking lot to social hall. Easy access for all.
Would you like to have the opportunity of playing on the two magnificent organs at Community of Christ Auditorium (Aeolian-Skinner, 113 ranks) and Temple (Casavant, 102 ranks) in Independence, Missouri? We are looking for additional staff organists!
These are volunteer positions with the chance of playing marvelous instruments and helping promote the joy of the organ to visitors from around the world. Primary responsibilities include regularly providing 3:00 p.m. demonstration recitals and playing for the 1:00 Daily Prayer for Peace worship service.
The half-hour recitals are held at 3:00 Sunday afternoons September through May and daily during June, July, and August. During the school year, the recitals alternate between the Auditorium and the Temple. During the summer, the weekday recitals are held in the Temple and the weekend weekend recitals alternate between the two instruments. The purpose of the recitals is to demonstrate the capabilities of the instruments and to enthusiastically encourage an interest in the organs. Staff organists are encouraged to provide a variety of music, from classics to lighter pieces. A script is provided with general information to be shared.
The Daily Prayer for Peace service is a 15-20-minute worship service held 365 days a year at 1:00p.m. in the Temple. Music for this service includes a congregational hymn and a closing ministry of music appropriate to the meditative tone of the service.
If you are interested in becoming a staff organist, please contact Pam Robison to set up an audition (816-833-1000, ext. 2324 or probison@CofChrist.org). The audition consists of playing a hymn, a meditative piece, and a more virtuosic recital piece.
The fifteen boxes of choral music that comprise our chapter’s Choral Music Lending Library have now found a home at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The music has been catalogued electronically and is available for loan; please contact the Bombarde editor at email@example.com for access to the electronic database. Someone has borrowed the two large binders containing single review copies. Please contact the Dean or the Bombarde editor if you know of their whereabouts.
I am looking for a good home for a 1967 Rodgers 322 3 manual home theater organ. It belonged to a close friend's parents who have died, and their house is up for immediate sale/possession. We very much would like it to belong to a worthy individual or organization that would benefit from having it. I have pictures of it and it looks to be in great condition. It has 2 external speakers and the photos show the serial number as well. Contact Melissa Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two-manual and pedal Reuter organ (Op. 1736, 1970, 17 ranks) for sale. This organ is a practice organ at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Pipes arranged in functional display; dimensions (console measurements not included) are 17' wide, 11' 6" deep, 11' 2" tall. The organ has capture-style pistons--six general pistons duplicated as toe studs; four divisional pistons per division. Peterson relay and coupler system installed in 1989., Asking price: $20,000 plus charges associated with organ's removal by Quimby Pipe Organs. Stoplist and photos of the organ may be viewed at http://kstatekeyboard.weebly.com/reuter-organ.html . Please contact David Pickering ( email@example.com , 785.532.3830) with any questions.
Please add the following in your directory:
6206 Oak St
Kansas City MO 64113
Beth Titterington MM
Leawood KS 66206
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||816.730.1948
|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|
|Mark Langdon, SPC, CAGO – org, lit||816-807-4294
(after 10:30 am only)
|Nick Mourlam, SPC – org, lit||913.488.1272|
|Song Yi Park, DMA/CAGO – org, dir||617-939-6027,
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joyce Berg, MM – org||816-741-7388
|W. Sue Finley-Evans, BME, MM, EDS
–org, piano, lit
|785-550-1608 or 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
|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.