From the Dean:
With the August Bombarde we begin the celebration of our 75th Anniversary Year of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. We’ve come this far through the dedicated work of many members since January 17, 1938. To continue to be a vital chapter we need the continued dedication and creative ideas of current members as well as those of new members.
The year begins with a SKILLS FAIR, Saturday, August 25 at 3 venues. These workshops are offered FREE! Members Barbara Adler, Ted Stewart, and Kevin Vogt will provide three different workshops to members and non members for further enrichment and education as organists. Are you a pianist who wants more confidence at playing the organ? Or an organist who wants more basic information about the organ? Is this the year for you to pursue AGO Certification? Do you need more knowledge to substitute in a liturgical church? Are you ready to learn skills for better improvisation? CLICK HERE for the brochure and registration form which is due by Wednesday, August 22.
I hope several of you are planning to play on the Members Recital in March at Trinity Lutheran Church, performing music of Craig Phillips, AGO Distinguished Composer for 2012. Two people have already signed up. Please send me the name(s) of the piece(s) that you’ve chosen to play. The first to sign up for a piece gets to perform it. email@example.com
I am grateful for all those who have agreed to serve on the AGO Board for 2012-2013. You can find their names listed on the website www.kcago.com. Please contact them if you have concerns in the area that they represent.
It is a privilege to serve as your Dean for this coming year. I have learned so much about the AGO by being subdean and planning the programs for this year with the Program Committee: Barbara Adler, Kathy Hellwege, Jim Krehemker, Norm Kinnaugh, and John Schaefer. We hope that you will enjoy and benefit from your participation in this year’s programs.
MEET GKCAGO MEMBERS
Each month I’d like to highlight a GKCAGO member and I’d like to begin with Gloria Slagle. I had the privilege of subbing for Gloria at Old Mission United Methodist Church this summer and learned that Gloria has served there as organist for over 50 years! When I asked to interview her, she said no since she doesn’t like to be in the limelight, but she did agreed to answer one question. How have you stayed so long playing at one church? Her response was that she was happy there, has enjoyed working with the different ministers and the people of the congregation. The church has become her family’s home. I’ve not met Gloria. We’ve just talked on the phone but she stays busy, besides practicing, by babysitting her granddaughter, visiting their farm, and caring for her husband who has health challenges. She has a wonderful attitude. I look forward to meeting her. Our Guild is filled with wonderful people. This year let’s each get to know at least one person in the Guild that we haven’t met yet.
Summer time! Time for rest, relaxation, and renewal! Renew yourself as an organist by attending the SKILLS FAIR, Saturday, August 25, 8:30 a.m. – noon.
Barbara Adler will present Organ Basics, Hymn Playing, and Registration at Second Presbyterian Church. Ted Stewart will discuss Service Playing and Subbing in a Liturgical Church at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and
Kevin Vogt will lead participants through the Art of Organ Improvisation at Central United Methodist Church.
CLICK HERE for a brochure and registration form. The SKILLS FAIR is free but be sure to register for the workshop of your choice by emailing the registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, August 22nd to be sure there is a spot for you. Spread the word. Tell your organist friends. Members and non-members of the AGO are welcome.
If you’re a renewing member and haven’t sent in your form yet, you’ve probably received several reminders. Here’s another one: the Membership form can be found at www.kcago.com on the “Join our ranks” tab. Send it in now!
The GKCAGO is proud to announce the reinstitution of its Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Anthony J. Maglione. Anthony, currently the Director of Choral Studies at William Jewell College, Director of Music at Platte City United Methodist Church, and Artistic Director of the Freelance Ensemble Artists of New Jersey orchestra, is very excited to begin work under the auspices of the GKCAGO. Joining him as Assistant Conductor is organist and conductor Evan Courtney.
Schola Cantorum is scheduled for two performances this season including a Lessons and Carols service in December and “Bachathon” in May of 2013. For audition information please contact Anthony Maglione: email@example.com
The rehearsal schedule for the 2012 - 2013 season is as follows:
Lessons and Carols
Tuesday, September 25, 7 - 9pm
Tuesday, October 9, 7 - 9pm
Tuesday, October 23, 7 - 9pm
Tuesday, November 13, 7 - 9pm
Tuesday, November 27, 7 - 9pm
Saturday, December 1, 11am - 1pm
Sunday, December 9 5:30pm(call) 7:30pm (performance)
Tuesday 2/12/13 7-9pm
Tuesday 2/26/13 7-9pm
Tuesday 3/12/13 7-9pm
Tuesday 3/26/13 7-9pm
Tuesday 4/9/13 7-9pm
Tuesday 4/23/13 7-9pm
Tueaday 4/30/13 Dress TBA
Sunday, 5/5/13 Bachathon Performance
A recent incident has provides the opportunity to emphasize the importance of having contracts.
We were contacted by an organist who played for a funeral at a funeral home but never received compensation.
How many of us have played “on good faith” and then been burned? How can we avoid this in the future?
A contract protects the interests of both parties. If you are employed by a church or temple, your contract specifies your salary, wedding and funeral fees, services and rehearsals, vacation time, and other important duties. The AGO website has a sample contract which I have used as the basis for the last two positions I accepted.
What about playing the occasional wedding or funeral where you are not employed? Do not hesitate to discuss fees with the brides, the church, or the funeral home, and then immediately write an email to put forth the agreement to the parties involved. A dated email affirms your fee and the timing of the payment and will protect you if the other party reneges on its side of the contract.
Submitted by Barbara Adler, Professional Development Chair
KCAGO needs a member with Grant Writing Skills that they are willing to use for the Guild. A member with Graphic Design skills willing to use them for the Guild is also needed. Please contact Claudette Schiratti firstname.lastname@example.org if you have either of those skills and are willing to use them for the Guild in this coming year.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson email@example.com
John Knox Presbyterian Kirk (PCUSA) www.johnknoxkirk.org, 11430 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114, 816-942-3637, is accepting applications for the position of organist/pianist. The position is a 12-month contract. Responsibilities include accompanying weekly choir rehearsal and one Sunday worship service. Applicant must be proficient in organ and piano and be able to sight read music. Please email résumés to James Levy, Director of Music, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director(s) of Music:
Prairie Baptist Church, 7416 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village, KS 66208, Part-time director(s) of music needed for a variety of duties including choir, bells, house band, youth/children's music, and tech/worship assistance. Position available Aug. 1. Call Prairie Baptist Church (American Baptist), Prairie Village, KS, at 913-722-6176 for further information or send resume to email@example.com. Website: www.prairiebaptist.org.
Asbury United Methodist Church, 5400 West 75th Street, Prairie Village Kansas 66208. One Sunday Service at 8:50 AM. Salary of 7-8K per year. No choir responsibilities. 24 Rank McManis Organ. For more information or to apply please see the church web-site at: www.visitasbury.org click on about About Asbury, then Job Openings. Resumes may also be mailed to Alan Murray, Director of Music at the church address above.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS for 10:30 AM Eucharist and special events (year-round position – 10-11 hours per week). Applicant needs a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in music, experience in choral direction, ability to instruct in vocal pedagogy, musical performance and history, and be familiar with Episcopal liturgy and worship style. Duties include planning the worship service and writing articles and reports for various church publications.For further details of duties or to send resume, contact Rev. Robert Baldwin, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1027 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall Ave., Overland Park, KS 66207, 1100 members, 30 rank, 3 manual Moeller (1977 installation with Peterson digital upgrade in 2003), Yamaha baby grand. Summer Schedule: 8:00 chapel service (30 minutes, we currently have a separate pianist for this service), 8:45 choir practice, 9:30 sanctuary service, (no weeknight rehearsal). Season Schedule: 8:00 chapel service (30 minutes, we currently have a separate pianist for this service), 8:15 choir practice, 8:45 & 10:45 sanctuary services, Wednesday 7-8:30 choir rehearsal. Duties include: play for regular services as well as special holidays and first right of refusal for weddings and funerals, accompany the choir, octet of lead singers, and or soloists, accompany all rehearsals, participate in hymn selection, attend Tuesday morning service planning meetings (if possible). Please contact: Charles Bruffy: email@example.com
John Knox Presbyterian Kirk (PCUSA) www.johnknoxkirk.org, 11430 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114, 816-942-3637, is accepting applications for the position of organist/pianist. The position is a 12-month contract. Responsibilities include accompanying weekly choir rehearsal and one Sunday worship service. Applicant must be proficient in organ and piano and be able to sight read music. Please e-mail resumes to James Levy, Director of Music, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiepper Pipe Organ Company, recently located in St. Louis, seeks applicants for a variety of positions with the firm. Our aim is the restoration and preservation of existing and historic pipe organs, as well as the construction, installation and maintenance of new instruments. A knowledge of the organ is not necessary in order to be considered; training will be provided. We currently seek applicants who will be committed to our standards and are detail-oriented. The ideal applicant will be in good physical condition, and able to lift and move heavy objects, some weighing as much as 1,200 pounds. Experience in general woodworking, electrical wiring and metal working is desirable, but not necessary. Please send resumes and cover letter to: email@example.com or call 417-619-1350 to speak with Christopher Kiepper for an appointment interview.
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral presents its annual Summer Music at the Cathedral series on the Sundays of August. Featured artists this year are:
Tate Addis, pianist, on Sunday the 5th; Andrea Pope, mezzo-soprano, and Lamar Sims, pianist, on Sunday the 12th; The Summer Singers of Kansas City, singing Felix Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, with orchestra, on the 19th; and a Poulenc Soiree, performed by numerous musicians, on the 26th.
Each event begins at 2:00. A donation is requested for admission on all Sundays but the 19th; for that concert, the general admission is $20, students $10, those 12 and under free. Please phone (816) 214-9928 for information.
On Wednesday evening August 8th at 7:00, The Rev’d Richard Preis will present his Gospel according to Broadway show. Pastor Preis shows how Broadway songs reflect scriptures, singing the best of Broadway’s songs. John Schaefer will accompany at the piano. Admission is also by donation, and the program is a benefit for the projected 2013 Trinity Choir tour of England.
Allen Organs of Kansas City will be hosting a Workshop & Concert event on the newly installed Four Manual Allen Quantum organ and both events will be presented by well-known organist Aram Basmadjian. The Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:00am and the Concert will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00pm at The Presbyterian Church of Stanley located at 14895 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas 66221. Invitation is open to everyone. Morning refreshments will be provided for the Workshop. For more information, please visit the Concerts & Workshops section on our website at www.allenorgansofkansascity.com or email Keith Sandrock at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at (816) 896-6762.
This summer is a good time for young organists to begin preparations for the Quimby competition. Altho the specific requirements will be in the July TAO, They generally require a prelude and fugue by Bach, a work by a composer born between 1800and 1900, and a work by a composer born after 1900. They are also required to play a hymn chosen from a list provided. Our last chapter competition had only one performer from our area. It would be wonderful to have several performers who are students of our chapter's members. Start recruiting! For more information, contact Ann Posey or go on line to the AGO National website.
Harpsichord for sale: Sabathil & Sons, 1969
case: 62" at spine, 38.5" wide at keyboard
wood finish, 5 or 6 water marks on lid
8', 4', buff (relatively new red felt pads for buff stop)
A - f '''
knee levers for register guides, work well
all jacks are complete
no broken strings
delicate sound, ideal for apartment or home concerts
metal frame, holds pitches well
Contact: Anne Canfield, email@example.com, 816-361-1599 (home)
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:
|Mary Bronaugh Davis, MA, CAGO - org||816-436-1419
|Scott Foppiano, MM, CAGO - org, dir, soloist, lit||816-437-8557,
816-305-0260 (cell—eve. only)
|Jan Kraybill, DMA, FAGO||816-833-1000, ext. 2432|
|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, MM, CAGO – org, dir, lit,||913.645.3749 (weekdays only)|
|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
|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:
|Betty Bauer, org, lit||913-814-9021
|Doris Daniels, org, lit||816-431-3244|
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 or
|Lisa Shepard, org, lit||816-587-9290 or
|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.