Craig Cramer gave us a wonderful experience of the new Martin Pasi organ at Hope Lutheran Church, making use of the various colors available on the organ. Thanks to Pastor Tom Harries, music director Louis Schuller and his wife Kim Schuller who is organist at Hope for taking care of arrangements for our meeting to be there.
In December we will have the opportunity to hear the GKCAGO Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Dr. Anthony Maglione. I attended one of their rehearsals and heard beautiful sounds. You won’t want to miss LESSONS, CANTICLES, and CAROLS, Sunday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak.
The Season of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa is upon us.
The December calendar is full of music and singing. Each year I wish December were a month long holiday so that we could attend all of the inspiring music that surrounds us.
But then we are often the music makers! Twenty-one years ago I had breast cancer surgery. Music colleagues were telling me how busy they were. I was unable to play for Christmas. How I wish I could have been in their shoes. That experience has made me grateful for every opportunity to make music. In the midst of all of your rehearsals, services and performances, may you know abiding peace and joy in sharing your gift of music with so many. When we sit on the bench at Christmas, think of how many musicians with whom you are joined in bringing music to the hearts of the people you serve.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Doris Daniels for handling our Music Recycling program. She has brought the music to our meetings single handedly for several years and is now resigning from this position. Thank you, Doris, for such faithful service. As a result of Doris’ resignation, we need someone to volunteer to take up where Doris has left off. We are also looking for a place to store the organ music and the choral library which we have. If your church would have the space for it, please contact me. If you are interested in handling the organ music and choral library, please contact also. I hope that someone steps forward. Proceeds from sales go to our Youth Competition fund.
Tickets are now on sale for the Monday, May 20, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Chelsea Chen organ recital. The GKCAGO is in a collaborative agreement with the Kauffman Center for this event. Perhaps this would make a nice Christmas gift. www.tickets.kauffmancenter.org
This month I am interviewing Mary Engel. I discovered that she is a neighbor and we are able to carpool to our meetings.
What were the positions that you held in your career?
In thinking back over my eighty plus years, my "career" was wife and mother; my music was a hobby. I played hymns at age 4, played for Sunday School at age 8, and accompanied in high school all four years. Was trained for concert work but majored in Theory and Composition. I gave lessons, had first church organ job in 1954. I taught all music at Barstow School for 17 years, retired, and was called to Village Church to direct the Handbells. Left KC for the Lake where I played in several churches before taking the Organ/Director job at Lake Ozark Presbyterian. Moved to Texas, took organist job in Rockport, then had to return to KC because of husband's health. Was directing handbells at Grace Covenant Pres when I was called to Central Presbyterian as Organist/Director. I have also directed several musical theater productions with both teenagers and adults, and I shared directing several oratorios with large choruses and members of the symphony. Most fun was playing the organ at the Plaza Lighting ceremonies in the '60s and early '70s for caroling with a choir and people in the streets.
What are you doing musically now in your retirement?
I have a two piano partner and we give a few concerts. I am helping in various capacities at the Village Church, including composing, and doing some subbing.
How long have you been a member of AGO?
I joined the Corpus Christi, TX chapter in 1997 and here when we returned. The chapters are similar except that the Texas chapter drew from areas quite a distance away; so many programs were held during the day on weekends.
How has AGO changed?
I haven't noticed much change in the years here, but I was really interested in the October program, as I believe we all have to keep up with technology; and I love using any and all instrumentation and styles available.
What are your hopes for the future?
Other than being alive for the convention? I would like the AGO here, as well as nationally, to do more to help and encourage ALL participants. It seems to be a rather elitist group, bent on rewarding those who have the most degrees and letters after their names. I'd like to see more emphasis placed on the pianists/organists who plod along Sunday after Sunday, year after year, keeping their churches musically satisfied, no matter the ability, instruments and style.
There is no Board meeting in Decemeber. The next meeting is Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran in Westport. Check the January Bombarde for more details.
Our KCAGO 2013-2014 Program Committee is planning to apply to AGO Headquarters for their assistance for a January 2014 Jubilee in Kansas City. This would be a one day workshop featuring 8 various sessions held on a Saturday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Already we have a member who has volunteered to be Director of this event as well as several others who have offered to help in various ways. The more members we have involved in this project, the better our chances are of obtaining a $2,000 grant from AGO Headquarters. Different areas in which we can use your help include: Facilities, Financial Management, Program, Publicity, Registration, Workshop Presentor, and Hospitality. Suggested workshops could be: Organ Literature, Service Playing, Public Relations, Pastor/Musician Ralations, Choral Music & Worship Planning, The Digital Organ, Handbells, Wedding-Funeral Music.
The Aims of January Jubillee:
|1.||To reach out to an untapped base of church musicians unacquainted with AGO
|2.||Invigorate involvement of existing membership & leadership
|3.||Promote a accessible & welcoming image of AGO to all ages, skill levels and denominations
|4.||Maximize outreach & growth of KCAGO
|5.||To enthuse those who attend by offering quality topics staffed by inspired leaders
|6.||To highlight the talent pool of locally gifted musicians|
Many volunteers are needed to make this event run as smoothly as possible. We need everyone's assistance. Please pick an area in which you would enjoy to serve. Let me hear from you soon. We have a January 31st deadline.
Mary Bronaugh Davis, Sub-Dean (phone 816-436-1419 or e-mail email@example.com)
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - Kansas City, Missouri, is seeking to fill the position of organist. Applicants must have knowledge and experience playing both a pipe organ and piano. The instruments include a 28 rank Reuter pipe organ and a Kawai Baby Grand piano. The person hired will accompany choir and congregation for two (2) weekly Sunday Services year round as well as preludes, postludes and other worship music. She/he will also work with the Choir Director in Wednesday evening Choir Rehearsals from September through May. The position also includes special church services and events from time to time, including Christmas Eve Services and Holy week services. Please e-mail resume to: email@example.com
Location: 1500 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO
Compensation: Covered with applicants during interviews.
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 hours 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. Compensation: $10,400. Interested individuals should submit resume to Caryl Froeschle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director Children/Youth Music:
Country Club Christian Church is seeking a part time director of children’s and youth music. For detailed information, please contact David Diebold at 816-333-4917 or email@example.com.
Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church, 7406 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114 seeks organist/accompanist to work with energetic choir. Responsibilities include Wednesday evening choir rehearsal and Sunday morning worship. Additional services include Good Friday and Christmas Eve. The church has a 14 Rank Temple pipe organ. Excellent playing skills and flexibility of musical styles are required. Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the church office.
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 7740 Lackman, Road, Lenexa, KS is seeking an piano accompanist for its Chancel Choir. St. Paul's is an inclusive, friendly congregation in Lenexa, with a membership of 500. The Chancel Choir performs a varied music repertoire, including traditional, contemporary, and classical. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Salary will be approximately $100 per week depending on hours required. Submit your resume and complete the application posted on the St. Paul’s Lenexa website (http://stpaulslenexa.org), click on Employment.
Play for weekly 90-minute choir rehearsals (currently conducted on Wednesday evenings) and Sunday morning choral warm-up and service(s) beginning the month of August and continuing into May; other rehearsals as necessary. The majority of time will be spent accompanying the choir during the 10:50 a.m. service. However, there will be times where the accompanist will also play for the 8:15 a.m. service, as well as special services (such as Christmas Eve). Arrive for rehearsals 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time.
Work under the direction of Chancel Choir Director for Chancel Choir rehearsals and worship services. Rehearse with and accompany small groups and soloists as assigned by the Chancel Choir Director.
Arrange for a substitute if necessary for rehearsal or services.
Supervision: Position reports to the Chancel Choir Director.
Search Committee led by Royce Ann Collins, Staff Parish Committee, Feel free to contact me at 913-961-4255 or email email@example.com. The application is posted on the church website.
Fairview Christian Church, 1800 NE 65th Street, Gladstone, MO. Part-time salaried position. Experience in a liturgical setting is preferred. Weekly responsibilities include playing organ and piano for one Sunday service, one Wednesday evening choir rehearsal and playing accompaniment for ensembles and special services as needed. Resumes accepted until October 5. Position available November 1st. Please email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 816-452-2829 for a more detailed job description.
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 (updated December 2012).
Friday, December 21, 2012, 12:10 pm
Westport Center for the Arts Brown Bag Series Presents "Christmas with J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt & Others," Lyra and Robert Pherigo, flute, piano and vocals. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri. The concert is FREE, but donations are gladly accepted. Coffee and Christmas cookies will be provided at a reception after the concert. www.westportcenterforthearts.org.
Sunday December 9th, 5:00 pm:
CHORAL EVENSONG; music by David Cooper and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The Trinity Choir; John Schaefer and Douglas McConnell, directors; Evan Courtney, organist.
Monday December 10th, 12 noon
"THE CITY COME AGAIN"; an annual offering of William Jewell College given by the Bell Ringers, Concert Choir, and Dr. Ann Marie Rigler; Dr. David Sallee is the homilist. The prelude starts earlier about 11:30 a.m.
Friday December 14 at 10:00 am: and 7:00 pm;
Saturday the 15th at 2:00 and 5:00;
Sunday the 16th at 3:00
Paul Mesner Puppets presents THE NATIVITY; a treat for all ages. Admission charge. Please phone (816) 756-3500 for information.
Friday December 21, 8:00 pm
The WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS Christmas Concert, with Dr. Wayne Smith as accompanist. Admission charge. Please phone (913) 403-9223 for further information.
Saturday December 22
The Spire Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra: Handel's "MESSIAH" with period instruments. Admission charge $20; tickets available at the door.
Sunday December 23, 5:00 pm
A MORAVIAN LOVE FEAST; in Founders' Hall; a service of carols, lessons, candlelighting and sharing a "feast" of special buns and coffee. Free admission.
The Festival Singers are also performing on Sunday the 16th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; the Spire Ensemble are also performing at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday the 21st at 7:30.
December 8, 2012 7 pm
Annual Advent Lessons and Carols concert with the Cathedral's Schola Cantorum http://www.kcgolddome.org/page.php?ID=6 [FREE WILL OFFERING]
December 11, 2012 7:00 pm:
Friends of Chamber Music presents New York Polyphony in Concert. TICKETED EVENT 816.561.9999
December 14, 2012 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Chorale -Terri Teal, director with Jan Kraybill, organist TICKETED EVENT http://www.fineartschoralekc.org/
December 16, 2012 3 pm
William Baker Festival Singers in Concert. TICKETED EVENT http://festivalsingers.org/about/kansas-city/
January 6, 2013 3 pm
Allegro Children's Choir Epiphany Concert http://www.allegrokc.org/
Just a reminder – we do have a presence on Facebook. Click search for Kansas City Kansas City American Guild of Organists, or click here to go there now.
Sunday, December 9, 7:30 pm: A Service of Lessons, Canticles, and Carols. Dr. Anthony Maglione, conductor Evan Courtney, assistant conductor, Mark Langdon, organ. Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.
Seeking a few good men and women: Would you consider stepping up to serve your chapter as a board member? Or do you know someone you think would make a great board member but perhaps has never been asked to serve? The nominating committee would appreciate your help in identifying potential candidates for the positions of Sub-Dean, Auditor and Long-Range Planning Committee Member. Descriptions of the duties of each position can be found in the Bylaws section of the Membership Directory. Please email Ray Smith, Nominating Committee Chair, expressing your interest or recommending a friend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a list of all the Directory additions and corrections since the Directory was published. Please print these pages and include with your directory.
Baker, Dorothy K.
827 S Ash Ave
Independence MO 64053
707 Allen Rd
Independence MO 64050
Bickers, Elisa (address correction)
8522 Broadmoor St
Class of 2013
Branson, Fr. Keith, DMA
2110 Saint Gaspar Way
Liberty MO 64068
1829 Kentucky St #3
Lawrence KS 66044
First Christian Church of Olathe
200 E Loula
Olathe KS 66061
Delaney-White, Sherlyn (name change)
12429 Beverly St
Leawood KS 66209 (corrected spelling)
Engebretson, Karen, MM/SPC
8712 Stark Ave
Kansas City MO 64138-4449
Director of Music
First Presbyterian Church
Leavenworth KS 66048
5801 NE Peachtree Lane
Kansas City MO 64119-1133
Hedrick, Janice, MM
10029 W 68th St
Merriam KS 66203
Mission Road Community of Christ
Prairie Village KS 66208
Hines, Toni-Desiree (address correction)
12942 Wornall Rd 113
Kansas City MO 64145
Hunt, Mary R.
Kansas City KS 66106
Leyden, Barbara, DMA (corrected listing)
5901 Flint St
Shawnee KS 66203
Director of Music Ministry
St Joseph Catholic Church
Livengood, Sally, BMus
5801 NE Peachtree Lane
Kansas City MO 64119-1133
Neely, Vicky, BME, MLA
421 NE Lee Dr
Blue Springs MO 64014
Director of Music and Liturgy
St John LaLande Catholic Church
805 NW RD Mize Rd
Blue Springs MO 64015
Pollock, Leslie MM
8808 Minnehaha Lane
Kansas City MO 64114
Director of Music
Central Presbyterian Church
3501 Campbell St
Kansas City MO
Shepard, Lisa A. BSMEd (corrected listing)
Fellow, Bells of Peace School of Campanology
St. Therese of the Little Flower
Thomas, Marian M, MM, CAGO
10512 Ensley Lane
Leawood KS 66206-2549
Harpsichord Tuning and Regulation
Washburn, Gladys, Retired
300 SW 19th Terr
Blue Springs MO 64015-4024
West, Blake, BM (corrected address)
Overland Park KS 66214
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.
Feedback regarding the hiring of GKCAGO substitutes is welcome. Please send them to email@example.com
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)
|Nicholas Good, BM, CAGO org, lit||785.273.7762,
|Jan Kraybill, DMA, FAGO||816-833-1000, ext. 2432|
|Stephen Kucera, SPC – firstname.lastname@example.org
|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|
|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 email@example.com|
|Joyce Berg, MM – org||816-741-7388
|W. Sue Finley-Evans, BME, MM, EDS
–org, piano, lit
|785-550-1608 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
| 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
|Lisa Shepard, org, lit||816-587-9290 or
|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|
|Desiree Hines, org, dir, lit||917-257-6451 email@example.com|
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 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.