From the Dean:
Our January 16 program of student organists was one of the best attended this program year. I believe it reflects on the high value we as guild members and our community at large place on our campus organ study programs. It also reflects on the value placed upon the contribution of these scholars to the churches they serve. The evening was very much enjoyed by attendees. The playing reflected an enthusiasm and a spirit that is exciting to hear. It gave us all hope for the future.
On February 20, we will again hear some fine playing, this time by several members of our chapter who are not students, but regulars from our area. The theme, “Music of the New Millennium, Music published in 2000 and beyond”. A task that is becoming more difficult as we move into the 21st century is finding quality new literature for the organ. Not only has the volume of new publications declined greatly, the opportunities for locating this music for preview is diminishing. So, we thought it would be useful and interesting to present a group of new pieces our members have found, and to share that information with the whole membership. Publishers will be listed so folks who want to can order copies for themselves.
To that end, the following organists will present works for us: Pam Robison, Scott Foppiano, Sharon Hettinger, Ray Smith, Barbara Eichenberger, Ron Krebs, Rosi Penner Kaufman, Geoff Wilcken, and David Diebold. The literature they present will vary greatly. The music is accessible to most of us and to audiences we most often play to. Some are concert pieces. Most are useful for service playing.
Southminster Presbyterian Church, with Geoff Wilcken hosting, is the location. Please note that the location printed on the back of our Membership Directory is incorrect. The church is located at 6306 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village. Punch Bowl is at 6:00, dinner at 6:15, and the program is at 7:30. See you there.
Dale E. Ramsey
Monday, February 20 at 7:30 pm
Southminster Presbyterian Church
6303 Roe Avenue, Prairie Village, KS
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:15 pm
Menu: Meatloaf - Baked Potato - Green Bean Casserole
Jello Salad - Egg Rolls - Cherry Pie
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, FEBRUARY 15. 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, January 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 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.
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.
Saturday, March 10 at 8pm this year promises to be a very exciting day for all Kansas City area organists and organ lovers! That day, at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, James David Christie will inaugurate the new spectacular 5,548 pipe Casavant Frères organ in Helzberg Hall. Due to unprecedented demand for tickets, a second performance has now been scheduled for the next day, March 11 at 7:30 pm since the first show has sold out. James Christie is one of the finest organists of his generation. He has served as organist of the Boston Symphony and has performed with many other major symphony orchestras. If you don’t already have your tickets, you can get them online at www.kauffmancenter.org or by calling (816) 994-7222. Ticket prices start as low as $16. (Note from the editor – as of Bombarde publication, the second concert is sold out as well).
With busy student and family schedules, it is difficult for students to be able to get to a church to practice during the school year. As I notice students who seem to be good potential organists, I encourage them to begin organ lessons during the summer.
One of the ways we introduce young people to the organ is to have an organ camp. We usually have a 4 day organ camp the same week our church has Vacation Bible School. The organ camp is held from 1-3 in the afternoon and any child taking piano lessons is invited to participate. The first day, they are invited to bring their piano music and to play a favorite piece on the organ, experimenting with possible sounds. They are given a notebook and handouts each day which are filled in with information about the organ. They are also given some handouts with more information about organs. Each day they are given some playing time and some exploring time. Each student receives a copy of the Leupold "First Organ Book" (paid for in the fee for the camp). On the last day, near the end of the time, parents are invited to hear the students play one or two songs they have learned. These are recorded and transferred to a CD which the student may keep.
When the students are ready to begin organ lessons, they already have a book to begin study.
This basic idea could be used in any church and adapted for individual situations. The time to begin planning is now - set the date on the church calendar and begin publicity.
–Submitted by Ann Posey
This next summer from July 15-20 the South Dakota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be sponsoring its sixth POE (Pipe Organ Encounter) on the campus of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The students range in age from grades 7-12 and from those with no previous organ experience to those who have studied for a number of years and may already be playing in their home churches.
Many South Dakota chapter members will be teaching, but there will also be guest recitalists/teachers who will be involved , included are Christopher Marks of the University of Nebraska, and Larry Schou of the University of South Dakota, Tom Trenney from Plymouth Congregational in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Christian Lane from Yale University. With teachers and performers of this caliber, it will be an exciting week of classes, recitals, organ crawls, and worship experiences. Activities will include a tour of the National Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. While there, the students will have the opportunity to see and hear the many historical keyboards and experience playing the museum’s gamelan. In addition, Tom Trenney will be working daily with the students on improvisation and one evening he will accompany a silent movie! During the week both Christopher Marks and Christian Lane will present recitals. All of the recitals, workshops, and worship services will be open to the public.
The POEs are a wonderful experience for young people--a time to learn more about the “King of Instruments” and improve their own playing skills. Every year the national organization of the American Guild of Organists helps to sponsor POE’s around the country.
For further information contact Marilyn Schempp, Director. 809 E Plum Creek Road, Sioux Falls, SD 57105. (605) 332-0038, email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pipedreams, the public radio program for lovers of the music of the pipe organ, celebrates its 30th anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 29, 4 p.m., with a free organ recital at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota. The program will feature performances by several notable regional organists, including Dr. Charles Echols (St. Cloud State University), Kathrine Handford (Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis.), Robert Vickery (Holy Childhood Church, Saint Paul), and Bill Chouinard (St. Andrew's Lutheran) as well as well-known vocalist Norah Long and the St. Andrew's Choir led by Jan Gilbertson. Pipedreams host Michael Barone also will perform.
On Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm on Kansas Public Radio, 91.5, Minnesota Public Radio host Michael Barone will present a special “Pipedreams Live!” event, as part of his radio program’s 30th Anniversary! Enjoy organ music in its infinite variety each weekend with Pipedreams from American Public Media, broadcast weekly on our local NPR station, 91.5.
A special mid-year membership fee is being offered to anyone in our area who has an interest in organ or choral music. For the remainder of this program year (until July, 1212) interested people may join our chapter for a full membership at half the annual fee. Anyone may join. There are no exams, no required sponsorships, no prerequisites of educational or experience level. Only a love of music is required.
This becomes a special opportunity and incentive for our present members to contact musicians of churches who have not yet joined AGO. We encourage you to reach out to our colleagues in the community with an invitation to become a part of us. (You might even consider offering to pay half of their half-price fee?! That would only be $20.75 for a regular member or $9.25 for a student.)
Membership will include all the benefits and values of being a part of our active chapter: receipt of the TAO magazine and The Bombarde newsletter, help in learning of job openings, lists of persons available or substituting, etc., etc. These are well known to us, and we are anxious to share these valuable assets with other organists and choir directors in the community.
To join, all one has to do is agree to have their name and address sent to Pam Robison, who will forward to them a revised membership form to complete and return with their half-year fee. Special offer fees are:
|Join as a Regular, voting member, partial year||$41.50|
|Join as a Senior or Physically impaired member||$29.00|
|Join as a Student, partial year||$18.50|
|Join as a Partner, partial year||$23.00|
|Join as a Dual Member (with another chapter)||$00.00|
|Join as a Student, Dual Member||$00.00|
|Join as a Chapter Friend (no magazine)||$00.00|
KCAGO is among the most active and larger memberships in the country. But, over recent years our numbers have slipped. We encourage all our current members to do what they can to help involve more of our area’s organists and choir directors. Here is a great opportunity to contact and invited our neighbors.
Placement Coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, email@example.com
Director of Music (Organist/Choir Director):
Hosanna Lutheran Church, 2800 North Church Street, Liberty, MO is looking for a Director of Music. Two services: 8:30 service traditional, 10:45 contemporary, congregation size around 120, starting salary $175 per week. Duties: play Rodgers organ (with 4 ranks of pipes) at first service, direct choir of about 25 voices (several good men singers), work with the second service musicians, contact Boyd Ahrens at Boydlee@aol.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.
Sunday, February 5, 3:00 pm
Jan Kraybill, will present her thirteenth annual Super Bowl Sunday organ recital at the 1993 Casavant at Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence, MO. Titled "Second Acts," the recital celebrates composers who have reinvented themselves or their art forms. The program will include J.S. Bach's concerto after Vivaldi, BWV 596; Liszt's Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H and Kirchen-Hymne: Salve Regina; Duruflé's Scherzo, Op. 2; Alain's Deux danses à Agni Yavishta; Messaien's Verset pour la fête de la Dédicace; William Albright's Sweet Sixteenths: A Concert Rag for Organ (with a mystery guest!); and Bonnet's Variations de Concert, Op. 1. In addition, Jane Chu, CEO of the Kauffman Center, will speak about their new Casavant and the inaugural celebration which will occur just over a month after Super Bowl Sunday. Admission is free and all are welcome. If you're a football fan, you'll be home in plenty of time for the game!
Sunday, February 5, 5:00 pm
Bach Cantata Vespers; J.S. Bach’s Epiphany Cantata #1: “Wie schön Leuchtet der Morgenstern” (How Brightly Shines The Morning Star) with Bach Vespers Choir and Orchestra. 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.
Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 pm
Dr. Stephen Hamilton, Minister of Music Emeritus at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal) in New York City, NY, will be playing an organ recital on the 1983 II/43 Dobson organ at First Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, Kansas. The recital program is as follows: Praeludium in E Minor (Bruhns), Litanies (Alain), Le Jardin suspendu (Alain), Toccata, Villancico y Fuga (Ginastera), Pastorale (Franck), and Prelude and Fugue in B Major (Dupre). A reception will follow the recital. The recital is free and open to the public and is sponsored by First Presbyterian Church and the Kansas State University/Manhattan Chapter of The American Guild of Organists. The church is located at 801 Leavenworth St. in Manhattan, Kansas. Please contact David Pickering (email@example.com) with any questions.
Sunday, March 11, 3pm
Spire Chamber Ensemble, Jan Kraybill, organ and piano, Ben A. Spalding, founder/conductor. Modern Masterpieces: Join the voices of the Spire Chamber Ensemble for a fascinating concert featuring some of the most cutting edge choral composers writing today including Jonathan Dove, Tarik O'Regan, Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Nico Muhly, and Gabriel Jackson. Community of Christ Peace Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence, MO. $10 tickets at the door.
This message was received by the Bombarde editor from an organist in St. Louis. I share the information here because there are those in our chapter who remember Bethel Knoche and her involvement in our chapter:
Please visit the channel http://www.youtube.com/user/KnocheCollection and share the hymn tunes with others. The channel is simply an initial effort to recall and record an amazing and influential history of music emanating from Independence, Missouri. The channel contains a collection of favorite hymn tunes illustrated in a contemporary context.
The recordings of the Auditorium Organ are from the two albums Bethel Knoche recorded in 1964 and 1966. Submitted by Matthew W. Ashby, St. Louis, MO
Several years ago, Thomas Greathouse went to great effort to catalogue a large collection of choral music that had been given to the Guild as a resource to lend to churches. We seem to have misplaced the two large binders that contain single copies of all of the anthems. If you have any information about the whereabouts of the binders or the current state of the collection, please contact the Dean. Thank you.
From May 16-28, 2012 the University of Kansas will sponsor an organ study tour of Italy. This tour is open to anyone. It will be directed by Professor Michael Bauer working in conjunction with the noted Italian organist Francesco Cera. The tour will focus on restored Renaissance and Baroque instruments. There will be ample time available to take in the art and architecture of the various cities. Sites include Rome, Rieti, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Mantova, and Venice. For further information see www.organ.ku.edu or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please print this page and add it to your directory
New Email address:
Mark Stotler: email@example.com
Correction on email address in directory:
Leonard Hollmann: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolyn Anderson BM
Prairie Village KS 66207
4505 NE 67th St
Kansas City MO 64119
Director of Music
St. Luke's United Church of Christ
727 N. Main
2800 Independence Ave
Kansas City MO 64124
11605 W 155th Terr
Overland Park KS 66221
Song Yi Park DMA/CAGO
3601 Clinton Pkwy #A205
Lawrence KS 66047
Northminster Presbyterian Church
1441 NE Englewood Rd
Kansas City MO 64118
We have requested from our members ideas of music that is particularly appropriate for the young pianist transitioning to organ. Below is a list submitted by those who responded. Our thanks to their thoughtful efforts in providing this list. Any additional contributions to this list are welcomed and encouraged.
Sonata per Organo, Pergolesi (no pedal)
Various Organ Works, Froberger (no pedal)
Mein junges Leben hat ein End', Sweelinck (no pedal)
Volumes I and II of Sweelinck, works for organ or keyboard (some have no pedal)
12 Easy Chorale Preludes (Edition Peters No. 4239) Telemann (no pedal)
Music for a Quiet Sunday, Daniel Pinkham [Thorpe Music Pub. Co] (minimal pedal)
Four Short Pieces for Manuals, Daniel Pinkham [E.C.Schirmer]
Tallis to Wesley (English organ music some without pedal), Volume 28: John Stanley
Flourish by Wilbur Held, (no pedal, fantastic fun piece!)
Easy Hymn Settings by Michael Burkhardt (Liturgical year) [Morningstar]
A Century of American Organ Music, 1776-1976, edited by Barbara Owen [McAfee Music
Toccata on "St. Anne", Gordon Young (very easy pedal, sounds harder than it is!) In
Five Toccatas for Organ, Harold Flammer
Prelude on NEW BRITAIN (Amazing Grace), Dale Wood (many Dale Wood pieces are quite
Trois Gymnopedies, by Erik Satie arranged for organ, Peter J. Maxwell
Toccata in E Minor, Pachelbel (in many collections)
Thirty-five Miniatures for ORGAN, Opus 55, Flor Peeters
Music for Manuals, Charles Callahan—12 vols., for the church year, weddings, funerals. [MorningStar]
24 Préludes Liturgiques, (no pedals—several volumes) Gaston Litaize [L’organiste Liturgique]
The Church Organist’s Golden Treasury—an Anthology of Chorale Preludes, in 3 vols., many without peds. Available from many online sources including Amazon, Sheetmusicplus, & trad. music stores.
Submitted by Marian Thomas, Barbara Adler, and Dale Ramsey
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||816-500-8139,
|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|
|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 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
|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.