From the Dean:
This being my final note as Dean of KCAGO, I want to take the opportunity to thank all those who make our chapter function, but much more than that: make it thrive! Members of the Governing Board are all dedicated, capable, caring individuals. Their strength in leadership is fantastic. It was an easy job being dean this year because these people were all self-starters, knew what their individual jobs entailed and proceeded without prod or complaint to work effectively at their tasks. My sincere thank yous to them all.
Their work is willingly—even enthusiastically—increased by so many others in the guild. Many players participated in recitals, hymn festival, Bachathon, and more. Many more encouraged us by their attendance at and promotional efforts for the many fine events this year. Host churches gave us their best as they happily opened their doors to us for meals and recitals and some opportunities for learning, For everyone who played an organ piece, turned a page, offered a program at the door, shared valuable information via the Bombarde, populated the display table at Kauffman PAC, proof-read a program, worked behind the scenes to help make many things happen, and so forth and so on, my sincere thank you. May your tribes increase!
Claudette Schiratti, next year’s dean, has already hit the ground running at full tilt. Expect a high-energy and fruitful year under her guidance and the rest of the elected and appointed officers. Our 75th Anniversary Year will be one to remember. Fasten your seat belts.
Let’s not forget we have one more event this program year! June 11 is the Brainstorming Session for the 2018 National Convention here in Kansas City. As host chapter, we have much to say about what happens during that week. The “saying” begins now! You are the “sayers”. But we will need you to be there to share your ideas. Please join us at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, on Nall Ave. just north of 95th Street. We will have a lovely “indoor barbeque” dinner brought to us by Meissens’s Catering. ($10, please) The schedule is our usual: 6:00 for greeting and social time, 6:15 for the dinner. Discussions will begin as near to 7:00 as we can. The facility is easily accessed—no steps at all to the dining area.
This important note: please make your dinner reservations with Jane Dauer by Wednesday noon on June 6. Even if you had standing reservations for the year, please call or email to make your reservation for this add-on event! 816-252-3787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, June 11
Social time: 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:15
Meeting with Dennis Elwell, AGO National Councilor for Conventions, 7:00 pm
Menu: Indoor Barbeque
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, JUNE 6. When making your reservation, please indicate how many people you are reserving for. EVERYONE MUST MAKE A RESERVATION – this meeting is not included as a standing reservation.
There are currently two perfect excuses to renew contact with area organists who are potential KCAGO members.
First, is it membership renewal time. By now all of us have received our invitations to renew our memberships. Please respond positively and early! We want to not just maintain our wonderful group of organists and friends, but grow some more of them. Know someone who has let their membership lapse? Know someone who plays actively but isn’t currently involved with us? Know a person excited about organ music, but they themselves do not play? Let’s give them a friendly call, email or visit. Hand them a membership enrollment form, or email one with an invitation to join us. Encourage them to take a look at our website, www.kcago.com, and send them a link to a recent issue of the Bombarde. Encourage them to “friend” our Facebook page. (Search: Kansas City American Guild of Organists) Let’s get proactive in recruiting members.
The other event is our “Skills Fair” on August 25. Bring yourself up to speed on that event via this issue of Bombarde. Give a call, send an email, or personally visit (always the best idea) to invite non-members to the three free events: 1) Organ Basics, Hymn Playing, Registration presented by Barbara Adler at second Presbyterian Church; 2)/Service Playing and Subbing in a Liturgical Church presented by Ted Stewart at Immanuel Lutheran Church; and 3) Improvisation presented by Kevin Vogt at Central United Methodist Church. They are all open to non-members and members alike. A brochure will soon be in the mail to all the churches in our area, so everyone will receive that information, but a nudge from us will greatly increase the chances of their participation.
Our 75th anniversary year will be an especially good year for folks to join up. We can let some of our enthusiasm show by sharing it with potential members.
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.
HERE you’ll find 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.
It's that time of year again--time to become a member of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists! There's an exciting program planned for this year (see below), and we need your support. We are also working on the planning for the 2018 National Convention to be held here in Kansas City--and there are lots of opportunities to brainstorm and help us create a spectacular event. The Membership form can be found at www.kcago.com on the “Join our ranks” tab.
Paul Jacobs will be playing a solo recital on Wednesday, June 13th at 7 pm, in addition to his appearance with the Kansas City Symphony the next weekend. Michael Barone, host of Pipedreams, will be with us as well. His program:
J.S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in D Major
DURUFLÉ Suite, Op. 5
LISZT Fantasy and Fugue on "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam"
The Kansas City Symphony is pleased to present our first organ recital program in Helzberg Hall. This special evening begins with a conversation between our guest organist Paul Jacobs and Michael Barone, host of American Pubic Media’s popular radio program Pipe Dreams. After a short break, Paul Jacobs returns with a delightful program of Bach, Durufle and Liszt, performed on Helzberg Hall’s glorious Casavant organ. Described by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation," Grammy Award®-winning organist Paul Jacobs unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry.
Tickets are going fast! The box office number is (816) 471-0400.
PS – Paul will present an organ master class in Helzberg Hall that Saturday at 11 a.m. and that will be FREE!
On March 18, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, Kansas, we will host a members’ recital of music of Craig Phillips. Summer is a great time to choose the composition by Craig Phillips that you will play for the member recital. Please e-mail your selection to email@example.com so we don’t have duplicates.
First to name a piece gets to play it.
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 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.
We all have had an occasion/incident/moment as an organist or choir director that made us want to shout "arrrgh!" or scream or cry for help from "above"? Would you email me the general idea in just one or two sentences -- please, please, please? My use of it will be anonymously and considerably later in the year, I promise. Grateful thanks. -- Joyce McIntosh email@example.com
Placement Coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.prairiebaptist.org.
Grace United Methodist Church – 11485 Ridgeview Road, Olathe, KS 66061. May 20 through August. $175/week for two identical traditional Sunday morning services (9:15 & 10:45). No choir responsibilities. Contact Pastor Nanette Roberts. Church: 913-859-0111, ext. 209. Cell: 913-515-4978.
Organist and Handbell Coordinator
Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 S. Ridgeview Rd. , Olathe , KS 66061 . To begin in September. Organist: 2S (9:15 & 10:45), salary commensurate with education and experience, E (4-manual Rodgers digital). No regular choir responsibilities. Working well with Worship Team is essential. Handbell Coordinator: Direct the five graded handbell choirs (three adult, youth, children). Adults perform monthly in worship. 5-octave Schulmerich handbells, 5-octave Malmark choir chimes. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Will consider two positions. Contact Rick Fisher, director of music. Cell: (816) 516-5111.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 9150 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, KS 66215. Part-time. Accompany the Holy Trinity Chorale at weekly (Thursdays, 7-9pm) rehearsals and three (3) weekends (2nd and 4th Sundays @ 9:30am; 3rd Saturdays @ 4pm; variations possible) per month, plus special services, mid-August to mid-June. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Possibility of additional compensation for playing two (mid-August to mid-June) to five (mid-June to mid-August) additional masses per month with cantor. Job description available. APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 10, 2012. Contact Dr. Chloë Stodt, Director of Music. 913.895.0682/ email@example.com.
Monday, June 25, 7:00 pm
The Agape Ringers, Chicago's Premier Handbell Ensemble, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 6422 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park KS 66202. This concert is part of an eleven-day Midwest tour. The program encompasses a wide variety of musical styles including transcriptions of classical works, hymn arrangements and original compositions for handbells. Listeners will be entranced by the ensemble's energy, precision and musicality. Founder and Director David L.Weck is an editor at Hope Publishing in Carol Stream, IL, where he is solely responsible for creating and developing the company's handbell catalog. A free will offering will be received and more information is available through the church office at 913.722.2310. You can learn more about The Agape Ringers at their website www.agaperingers.org
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.
Congratulations to Stephen Kucera, who has been named a finalist in the National Young Theater Organist Competition. This means that he has received an expenses-paid trip to the ATOS National Convention in Los Angeles, and an invitation to play a 20 minute cameo performance at the Convention on Tuesday, July 3.
Stephen has also been named the 2012 ATOS Theatre Organ Student of the Year. With this Distinction, he will receive a plaque at the National Convention Banquet on Friday, July 6 and have the opportunity to write an article for the Theatre Organ Journal, which will be published in the September/October 2012 edition of the magazine. Stephen studies theater organ and was nominated for this award by Scott Foppiano, GKCAGO member. Congratulations Stephen!!
On another note, after 30 years, Debbie Lynch is leaving Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church as Organist/Music Administrator to follow newly-ordained Episcopal Deacon (soon to be priest) husband David to his new assignment at St. James Episcopal Church, Wichita, starting July 8. The Kansas City music world is losing two fine, very gifted musicians, and our AGO chapter is losing a loyal, very involved past dean and friend. We’ll miss you!
Are you looking for something to do this summer? Do you have out-of-town friends who enjoy organ music?
On June 1, Community of Christ begins their annual summer organ demonstration recital series. Free 30-minute concerts are offered daily at 3:00 p.m. during June, July, and August. During the week, the recitals are generally at the Temple on the 102-rank Casavant organ. Weekend recitals alternate between the Casavant and the 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner at the Auditorium.
Information regarding the organist and the location of the recitals can be accessed via phone (816-833-1000, then press 5 and then 6) or online at at http://www.cofchrist.org/dome_spire/recitals.asp.
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:
|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|
|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.