From the Dean:
This is an exciting time right now for the Kansas City organ scene. The March 10 and 11 concerts at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center are the talk of organists across the nation. People from East Coast to West Coast—and even someone from Paris, France—are attending. Folks have been begging for tickets, but they are completely gone. 3200 seats sold. It’s quite astonishing. It will be a pinnacle event that crowns a year-long celebration of the opening season at our fabulous new PAC.
Next year is the 75th anniversary of our chapter of AGO—another exciting thing to consider. Some special plans are being laid to observe this milestone. Already, a composition competition has been announced. Perhaps you saw the ad in The American Organist this past issue. Already one entry has been received. Reflecting on our chapter’s history and activity over three-quarters of a century will be enjoyable and informative. Ours is among the more active and larger of the guilds in America. We have a proud history and an exciting future yet to be told.
This year marks the 33rd annual Bachathon. After we celebrate our 75th anniversary, the following year we will celebrate our 35th Bachathon. It has become one of our most popularly received and attended events of our program year. It’s a corner-post for us, and a tradition that is well known and respected in the city and surrounding area: A proud institution. A significant year will give us more to celebrate and to anticipate—and be excited about.
In the meantime, we have much significant work to do. We need to involve more of our area’s organists. Utilizing these exciting events and times is the best way to interest those who have chosen not to be involved. Each of us can take a moment to share our enthusiasm and invite guest to programs and events. Nothing will work better than personal contacts, and there is no better recruiter than you and me, who are involved and excited about our chapter. I encourage all of us to make a special effort to contact an organist and personally invite them to join us. We have a lot going for us, and we will be of benefit to everyone who elects to “join our ranks”.
Let’s get specific, here. Our March 19 program is a Hymn Festival/Skill Sharing session. Not only will it be a great occasion of hymn singing, players will demonstrate approaches to hymn playing that will help us all enliven our hymn accompanying. They will be explained to us in such a way that will help us employ these techniques in our own churches. It is a perfect kind of program to invite area organists who are not currently involved with AGO. Take a moment to encourage someone you know to join us and to pick up some fresh skills. Ted Stewart has a passion for increasing the abilities of members, and his leadership in this event will assure us of a valuable learning experience.
See you at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, on March 19.
Monday, March 19 at 7:30 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:15 pm
Menu: Pork Loin with Scalloped Apples - Parsley Buttered Potatoes
Buttered Corn - Tossed Salad - Cornbread - Carrot Cake
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, MARCH 14. 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).
Note: One of our members lost a ring at the February dinner/program. If found, please contact Dean Dale Ramsey or the Bombarde editor.
The next meeting is Saturday, March 10, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For the inaugural Helzberg Hall organ concerts March 10 and 11, our AGO chapter will have a presence in three ways. For two of them, we are asking for your help and contribution. Please read all of the information below!
First, we were fortunate to have opportunity to purchase an ad in the concert programs. Look for it. We mention the upcoming concert of Isabelle Demers, the Bachathon, and our 2018 hosting of the National Convention of AGO.
Secondly, we are asking all of our members who are attending to wear a nametag. Printed on it will be “I Am an Organist. Questions Answered. Kansas City American Guild of Organists”. We hope this will be a conversation starter with folks who are fans of the organ. We can answer their questions and share our enthusiasm for our instrument, and establish a bit of a rapport with the concert going public. It will also get the KCAGO in front of more people and let them know of our programs. Be sure to be ready with an invitation to the Bachathon and the Isabelle Demers concert, both in May. You may refer them to our ad in the concert program.
Thirdly, we will have a display table for our chapter in the foyer at Kauffman Center with information about our chapter and AGO in general. Here’s where we need your immediate help. We want to put up a display of as many organs in our area churches as we can. Can you please send to Dale Ramsey a high quality digital photo (300 dpi or more) of your pipe organ? It can include choir people or other instruments, so long as it is a good, well lighted, clear photo of the organ case and/or pipes. This we will need very soon, as preparations for the display needs to be under way quickly. Many Thanks for your help! Send digital copies of photos at your earlier convenience to DERamsey4446@comcast.net. (don’t use the dean’s mail as it is limited in the size of attachments it can handle—thank you.)
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.
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: email@example.com
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 for 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.
As chapters begin to think about programming for next year, I wanted to let everyone know about an important goal for the Committee on The New Organist. Their goal is to have every chapter, yes EVERY, host a Pipes, Pedals, and Pizza program each year. PPP is an easy and flexible program to administer. Its purpose is to introduce the organ to young people and to continue the AGO’s efforts to promote the organ. The AGO website has an excellent guide to resources, sample press releases, and examples of schedules of other chapters’ PPP events. This information makes PPP something accessible to any chapter (and can relieve the anxiety for those who suffer from kid-o-phobia). Please consider hosting this great event to encourage new organists in your community. I would love to report next year that 100% of the chapters in Region VI have hosted a Pipes, Pedals, and Pizza extravaganza!
Yours until the Récit swells,
Jeremy Chesman, AAGO, ChM
Coordinator for Education, Region VI
Placement Coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
First Christian Church Olathe -- 200 E. Loula, Olathe, KS 66061. Job Description: provide organ music for: Two identical services on Sunday mornings, Christmas Eve Service (two different types of service), (7) Lenten services, (3) Advent Services, provide music for choir rehearsals. Contact Rev. David B. Merrick – Senior Minister of First Christian Church at either 913-764-3555 or email@example.com.
Friday, March 2nd, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
The Art of the Stained Glass Windows and English Tea Open House Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City, Missouri Admission $10; free parking. Proceeds benefit the proposed 2013 Trinity Choir tour to the United Kingdom Information: Meribeth Risebig (firstname.lastname@example.org; Sharon Cheers email@example.com)
Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm
Modern Masterpieces. Spire Chamber Ensemble, Jan Kraybill, organ and piano, Ben A. Spalding, founder/conductor. Community of Christ Peace Temple 201 S. River Blvd. Independence, MO. $10 tickets at the door.
Friday, March 16, 12:10 pm
Westport Center for the Arts Brown Bag Concert. Rebecca Bell and Marian Thomas perform six preludes and fugues from J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, on a harpsichord tuned to Werckmeister 3 temperament. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri, just East of State Line Road. FREE, coffee provided by Westport Coffee House, cookies by Pryde’s Old Westport.
Sunday, March 18, 3:00 pm
5 X 5 Brass Festival! Concert of 5 brass quintets from UMKC. Sponsored by the Rainbow Performing Arts Series, Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 SW Blvd., Kansas City, KS. Free, donation suggested.
Friday, March 23, 7:30 pm
Bethel College Concert Choir, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway, KCMO. Free.
Sunday, March 25, 3:00 pm
William Jewell College will celebrate the installation of Quimby Pipe Organ’s Op. 62 with a program featuring the instrument in organ solos, chamber music, and choral accompanying. The performers will include organists Evan Courtney (WJC '12), Stephen Kucera (Lydia Lovan Community School of Music student), and Ann Marie Rigler (WJC Professor of Music and College Organist); violinist Eric T. Williams; and Schola Cantorum, directed by Jay Carter (WJC Artist-in-Residence). The organ was originally built for the residence of Linda and the late Jim Coleberd, D.O. of Hannibal, MO. Its presence now at William Jewell College was made possible by Linda Coleberd's wonderful generosity and also by Linda Roos of the Pillsbury Foundation, which funded the instrument's transport to Liberty and installation. The program will be held in Forbis Recital Hall, located on the top floor of Pillsbury Music Center. There is no admission charge. For more information, please contact Ann Marie Rigler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816.415.7533.
Sunday, March 25, 3:30 pm
Grand Avenue Temple UMC, 205 East 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106 A Centennial Celebration Concert featuring Dr. John Schwandt, Associate Professor of Organ, and the Director of The American Organ Institute, University of Oklahoma, performing on the 100 year old E. M. Skinner Opus 190 Pipe Organ. Come hear this magnificent instrument and the results of the to-date completed restoration efforts of Quimby Pipe Organ. Hear many of musical works from the February 1912 dedicatory concert as performed by Edward Kreiser. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to help pay the restoration costs.
Wednesday, March 28, 12:15 pm
Barbara Eichenberger and Ray Smith on Organ & Piano. Free 30 minute concert featuring classical and religious music. United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Sanctuary, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS. Lunch available prior to the concert in the church narthex for a nominal fee.
Encourage your school or church to enter this Missouri Handbell competition which is sponsored by the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs. Awards up to $400.00 are given out each year. Handbell choirs need to be based in Missouri. To enter, submit a CD containing two pieces. The deadline is April 1, 2012. Contact Mary Davis email@example.com for details and for an entry blank.
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.
The following was written by member John Davies and shared as the devotional for the Board meeting:
At a place in eternity (although not a time for there is no time in that place) met together the Angel Gabriel and Jesus the Christ. Gabriel is admiring the great trump that Jesus had just given him to announce both the final victory of righteousness on earth and the call for the final judgment. Gabriel is in awe of this golden trump, the wonderful workmanship, it's beautiful form and the brilliant, majestic sound it made. Truly, no other instrument that Gabriel ever played had this same splendor, sonority and grandeur.
"When, oh Lord, may I blow it to call the saints to rest?"
And Jesus answered: "Not until my servants have prepared the saints to hear you. You see them yonder working. Are they not like me? They toil many hours alone to make the music that will allow my Spirit to enter in and bless even the most hard of heart. They pray to me and to my Father about this work; they counsel with us persistently concerning the selection of music, its timing and performance."
Jesus continued, "They endure poverty, scorn, ridicule, trouble with religious leaders and endless hours of preparation much as I. They go into the wilderness of solitude to seek my face as they practice, as did I for forty days. Their hearts belong to Me, even though numbers of them do not recognize this truth. For they, like many, fail to recognize that it is in the doing that they are the children of God not in the saying. These have waited patiently until close to the time of the sounding of your trump for the craftsmen of earth to, at last, be able to build instruments with enough ability, refinement, wonder and glory and to express my gospel in all of its majesty, grandeur and power."
"Who are these Lord?" said Gabriel. "They are not especially impressive. Many of them do not fare well with others outside their field. They trouble one another about inconsequential matters and can be unwarrantably critical of one another's playing. Some of them are inordinately proud of their wiggling fingers and fancy footwork. Others whine about their lot in life and pine for more keyboards, pistons, stops, transposers and other technological aids. One even wants stops called a 'gun shot/telephone/applause.' (Though why, even I cannot imagine) Who are these?"
"Gabriel, these are my organists. They are more like me than any other of my family. They do truly care for my flock and demonstrate it by deeds. They nourish them with my spirit through the song of their organ music. They use the King of Instruments to glorify My Father and Me. They worry over my flock in prayer and keep me in their hearts always. They endure unto the end. See–every week–despite difficulties, obstacles, feelings of inadequacy or pride they continue to sing their song. Therefore, they are expressly blessed in their singing souls by the Holy Spirit. Who else is like them among all the children of earth?
Now Gabriel, when they have finished their song, you will blow the great trump of My Father that I have given unto you and the Kingdom's of this earth shall become the Kingdom of God and of His Christ. And so will I bless all those who are engaged in my work, which is to bring pass the immortality and eternal life of man."
Wherefore, let not man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God. Solo Deo Gloria
Scott Fopianno submitted this updated information for the piece he performed on the February 20 members’ recital:
Chorale Prelude on "Christe Sanctorum" by Richard C. Baker
Randall M. Egan, Publisher of Music, Ltd. "Creative Publishing"
The Kenwood Press
2024 Kenwood Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55405-2302
The membership is invited to meet with Dennis Elwell, AGO National Councilor for Conventions, on Monday, June 11, at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church for a brainstorming session. Everyone is invited to come and offer your wishlist for what you would like to see in OUR national convention.
We have received word that the young artists who played for us this past November has been invited to play a recital at Westminster Abbey, London. In an email, her father wrote:
“The high point of (Karen’s) senior year will be an organ recital at Westminster Abbey next February -- she was absolutely thrilled to receive that invitation, which came about from the recommendations of the music director at Coventry Cathedral (where she played last summer) and also John Scott at St. Thomas Church in New York. At age 17, I think she may be one of the youngest, if not the youngest, to perform in recital at the Abbey. We are humbled by her growing talent.” In April, this year, she will be playing at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco—a return engagement for her. Folks interested in following her career may enjoy checking out her latest news on her website: http://home.comcast.net/~karen.christianson/site/?/home
As reported last month, the location of our chapter’s choral library had passed from collective memory. But now is has been located in Independence. Cause for celebration!
John Ditto has offered space at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to house the nine boxes of choral music. This location will make it easily accessible for Filippa Duke, who is working with the choir of Westport Presbyterian in their temporary location and has expressed interest in our lending library to help get them through their tragic fire. The music has also been catalogued electronically and is available for loan; please contact the bombarde editor at email@example.com for access to the electronic database.
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. The dedication recital will be held at 4:00 p.m., with a demonstration of individual stops beginning at 3:00 p.m. The recital will be performed by Michael Bauer, Professor of Organ and Church Music at the University of Kansas. Admission is free.
Nomination and Election of Executive Board
Standing Rule 7 calls for elections in April, installation of officers in May, and taking office July first.
Standing Rule 17: Auditors has been changed. There will still be two auditors, but only one elected each year for a two-year term. This year an experienced auditor will be elected for one year, a new auditor for two. Hereafter, it will be a rotating committee of two. They will audit the Guild’s books between July 15 and July 31.
Voting Members will receive a ballot in April the same way you receive your newsletter.
Balloting will cease at 6:30 p.m. at our April meeting on the 16th and results announced that evening.
Nominating Committee members were Nan Hulett, Jim Krehemker, Polly Riddle, Ken Walker, and Joyce McIntosh, chair.
* = incumbent
|SUB DEAN||Mary Davis|
|SECRETARY||Carol Wallace *|
|TREASURER||Lynn Bratney *|
|REGISTRAR||Pam Robison *|
MEMBERS AT LARGE/ LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
CLASS OF 2015
(Vote for Two)
AUDITORS (vote for two)
Betty Bauer * (1-year term)
Bill Brooks (2-year term)
DEAN: CLAUDETTE SCHIRATTI, AAGO, most recently served as Bachathon XXXII chair. She has also served on the AGO Board as secretary, youth chair, and member. She has assisted with Pipe Organ Discovery for students in grades K-12 and Pipe Organ Encounter for students aged 13-18. Currently she serves as sub-dean and Program Chair for the 2012-2013 events of the KCAGO 75th Anniversary year.
She has taught in high school and college and served as music director in parishes in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. She has performed as an organist, pianist, member of a piano trio and member of NewEar. Currently she subs in various churches, plays at a Jewish temple, teaches organ students, and volunteers at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Claudette is a Sister of Mercy of the Institute of the Americas. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Sacred Music with concentration in Organ from Kansas University and a Masters in Piano Performance Degree from Catholic University of America.
SUB-DEAN: MARY BRONOUGH DAVIS, CAGO Mary received her AB degree from William Jewell College and an MA from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been organist 50 years at Barry Christian Church and teaches piano and organ. She has served as president of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, twice as president of the Federated Music Teachers of Greater Kansas City, and president of the Missouri Music Teachers Association. At present she is a Trustee on the Board of the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
SECRETARY: CAROL WALLACE * Carol is currently the organist at Liberty Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She holds a BM degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and an MM from the U.M.K.C. Conservatory. She has worked at the Kansas City, Missouri Public Library for over 35 years as a Reference Librarian. As the Art & Music Specialist for the Central Branch, she is also responsible for collection development in the area of the arts. Carol is an active member of the national chapter of the Association of Disciple Musicians. She has been a member of the Kansas City AGO chapter since 1971 and has served as Registrar, Dinner Reservations Chair and as a member of the Professional Concerns Committee and the Youth Committee. She is currently Secretary of the Executive Board.
TREASURER: LYNN BRATNEY * Lynn is currently assistant organist at Barry Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has served as the treasurer for the Kansas City AGO Chapter fortwo and a half years and is alsothe Convention Coordinator for the AGO National Convention to be held in Kansas City in 2018.
Lynn has worked at Cerner Corporation for over 21 years and is currently a consultant there for the laboratory information system. She holds a BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Iowa where she also took music classes and lessons in piano and oboe; she was also a member of the Scottish Highlanders while at Iowa playing tenor drums in the all girls' bagpipe band. Today, Lynn studies organ with Mary Davis and is an active member of the Kansas City AGO. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri and has one son who is currently working on his Master’s degree in graphic design at Pratt Institute in New York City.
REGISTRAR : PAM ROBISON * Pam has been involved with organs of one kind or another for 50+ years, ever since she began playing for church in England on a reed (pump) organ. She has been a member of the organ staff at Community of Christ International Headquarters since 1969, helping to provide music for worship services, the Daily Prayer for Peace, and organ demonstration recitals. She has also played at many Community of Christ congregations in diverse locations. She currently works as a Worship and Music Support Specialist at Community of Christ and has served as Registrar for the Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for the past two years.
CLASS OF 2014 – LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMMITTEE
BARBARA ADLER Barbara Adler received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in organ performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Robert Glasgow. Her DMA in organ was earned at the University of Kansas, with James Moeser. She taught at the University of Hawaii and later at Seminole Community College in Florida. Active in AGO, she has been Dean of the Hawaii and Eastern New York Chapters, as well as the Director of the AGO National Development Committee, on which she served for seven years. Since moving here last June, she has accepted positions as Guest Instructor at Calvary Bible College and organist at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Missouri is the tenth state in which she has lived and has held church positions in most of them.
MARK LANGDON, a native of Kansas City, holds a BA from University of Missouri Conservatory of Music, Kansas City, Missouri. He has been playing the organ for thirty years in churches of all denominations. He holds the SPC and CAGO certifications from The American Guild of Organists. His teachers have included Junia Braby, John Obetz, and Sharon Hettinger. He currently studies organ with Ken Walker. In the past he has served the Kansas City AGO Chapter as an auditor.
Presently, he is organist at Christ Church Anglican, Overland Park, Kansas. He also serves as organist at St. Elizabeth Parish, Kansas City, Missouri.
VICKI PENNY From the time I was very young, I was interested in music. In my teen years, I accompanied choirs in school and at church on the piano. I minored in music in college and became interested in organ right after college. I took lessons from Mark Engelhardt, organist/choirmaster at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Mission Kansas. I served as an assistant organist at St. Michael's for several years. I then took a position with St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Red Bridge, then Roeland Park United Methodist Church in Roeland Park and currently serve at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Shawnee, Kansas. I also work full time with the school district as a Title One Educational Assistant. I have served a total of 37 years as an organist/choir director, bell choir director in the church. I am currently working on a Service Playing Certificate with Ted Stewart.
CHLOE STODT F. Chloë Stodt is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, returning to the Greater Kansas City area this past July after an extended “leave of absence” to the IA-IL Quad Cities. She has served as director of music and liturgy, organist, and choral conductor for churches in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, in Kansas City, Missouri, and in the Quad Cities. Additionally, she has taught piano, organ, music and liturgy, conducting, and theory at the college level, plus private piano and organ lessons since 1975. Chloe first joined the GKCAGO in 1980 and served on the Professional Concerns Committee for four years. As a member of the Blackhawk Chapter, she was twice elected Sub-Dean, and also served a number of terms on that chapter’s executive board. Members of the GKCAGO’s youth education outreach team will recall their November 2002 pilgrimage to the Quad Cities at Chloë’s invitation to present the “Marionettes and Pipes” workshop to 130 enthusiastic young learners.
Chloë holds the D.M.A. degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, the M.M. degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the B.A. degree in Choral/Vocal Music Education and Piano from St. Ambrose (formerly) College, Davenport, IA. She has studied organ with Delbert Disselhorst, Robert Triplett, Rodney Alan Giles, and Jan Overduin. Publications include articles in "Perspectives of New Music" and "Celebrate!", a Canadian journal of pastoral liturgy. Her biography is listed in "American Keyboard Artists," and "The International Who's Who of Music and Musicians." She is not running for President of the United States, but she did endorse this message.
BETTY BAUER has been active in various capacities in AGO since moving to Kansas City in 1991. Currently she is organist at First Lutheran in Mission Hills. She also likes to write historical fiction and to travel westward. [She has been Auditor several times and is active in current Bachathon planning.] (One-year term)
Bill L. Brooks My experience in church music dates more than 65 years. I was fortunate to be a part of a musical family. My mother taught voice and piano and was my inspiration for learning more about music. Starting with singing in a church choir and then to participating in assisting with accompanying church services on organ and piano. My favorite musical instrument is the Pipe Organ, and I have enjoyed many years with the instrument.
My vocation required relocation to various parts of the United States and also afforded me the opportunity to experience many different types of organ installations. The last 34 years I worked in the music ministry at Countryside Christian Church in Mission in both choral works and assisting as substitute Organist. Being a member of the AGO for many years has been a joy as well. I have been retired for 10 years and enjoy reflecting on many years of great friends in the music field. (Two-year term)
Please print this page and add it to your directory
Print this page for your directory:
New Email address:
Junia Braby: firstname.lastname@example.org
New cell phone number:
Barbara Adler: 816.730.1948
12582 W 123rd Terr
Overland Park KS 66213-5060
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|
|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|
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