From the Dean:
Isabelle Demers in concert is our next meeting, May 14, at William Jewell College’s Gano Chapel in Liberty. A combination of a thrilling virtuoso organist and a gorgeous Quimby pipe organ will make this a concert to remember. Note a few of Isabelle’s press reviews:
If the organ is the ‘king of instruments,’ then the king’s consort must be Isabelle Demers, one of North America’s most sought-after organists.
Daring and fresh...interpreted with infinite poetry...mind-blowing Toccata confirmed her tremendous talent. With her idiomatic style and her solid technique, Isabelle Demers is an artist outside the norms, or dare I say, beyond any competition.
I don't believe I have enough superlatives to describe Isabelle's performance...What a great afternoon! Marvelous playing; superb, judicious registration…
If we needed further confirmation of her talents, we just learned that Ms. Demers will become the organ teacher at Baylor University this fall, replacing Dr. Joyce Jones, who is retiring.
Ms. Demers’ program will be:
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) – Prelude and Fugue in C Major BWV 547
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) – Allegro Vivace, from Symphony #5 op. 107, “Reformation”
Rachel Laurin (b. 1961) – excerpts from Twenty-Four Short Pieces op. 43 and op. 58
• Toccatina (op. 43#2)
• Trumpet Tune (op. 43#6)
• Dance and Variations (op. 58#5)
• Square Fugue (op. 43#11)
• Triangular Fugue (op. 43#12)
Max Reger (1873-1916) – Fantasy on the chorale “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” op. 27
Edward Elgar (1857-1934) – Allegro Maestoso, from Sonata in G Major
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) – excerpts from Cinderella (trans. Demers)
• Three Oranges
• Cinderella gets ready for the Ball
• Cinderella’s Waltz
Raymond Daveluy (b. 1926) – Toccata, from Sixth Sonata for Organ
Definitely worth a trip to Liberty, methinks!
Dinner and our chapter meeting—at the usual times—will be held at Liberty Christian Church, 427 E. Kansas Street, literally one block west of Gano chapel. One may wish to walk up to the chapel after dinner. We will be working out private cars to help shuttle folks who do not wish to or who are not able to walk the block up the hill to campus. For those not coming to dinner, but will be coming to the concert, there is parking South of the chapel just off Mill Street—again about a block away. After dinner, we will be installing officers for the coming year. See the list of next year’s leadership in a separate article.
To reach Liberty Christian Church from Rte 152 or 291, go east on Kansas Avenue passing Liberty Square and Second Baptist Church. The church will be on your right, just beyond Lightburne Street. The parking lot is behind the church and can be reached by turning right into the alley in front of the church and going around to the back .The parking lot can also be accessed from Mill Street which is the street that goes toward the main entrance of William Jewell College.
Don’t forget the June 11 meeting—a brainstorming session to begin planning for the 2018 AGO National Convention in Kansas City. Dennis Elwell, the National Councillor for Conventions, will be present to guide us through a process of compiling ideas, dreams, and possibilities. Please make your dinner reservations with Jane Dauer. Even if you have a standing reservation for the regular program year, you will still need to contact Jane for this add-on event. Hosting us will be Deborah Lynch and Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church at 9300 Nall Ave. in Overland Park. The Meissens will be catering an “indoor barbeque picnic”. Sounds delicious.
Monday, May 14 at 7:30 pm
Gano Chapel, William Jewell College
500 College Hill - Liberty, MO
Dinner at Liberty Christian Church, 427 E. Kansas Street
(one block west of Gano Chapel)
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:15 pm
Menu: Pineapple Grilled Chicken - Wild Rice Blend - Green Bean Casserole
Tossed Green Salad - Butter & Egg Rolls - Filled Cookies
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, MAY 9. 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, May 12, 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.
Report of Elections for April 2012, Joyce McIntosh, Nominations Chair
For the 2012-13 season:
Dean: Claudette Schiratti
Subdean: Mary Davis
Secretary: Carol Wallace
Treasurer: Lynn Bratney
Registrar: Pam Robison
CLASS OF 2015: Mark Langdon
AUDITORS: Betty Bauer, Chair
This major undertaking for our Guild has reached its 33rd year, and this program promises to be as unique as any. Organizer Ken Walker has made an effort to find the Bach works that have not been performed in the previous 32 years, and performers brave enough to play them. Please join us from 2:00-7:00 pm (or any portion thereof) on Sunday, May 6 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. There will also be special activities for kids and photos of significant places where Bach lived and worked on display. For sustenance for an afternoon of active listening there will be specially-commissioned cupcakes as well as cookies and other munchies provided by our members available for purchase. The full list of performers (and a poster to display) are available at www.kcago.com. See you there!
The AGO board approved the 2012-2013 Program prepared by the Committee which included Barbara Adler, Kathy Hellwege, Norm Kinnaugh, Jim Krehemker, John Schaefer, and Claudette Schiratti, subdean.
Two months of events have been added to the celebration of the 75th anniversary year of KCAGO. All events are on the 3rd Monday of the month unless otherwise noted.
The year will begin on Saturday morning, August 25 with a Skills Fair. The planning committee for this event has been Barbara Adler, Kathy Hellwege, and Claudette Schiratti.
Three choices are available: Organ Basics, Hymn Playing, Registration presented by Barbara Adler at second Presbyterian Church;
Service Playing and Subbing in a Liturgical Church presented by Ted Stewart at Immanuel Lutheran Church; and Improvisation presented by Kevin Vogt at Central United Methodist Church.
Watch for a brochure with more details and registration. Encourage a non-AGO colleague to attend and join AGO this year.
In September Southminster Presbyterian will host a Hymn Fest of Thanksgiving for 75 years of KCAGO. Jim Krehemker and Margaret Jenkins are assisting Geoff Wilckens in the celebration.
Making Music in a Digital Age is the topic for October at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Watch for more details.
In November KCAGO is sponsoring Craig Cramer who is giving an Organ Recital at Hope Lutheran Church as part of the Church’s year-long celebration of the installation of its Martin Pasi organ.
We will celebrate Martin Luther King Day in January with Marian Thomas, Reggie Watkins, and Geoff Wilcken at Southminster Presbyterian Church.
In February Vern Barnett will speak to us and our clergy colleagues at Country Club Christian Church. The clergy have been part of our journey these past 75 years. Invite your minister early to this event. Their schedules fill up rapidly.
A member recital will be held in March at Trinity Lutheran Church. Music of Craig Phillips, AGO distinguished composer for 2012 will be performed. Start now to choose the work that you’ll perform on organ or on organ with your choir or on organ and other instruments. The Trinity Lutheran Choir, Ben Spalding, director will also be included in the program.
Friday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. a Gala 75th Anniversary Dinner will be held at St. Michael and All Angels. The committee of John Davies, Jim Krehemker, Joyce McIntosh, and Nancy Stankiewicz are planning a delightful evening of celebration. Members will need to pay for dinner for this event.
Helzberg Hall will be the venue for our May organ concert given by Chelsea Chen. She will also perform the winning 75th anniversary organ composition, if one is named. Members will also need to pay for this event which is being held in conjunction with the Kauffman Center. We’ll all need to help get the word out to fill the hall for this concert. Tickets will be sold through the Kauffman Center. John Schaefer and Claudette Schiratti have been working with the Kauffman Center for this event. The committee working on the composition competition is Kathy Hellwege, Norm Kinnaugh, and Chloe Stodt.
In June we will install officers for 2013-2014 and continue to brainstorm and plan for the 2018 National AGO Convention to be held in KC.
I hope you’ll all invite someone to join the AGO in this coming anniversary year. “We’ve come this far by faith…” Where will the next 25 years take KCAGO to the its100th year? What gifts, visions and dreams will you offer to KCAGO this year? Who will you invite to be part of KCAGO at this exciting time in the organ world and as we plan for the 2018 AGO Convention? What youth are you encouraging with musical talent?
Claudette Schiratti, AAGO, RSM
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.
The second Kansas State University Keyboard Camp will take place Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, July 13. All students at the camp will have daily lessons and practice time on both piano and organ, in addition to class sessions focusing on a variety of topics including music theory, solo and ensemble performance opportunities, and informative sessions on music-related topics such as jazz piano, organ improvisation, and popular music for the organ. We will also be taking a field trip Wichita, Kansas to play the organs in the area.
Faculty members for the camp will feature pianists Virginia Houser (Kansas State University), Eduardo Orozco (Manhattan, Kansas), and John Goering (jazz pianist from Wichita State University) and organists David Pickering (Kansas State University) and Brett Valliant (First United Methodist Church, Wichita).
Please visit the Kansas State University's Keyboard Division’s website (www.ksu.edu/music/keyboard ) to obtain a registration form and more information about the camp.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Kansas City announces a hymn-tune contest to commemorate and celebrate its 100th Anniversary. This contest is for a new tune to set the new hymn text, "St. Andrew," and carries a prize of $750 for the winning entry.
The text to be set is available upon request. Please contact HymnContest@StAndrewKC.org for a copy of the text to be sent by e-mail. You may call the office (816.523.1602) if you require a copy of the hymn be faxed or mailed to you.
Full details, including guidelines and rules, are on our website: www.standrewkc.org.
I had the good fortune to recently attend a conference entitled ‘Historical Eclecticism: Organ Building and Playing in the 21st Century’. It was sponsored by the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies and produced in collaboration with the University of Houston. The conference was held April 12-14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.
I was a bit out of my league here as I am mostly a pipe organ enthusiast/buff and not knowledgeable about organ building. But, I was drawn to the conference as I had interest in seeing and hearing the Pasi Opus 19 organ at the Co-cathedral there.
This was an enlightening experience for me and provided good exposure to excellent music, musicians, builders and instruments. I also met some other fine people at the conference. If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend attending a Westfield Center event. This event was very well planned and executed in a compact timeframe at a very reasonable cost. You can find more information about the Center online at http://westfield.org/
Below are some highlights and features from this conference. Let me know if you have any questions regarding the conference. My email address is email@example.com .
The organs showcased were:
Paul Fritts Op. 29 at St Philip Presbyterian Church (2010, III/Pd, 48 stops)
Martin Pasi Op. 19 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (2010, IV/Pd, 75 stops)
Fritz Noack Op. 128 at Christ the King Lutheran Church (1995, II/Pd, 30 stops)
The builder of each of these organs gave an introduction to their instrument and provided guided tours and question and answer sessions.
There was also the bonus treat of an additional excursion to experience:
C.B. Fisk Op. 109 / Rosales Op. 21 in the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (1996, III/Pd, 75 stops)
The performers featured included: Stephen Tharp, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Kimberly Marshall, Robert Bates, Mel Butler, Gustavo Delgado, Naomi Shiga, Damin Spritzer, Tom Schuster, Matthew Dirst and Ars Lyrica Houston. (And a first for me to experience, Dr. Marshall played her entire program wearing high heeled shoes!)
The presentations covered a variety of topics all the way from ‘Organ design and playing in the 16th Century’ to ‘Organ Building in the 21st Century as displayed in the Woehl Studio Acusticum Organ’. The presenters featured included: Gustavo Delgado, Kimberly Marshall, Robert Bates, Christopher Anderson, Matthew Dirst, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Riyehee Hong, Randall Harlow and Tiffany Ng.
I also had the pleasure to meet (even if only briefly) these organ builders in attendance: John Brombaugh, Manuel Rosales, David Pike (CB Fisk) and Hellmuth Wolff as well as Paul Fritts, Martin Pasi and Fritz Noack, and also these artists: Julia Brown and Marian Metson.
I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and I hope to attend others in the future.
Placement Coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Friday, May 4, 8:00 pm
William Jewell College Concert Choir, Dr. Anthony Maglione, conductor, Evan Courtney and Ann Marie Rigler, organ, Betty Dunham, piano. Pre-tour concert for triennial England/Scotland tour, May 14-27, 2012. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students. Proceeds go to defray costs of tour. For advance purchase, please contact Evan Courtney: email@example.com.
Sunday, May 20, 7pm
Spire Chamber Ensemble , REBEL Baroque Orchestra, soloists from the choir. Ben A. Spalding Founder/Conductor. Mass in B minor (Messe in h-Moll), J.S. Bach. Period Performance. $20 tickets in advance. Please call 913-432-5441 or visit www.tlcms.org and click "Online Giving" then Mass in B minor Tickets.
Please mark your calendars for a special meeting for the whole membership of KCAGO on June 11, 6:00 at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church.
This will be an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for the forthcoming National AGO Convention in 2018. YES, we are already starting the planning phase of this great adventure, and you are a keen part of the process to plan an exciting, rewarding event for ourselves and AGO members of the entire nation.
Dennis Elwell, the National Councillor for Conventions, will be present to guide us through a process of compiling ideas, dreams, and possibilities. These include: commissioned music, concert artists’ recitals, hymn festivals, worship celebrations, choral concerts, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and much more. We are limited only by the degree of our creativity and imagination at this stage. No idea is out of bounds at this initial brainstorm session.
Dinner will be served promptly at 6:15! Meissen’s caterers will provide us a “Summer BBQ” meal for $10.00 each. It is important to make reservations, as usual. If you had a standing reservation for the year, you will still need to make a reservation for this particular meal, since this is an “add on” event. Be sure to contact Jane Dauer by phone or email by June 6. The meal will include Brisket with BBQ sauce on the side, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Melon Wedges, Rolls, Ice Cream and Cookies.
If you cannot join us for dinner, please come around 7:00 to take part in the discussion. The facility at Rolling Hills is especially accessible. No steps from parking lot to social hall. Easy access for all.
Would you like to have the opportunity of playing on the two magnificent organs at Community of Christ Auditorium (Aeolian-Skinner, 113 ranks) and Temple (Casavant, 102 ranks) in Independence, Missouri? We are looking for additional staff organists!
These are volunteer positions with the chance of playing marvelous instruments and helping promote the joy of the organ to visitors from around the world. Primary responsibilities include regularly providing 3:00 p.m. demonstration recitals and playing for the 1:00 Daily Prayer for Peace worship service.
The half-hour recitals are held at 3:00 Sunday afternoons September through May and daily during June, July, and August. During the school year, the recitals alternate between the Auditorium and the Temple. During the summer, the weekday recitals are held in the Temple and the weekend weekend recitals alternate between the two instruments. The purpose of the recitals is to demonstrate the capabilities of the instruments and to enthusiastically encourage an interest in the organs. Staff organists are encouraged to provide a variety of music, from classics to lighter pieces. A script is provided with general information to be shared.
The Daily Prayer for Peace service is a 15-20-minute worship service held 365 days a year at 1:00p.m. in the Temple. Music for this service includes a congregational hymn and a closing ministry of music appropriate to the meditative tone of the service.
If you are interested in becoming a staff organist, please contact Pam Robison to set up an audition (816-833-1000, ext. 2324 or probison@CofChrist.org). The audition consists of playing a hymn, a meditative piece, and a more virtuosic recital piece.
If you would like an electronic version of the lending library catalog, please contact the Bombarde editor at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the database. Someone has borrowed the two large binders containing single review copies. Please contact the Dean or the Bombarde editor if you know of their whereabouts.
Two-manual and pedal Reuter organ (Op. 1736, 1970, 17 ranks) for sale. This organ is a practice organ at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Pipes arranged in functional display; dimensions (console measurements not included) are 17' wide, 11' 6" deep, 11' 2" tall. The organ has capture-style pistons--six general pistons duplicated as toe studs; four divisional pistons per division. Peterson relay and coupler system installed in 1989., Asking price: $20,000 plus charges associated with organ's removal by Quimby Pipe Organs. Stoplist and photos of the organ may be viewed at http://kstatekeyboard.weebly.com/reuter-organ.html. Please contact David Pickering ( email@example.com , 785.532.3830) with any questions.
We will miss our good friend and long-time member Lynn Alfers. Lynn and her husband are moving to Texas, and she promises to send address/contact information as soon as they are settled. You will be missed, Lynn! She sends this email address as an update: firstname.lastname@example.org, but this may change in the future.
As you probably already know, the World Wide Web is a great place to find information; some good and some not so much. Here’s a chance to share the websites that you know and use that help you at work and beyond. Dale had this great idea and after a couple of emails that we shared he asked if I would work on this and I said I was glad to help.
To start, I’ll list a few websites that I am familiar with that could be helpful. Then it is your turn. Send me the websites that you use and I will put together future articles for the ‘Bombarde’. I also plan to document all of the websites that are submitted into a living document. This could become a resource guide or perhaps become a page of links on the website.
Contact me with those websites: Mike Maiden email@example.com
For your listening pleasure
http://www.organlive.com/ Streaming classical organ music. Free, 24 hrs a day. Dial-up or broadband.
http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/ Companion site to the popular radio program. Schedule, list of radio outlets, details of instruments featured. With your host Michael Barone.
http://www.live365.com/index.live Listen to Free Music Online - Live365 Internet Radio. Search for genres, instruments . . . . it’s your choice. (contains ads)
http://www.contrebombarde.com/concerthall/home/dashboard For the fans of Hauptwerk and sample sets
For sharing with other organ enthusiasts, musicians, builders and more
(may require registration/activation)
http://www.organmatters.com/ Where Organs Matter
http://list.uiowa.edu/scripts/wa.exe?INDEX then navigate to PIPORG-L (alphabetically from list) and subscribe
firstname.lastname@example.org Yahoo group – send blank email to join the digest
For some free sheet music options
http://www.free-scores.com/free-sheet-music.php?CATEGORIE=220 Free sheet music in the Organ category; browse, search or look in other categories
http://icking-music-archive.org/index.php Music archive of Free sheet music, search by composer
For events – local and more
email@example.com Send an email to join Leona’s infamous musical happenings list
http://www.kcindependent.com/?category_name=Paul-Horsley PAUL HORSLEY’s blog page
http://www.kcmetropolis.org/ Kansas City’s Online Journal for the Performing Arts
http://music.ku.edu/events/ University of Kansas School of Music Events Calendar
http://conservatory.umkc.edu/conservatory-event-calendar.cfm UMKC Conservatory Events Calendar
http://www.organfocus.com/ The source for pipe organ music events, concerts and recitals worldwide
http://pipeorgancds.com/ JAV Recordings - pipe organs across North America and Europe
https://ravencd.com/merchantmanager/index.php Raven produces fine recordings of classical organ music
http://www.ohscatalog.org/recordings.html Organ Historical Society Catalog
http://www.berkshirerecordoutlet.com/index.php Closeouts and overruns of classical music labels at bargain prices
For Pipe organ information
http://database.organsociety.org/index.html Pipe organ database
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|
|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.