Dear GKCAGO Members,
Pastor Jeff Clayton, Geoff Wilcken, and Southminster Presbyterian Church provided a wonderful Hymnfest to begin our 75th Anniversary year celebration. October’s meeting will help us discover making MUSIC IN A DIGITAL AGE. Ted Stewart and Dr. Mario Pearson will give a joint presentation and performance on the use of pipe, digital, and midi in music making at the organ. Both are excellent organists and teachers who will help us understand the development of the organ all the way to the digital age. I hope to see you at the dinner meeting which begins with punch bowl at 6 p.m., thanks to Nancy Ramirez, dinner at 6:15, a short meeting around 7 p.m. and the presentation at 7:30 p.m. If you are unable to make it to dinner, I hope that you will join us for the meeting where many announcements are made of upcoming events.
Thanks to Laura Griggs for producing and getting our directories to us.
You’ll have several opportunities to hear the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant organ at Helzberg Hall in 2012-2013. The Kauffman Center is sponsoring Cameron Carpenter, Nov. 4; the GKCAGO is cosponsoring with the Kauffman Center Chelsea Chen, May 20, 2013; and the KC Symphony is sponsoring Dr. Richard Elliott (Mormon Tabernacle), Oct. 24, 2012 and in 2013, Dr. Jan Kraybill, Jan. 16; Caroline Robinson (Curtis Institute), April 10; and Tom Trenney (First Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, NE), May 8.
This month I interviewed Patricia Pierce, organist at Richmond United Methodist Church.
How long have you been a church organist?
57 years. My dad was a minister and I was always interested in the organ.
The first time I played for a service was for Easter Sunrise when I was 15. I went to National College (currently St. Paul School of Theology) where I took organ lessons from Carlene Niehart and Dr. John Paul. We now live in Richmond, MO and I enjoy playing the Reuter pipe organ serviced by Quimby.
How long have you been a member of GKCAGO?
What motivated you to become a member?
Two gentlemen from Richmond, one of whom is Garry Westher, invited me to attend meetings with them. Gary is a member of the GKCAGO who does not play the organ but loves organ music. He encouraged me to ask the United Methodist Church where I play if they would pay for my membership and they graciously agreed to do so.
You took the Improvisation workshop at the Skills Fair in August. Was that helpful to you?
I couldn’t do the things that the presenter was talking about. But the organist that I came with gave me a theory and harmony textbook which has motivated me to study the basics that he was talking about.
Why did you wait so long to become a member?
I didn’t think that I knew enough to be a part of the group. Although I’m from a small town, I have learned through the Guild that I am not alone on the organ bench. There are many fine organists in the area. I have a lot to learn but attendance at the meetings has made me want to learn more.
Being a member has made me realize that the organ world is alive and well.
Monday, October 15 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
Catered by Meissen’s Catering:
Swiss steak with pepper, onion and mushroom sauce
Mashed potatoes, buttered corn, coleslaw
French rolls, Lemon bars
Call Jane Dauer at 816-252-3787, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by 10:00 pm the Wednesday before the meeting (October 10). Please note that this is a new e-mail address this year. Jane will confirm all e-mail reservations, so if you don't get a confirmation, please call. Remember, if you have a permanent reservation and miss dinner, you are still obligated to pay for your meal.
The next meeting is Saturday, October 13, 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
In order to enhance outreach, communication, and program possibilities, the Youth Committee would like to re-establish a GKCAGO database of teachers of young organ students (age ten through college). If you have private organ students within this age group and are willing to share your contact information, please email Chloe Stodt, Youth Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee would like to have as complete a list as possible by the end of October, and we are most grateful for your help.
Donations to the Concert Series Fund now total $5,843. One of the great benefits of GKCAGO is our chance to hear renowned concert organists. Thank you to our contributors, whose gifts to the Concert Fund play such a major role in making these concerts possible. Submitted by Margaret Jenkins, Concert Series Chair
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson email@example.com
Colonial UCC, 7039 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. Part time salaried position which may be filled by one person or as a time-share position with two organists for flexibible scheduling. Martin Ott, 22 rank two-manual tracker organ. A Bachelor’s degree in organ is preferred as well as experience in a liturgical setting. Responsibilities include two Sunday services and Wednesday evening choir rehearsal. Please email resumes to the Director of Music: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director Children/Youth Music:
Country Club Christian Church is seeking a part time director of children’s and youth music. For detailed information, please contact David Diebold at 816-333-4917 or email@example.com.
Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church, 7406 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64114 seeks organist/accompanist to work with energetic choir. Responsibilities include Wednesday evening choir rehearsal and Sunday morning worship. Additional services include Good Friday and Christmas Eve. The church has a 14 Rank Temple pipe organ. Excellent playing skills and flexibility of musical styles are required. Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to the church office.
Christ Community Evangelical Church has purchased the beautiful Scientology Church at 66th and Wornall Road in Kansas City. The sanctuary will be available for weddings in January 2013. The church is organizing a list of qualified organists who are very proficient and would be available to play for weddings. If you are interested in speaking with us about this possibility please call Cindy Patrick at 913-709-9498.
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 7740 Lackman, Road, Lenexa, KS is seeking an piano accompanist for its Chancel Choir. St. Paul's is an inclusive, friendly congregation in Lenexa, with a membership of 500. The Chancel Choir performs a varied music repertoire, including traditional, contemporary, and classical. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Salary will be approximately $100 per week depending on hours required. Submit your resume and complete the application posted on the St. Paul’s Lenexa website (http://stpaulslenexa.org), click on Employment.
Play for weekly 90-minute choir rehearsals (currently conducted on Wednesday evenings) and Sunday morning choral warm-up and service(s) beginning the month of August and continuing into May; other rehearsals as necessary. The majority of time will be spent accompanying the choir during the 10:50 a.m. service. However, there will be times where the accompanist will also play for the 8:15 a.m. service, as well as special services (such as Christmas Eve). Arrive for rehearsals 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time.
Work under the direction of Chancel Choir Director for Chancel Choir rehearsals and worship services. Rehearse with and accompany small groups and soloists as assigned by the Chancel Choir Director.
Arrange for a substitute if necessary for rehearsal or services.
Position reports to the Chancel Choir Director.
Search Committee led by Royce Ann Collins, Staff Parish Committee, Feel free to contact me at 913-961-4255 or email email@example.com. The application is posted on the church website.
Colonial Presbyterian Church in KC, MO is looking for a part time pianist to accompany their worship services. Regular weekly duties would include a Wednesday night rehearsal and an 11:00 am worship service (10:00 am warm-up) on Sunday morning. Special events and services would also be included and compensated for separately. Applicants must have a knowledge of both traditional and contemporary playing styles and literature. Contact Jeff Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-501-3068 or more information and to schedule an interview and audition.
Fairview Christian Church, 1800 NE 65th Street, Gladstone, MO. Year-round position of 10-12 hours per week. Experience in a liturgical setting preferred. Duties include organizing and directing the choir Wednesday evenings Sept. through June, developing ensembles and other special music throughout the year, helping to plan and enhance the 10 a.m. worship service and all other special services and work with appropriate departments. Position available October 1st.
Please email resumes to email@example.com. Call 816-452-2829 for a more detailed job description.
Fairview Christian Church, 1800 NE 65th Street, Gladstone, MO. Part-time salaried position. Experience in a liturgical setting is preferred. Weekly responsibilities include playing organ and piano for one Sunday service, one Wednesday evening choir rehearsal and playing accompaniment for ensembles and special services as needed. Resumes accepted until October 5. Position available November 1st. Please email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 816-452-2829 for a more detailed job description.
Kiepper Pipe Organ Company, recently located in St. Louis, seeks applicants for a variety of positions with the firm. Our aim is the restoration and preservation of existing and historic pipe organs, as well as the construction, installation and maintenance of new instruments. A knowledge of the organ is not necessary in order to be considered; training will be provided. We currently seek applicants who will be committed to our standards and are detail-oriented. The ideal applicant will be in good physical condition, and able to lift and move heavy objects, some weighing as much as 1,200 pounds. Experience in general woodworking, electrical wiring and metal working is desirable, but not necessary. Please send resumes and cover letter to: email@example.com or call 417-619-1350 to speak with Christopher Kiepper for an appointment interview.
Thursday, October 4, 7:00 pm:
Dorchester Trombone Quartet, alumni of University of Indiana. Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, KS. Free. Sponsored by Rainbow Performing Arts Series.
Sunday, October 21, at 3:00 pm
Organ and Trumpet Concert, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 416W 12th Street, Kansas City, MO. Dr. Mario Pearson, director of music, liturgy and principal organist for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Dr. Richard Rulli, trumpet professor at Arkansas University. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin- Madison (DMA), Ithaca College, New York (MM), and the University of Northern Colorado (BM/BME). At the University of Arkansas, he teaches trumpet, brass chamber music, conducts the trumpet ensemble and performs as a founding member of the Boston Mountain Brassworks. Works to be performed include: Windows – Petr Eben, Prayer of Saint Gregory – Hovhannes, Concerto in D – G.P. Telemann. Free will donations.
Monday, October 22, 7:30 pm
Organist Gail Archer of New York City appears in recital at William Jewell College o in Gano Chapel in the second of three recitals celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Quimby III/55 instrument at Jewell. Her program will feature selections from her recent CD, "An American Idyll," with works by Horatio Parker, Charles Ives, Joan Tower, Samuel Barber, and William Bolcom. Ms. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus. She also serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue in New York City. There is no admission charge for this program. Early arrival is encouraged, as construction on campus has affected traffic flow and access to parking adjacent to Gano Chapel. Approach the campus by way of Lightburne (Hwy. 33) and Miller Streets for the parking spaces closest to the Quad.
Friday, October 26, 12:10 pm
LaTeesha McDonald Jackson, lyric soprano, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri. FREE. Coffee by Westport Coffee House, Cookies by Californos. Donations gladly accepted. Sponsored by The Westport Center for the Arts' Brown Bag Concert Series.
Many of our members may know, though some may not, the fact that we store our programs, newsletters, and other archival material at the UMKC Library. This resource has proved invaluable on many occasions for program committees, special event planners, the Bachathon committee, and other folks interested in our history, what music has been performed, by who, and the venues.
We are really quite good at what we do here in Kansas City, but very few outside of this area know this and many of our own members are not aware of the magnitude and quality of our endeavors. I had occasion to send our newsletter to a friend in Texas who is a "name" in the organ world. After reading the newsletter, he wrote back that we must have the best chapter in the United States! He is not one for hyperbole or other such compliments.
So the point of this article is to ask the members that have such material in their possession to let me send it to the archives. I just received two heavy boxes from a member at the William Jewel recital last spring. Huzzah!
Writing of history, we are having a 75th birthday party this spring for the KCAGO. We are creating a couple of historical vignettes, one of which is a collage of 2-3 sentence statements from former Deans of the past 25 years. Several have replied with some interesting and humorous information. I am hoping the rest get their year in two sentences into me sooner than later. An e-mail in red will be sent to remind ye tardy. Submitted by John T. Davies, Historian, GKCAGO
From AGO National: “Grow the Guild” has already begun and will run through May 31, 2013. Every chapter is automatically entered in the membership challenge. To qualify for one of the prizes, your chapter has to grow membership by 5%. Any new members that your chapter receives as part of the 2012-2013 Membership Year will qualify for this campaign. Winners will be determined after national dues reconciliation is complete and results will be announced some time after May 31, 2013. For more information, see page 10 of the September issue of TAO or click here: http://www.agohq.org/membership/grow/index.html.
by Barbara Adler
A member of the GKCAGO board asked me to write about what the chapter’s Professional Development Committee is asked to do. First, the Chair appoints a committee, and if you would be interested in joining, please let me know. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The committee is asked to define concerns for the Chapter to consider and to inform the chapter of professional development policies as they develop. These can include many aspects of employment relationships and are tailored to the chapter’s needs.
Other tasks include familiarizing chapter with AGO Model Contract; initiating and maintaining contact with local churches/schools/seminaries to promote the development of a musically informed clergy; and informing members and local churches/chapels/mortuaries of AGO and chapter policies and fee guidelines for weddings and funerals; and any other activities that may involve an organist. The Professional Development Chair is available to assist in employment relationships.
The national AGO website has a lot of information. In the search box, enter “Professional Development” and you’ll be able to locate many resources.
Again, please contact me if you might be interested identifying concerns and working toward educating our chapter. Already one challenge has come to our attention.
Virginia Inman Smith is retiring as organist at Broadway United Church after 46 years of service. Virginia had previously been organist at First Christian Church in Lee's Summit beginning at age 14, and at Linwood Presbyterian Church in Kansas City when she finished college, for a total of 20 years. Virginia studied with Richard Helms, Edna Scotten Billings, and Carlene Neihart, all former KCAGO Deans. She led a busy life as an elementary school teacher for 28 years as well as her organist career. A highlight of that career was the installation of the 34 rank Moller pipe prgan in late 1969. It has been a 66-year labor of love. Virginia also shares:
I worked with Dr. John Albertson at Broadway for 38 wonderful years. I have been a member of AGO since probably 1953 or so-necessarily not active because of my teaching and raising two sons. I used to help sponsor concerts, and enjoy reading "The Organist" magazine.
Congratulations, Virginia, on a long and blessed career!
Kansas State University will be hosting its second annual High School Piano and Organ Day for students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM on the Kansas State University campus. All activities will be held in All Faiths Chapel and McCain Auditorium.
Students will have the opportunity to receive an introduction to the pipe organ, participate in a panel discussion on career options for the keyboard musician in the twenty-first century, and listen to the Kansas State University Keyboard Faculty perform in a brief, thirty-minute performance. After lunch, students will have the opportunity to have a free, 20-minute private lesson with the keyboard division faculty member of their choice.
The registration fee for the camp is $10 (checks made payable to the Kansas State University Music Department) and includes brunch refreshments during the opening registration period, lunch, and a 20-minute private lesson with the keyboard division faculty member of their choice. Should a registrant need to cancel, a refund of $5 ($10 minus a $5 handling fee) will be available for all cancellations received by October 18. No refunds will be available for cancellations that are received after October 18.
Faculty for the camp will be comprised of the following Kansas State University Keyboard Division faculty members:
Ms. Amanda Arrington, Staff Accompanist
Dr. Slawomir Dobrzanski, Chair of Keyboard Studies, Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Virginia Houser, Associate Professor of Music (Piano)
Dr. David Pickering, Assistant Professor of Music (Organ)
One can also find this information about the camp online at the Keyboard Division website under Events. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions! Submitted by Dr. David Pickering, Assistant Professor of Music, Kansas State University.
Rieske Opus I Pipe Organ for Sale: Located in Independence, MO 2 Manuals - 4 Ranks - 24 Stops. The Rieske Opus I Pipe Organ is still playing at the church the organ is housed in Independence, Missouri. The organ is in great condition. All of the leather has been replaced a couple of years ago. The pipes, hoses, connections, bellows and blower are all in great condition. The organ is readily available to play and trying it out before purchasing. For more information about the organ or to schedule an appointment to see the organ, please contact John Baker by phone at (816) 718-1725.
Please print this page and include in your directory
Branson, Fr. Keith, DMA
2110 Saint Gaspar Way
Liberty MO 64068
Engebretson, Karen, MM/SPC
8712 Stark Ave
Kansas City MO 64138-4449
Director of Music
First Presbyterian Church
Leavenworth KS 66048
5801 NE Peachtree Lane
Kansas City MO 64119-2244
Hedrick, Janice, MM
10029 W. 68th St
Merriam KS 66203
Mission Road Community of Christ
Prairie Village KS 66208
Leyden, Barbara, DMA
5901 Flint St
Shawnee KS 66203
Director of Music Ministry
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Livengood, Sally, BMus
5801 NE Peachtree Lane
Kansas City MO 64119-2244
Thomas, Marian M, MM, CAGO
10512 Ensley Lane, Leawood KS 66206-2549
Cell: 913-307-6210 (please correct in Board listing at front of directory as well)
Address: 8522 BROADMOOR (not Broadman)
Shepard, Lisa, BSME
New email address: email@example.com
Substitutes listed are members of the local organ guild. The ones who hold AGO certificates have passed requirements of the national American Guild of Organists for various levels of service playing and choral conducting. However, the Greater Kansas City AGO is not an endorsement agency for service provided by the persons listed here. To learn proficiency of substitutes, feel free to ask them for references.
Feedback regarding the hiring of GKCAGO substitutes is welcome. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
These substitutes have passed various levels of AGO certification requirements:
|Mary Bronaugh Davis, MA, CAGO - org||816-436-1419
|Scott Foppiano, MM, CAGO - org, dir, soloist, lit||816-437-8557,
816-305-0260 (cell—eve. only)
|Jan Kraybill, DMA, FAGO||816-833-1000, ext. 2432|
|John Pitchford, MM, SPC - org||913.663.3768|
|Claudette Schiratti, MM, AAGO - org, dir, lit||913-530-0960 (cell)|
|Barbara Tankard Thatcher, CAGO||816.796.3706|
|Thomas Zachacz, MM, CAGO – org, dir, lit,||913.645.3749 (weekdays only)|
|SPC = service playing certificate, CAGO = Colleague certification
AAGO = Associate certification, FAGO = Fellow certification
The following have various degrees in organ or church music at the college or post-graduate level:
|Rebecca Bell, MA – org, lit||816-523-5569 email@example.com|
|Joyce Berg, MM – org||816-741-7388
|W. Sue Finley-Evans, BME, MM, EDS
–org, piano, lit
|785-550-1608 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
| Kathy Hellwege, org, lit, solo, dir,
BSE in Music & English
|Sarah O Holland,
DMA student KU - org, piano, lit
|Michael Phelps, BA – org, piano, lit||816-686-5454|
|Dale Ramsey, MM – org, dir||816.322.8985|
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA – org, lit||816.415.3792
or 816.781.7700 x5199
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA – org, lit||913.642.8642|
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
The following also offer their services:
|Betty Bauer, org, lit||913-814-9021
|Desiree Hines, org, dir, lit||917-257-6451 email@example.com|
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 or
|Lisa Shepard, org, lit||816-587-9290 or
|Marilyn VanderLinden - org, lit||816.665.4441|
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
The absolute deadline for submissions to Bombarde's editor is the 20th of each month. Please email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.