From the Dean:
Once we see the school buses on our streets we know that summer is over. I hope that it included some R&R for each of you and that you are getting back into the Fall season of activity.
Our first meeting, Monday, September 17, begins the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the GKCAGO at Southminster Presbyterian Church with a Hymn Fest. Geoff Wilcken, music director and organist, has created the prayer service and arranged most of the 12 hymn settings. In addition to brass, his handbell choir and church choir, choir members from Village Presbyterian, Rolling Hills Presbyterian, Trinity Lutheran, and possibly two other churches will be involved. I’m grateful for Geoff’s talent and generosity in providing this prayerful start to our Anniversary Year. I hope to see you all there. It’s time to renew friendships and meet new friends in the chapter.
Remember to sign up for dinner with Jane Dauer email@example.com by Wednesday, September 12.
This month I interviewed Ray Smith, organist at Colonial Presbyterian Church.
CS: What keeps you excited about being an organist? RS: I consider the time I spend practicing or performing to be personal worship for me, and so the reflection and renewal that comes with worship is what keeps me excited about being an organist. I also LOVE to learn new music. I sometimes think that congregations have no idea when I'm repeating something I've played before, but I still learn new music all the time, because it helps me become a better musician and makes my practice time more rewarding and challenging.
CS: You recently prepared for and achieved the Colleague Certificate. What motivated you to pursue it? RS: Like many part-time church musicians, I don't have a music degree, but I have been playing the organ for churches for over 30 years now. I felt like achieving the Colleague Certificate was an affirmation that I had actually achieved a certain level of musicianship without having the degree. Although I did not expect it going in, the entire experience helped me improve my skills as a musician.
CS: What dreams do you have for the GKCAGO as it celebrates its 75th anniversary year? RS: I know we emphasize helping the younger generation get interested in the organ, but as several of our members are retiring or nearing retirement, I hope we do all we can to get their replacements interested in the Guild. People's lives seem to get busier all the time and I hope the GKCAGO continues to create opportunities that draw budding organists to our ranks.
Monday, September 17 at 7:30 pm
Southminster Presbyterian Church
6306 Roe Avenue
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:15 pm
People sometimes ask what the AGO can do for them. One of the best things to come out of your membership is good friends and fellowship with other musicians. And the best way to do that is to come to our monthly dinner meetings. Just remember to call or e-mail me for a reservation each month (unless you have a permanent reservation). If you make a reservation, we do require that you pay even if you miss the dinner, since we have to pay the caterer for each reservation we turn in. The cost this year is $10.00 and this month's menu is:
BBQ Brisket - Scalloped Potatoes - Petite Carrots with Sugar Snap Peas
Tossed Green Salad - Butter & Egg Rolls - Various Fruit Pies
Call me at 816-252-3787, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by 10:00 P.M. the Wednesday before the meeting (Sept 12 this month). Please note that I have a new e-mail address this year. I will confirm all e-mail reservations, so if you don't get a confirmation, please call. Hope to see lots of new faces this year.
—Jane Dauer, Dinner Reservations
The next meeting is Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran in Westport. All committee chairs, elected positions and long-range planning committee members are expected to attend. If you must be absent please contact Carol Wallace at 816.468.6596 or email@example.com
The Skills Fair Saturday, August 25, was a success thanks to presenters Barbara Adler, Ted Stewart, and Kevin Vogt who provided fine interactive presentations on Basic Organ Skills, Service Playing, and Improvisation. Thirty-eight people signed up for one of the three workshops. Feedback from the participants was very positive.
The facilities and personnel at Central United Methodist Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, and Second Presbyterian Church were very hospitable. Arrangements were provided by Kathy Hellwege, Ardeith Hopkins, and Claudette Schiratti.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Bachelors degree in organ is preferred as well as experience in a liturgical setting. Responsibilities include two Sunday services and Wednesday evening Choir rehearsal. Resumes accepts until September 14th, position available October 1st. Please email resumes to the Director of Music: email@example.com.
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.
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 816-5013068 or more information and to schedule an interview and audition.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS for 10:30 AM Eucharist and special events (year-round position – 10-11 hours per week). Applicant needs a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in music, experience in choral direction, ability to instruct in vocal pedagogy, musical performance and history, and be familiar with Episcopal liturgy and worship style. Duties include planning the worship service and writing articles and reports for various church publications.For further details of duties or to send resume, contact Rev. Robert Baldwin, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1027 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044 or e-mail email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 417-619-1350 to speak with Christopher Kiepper for an appointment interview.
Sunday, September 9, 4 pm
A PIANO RECITAL ON THE STEINWAY with REGGIE WATKINS. Theme:"Listening". Theme song:"Over my head, I hear music in the air" at St. Mary's Grand Holy Tabernacle , 2000 Hardesty. 816-241-6393 KCMO 64127.
Saturday, September 8, 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church and Sunday, September 9, 3pm, Community of Christ Temple: Spire Chamber Ensemble. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, considered the apex of Russian liturgical music, plus audience favorites and requests from past seasons –spirituals, hymns, popular songs, and classical works. Tickets: $10 students/seniors and $15 adults, available at the door or online www.spirechamberensemble.org.
Sunday, September 9, 5:00 pm
Choral Evensong. Music by David Cooper, Michael McCabe and Ian Coleman. Trinity Choir, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway. A blessing of a new bell system precedes the Evensong.
Friday, September 21, 7:30 pm
Gano Chapel, William Jewell College. Organist Tamara Still returns to her alma mater to play a solo recital, the first in a series of programs marking the tenth anniversary of the installation of Michael Quimby's III/55 nstrument in Gano Chapel. In addition to her recital performance, she will deliver the homily for the September 19 service at 10:15 a.m., also held in Gano Chapel. Dr. Still earned her bachelor's degree in organ performance and choral music education from WJC as a student of Dr. Polly Riddle. She completed her graduate studies at UCLA, the Sweelinck Conservatory, and the University of Washington, where she earned the D.M.A. in organ performance as a student of Dr. Carole Terry. She currently serves as Music Associate at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and teaches at Marylhurst University, both in Portland, Oregon. Her program will include works by Langlais, Bach, Alain, Mendelssohn, and Guilmant. Dr. Still's recital is made possible by a grant from the Martha Lee Cain Tranby Foundation of Kansas City. No admission charge.
Sunday, September 30, 3:00 pm
Dr. David Pickering, Organ recital, Community of Christ Auditorium. At the conclusion of the recital, Dr. Pickering’s book detailing the history of the Community of Christ Auditorium organ will be released and be available for $19.95.
For the first time in its 26-year history, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra will present an entire evening of organ concerti on Friday evening, September 14th at 8:00 p. as part of the dedication series for the new Martin Pasi organ at Hope Lutheran Church on the corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Quivera Road. This lovely instrument was installed last winter and dedicated in April by Michael Bauer. Additional dedication events this fall include a hymn festival with Charles Ore on Sunday, October 21st at 7:00 pm and the November AGO meeting with a recital by Craig Cramer on Monday, November 19th at 7:30 pm. The concerto program will include the Brixi Concerto No. 5 in F Major performed by Marie Rubis Bauer, the Rheinberger g minor concerto, performed by Elisa Bickers, the Handel concerto Op. 4, No. 4 in F Major performed by Michael Bauer, and the Poulenc Concerto performed by James Higdon. Tickets are available at Central Ticket Office 816 235-6222, http://www.umkc.edu/cto/. Ticket prices are $25 and $20, discounted tickets for students are $10 and $5.
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
by Barbara Adler
The current president of AGO, Eileen Guenther, has written a thoughtful and helpful book entitled Rivals or a Team? Her experience as a church organist and Associate Professor at Wesley Theological Seminary allows her to discuss many issues we have encountered as church musicians. Many situations and solutions are offered for us to ponder.
To quote the Morningstar catalog, “Collaboration between clergy and musicians is vital to the ministry of the Christian church. This book explores the importance of teamwork, identifying ways in which musicians and clergy can exercise their separate roles effectively and suggesting strategies for building supportive relationships. Including heartfelt testimonies from musicians and clergy, Guenther takes a clear-eyed look at conflict, reasons musicians leave a church, and approaches for transition when the situation just does not work any longer. This distinguished church musician and seminary professor encourages musicians and clergy to work together with mutuality and collegiality in order to fulfill the promise of their ministry.”
I encourage you to read and discuss this important contribution to our profession.
The Trinity Choir of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral is planning a two-week tour of England for mid-July, 2013. The Choir will travel to Bristol and Worcester and will sing services at those respective cathedrals, plus Evensongs at Exeter Cathedral and Wells Cathedral. There is room in the tour group for others who might wish to come along. If you are interested, please contact John Schaefer at 816-214-9928 or email@example.com for further information.
One of our members was recently honored with a very special invitation. Scott Foppiano, Organist-Choirmaster of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the 2007 ATOS Organist of the Year, was invited to participate in the Centenary Celebration of the grand Kotzschmar Memorial Organ in the Municipal Auditorium in Portland, Maine. The organ was commissioned in 1911 by Cyrus H.K. Curtis in memory of noted composer and conductor Herman Kotzschmar. Built by the Austin Organ Company and dedicated in August 1912, it has 5 manuals and 103 ranks. The instrument was brought to the height of its national prominence by the appointment of virtuoso Edwin H. Lemare as the city's Municipal Organist. The gala, week-long Centennial Festival was held 16-23 August 2012 and comprised of workshops, master classes and performances by some of the finest, world-renowned organ luminaries today including emcee Michael Barone from Minnesota Public Radio's "Pipedreams," Portland's current Municipal Organist Ray Cornils, Peter Conte, Felix Hell, Thomas Heywood, Frederick Hohman, Joan Lippincott, Albert Melton, Rob Richards, Walt Strony, Fred Swann, Mark Thallander, Tom Trenney, John Weaver and our own Scott Foppiano, who performs regularly on the Kotzschmar organ as a featured artist. The day after the closing banquet and final concert the firm of Foley-Baker began the task of dismantling and removing the huge instrument for the first full restoration the organ has seen since its installation. The historic and mighty Kotzschmar Organ is due to be returned to its home in Merrill Auditorium and playing again in mid-2014.
Allen Organs of Kansas City will be hosting a Workshop & Concert event on the newly installed Four Manual Allen Quantum organ and both events will be presented by well-known organist Aram Basmadjian. The Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:00am and the Concert will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 4:00pm at The Presbyterian Church of Stanley located at 14895 Antioch Road, Overland Park, Kansas 66221. Invitation is open to everyone. Morning refreshments will be provided for the Workshop. Presented materials at the Workshop includes hymn registrations, organ playing techniques, utilizing new technology to perform music for different styles of worship and much more! If you would like to attend the Workshop, please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (816) 896-6762.
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 want to find a good home for our mother's Baldwin organ. It is a Baldwin Fantasia (Model 230 Series - Serial # F5280-B3). My dad purchased this organ for our mom on December 21, 1977 from Baldwin Pianos & Organs of Kansas City for $3500. We would like to donate the organ to a church if possible. My parents, Ray and Vera Golly, were long-time members of CCCC. Nancy Ralston 816 590-1533
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.
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|
|Ann Warzyn, BME, SPC - org||816.453.5027|
|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
|Doris Daniels, org, lit||816-431-3244|
|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 email@example.com.