Happy Easter! May you all be pleased with the outcome of all of your music planning and playing for Lent, Holy Week and Easter and now be able to move from somber lamentations to joyous Alleluias. We all can be so proud of the many talented musicians in our chapter as seen by the members’ recital featuring the music of Craig Phillips at our March meeting. Thanks to Ben Spalding, choir director, and Anna Myeong, organist for beginning our evening with a rousing anthem sung by the Trinity Lutheran Choir. Elisa Bickers, John Davies, Paul Erickson, Nicholas Good, Jan Kraybill, Stephen Kucera, and Chloe Stodt provided a wide variety of styles from Craig Phillips’ music.
The meeting before the concert was buzzing with announcements of activities in the chapter:
• Be sure to vote for next year’s officers when you ballot arrives
• Register with Jane Dauer firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1 to attend the Gala 75th Anniversary dinner Friday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s and All Angels. Cost of dinner is $15.
• Hear Caroline Robinson, organist, in concert in Helzberg Hall, Wednesday, April 10 and/or hear her play the Poulenc Concerto with the KC Symphony, April 5 – 7 www.kcsymphony.org
• Plan to attend the Region VI AGO convention in Springfield, June 18 – 20. www.Springfield2013.com Early bird registration deadline April 14.
• To volunteer to assist with Bachathon in general contact Dale Ramsey email@example.com
• Encourage organ and piano students grades 7 – 12 to attend the Chelsea Chen PIPE ORGAN LIVE, Saturday, May 18. Download the brochure HERE.
• Volunteer to be part of the French Festival of Music August 25, 2 – 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, as a performer, member of the committee, French Café committee firstname.lastname@example.org
This month I interviewed Nancy Custead, Organist at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church.
1. What interested you in becoming an organist?
Music was a “family” thing. Dad, with his beautiful tenor operatic voice, mom with fifty some pupils waiting for piano lessons in the front room, a sister practicing her flute, and I, on the bedroom piano, copying the piano songs that wafted through the walls, all blended into daily compositions that filled the inside of our rickity old parsonage we called home. Mom, a trained church organist for twenty-seven years, played beautifully. My church choir pew allowed me to watch her feet on the pedals, and I marveled at her skill and choice of registration as I strained to hear her play her wonderful selections through the Sunday morning prelude chatter. (Yes...even back then.) When I was twelve, mom enticed me to sit next to her on the organ bench while she practiced, then during church, where she had me “begin my organ career” playing the postludes. Her intentions, however, confused me since I was deep into perfecting my piano skills. I should have known that mom, being the valedictorian student of all her schooling, knew what she was doing.
Playing the organ for churches throughout the next forty some years while teaching piano privately, directing church choirs, teaching music in Kansas City, Kansas, and raising two boys, kept me a little busy. I passionately loved all my jobs, but was dissatisfied that my time was limited on the organ bench. Although my organ music was practiced and prepared for Sunday, it was not up to my standards. It was always on my “bucket list” to pursue more fervently....someday, when I had more time. After I retired as a school music teacher, my husband contracted cancer and passed away. I needed a passion. I decided to follow my dream. I joined AGO and began to go to more and more organ concerts. My first concert was Jan Kraybill at the organ. When I got in the car afterwards, I broke down and cried. I was substituting at a large church with a new organ and threw myself into five to seven hours of practice a day. I fell in love with my new passion. It had been waiting for me all those years. One Sunday morning, my pastor said to me, “You are glowing!! Are you in love?” I said, “Yes...with the organ”. I decided to give an organ recital. I called on a doctoral organ student from Kansas University to give me lessons, then I called on John Obetz to give me more tips on registration and possible repertoire. It was an amazing time for me. John Obetz, for heavens sake. What a kind, wonderful teacher and expert organist. I gave the recital to my lovely church congregation who were so encouraging. Then I decided to pursue more expertise by going to UMKC. Then, an even more amazing thing happened. I met Dr. Elisa Bickers, the Village Presbyterian Church organist, who is not only a fantastic organist, but a fantastic teacher as well. I learned more about organ playing and about the organ itself than I could ever have hoped. She is also a member of the KCAGO.
2. How does the membership in the GKCAGO help you as an organist?
My experience with the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists just blows the top off the organ experience. I have heard such wonderful organ playing, and heard such wonderful lectures. I love being around people who have such a passion for the organ and its literature. I am a symphony series subscriber, and I love to eye the organ perched in the branches of the Helzberg Center as if to say “Come hear me play, too”. And I do.
3. What is your hope for the 2018 National AGO Convention in KC?
My hope for the 2018 National AGO Convention is that it will also remind people here in Kansas City that the ORGAN is alive and well. I hope this message permeates to the younger people in our city, and that all those unaware of the “organ world” will know that something tremendous is in the making, and that it has something of lasting value to our community, and that it can change their lives as it has changed mine.
The next meeting is Saturday, April 13, 2013 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.
Congratulations to Jennifer Bower, a student of James David Christie at Oberlin Conservatory, who won our local chapter competition, the first round of the Quimby Regional Young Artists’ competition, on March 16. We have been informed, however, that Jennifer will be traveling in China this summer, so Stephen Kucera, who was named the runner-up, will have the opportunity to compete at the Region VI convention in Springfield, Missouri. The competition will be held on Tuesday morning, June 18. Congratulations, Jennifer and Stephen!
May 5 is Bachathon XXXIV, beginning at 2:00 and ending at 7:00. This year’s musicians are all top-notch, and the repertoire sterling.
A couple new things this year are the inclusion of Beau Bledsoe, perhaps our area’s finest classical guitar player, and a young rising star of the piano, Kairy Koshoeva, will play portions of the Goldberg Variations.
Among the noteworthy segments our revitalized Schola Cantorum under the directorship of Anthony Maglione will present the Oratorio BWV 4 with the musicians of the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.
Wonderful organists abound, from advanced college student players to local masters. They include: Mark Paisar, Karen Engebretson, SongYi Park, Yoomi Chang, and Jan Kraybill.
And, the kids are back! Beth Titterington’s violin students will share a segment with our own KCAGO Marionettes under the delightfully playful direction of Mary Davis.
Click here for a flyer. Please consider printing out a couple or as many as you choose and hang them in your churches and studios, and on the community bulletin boards you frequent. Post it on your Facebook page. Help us spread the word. This is one of KCAGO’s best efforts, and we don’t want to keep it a secret. Many thanks. -- Dale Ramsey
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Park Hill Christian Church is seeking an organist. Responsibilities include one Sunday Service and Wednesday evening rehearsal. Please contact Dale Walling, Interim Minister at the church for complete details. (816) 741-11851 or email@example.com
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, MO. Compensation based on the American Guild of organist salary guide between 3/8 and 1/2 time depending on the applicants education, experience, and skill level. Additional benefits may be included in negotiation of salary. Interested persons should submit a letter of interest and resumé to: Mr. Sam Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration Deadline Extended
The registration deadline for PIPE ORGAN LIVE! With Chelsea Chen has been extended to May 1st. This workshop for junior and senior high age organ and piano students is intended to help them become acquainted with and/or gain more experience playing the pipe organ. Internationally acclaimed organist and composer Chelsea Chen will lead the class on Saturday, May 18th in conjunction with her May 20th concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The session is scheduled from 10:00am to Noon in the sanctuary of Leawood United Methodist Church, 2915 W 95th St., Leawood, KS, and is open to keyboard students in grades 7 through 12. Lunch will follow. Pre-registration is required. To download an updated brochure and registration form, or to see the specifications of the Berghaus pipe organ at Leawood UMC, visit www.kcago.com and click on the PIPE ORGAN LIVE! tab at the top of the home page. For more information, please contact program coordinator Chloe Stodt at 913-895-0682.
I value and appreciate the vast talents and contributions that my colleagues in the KCAGO make to consistently help our organization flourish. Our accomplishments are many and our dreams are nearly paralleled by new ideas and initiatives that compliment and expand existing programs within our chapter.
Since coming to Kansas City in 2006 to assume the position of music and liturgy director at the “golddome” Cathedral, I have been mesmerized by the amount of music culture offered in our city. I continue to enjoy attending the annual Bachathon hosted by our colleague John Schaefer at GHT Cathedral. The last time I attended this wonderful event, I reflected on its impact on the community and the organ literature and brainstormed with some of my colleagues about the idea to give life to a sister event that has an equally large amount of music output. As an avid fan of French organ music I thought about the idea of two major Cathedrals located within one block of each other, bringing great organ music from great organ composers to our chapter and to our city would be double the impact! Thus the French organ festival concept was born.
The colleagues I shared the proposal with thought our space and instrument were perfectly suited to French organ music. The program committee as well as the finance committee recently approved the idea and we are slated to present the inaugural event on Sunday, August 25th 2013 from 2-5pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. In addition to amazing French organ music, the other goal is to have local French eateries donate food items and wine to be featured in a “French café” to accompany experiencing great French organ music!
New ideas require the daring to face challenges and to view them as opportunities. Team work and practical support are two elements that will propel this project into a path that will ensure its success from the start. We need performers, we need assistance with publicity, posting flyers, forwarding email blasts to our contact lists, handing out programs/collecting free will offering as well as volunteering as shift hosts for the café.
Our Kansas City chapter of the AGO has achieved many milestones and successes through the years; our continued success and our future lies in the support and vigor that has brought the esteem and respect to our chapter. Our chapter has garnered a national AGO event in our city in 2018. We are mighty, we are visionary and we are part of the artistic fabric committed to preserve the live performance of great organ music.
Please contact Dr. Mario Pearson, the chair of the French organ music festival to lend your time, talent and support to make this inaugural event of the French music festival the rousing success it can be. email@example.com
We have benefitted greatly from our chapter’s Display Table and Banner, which we have placed in the Great Foyer at the Kauffman PAC and at other venues during organ concerts. The display features a large (3 feet x 4 feet) poster collage of Kansas City area pipe organs. A wonderful banner, over eight feet tall, announces our chapter’s presence and attracts people to the table where our members greet them and engage them in conversation. Literature about our AGO chapter and flyers about members’ concert events are distributed. It is a very worthwhile activity to both our chapter and the community.
The “home” for this equipment has been the office of Dale Ramsey in his house. However, it now needs a new home, as Dale is moving to a place which has no space to keep it. So, we are looking for a new volunteer to take charge of this valuable asset of our chapter. Also required would be a vehicle of sufficient size to transport the material when it is displayed. Dale has been doing so in a Prius which has a hatchback and rear seats that fold down. This should give you an idea. A small SUV, a station wagon, a minivan (rear seats which fold down) a Prius or similar vehicle would do the trick
Anyone interested in taking on this continuing project for a year or so, please contact Dale. His contact information is in the Membership Directory. This will need to happen within the next 7 or 8 weeks before he moves. Many thanks to the next keeper of the Display Poster and Banner.
Our January Jubilee application has been approved by National AGO! Save the date! Saturday, January 25, 2014 will be an entire day of double-track workshops with a dual purpose. One purpose is to attract prospective members. Another goal is to present topics that will be of interest to our present membership. We would like to offer something worthwhile to everyone who attends. Watch for more details in the months leading up to this big event. Mary Bronaugh Davis, Sub-Dean
How and why does any pipe organ exist? In a world of competing budgetary priorities, how is it possible that these gorgeous works of art grace our lives? What miracles have to occur to make this so?
As organ conservator of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant organ, I think about these questions a lot. I feel very fortunate to be a caretaker of this particular work of art, and I’m very aware that I personally had nothing to do with the fact that it exists. I’m extremely grateful.
And so I treasured the experience of hosting, this past September, the very first visit of the EPOCH (Experiencing Pipe Organs in Concert Halls) committee to the organ they helped create.
The EPOCH committee began when talk of a new performing arts center in Kansas City was just beginning; the site for the new center hadn’t even been chosen yet. Blanche Gangwere called John Obetz, and together they formed a group of fellow “movers-and-shakers”: Junia Braby, William Gorman (who now lives in Rancho Mirage, CA), Carlene Neihart, William Pfeiffer, Jr., and Bruce Prince-Joseph. Their first meeting was in Blanche’s home, over twenty years ago. Their purpose was to ensure that planning for Kansas City’s new performing arts center included discussions of a magnificent pipe organ. They began taking action – in big ways and small ways – to make this dream a reality. (See John Obetz’ article in the January 2007 Bombarde for details.)
We know the rest of the story: the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is home to the magnificent 102-rank Opus 3875 by Casavant Frères, inaugurated just over a year ago in sold-out performances by its organ consultant, James David Christie. What you may not know: since then, the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant has appeared in solo and collaborative performances more often than even the EPOCH committee dreamed. Sixteen events involving the organ occurred in the remainder of the 2011-12 concert season, and at last count, 33 performances with organ have occurred or will soon take place during the 2012-13 season!
The EPOCH committee’s first visit to “their” pipe organ occurred on September 27, 2012. Much had changed since they first met at Blanche’s home, perhaps most clearly illustrated by the physical changes that the passage of time brings to us all. (I am pleased to report that the path to the organ console – which includes walking through the instrument itself – can accommodate a wheelchair.) Those present were Jane Chu, CEO of the Kauffman Center; Joan Israelite, Development Consultant for the Kauffman Center and past president of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City; EPOCH committee members Junia Braby, Blanche Gangwere, Carlene Neihart, John Obetz, and Bruce Prince-Joseph; and relatives Howard Braby, Robert Gangwere, and James Neihart.
After we talked about various aspects of the instrument’s design, and reveled in its wide variety of tone colors and expressive capabilities, each committee member who wanted to sit at the console and play did so. I will never forget hearing and seeing Blanche Gangwere – at 95 years of age – perform a really wonderful rendition of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, from memory!
Their visit ended with a photo session at the plaque which honors their work. You can view the plaque, just outside the left and right doors to the Parterre section, the next time you visit the Kauffman Center.
Our chapter Dean, Claudette Schiratti, has said that we stand on the shoulders of giants in our chapter. In the creation of Opus 3875, the EPOCH group of giants has provided a gem for which we and future generations are privileged to be inheritors and caretakers. Like the EPOCH committee, we can fulfill our roles in ways both big and small. May we each live up to the task! -- Jan Kraybill
Congratulations to Jan Kraybill who has been chosen the Kansas City Musical Club “2013 Musician Of the Year”. In recognition of Jan's outstanding work in promoting music in the Kansas City area and the region, she will be honored at the spring Musical Club Brunch on May 6, 11:30 AM, at Founders Hall of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Guild members are invited to attend the event. For information and reservations, call Chris Hands, Treasurer, Kansas City Musical Club – 913-384-5340, or e-mail Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kansas City Musical Club is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Kansas City chapter was organized in 1899. – submitted by Margaret Jenkins
Saturday, April 6, 10:00am
Organ masterclass with Joan Lippincott, First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence. Masterclass students are Stephen Kucera, Joe Fitzgerald, Evan Courtney, and Carrie Groenewold.
Sunday, April 7, 7:00pm
Organ virtuoso Joan Lippincott will present a recital at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m. Professor Emerita of Organ at Westminster Choir College and former Principal University Organist at Princeton University, Ms. Lippincott is highly regarded as a concert and recording artist. The recital will feature selections by Bach, Mozart, Copland, Messiaen and Widor. Both the recital and masterclass are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 9, 7:30pm
Pipedreams Live! Comes to Lawrence. Michael Barone will bring Pipedreams, the nationally syndicated radio program about the organ, to the Bales Organ Recital Hall at KU. His special presentation called Pipedreams Live! will feature Kansas,University organ students. Free tickets are available at the Lied Center Ticket,Office 785-864-2787 or online at Lied.ku.edu.
Saturday, April 13, 7:00pm
Award-winning vocal ensemble from Leipzig, Germany, CALMUS. Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Avenue in downtown Topeka. Tickets for the event are available online at ww.GreatSpaces.org or at the door (cash/check) the day of the concert (Tickets $15).
Wednesday, April 10, at 7:00pm
Caroline Robinson, solo organ recital at the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant, sponsored by the Kansas City Symphony. The evening begins at 7pm with a conversation with Ms. Robinson, including audience Q&A, hosted by Michael Barone of Pipedreams. The 8pm recital includes works by Sowerby, Bridge, Bach, Duruflé, Escaich, and Vierne. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway, KCMO More details and tickets at www.kcsymphony.org.
Wednesday, April 17, at 7:00pm
International Hymn Festival, "Let the Oppressed Go Free," led by Jan Kraybill, Ben Spalding, and Joey Williams. -Part of Community of Christ's triennial World Conference which draws delegates and guests from 50+ nations around the world. Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W Walnut St, Independence, MO 64050 You are welcome to join in the singing!
Thursday, April 18, 12:15pm
John Schaefer, organ. Lunch and Listen Series, Venue Visitation, Kansas City, MO
Friday, April 19, 12:10pm
Harpsichordists Rebecca Bell and Marian Thomas will perform as part of the Westport Center for the Arts’ Brown Bag Concert Series. The pair will be performing from the first and second volume of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier.” This is the fourth performance in a series of concerts where Bell and Thomas perform all of the preludes and fugues from each of the two Well-Tempered Clavier volumes. The harpsichord will be tuned to the historic Werckmeister III temperament, a tuning that many scholars believe is similar to the one Bach employed in the 18th century. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. A complimentary reception, hosted by Westport Coffee House and Pryde’s Old Westport, will be held immediately after the concert.
Sunday, April 21, at 3:00pm
Jan Kraybill, organist, in recital celebrating the exact 20th anniversary of the completion of the Temple's Casavant, Opus 3700. 45 minutes in length, followed by informal organ demo and/or console time for those who are interested. Community of Christ Temple, 201 S River Blvd, Independence, MO 64050
Thursday April 4 - 7:30 p.m. Blue Valley NW High School Choir, in concert
Sunday April 11 - 5:00 p.m. CHORAL EVENSONG: Music written for Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral; Elisa Bickers, organist for the voluntaries
7:30 p.m. THE ST. JOHN PASSION of Johann Sebastian Bach; UMKC Chamber Choir and KC Baroque Consortium
Saturday April 27 - 10:00 to midafternoon: A BRITISH FAIRE, sponsored by Brits International; in Founders' Hall
7:30 p.m. FINE ARTS CHORALE Concert
Sunday April 28 - 2:30 Kyle Unruh, trumpeter, in recital with Melody Steed, organ
7:30 p.m. The Yale University Whiffenpoofs
Something new – and your help needed!
We have a start to new pages on the website to document and present details about area organs. This is a start to preparing for the National Convention, and will also become a lasting resource for us.
To start, use http://www.kcago.com/organs/ to get to the main page, from there you can drill down using the links to pages by location and then to individual instruments. We don’t yet have a link to this on the website, but we will have one eventually.
Please take a minute to browse these pages as I’m interested to get feedback on presentation, details, etc. I’ll be interested to hear whatever you have to share. In addition, I need everyone’s help to document the organ(s) you know. Please help as you can to provide: a) some good pictures b) builder / install date c) stoplist d) renovations / modifications e) church / location website for your organ or any to which you have access. Please send any of the above, or questions, to me, Mike Maiden, at email@example.com
Thanks for the help!
Join us for a FREE Roland Worship Workshop at Schmitt Music, 'More Than a Pianist' presented by Corey Fournier. Saturday, April 27th at 9:30am -- 11:30am, complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.
Whether you took lessons or not, playing piano in a praise band requires skills most piano lessons don't cover. And if you're playing a digital keyboard, it probably has capabilities you've yet to discover! The fact is, you have giftedness that you haven't tapped into yet, and this seminar will help you go beyond your role as a pianist/keyboardist and expand into your new territory. We'll also explore ways to enhance vocals and learn how recording your rehearsals and services can inspire your team without saying a word.
To RSVP, call Schmitt Music 913-663-4756 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
7316 W. 119th St.
Overland Park, KS 66213 submitted by Blair Penney
The Springfield, MO Chapter of the AGO is proud to host the 2013 Region VI AGO Convention this summer, June 18-20. Information can be found at http://www.springfield2013.com/.
12115 W 93
Lenexa KS 66215-3831
First Assembly of God
7700 W 75th
Overland Park KS 66204
Deahl, John, BA
2908 Whitmore Dr
Lawrence KS 66046
Barry Christian Church
1500 NW Barry Rd
Kansas City MO 64155
Change of email address:
Debbie Lynch (we miss you, Debbie!)
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 email@example.com
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)
|Nicholas Good, BM, CAGO - org, lit||785.273.7762,
|Nara Newcomer, MA, CAGO - org, lit||816.235.1679,
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joyce Berg, MM – org||816-741-7388
|Phyllis Curtis, MM - org, email@example.com
(10:45 or 11:00 only)
|W. Sue Finley-Evans, BME, MM, EDS
–org, piano, lit
| 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
|Lisa Shepard, org, lit||816-587-9290 or
|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|
|Stephen Kucera, SPC, org||913-568-3873
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 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.