FROM THE DEAN:
The first thing I want to do as your new Dean is to thank our Immediate Past Dean, Claudette Schiratti and her crew for an outstanding 75th Celebration Year for KCAGO. That was a big milestone and it was celebrated in grand style!
Our momentum does not slacken during the fourth quarter and the home stretch of our century of existence! Many exciting and varied programs are on tap to make this KCAGO year outstanding.
Festival “Bookends” will open and close our program year! The French Festival announces the beginning; Bachathon celebrates a finale.
THE 2013-2014 YEAR IN A NUTSHELL:
August 25th is our opening event with a brand new schedule addition. Mario Pearson came up with the plans for a First Annual French Festival to be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 416 West 12th Street in downtown Kansas City, MO. The time is 1:00 to 5:00, Sunday afternoon to accommodate as many players as possible. Besides enjoying an afternoon of French music, be sure to check out the delicious delicacies of the French Café which is located within hearing distance of the performers.
September 16th Ahreum Han, organist will entertain us on the Quimby organ in Gano Chapel on the William Jewell College campus. She impressed us all during the AGO National Convention in Nashville in 2012.
October 12th. Plans are in the making to have a Fall Festival Organ Party where youth may try out their piano pieces on a pipe organ or harpsichord.
October 21st Anthony Maglione will direct a choral and brass concert at Visitation Catholic Church. Randolph Lee, trumpeter is stopping in Kansas City on the way to his concert in New York.
November 18th Christopher Houlihan, who consistently receives rave reviews throughout the United States and other countries will be at the Community of Christ Auditorium.
January 12th Dave Wickerham will entertain us on the Music Hall Theater pipe organ. This is co-sponsored with the Kansas City Theater Pipe Organ club.
January 25th is our January Jubilee, a full day of various one-hour workshops for prospective members as well as for our current membership. There will be something for everybody.
February 17th is a Choral Service on “LIGHT”. This service was an outstanding event of the 2012 AGO Nashville National Convention. Anthony Maglione, from William Jewell is Director.
March 17th Gregory Peterson, organist comes highly recommended. Joint sponsored with Atonement Lutheran Church.
April 21st the day after Easter we will tour the Reuter Organ Factory in Lawrence, KS and progress to the First United Methodist Church in downtown Lawrence.
May 4th will be the 35th Annual Bachathon held at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral.
May 19th is your turn! A Members’ Recital will be at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Who wants to play?
This summer I had the pleasure of attending an AGO Region Convention that was close to home. The Region VI Convention in Springfield, MO on June 18-20 definitely surpassed expectations of all who attended. KCAGO had the most members in attendance except we couldn’t come up with everybody’s name in 15 seconds to win the prize. I had started writing down names whenever I spied anyone from our chapter, but (wouldn’t you know) that list was back at the hotel. Attendees were: Dan Brown, Mary Davis, Jim Higdon, Steve Kucera, Barbara Leyton, Debbie Lynch (dual member), Jim Lytton (dual member), Mike Maiden, Mike Quimby, Ann Marie Rigler, Claudette Schiratti, and Chloe Stodt.
A Highlight of the Convention for us in Kansas City came the first afternoon when Stephen Kucera was announced as 2nd Place winner in the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists. The winner was Jessica Park from the Twin Cities AGO Chapter. Stephen was the youngest competitor - having just turned 19 a few days before. He was eligible to play in Springfield because Jennifer Bower, in first place couldn’t attend. Steve said afterwards he could play a “safe” program or pull out all the stops and go for broke (which he did). It paid off!
There were many interesting Regional sessions including Michael Quimby’s Workshop of answering questions about pipe organs, the Hymn Festival at First Baptist, “Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Through the Ages”, James Kibbie’s Organ Recital (standing ovation), Jeremy Chesman’s Carillon Recital (the one shade tree across the street was our landing spot), the a cappella singing of the Springfield Chamber Chorus, a recital by Michael Emmerich (2010 Rising Star performer at the AGO National Convention in Washington D.C., and Marie Rubis-Bauer played the closing concert.
Finally, be sure to spread the word about the French Festival. A big attendance would be great for our first event. The line-up of performers is as follows:
1:00 Claudette Schiratti
1:30 John Deahl
2:00 Mary Bronaugh Davis
2:30 Thomas Zachacz
3:00 Rebecca Bell, organetto, Bill Banks, hurdy-gurdy
3:30 Paul Erickson
4:00 Ron Krebs, organ, Douglas Lawrence, Bass Baritone
5:00 Jan Kraybill
Mary Davis, Dean
It was a pleasant surprise to have all the time slots fill very quickly for the inaugural French Organ Music Festival that is scheduled for Sunday August 25th at the Gold Dome Cathedral. We had to move the starting time up an hour to accommodate the interested performers. The festival now starts at 1pm and will conclude at 5pm.
I am pleased to announce that the following performers will share a vast repertoire of the French music genre. Claudette Schiratti, Dr. Jan Kraybill, John Deahl, Ronald Krebs, Thomas Zachacz, Paul Erickson, Mary Davis as well as a music ensemble “Organetto, Organistrum” performing French dances on authentic instruments.
This event is cosponsored by our chapter and GHT Cathedral and is indeed an exciting time for our chapter. Patrick Neas is planning a feature article in the Kansas City star and our local diocesan newspaper will do likewise. With your help and enthusiastic support this sister event to the Bachathon will be a rousing success. Attached is a PDF copy of the flyer to send to people in your email list. You will also shortly receive a postcard in the mail in the mail o remind you of the event and to share with other organ music enthusiasts.
At this time we need assistance in the following areas. Please contact the event chair, Dr. Mario Pearson at email@example.com to sign up.
Ushers – hand out programs, and collect free will donations.
Hosts for the French café – this will be located in the Cathedral south chapel so everyone can still see and hear the live performances.
**Also, please visit www.kcago.com to find a .pdf flyer to print and post to help get the word out about this spectacular festival!!!
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Music
Avondale United Methodist Church of Kansas City is seeking a Director of Music Ministries.
Applications are due no later than August 1, 2013. To apply, email resume to Rev. Gary Ponder Williams: email@example.com, or mail resume to Avondale UMC, 3101 NE Winn Road, KCMO 64117, by no later than August 1, 2013. Job description available by contacting the pastor at the address above.
Director of Music
Stilwell United Methodist Church, 19335 Metcalf Avenue, Stilwell, KS 66085
Position available 01 September 2013, 15-20 hours / week (less than full-time).
Piano and organ performance preferred with additional music skills and styles being an
advantage to the development of this music program. Responsible for Sanctuary Choir, Adult Bell Choir,. Children’s Choir(s) start-up, Youth Choir(s) start-up, Assist with the leadership of the Worship Committee, Accompanist providing worship music throughout the church year.
Send Résumés to: Ken Parker, pastor, Stilwell United Methodist Church,19335 Metcalf Ave
Stilwell, KS 66085. Applications for this position accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org through Monday, August 5, 2013.
Stilwell United Methodist Church (see above) Position available 01 September 2013.
Up to 8 hours / week (less than full-time) to accompany for the Stilwell United Methodist
Church music program at the direction of the Director of Music. Piano and organ performance required with additional music skills and styles being an advantage to the development of this music program. Nursery care is available. Responsible for accompanist for Sanctuary Choir practices and performances, accompanist for Bell Choir, Children’s Choir, Youth Choir and other choirs and
special music as needed, provide Worship Accompaniment on either piano or organ as needed throughout the year. (See above for contact info).
JANUARY JUBILEE KANSAS CITY
Saturday, January 25, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Country Club Christian Church
6101 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64113
Total Cost: $15.00 (includes lunch)
Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
(Jubilees are sponsored by the AGO Committee for Musicians in Part-Time Employment.)
A day of mind, body and soul inspiration for the part-time church musician
including 10 skill enhancing workshops, networking, a gourmet catered lunch
and a message from the keynote speaker, Jan Kraybill (DMA, FAGO).
For more information, contact
Workshop List will include (along with other options):
• Accessible Praiseworthy Organ Literature (with or without pedals)
• Bringing New Life into Old Hymns: Invigorate your congregation’s singing
• Turning Pastors into Partners: Support for Clergy-Musician Relations
• Generating Joy in Your Practice Time (and productivity too!)
• A Guide to Quality Choral Music (includes a choral reading session)
• Assistance with Contemporary Worship and Praise
• Challenge Yourself: Take Your Organ Music to the Next Level!
• Organ and Other Instruments: Encouraging and Collaborating with Instrumentalists in your Congregation
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,
|Linda Mann, BME, SPC organ||816-353-4826;
|Nara Newcomer, MA, CAGO - org, lit||816.235.1679,
|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, piano||913.406.5327 (cell)
(10:45 or 11:00 only)
|John Deahl, BA – org, dir, bass soloist||785-250-4141 or email@example.com|
|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|
|Cheri White, BM organ, piano, lit||913.766.5698
|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
(student in Manhattan)
|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.