FROM THE DEAN:
KCAGO Board Meetings and Dinner/Concerts are not scheduled during December since we all are busy rehearsing and performing in our individual churches. This is the season when extra duties fall upon Choir Directors and Organists and pipe organs are being tuned for this special time of the year. The atmosphere reflects a time of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love (if we don’t get carried away in the hustle and bustle of the Shopping Malls). There is something comforting in following our religious tradition that has lasted through the centuries. The age old story of our Faith becomes even more fresh and vibrant this time of year. As we worship this Christmas, let us hear anew the music that reminds us of God’s “faithfulness to all generations”.
Mary Bronaugh Davis, Dean
January 12th – Our Sunday afternoon concert is at 2:00 P.M. in the Music Hall and is co-sponsored with KCTPO (Kansas City Theater Pipe Organ, Inc.). Dave Wickerham, playing the Robert-Morton theatre pipe organ, is versatile as a church organist and theater organist. He comes highly recommended as being very capable to appeal to both KCAGO and KCTPO members. Dinner will be afterwards at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral across the street.
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)
TELL YOUR FRIENDS NOW! THIS IS AN EVENT SPONSORED BY THE
NATIONAL AGO BUT ORGANIZED BY OUR LOCAL CHAPTER
More info available HERE.
Plan now to attend the 2014 AGO National Convention in Boston, MA on June 23-27th. It is not too early to register. Discount rates are available through January. Forms are in the TAO magazine or at www.agoboston2014.org
Please set aside March 25th, 2014 on your calendars for a special recital program by the renowned German organist Harald Vogel at Bales Recital Hall at the University of Kansas. , who will also be teaching masters classes at Bales from March 23-26.
When word reached me that Virginia Strohmeyer-Miles passed away in early November, many memories came flooding back. Memories of lessons and organ classes in the studio at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, memories of her dedication and love for music of the early 20th century, and her strong interest in searching old newspaper files for articles relating to organs and organists of earlier times. After moving back to Little Rock in recent years, she continued to send me newspaper articles, recital programs, and other information she thought I should know.
Sometime in 2009 Virginia learned that a once-prominent Kansas City organist, Franklin Pierce Fisk (1857-1927), was buried in Union Cemetery. Mr. Pierce had been organist at Grace Church (later Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral), B’Nai Jehudah, and Independence Boulevard Christian Church, and was also one of two organists representing Kansas City at the St. Louis Word’s Fair. She found it very troubling, however, that there was no stone marking his grave. This would not do, so Virginia had one engraved and it now marks the site. She wanted to make certain that once-prominent organists would not be forgotten.
Virginia had a great love for the American Guild of Organists, being a dual member of the Greater Kansas City Chapter and the Central Arkansas Chapter. When she returned to Little Rock she became organist at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and served there until her death. She recently became a member of the Clarence Dickinson Society, naming the Guild as beneficiary to part of her estate. Now, upon her death, the AGO is the recipient of a generous gift to the Endowment Fund. Thus, Virginia continues her commitment to the organ world in perpetuity, and her influence will be expressed for decades to come.
Virginia was generous to not only the AGO. When Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was being planned, she bought a seat for the Helzberg Hall, honoring her organ study at the Conservatory of Music and Dance.
She was a student with great determination and ambition, always cheerful and friendly, with a commitment and love for the organ and church music that was undeniable. Her colorful and winsome personality was enjoyed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace, knowing that her cheerful and generous spirit lives on for generations to come. –Submitted by Dr. John Obetz
Photo from September, 2009: service placing grave marker for Franklin Pierce Fisk at Union Cemetary. From left: Nan Hulett, Tom Atkin, Rosi Penner Kaufman, Virginia Strohmeyer-Miles, John Obetz.
Carlene Neihart recently celebrated a birthday! Her husband Jim submitted the following in her honor:
Carlene was born November the eleventh
In nineteen twenty nine.
Although her health has failed somewhat
She’s really doing fine.
She played recitals around the world
On organs big and small
Three hundred eighty four or more
And still remembers them all.
She spends her days with her husband Jim
Who oversees her care
In a house they built that fits their needs
with fond memories lingering there.
Our family celebrates this special day
Her age of eighty four
With Happy Birthday wishes now
And the hope for many more.
by Jim Neihart
November 11, 2013
Roger Wischmeier (one of our long term members) is moving to Assisted Living in Raymore and is looking for a good home for his sheet music and organ books. Contact his daughter, Barbara Wischmeier at 816-225-4411 (cell). There should be some excellent materials here.
Although the pipe organ at Westport Presbyterian Church was destroyed during the fire and deluge of water in December, 2011, some of the ranks of pipes were still usable, and have been dispersed so they can have continued service. I am in possession of one rank of metal Dulciana pipes, and will make them or some of them available on loan to any GKCAGO member who wants to use them for organ demonstrations with children or youth. One could use one octave of pipes and have 12 children blow into them, perhaps asking them to put the pipes in the correct order according to size and pitch. Or, one could use just five C's to demonstrate length of pipe and pitch. If you are interested in borrowing any of the pipes, please contact me at email@example.com.~ Marian Thomas
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Avondale United Methodist Church at 3101 NE Winn Rd, KCMO is seeking an organist for two Sunday Services with Wednesday evening rehearsals. Experience with a tracker organ a must, piano and keyboard skills are preferred. For a detailed job description please contact Rev. Gary Ponder Williams at: email@example.com Resumes are due by 12/02/2013.
Minister of Music
West End United Methodist Church, located in an urban setting in Nashville, Tennessee, is seeking a full time Minister of Music. Our church of more than 2200 members strongly supports a traditional music program that is nationally known for excellence. The music ministry, which provides music for the weekly liturgical services, includes adult choirs, handbell choirs, and children's choirs along with concerts accompanied by orchestra and a variety of other worship services. All applicants will be seriously considered as the committee wishes to find the best fit for the position. Willingness for a long-term commitment along with ten years of experience and a Master's degree are preferred. For more details or to apply, please go to www.westendumc.org/musicdirectorsearch. All applications must be received by January 31, 2014 with an employment start date of August 2014.
Christ Church Anglican, 91st and Nall, Overland Park, K.Duties in include one Sunday service at 9AM and Choir rehearsals Wednesday evenings. Preference is a Bachelor's degree or similar level of performance, singing ability is also preferred but not required. Competitive salary commensurate with experience. For further information and detailed job description please contact Ed Goeke, Dir. of Traditional worship at firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church is looking for an organist/pianist. On any given Sunday the small professional vocal/instrumental ensemble that leads the worship may perform hymns from the 1982 Hymnal, Chanted Psalms, Contemporary Choruses, or a Byrd Anthem. The ideal candidate for this position will be energetic, flexible, relaxed, able to work as part of a tight knit team, accomplished in traditional organ and comfortable with also playing the piano. There is only one Sunday morning service, with a rehearsal preceding the service. For full details or to talk more about the position please contact JENNIFER COLEMAN on 816-781-6701 or by email using email@example.com.
Saturday, December 14th, 7pm: The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception presents the 6th annual ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS – a program of Advent readings and poetry as well as Advent choral music and carols on Dr. Mario Pearson, is the director and organist for the concert; the choir is the Cathedral’s Schola Cantorum Music Ensemble. Click here for a poster with more information.
Friday, December 21, 12:10 pm: Aeolian Effect: Nancy Clark, flute, and Roseanne Gortenburg, harp. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO. FREE. Coffee and Homemade Christmas Cookies. Donations gladly accepted. Presented by Westport Center for the Arts.
Monday, December 23, 7:00 pm: Handel’s Messiah, Spire Chamber Ensemble. Helzberg Hall, KCPA, tickets $15-$35.
Sunday December 8 at 2:00: The Kansas City Chorale (admission charge) at 5:00 Advent Lessons and Music, presented by the William Jewell College Schola Cantorum
Friday December 13 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Sunday December 15 at 3:00 p.m.
The Paul Mesner Puppets present THE NATIVITY (admission charge)
Sunday December 15 at 5:00 Choral Evensong
Friday December 20 at 8:00 p.m. The William Baker Festival Singers (admission charge)
Sunday December 22 at 4:00 p.m. The "Messiah" Singalong.
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just a listing service for our members
There is a brand new Johannus organ that will be available for sale in late January. It is a deluxe edition Ecclesia T-370 with full toe studs, lighted/adjustable music rack, audio, 5 voicing suites and 250 memory levels and more. Price: $30,000 all included (less installation depending on location). The base model sells for @$3,000 less. The organ is currently in "on loan" and playing in Kansas City, MO, and can be seen, heard and played by appointment. It more than adequately fills a Cathedral-sized, vast Church seating 1100 that is 200' in length and with a ceiling peak of 70'. It is a fantastic organ equivalent to 54 ranks (two 32's and a solo Tuba) and, if I had the funding, I'd buy it for my own home without hesitation. Specification and other details are here (click on "Disposition" on the right side of the page): http://www.johannus.com/en-us/collectie/us/products/ecclesia/ecclesia-t370/. Any seriously interested parties, or for photos and further information, please contact me privately and I will pass the information on immediately. Thank you. -Scott Foppiano
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, BM, MM, SPC, CAGO - org, dir, soloist, lit||816-305-8011|
|Nicholas Good, BM, CAGO - org, lit||785.273.7762,
|Stephen Kucera, SPC, org||913.568.3873
(student in Manhattan)
|Linda Mann, BME, SPC organ, piano||816-353-4826;
|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
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|W. Sue Finley-Evans, BME, MM, EDS –org, piano, lit||785-550-1608 or
| Kathy Hellwege, org, lit, solo, dir,
BSE in Music & English
DMA org, lit, dir, handbell
|Sarah O Holland,
DMA student KU - org, piano, lit
DMA (voice) soloist
MM org, 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|
|John Villaveces, DMA, org, lit||816.255.6146
|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|
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 or
|Harlan Plunkett, org||913.449.8561
|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.