Thanks to Marian Thomas, Reggie Watkins, and Geoff Wilcken for providing us with a fitting program “Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King through Music”. We are grateful to Southminster Presbyterian Church for hosting two GKCAGO events this program season.
Be sure to invite your pastor to our clergy/musician dinner/program, Monday, Feb. 18 at Country Club Christian Church. It seems fitting to invite clergy to help us celebrate our 75th Anniversary Year since we have worked closely with them throughout this time. Vern Barnett will talk to us about “Searching for the Lost Chord.” Please remember to bring non-perishable food items for the food pantry at Country Club Christian. The long Range Planning committee suggested this action for all of our Board and Monthly meetings. The Board approved the action.
We have a winner for our 75th Anniversary Composition Competition. Thirty entrants were judged by three independent judges using a point scale. From the thirty entries the top ten entries went to a second round of three different and independent judges. No names of composers accompanied the entries. The winner is Dale Ramsey. Chelsea Chen has agreed to perform the work on the May 20th concert at Helzberg Hall. We are waiting to hear if Wayne Leupold will publish it. Thanks to committee members Kathy Hellwege, Norm Kinnaugh, and Chloe Stodt for handling all of the details of the competition.
Thanks to Chloe Stodt for addressing the organ music. Please read her article in this issue of the Bombarde. I hope that you can help her with creating an electronic file and finding a place to store the music.
This month I interviewed member Filippa Duke, a doctoral candidate at KU.
1. You have pursued degrees in Organ, Choral Music, and Sacred Music. That’s quite an
education. What are your hopes for your career?
I hope to serve as a full-time Director of Music of a large church's music program. I enjoy working with adult choirs, children's choirs, and handbell groups as well as playing the organ. I hope that my career can encompass all of these facets of music making. Additionally, I am a strong advocate for arts in the community. I am looking forward to enriching a community's arts program through concert series, as well as through other types of art.
2. What experiences have been most important to your formation?
I have had many formative experiences in the past few years. One of the most helpful was a year-long full-time internship in church music at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN. I was able to work with a variety of musical groups as well as learn much about the inner workings of the administrative roles of a successful sacred musician. I encourage all young musicians to seek out an internship which allows them to
work closely with mentors. Additionally, I have found the church music program at KU to be exceptionally helpful to my career. Finally, my work with the Music Sub-committee of Westport Presbyterian Church here in Kansas City has been an incredibly educational, interesting and inspiring experience. As we work toward envisioning a new musical future for Westport after the fire in 2011, I have learned so much about organ building and building a space which is sensitive to the needs of congregational singing and hearing the spoken word. Each day is a learning experience!
3. What are your hopes for the 2018 Kansas City AGO National Convention?
I am excited for Kansas City's AGO convention. I think it will be especially rewarding to see the new instruments in the area featured in recitals. I also hope that many of the area's young musicians from UMKC, KU and the surrounding areas can be featured prominently to show the nation that training future church musicians and organists is still alive and well in this part of the country!
Monday, February 21 at 7:30 pm
Country Club Christian Church
6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:15 pm
Brief business meeting 7:00 pm
Pineapple Grilled Chicken - Wild Rice Blend - Steamed Mixed Vegetables
Cole Slaw - Egg Rolls - Cherry Pie
Catered by Meissen’s Catering
Call Jane Dauer at 816-252-3787, or e-mail email@example.com by 10:00 pm the Wednesday before the meeting (February 13). 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, February 9, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The RYCO (sponsored nationally by our own Michael Quimby) will be held on Saturday morning, Mar. 16, 2013 at St. Paul's Episcopal church, KCMO. We will be needing some volunteers as page turners and monitors for rehearsals. You are welcome to come to the performance to hear the performers. Performers and judges remain anonymous until after the competition. If you would like to help, call Ann Posey, 816-781-1132 for more information.
by Barbara Adler (Professional Concerns)
I do not pretend to be an expert in these areas, but I have grown into a certain comfort zone with the internet and technology. Here are some examples of my growth since getting my first computer in the early 1980s, and my early use of email in the 1990s.
Google became a daily source of information for me years ago. With a world of information at our fingertips, I google every single day and am amazed when I recall the tedious process we endured to find information back when I was in school. Remember card catalogs? Now organizations like our own publish their newsletters online instead of paying significant expenses to mail hard copies.
Those with active careers want to take advantage of networking opportunities, such as LinkedIn, to stay abreast of friends’ activities. Facebook is either loved or hated, but you don’t have to read every word that appears to learn about friends’ professional and personal activities. Twitter, anyone? ! Other ways of using the internet make our lives simpler and less expensive. I’ve ordered used music from Craig Cramer’s enormous emailed list of scores. Ask to be added to his list: Craig.J.Cramer.email@example.com. Recently I was asked to play a certain out-of-print piece. Not finding it on Cramer’s list or eBay, I simply Googled the title and found that a certain organist had performed the piece at his church. I found his email on his church’s website, emailed him, and this lovely man scanned the work for me and emailed it, asking only that I continue to search for a hard copy and then destroy what he sent.
How many have purchased music from sheetmusic.com by printing out the score for a small charge? Instant gratification! The last time I used it the cost was $5.00. Web chats anyone? My son lives in Brazil, and I love our web chats that allow me to see my granddaughter. I recently watched her wet hair dry and the corkscrew curls reappear as we chatted -- much better than a phone call.
With all the sources available on computers, iPads, smartphones, the sky is the limit for staying in touch with friends and colleagues, data gathering, promoting your performances, and simplifying your life. If you would like our chapter to present informative sessions on the use of any of the above or other ideas you have, please let anyone on the Board know of your interest. The technology may seem overwhelming now, but your efforts will reap many benefits.
by Barbara Adler
An unexpected pleasure for me has been getting to know Blanche Gangwere, now 94 and still playing her pipe organ every single day. Sharp as a tack, she is a quiet giant in our midst. She introduced me to her three great books, written between 1981 and 1991, which are reference books for western music up through the Renaissance. These significant books are a big time-saver for the researcher. The titles, and descriptions I copied from the internet, are:
Music History from the Late Roman through the Gothic Periods, 313-1425 This annotated chronology of western music from 313-1425 is the first in a series of outlines covering the history of music in western civilization. The present volume covers the background, philosophy, theory, notation, style, and forms or classes of music of the periods stated and also the works of theorists or composers. Sources, facsimiles, and transcriptions of musical manuscripts and sources of treatises by musical theorists, in the original language and in English translation, are indicated where possible. The instruments of each historical period are listed and described. Musical terms are defined at the end of each chapter. Foreign words, parts of the liturgy of the Roman Catholic church, musical terms, titles of theoretical works and musical manuscripts, and names of composers, theorists, and places of interest are defined in the section entitled Definition and Pronunciation. This section also includes the translation and pronunciation of words in Classical and Ecclesiastical Latin, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Old English, and Old French. At the end of each section of the book are maps that show pertinent Empires and Kingdoms, and the areas of musical development and activity of each historical period. Appendices have been added in order to discuss notation and rhythm in greater depth and to divulge some different theories concerning the material found in the text. Supplemental sources for further study are found at the end of each historical period.
Music History During the Renaissance Period, 1425-1520
This annotated chronology of western music is the second in a planned series of outlines of the history of music in western civilization. Until now no single source has systematically presented concise information on theory, notation, style, composers, instruments, and terminology, incorporating findings from primary sources and the results of subsequent scholarly research. This volume contains material concerning the background, philosophy, theory, notation, style, manuscript sources, theoretical sources, classes of music, composers, and instruments of the period from 1425 to 1520, the first part of the Renaissance.
Music History During the Renaissance Period, 1520-1550
This annotated chronology of western music is the third in a series of outlines on the history of music in western civilization. It contains a one hundred and twenty page annotated bibliography, followed by a detailed, documented outline that is divided into ten chapters. Each chapter is written in chronological order with every line being documented by means of abbreviations which refer to the annotated bibliography. There are short biographies of the theorists and detailed discussions of their works. The information on music is organized by classes of music rather than by composer. Also included are lists of manuscripts with descriptions of their contents and notations as to where they may be found. The material for the outline has been taken from primary and secondary sources along with articles from periodicals. All three books can be found in the UMKC library, and the first two are in GKCAGO’s library, as well as in the downtown library. I also found some on Amazon.
Seeking a few good men and women: Would you consider stepping up to serve your chapter as a board member? Or do you know someone you think would make a great board member but perhaps has never been asked to serve? The nominating committee would appreciate your help in identifying potential candidates for the positions of Sub-Dean, Auditor and Long-Range Planning Committee Member. Descriptions of the duties of each position can be found in the Bylaws section of the Membership Directory. Please email Ray Smith, Nominating Committee Chair, expressing your interest or recommending a friend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson email@example.com
Gashland Presbyterian Church, 8029 N. Oak Traffic way, Kansas City, MO, is seeking an organist/pianist to accompany the congregation and adult sanctuary choir. Responsibilities include Wednesday evening choir rehearsal and Sunday Traditional Worship Service plus additional special services. The church has a new Johannus three manual organ and 7’ Baldwin grand piano. Excellent playing skills and flexibility of musical styles are desired. Please email resumes to PirateBob48@yahoo.com or call Bob Johnson at (816) 830-4707.
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.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, MO
1. Select and prepare voluntaries and postludes as needed for scheduled, public worship.
To include, but not limited to:
a. Saturday 5 p.m. worship
b. Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship
c. Accompany choir rehearsals on designated dates and times
d. seasonal worship
e. Friday day school chapel (subject to availability)
2. Consult with Director of Music/Choirmaster and/or Rector regarding liturgy and music, ordinary and extraordinary (e.g. weddings, funerals, evening prayer, etc). (Organist fees for weddings will be set in consultation with the Rector; suggested honorariums for funerals will be similarly set)
3. Submit voluntaries and postludes to the Director of Music/Choirmaster and Parish Administrator 6 weeks in advance.
4. Serve as the rehearsal accompanist for Adult Choir rehearsals, Sunday morning Children’s Choir rehearsals. Assist the Director of Music/Choirmaster in setting up for and securing the building for evening choir rehearsals.
5. Serve as organist/pianist for all anthems and congregational music for all public worship.
6. Consult with and assist the Director of Music/Choirmaster and Rector in all matters of church music and liturgy. Assist the Parish Administrator by proofing worship bulletins re: hymns and music.
7. In consultation with the Director of Music/Choirmaster, oversee the care, maintenance, and tuning of the organ and all parish pianos.
8. Attend staff meetings as needed.
9. Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
a. Educations and/or experience commensurate with providing professional music for church music and liturgy.
b. The organist will typically interact with parishioners, new members, technicians, choir members, the Director of Music/Choirmaster, the Rector, the Parish Administrator, custodial staff, Chaplain, Head of School.
10. 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.
11. The person hired for this position will be subject to hiring guidelines and procedures required by the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri. This will include but is not limited to background checks, required training, etc.
Interested persons should submit a letter of interest and resumé to:
Mr. Sam Anderson at email@example.com
Questions about the position may be directed to Mr. Anderson as well.
Friday, February 1, 7:30pm
The first Bales Artist Recital in the new year at the University of Kansas will feature Christopher Marks, Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Nebraska. He will present a program made up of the works of J. S. Bach and the American composer Seth Bingham. Please see below for his bio and program. Tickets are available at the Lied Center ticket office 785-864-2787 or online at www.lied.ku.edu. Ticket prices are $12 for the general public and $5 for seniors. Students are free. More information is available at http://www.lawrence.com/events/2013/feb/01/60062/
Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 3:00pm
Jan Kraybill, Super Bowl Sunday Recital XIV. "Duels and Duets": music inspired by history's conflicts and collaborations. Dueling and dueting composers: LOUIS MARCHAND Grand Dialogue in C; J.S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532; MAURICE DURUFLÉ Suite, Op. 5. Dueling and dueting organists: WAYNE L. WOLD Partita on "Come Down, O Love Divine"; LEROY ANDERSON The Typewriter. Dueling and dueting organs: ARTHUR "GUITAR BOOGIE" SMITH Dueling Banjos; DAVE BRUBECK Two-part Contention; GAETANO FELICE PIAZZA Sonata in F for Two Organs. Admission is free; freewill offering to support The Dome and Spire Organ Foundation.
Saturday February 9th, 7:00pm
The Stringendo Chamber Ensemble in concert at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Young string players perform an exacting program of Baroque Concertos. Reception to follow.
Sunday February 10th, 5:00pm
Monthly Choral Evensong, sung by the Trinity Choir; Vaughn Scarliff, organist for the organ works; choral music by Herbert Howells and Joel Martinson, amongst others. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Free admission; donations welcomed.
Friday, February 15, 12:10pm
The University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance students will perform at Westport Center for the Arts’ February Brown Bag Concert. The musicians are undergraduate and graduate students from the flute studio of Mary Posses. The concert will be held at Immanuel LutheranChurch, 1700 Westport Road. Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. A complimentary reception,hosted by The Filling Station and Westport Coffee House, will be held immediatelyfollowing the performance.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 12:15pm
Sr. Claudette Schiratti, ORGAN SOUNDS OF LENT AND EASTER Lunch and Listen Series Visitation Parish, 5141 Main. Doors open at 11:45, concert 12:15 – 12:45. www.venuevisitation.net
Friday, February 22, 7:30pm
Lecture by internationally renowned theologian, author ("/Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down/" as well as many others), and educator Dr. Marva J. Dawn, Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Marva Dawn serves as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. She has preached and taught at seminaries, clergy conferences, churches, assemblies, and universities throughout the world. She is the author of numerous articles and over 20 books. Dr. Dawn's lecture will explore spects of Sabbath keeping. For more information, visit www.mlmkc.org or www.atoneluth.org. Dr. Dawn will also be preaching in weekend services at Atonement on Saturday Feb. 23 at 5pm and Sunday Feb. 24 at 8:30am and 11:00am.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 7:30pm
"A Celebration of Peace": UMKC Conservatory Choirs, area high school choirs, and composer Eric William Barnum. Each ensemble will sing a variety of works as well as the compositions of this noted American composer, who will be present and will have worked with each of the participating choirs in their preparation. Barnum has composed an original piece on the theme of peace that will have its world premiere performance by the 400-plus singers of the combined choirs at the close of the concert.
The thirteen cardboard boxes, six plastic milk crates, and one Sterilite tub full of organ music donated to our chapter have been moved to the music director’s office at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 9150 Pflumm Road, Lenexa. I have offered to compile, with assistance, a catalogue of titles so that this information can be more widely distributed, and the music made more widely available. Laura Griggs, Kathy Hellwege, and Claudette Schiratti have graciously agreed to help read titles, composers, publishers, etc., while I type. Other helpers from the chapter are most welcome, for whatever blocks of time are convenient. Please contact me at my office email or phone, printed in the chapter directory, if you can lend an hour or more to this task.
During this period of cataloguing, no music will be brought to chapter meetings. Once the list of the music we presently have is complete, two important things are needed: 1) a NEW HOME for this library, hopefully more centrally located in town in a building with adequate storage space; 2) a volunteer to continue bringing selected seasonal scores to chapter meetings, if members want this service to continue. I cannot house the music indefinitely in my office (as you might imagine from the pictures), nor am I able to carry boxes of music to meetings. Your suggestions are most welcome!—Chloë Stodt
Email invitations will soon be sent to area organ and piano teachers to recruit student performers in grades 7-12 for the GKCAGO chapter’s May 18th youth session with Chelsea Chen at Leawood United Methodist Church, 10:00am-Noon. Our goals are threefold: to provide an opportunity for aspiring young organists to perform for and receive comments from an internationally acclaimed organist and composer; secondly, to invite talented young pianists to meet Ms. Chen, and explore the sound palettes of the pipe organ through already prepared piano repertoire; thirdly; to enjoy social time with the artist and with each other over lunch. Click here to view the brochure for the event – please print it or forward the link to those who would be interested.
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/.
From Jan Kraybill: Thank you to all who purchased tickets and attended my debut solo recital at the Kauffman Center! I truly appreciate your support, and together we created an event that I will fondly remember, and I hope you will too, for a long time to come. Thank you as well for your continued support for all of the guest artists who have or will perform at the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant during the 2012-13 season. Mark your calendars for the final three: Caroline Robinson on Wed., April 10 (sponsored by the KC Symphony); Tom Trenney on Wed., May 8 (sponsored by the Symphony); and Chelsea Chen on Monday, May 20 (co-sponsored by GKCAGO and the Kauffman Center). And, I have good news to share: based on the support for the four organists sponsored by the Symphony this year, they have decided to sponsor
four more artists in 2013-14! And, based on your feedback that Wednesday night events weren't convenient for church organists, they have moved these events to Thursday nights next season. I join you in eagerly awaiting more details to come when the artists and dates have been negotiated.
I have an 1880's Mason & Hamlin reed organ that I would like to GIVE to a good home. Specifications: 1 manual; 61 keys (all intact); 9 drawknobs ( Forte / Viola Dolce / Diapason / Viola / Tremulant / Seraphone / Melodia / Viox Celeste / Forte); 2 pump pedals; 2 knee swells; solid walnut case (intact); 47" wide by 61" tall by 27" deep. Overall - in fair playing condition. It needs some TLC and would surely love to be reconditioned! First come - first served. Please call Dan Abrahamson in Lawrence - 785-842-2572.
I am in need of selling my Rodgers C-505 2 manual organ. New ones sell for $18,000. I would like to sell mine for $8,000 to an organist who would benefit from it as I have. I bought it through Steve Whitten when he owned Classical and Contemporary Organs in Westport. The organ is still in perfect condition. It has the full standard pedal board and 2 large speakers. It would be suitable in a fairly large church. It also has MIDI catapcity so that new sounds could be added. Please contact Susan Swain at 913-764-1589.
T. Desiree Hines, most recent Curdy Organ Scholar at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, died on Saturday January 19th after a nearly year long battle with cancer. Desiree came to Kansas City, from Philadelphia, to study with Elisa Bickers and Karen Kushner at the Conservatory. She was an energetic person with a zest for making music alone and with friends. In due course, there will be a memorial service at the Cathedral.
This is a list of all the Directory additions and corrections since the Directory was published. Please print these pages and include with your directory.
Kelly Hackleman, DMA
743 Manheim Rd
Kansas City MO 64109-2633
Adjunct Professor of Music
George Mason University
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)
|Nicholas Good, BM, CAGO org, lit||785.273.7762,
|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
|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 email@example.com.