Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Chelsea Chen fund for the May 20 concert. We have reached our goal of $2500 thanks to your generosity.
Thanks to Vern Barnet for helping us get in touch with our experiences of “The Lost Chord”. Thanks, too, to all of the clergy who came and to those of you who invited them. Musicians and Clergy have worked together in this chapter for 75 years. Thanks also to Pastor Glen Miles for leading our meal prayer and to David Diebold for being such a gracious host.
Our March meeting is a members’ recital at Trinity Lutheran Church. Performers will all be playing the music of Craig Phillips, Ago Distinguished composer for 2012. We look forward to hearing the Trinity Lutheran Choir under the direction of Ben Spalding, and members Elisa Bickers, Paul Erickson, Chloe Stodt, John Davies, Nicholas Good, Jan Kraybill, Stephen Kucera, and Ann Marie Rigler.
Please continue to bring non-perishable food items for the host church pantry.
I hope you’ve reserved the date, Friday, April 12, to attend our Gala Dinner, celebrating our 75th year.
This month I interviewed Nicholas Mourlam, a member and student at KU. He just returned from studying in Germany.
1. How did you get started studying the organ?
My road to the organ was very different than many of my fellow peers at Kansas University. Unlike many of my classmates, I did not begin music study when I was very young. My three older siblings took piano lessons when they were younger, each later finding other interests that took them away from continuing to study piano. Therefore, when I was old enough to begin piano lessons, my parents believed that since the other siblings did not go far with piano there was no reason that I would do differently.
I still had the desire to learn to play and my parents said that I could to take lessons if I found my own teacher and paid for lessons. I began studying piano with Ethel Rogers at the start of my freshman year of high school. Having to spend my own money on lessons must have been the motivation I needed to practice and work hard.
After a year of piano lessons my interest quickly turned toward the organ and I began organ lessons with Karen Engebretson. I soon began to work as a volunteer organist for services at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park, Kansas. Junior year I studied with Ted Stewart in preparation for the American Guild of Organist and National Pastoral Musicians Dual Service Playing Certificate. After receiving the certificate I continued my pipe organ studies with Ted Stewart. That same year I accepted the organist position at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Kansas City which I have held ever since.
2. What degree are you currently working on?
I am in my last semester at the University of Kansas studying with Dr. James Higdon, working toward a bachelor degree in Music with an emphasis in both Organ Performance and Church Music.
3. How did your experience abroad help your education?
The benefits of studying music at Folkwang University of the Arts in Germany were countless. Studying abroad was an invaluable opportunity to immerse myself in another culture and study music from a different perspective. This experience was life-changing, career-enhancing, and possibly the highlight of my college career. My semester abroad was a time of growth and change in many areas of my life - academic, professional, personal, and inter-cultural. I believe there is no better way to learn about a country and its culture than to go there and completely immerse oneself.
Studying abroad as a musician was a wonderful opportunity because not only did I have time to live and explore within a new culture but I also had many chances to work with amazing musicians and teachers that I would otherwise not be able to study with or even meet. A new deeper level of learning was possible through the many opportunities I had playing European historic organs throughout Germany, France, and Switzerland. Playing these instruments allowed me to learn organ repertory in the proper context for which the music was originally written. Overall, studying abroad provided me with increased problem solving skills, better German language abilities, new professional contacts, increased sense of independence, an enhanced awareness and appreciation of my own native culture, and a stronger interest in the cultures of the world.
4. What are your hopes for your career?
I desire to be a pastoral musician in a church either an organist or music director. I find music to be a necessity of life, and especially essential to church worship. I believe that music has a way of mirroring the human condition. A congregation comes together in times of great joy and also in times of great sadness. For me, music is a way to remove all the distractions of life and truly be part of something great. The current world we live in is filled with much pain and suffering. Many people turn to the church for a place of healing and hope in trying times. I believe that it is my calling to be that pastoral musician who is there for the congregation, providing pastoral care in the form of music.
In my experience working as organist of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church pastoral musicianship has always been a dialectical relationship between the congregation and the musician. The musician must have a good balance between times of being prophetic and pastoral. Being prophetic as a musician means pushing the congregation to grow closer to their faith through the repertoire of the parish. Doing this may cause change, which often is followed with resistance. When the congregation cannot grow any further there needs to be a period when the musician becomes pastoral by consoling and helping those he serves. Another way of understanding this idea is seeing prophetic as going further and pastoral as resting on a journey so that all can continue on.
Monday, March 18 at 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
5601 W. 62nd St. Mission, KS 66202
(Shawnee Mission Parkway and Nall)
Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 6:15 pm
Brief business meeting 7:00 pm
Pork Loin with Scalloped Apples - Parsley Buttered Potatoes - Buttered Corn
Tossed Salad - Cornbread - Cream Pies
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 (March 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, March 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.
The Steering Committee for the 2018 National AGO Convention in Kansas City met February 23. Most positions for Committee Chairs have been filled. The committee plans to meet again in June. The steering committee has lots of enthusiasm and ideas for 2018. For the convention to be a success all GKCAGO members will need to help in some way. If you are interested in volunteering your help for the convention, it is not too early to let Lynn Bratney, convention chair know of your interest. Contact her at email@example.com. Claudette Schiratti, Dean, Chapter Liaison to Convention
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the help!
See http://michaelsmusicservice.com/blog/?p=4558 for the description and application form for the 2013 Simonton Prize Competition. Papers may be submitted from now until December 31, 2013.
The Simonton Literary Prize was established in July 2000 by the Board of Directors of ATOS in honor of Richard C. Simonton, a founder of American Theatre Organ Enthusiasts, the organization now known as the American Theatre Organ Society. The purpose of the prize is to encourage, promote, and reward original research and writing about theatre pipe organ history, conservation, restoration, and related subjects. A monetary prize, certificate, and publication in the society journal, Theatre Organ, shall be awarded to the winning entry. Submitted by Sharon Hettinger
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson 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.
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 brochure can also be found at kcago.com.
Nomination and Election of Executive Board, GKC-AGO 2013-2014
Standing Rule 7 calls for elections in April, installation of officers in May, and taking office July 1st. Standing Rule 7 was amended by the Board for 2013 so that installation of officers can occur at the June meeting, since a regular meeting will not be held in May.
Voting Members will receive a ballot in March the same way you receive your newsletter.
Online balloting will cease at noon on April 12th; paper balloting will cease at 6:30 p.m. on April 12th; results will be announced that evening.
Nominating Committee members were Barbara Eichenberger, Jan Kraybill, Ann Marie Rigler, Ted Stewart, and Ray Smith, chair.
* = incumbent
|SUB-DEAN (Vote for one)||Lisa Shepard|
|SECRETARY||Carol Wallace *|
|TREASURER||Lynn Bratney *|
|REGISTRAR||Pam Robison *|
MEMBERS AT LARGE/ LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
CLASS OF 2016 (Vote for Two)
AUDITOR (Vote for One)
Biographies for non-incumbents follow
DEAN: MARY BRONOUGH DAVIS, CAGO Mary Davis received her AB degree from William Jewell College and an MA from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City where she studied organ under James Evans and John Ditto. She has retired after playing organ for over 50 years at Barry Christian Church and now enjoys being on the GKCAGO Substitute Organist list. Ms Davis teaches a limited number of piano and organ students and often is asked to be a judge at piano Festivals. She has served as president of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, twice as president of the Federated Music Teachers of Greater Kansas City, and president of the Missouri Music Teachers Association. She has been a Trustee on the Board of the Missouri 4-H Foundation since 2004. Past GKCAGO Board positions held include serving as Treasurer, Reporter, and Chairperson of the following committees: Concert Series, Nomination, Placement and Youth. She was Transportation Chair of the Kansas City POE in June 2009.
LISA A. SHEPARD Lisa is a graduate of William Jewell College with a BSME, major instrument: organ, having studied with Pauline Riddle. Lisa has been a member of the GKCC/AGO since the fall of 1987 and has served the chapter as Treasurer, Investment Advisory Committee member, Schola Cantorum Liaison (and singer), Long Range Planning Committee member, Bachathon usher, Treasurer of the highly successful 2009 Pipe Organ Encounter, Auditor, a manipulator of several of the chapter’s marionettes and the anticipated Treasurer for the 2018 AGO National Convention.
Lisa is currently the Executive Director of Administration for Smiles Change Lives – a national organization that matches children from low income families needing orthodontic treatment with orthodontists willing to provide such treatment. Prior to joining Smiles full time, Lisa was a Development Associate before and after the grand opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Her current musical position is as a fellow of the Bells of Peace School of Campanology, St. Therese Little Flower Church. She is a 35+ year member of Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity for Women. In her spare time she enjoys sailing, sewing, jewelry making and caning furniture.
CHLOE STODT, DMA Chloë is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Lenexa, returning to the Greater Kansas City area in July 2011 after an extended “leave of absence” to the IA-IL Quad Cities. She has served as director of music and liturgy, organist, and choral conductor for churches in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, in Kansas City, Missouri, and in the Quad Cities. Additionally, she has taught piano, organ, music and liturgy, conducting, and theory at the college level, plus private piano and organ lessons since 1975. Chloë first joined the GKCAGO in 1980 and served on the Professional Concerns Committee for four years. This past year, she has served as Youth Committee chair. As a member of the Blackhawk Chapter, she was twice elected Sub-Dean, and also served a number of terms on that chapter’s executive board. At Chloë's invitation, members of the GKCAGO’s youth education outreach team presented the “Marionettes and Pipes” workshop to 130 enthusiastic young learners in Moline, IL in November 2002.
Chloë holds the D.M.A. degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, the M.M. degree in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the B.A. degree in Choral/Vocal Music Education and Piano from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, IA. She has studied organ with Delbert Disselhorst, Robert Triplett, Rodney Alan Giles, and Jan Overduin. Publications include articles in "Perspectives of New Music" and "Celebrate!", a Canadian journal of pastoral liturgy. Her biography is listed in "American Keyboard Artists," and "The International Who's Who of Music and Musicians."
CLASS OF 2016 – LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMMITTEE
PAUL ERICKSON With initial training and degree work in piano and voice, music history and conducting from the University of Georgia , University of Seattle, the Yale School of Music and the Conservatory of Music here at UMKC, Paul Erickson comes to the Organ community as a collaborative and church musician. Paul’s ears were first opened to the beauty of the organ and its distinguished repertoire during 18 months of study and immersion as a Fulbright Scholar in Stuttgart, Germany. In Kansas City, Paul has served the congregations of Hillside Christian, Central United Methodist, and currently is Organist and Director of Arts Ministries at Parkville Presbyterian Church. He has served on two program committees with the KCAGO, is co-director of the 2014 January Jubilee (a day of professional training and empowerment for the part time church musician) and has performed at past KCAGO Bachathon events.
JIM KREHEMKER My first project I chaired was our chapter’s participation in celebrating the AGO centennial. The national program was to have the largest same time organ recital with each chapter’s participation; on the Sunday picked for the recitals at 4:00 PM having organists around the country playing Bach's D minor Prelude and Fugue. Our chapter had the most organists participating with 18 organists and organs receiving the National title for the most recitals of a given Chapter. We also had a Thanksgiving service celebrating the centennial at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, with the national Guild Chaplain as the preacher. While serving the KCAGO chapter as Dean, my theme was Music from the UK, with an all English program at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with John Ditto, Schola Cantorum and Bag Pipers, followed by a reception at St. Paul's. I served on the Long Range Program Committee class of 2001-02-03, served as Auditor, and developed the bookmark that is in the Bachathon program. I also planned the After Glow Parties for several Bachathons and sang in Schola. As Dean, I coordinated the Chapter program featuring Mark Williams, Sup-Organist St. Paul's Cathedral London, playing at Village Church.
THOMAS ZACHACZ, CAGO Until relocating to Kansas in 2011, I lived just outside of New York City. I earned a BFA degree in Organ and Harpsichord Performance from Purchase College, as well as an MA in Musicology from New York University. Additionally, I hold a BS in Business & Accounting. I currently serve Redeemer Lutheran Church in Olathe in the capacity of Parish Musician. Prior to leaving New York, I spent nearly fourteen years as Music Director of the Union Church of Pocantico Hills on the Rockefeller Estate in Tarrytown. During many years of membership in the Westchester Chapter, I served in various capacities on the Executive Board including Sub-Dean, Secretary, Program Host, Program Planner and as Editor of the monthly newsletter. I also earned the AGO’s Service-Playing and Colleague certifications, and occasionally reviewed recordings for The American Organist. Foremost interests of mine include French organ music of the Second Empire, as well as the instruments and performers associated with the twentieth-century harpsichord revival.
NAN HULETT, CAGO Nan is Director of Tradtional Worship/Organist at the Lenexa United Methodist Church, where she has served for twelve years. She is also staff accompanist for the Choral Department of a Shawnee Mission School District high school. Nan first joined the Greater Kansas City Guild of Organists in 1966, while a student at the Conservatory of Music, studying with Dr. James W. Evans. There, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music. She has served on the Long Range Planning Committee, Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, and Program Committee, was Sub-Dean in 2005-06, and Dean in 2006-2007.
DEBBIE WINTER Debbie has worked in accounting for the past 28 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has been Assistant Controller for Payroll since 1997, leading a staff of 13 and processing bi-weekly payrolls for 3900 employees. As a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Overland Park, Debbie has been on the finance committee for 12 years (3 years as finance chair). Currently, Debbie is serving as Chair of the Endowment and Memorials committee.
Saturday, March 2, 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.
Saturday, March 2, 7:00pm: Friends University Singing Quakers with Kansas City Kansas Community College Chamber Choir. Cherokee Christian Church, 7457 Cherokee Drive, Prairie Village, KS. Free admission
Tuesday, March 5, 7:30pm: Bales Artist Series: Carolyn Shuster Fournier, the choir organist at La Trinité in Paris, will present a recital. Her program will include works by Bach, de Grigny, Balbastre, Franck, Guilmant, Chauvet, Vierne, and Alain. Tickets are available at the Lied Center Ticket Office 785-864-2787 or online at Lied.ku.edu.
Thursday, March 7, 7:00pm: The Concordia Choir, René Clausen conductor, from Moorhead, Minn. Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Avenue, Topeka, KS, as a part of the Cathedral's GREAT SPACES Music & Arts Series. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.GreatSpaces.org, the Cathedral Office during regular business hours and at the door.
Friday, March 8, 7:00pm: Bluffton University (Ohio) Chamber Singers. Rainbow Mennonite Church, 1444 SW Blvd., Kansas City, KS. Free admission.
Sunday, March 10, 4:30pm: Steven Kucera, All Faiths' Chapel on the K-State University campus. Some of the pieces I will be playing are a Bach "Prelude and Fugue," an emotional Reger "Benedictus," and the thematic Gawthrop "O Jerusalem Symphony." The concert is free. Come and help celebrate my first year music at K-State.
Sunday, March 10, 5:00pm: Bach Cantata Vespers; J.S. Bach’s Lenten Cantata #54: “Widerstehe doch der Sünde” (Stand Steadfast against Sin) with Jay Carter, Alto, and Immanuel Bach Vespers Orchestra. William T. Stewart, conductor. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd. (At State Line Rd.), Kansas City, Missouri. The public is invited to this free performance. (816) 931-8483.
Friday, March 15, 12:10pm: Musicians Michael Fraser and Tenley Hansen pay tribute to Irish immigrants and their influence on Irish music during Westport Center for the Arts March Brown Bag Concert. Westport Coffeehouse, 1700 Westport Road. Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. A complimentary reception, hosted by Panera Bread and Westport Coffee House, will be held immediately following the performance.
Wednesday, March 20, 12:15 pm Barbara Eichenberger and Ray Smith on Organ & Piano. Free 30 minute concert featuring classical and religious music. United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Sanctuary, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS. Lunch available prior to or following the concert in the church narthex for a nominal fee.
Saturday, March 23, 7:30pm: Bethel College Concert Choir. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 67th and Nall, Mission, KS. Free admission.
Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24: St. Matthew Passion. Spire Chamber Ensemble, Schola Cantorum of William Jewell College, the Trinity Choir of Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Spire Children’s Chorus. Trinity Lutheran Church, Mission, KS.
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.
March 2 at 5:00 Grant Smiley, trumpet; Melody Steed, organist; no admission charge
March 10 at 5:00 Choral Evensong; Trinity Choir; Brian Mathias, guest organist; reception to follow; no admission charge
March 17 at 3:00 Musica Vocale; Arnold Epley, director; admission charge
March 17 at 7:30 A Recital of English song with instrumentals; David White, tenor and friends; donations welcomed.
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/.
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,
|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 (cell)
(10:45 or 11:00 only)
|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.