A good time was had by all at our 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner thanks to John Davies, Ardeith Hopkins, Margaret Jenkins, Jim Krehemker, Joyce McIntosh, Lisa Shepard, Nancy Stankiewicz, Ken Walker and Horizons Arts Ministry of St. Michael’s and All Angels. It was an honor to have Joned Slover, daughter of our first dean, Edna Scotten Billings with us. Ann Marie Rigler inspired and challenged us to welcome the diversity of our members and the young. Quotes from past deans, an old shoe display, delightful lyrics, a delicious banquet, good company, all in a spring like atmosphere, provided a memorial celebration. Thanks to all who attended and made it such a success.
Officers for next year were announced at the Gala Dinner. Thanks to Ray Smith and the Nominating Committee for their work.
Dean - Mary Davis
Sub-Dean - Chloe Stodt
Secretary - Carol Wallace
Treasurer - Lynn Bratney
Registrar - Pam Robison
Class of 2016 – Paul Erickson
Auditor – Nan Hulett
On a different note, member Richard Pries, pastor and singer, has died. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Our May event is Chelsea Chen at the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ in Helzberg Hall, Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. There will be no dinner or meeting on this occasion. Her program of the music of Gjeilo, Debussy, Chen, Vierne, Dupré, Litaize, Gershwin, Wammes, Duruflé, as well as Dale Ramsey’s winning entry of our 75th anniversary composition competition all makes for an exciting program.
To ensure a good audience and financial stability in this collaborative agreement between the GKCAGO and the Kauffman Center, each member needs to bring 4 additional people with them. Discounted tickets are available by using the promotion code KCAGO when ordering tickets at 816-994-7222 or www.kauffmancenter.org
A related event for organ and piano students, grades 7 - 12 is being held May 18, 10 a.m. – noon at Leawood United Methodist Church. Go to www.kcago.com PIPE ORGAN LIVE tab for brochure. Encourage your students to register by May 3.
Make your reservation for the Region VI AGO Convention in Springfield, June 18 – 20.
This month I interviewed Bill Brooks. His answer to the third question echoes part of Ann Marie Rigler’s talk at the 75th anniversary Gala evening.
What made you become a church organist?
I was blessed to be born into a musical family. My mother was a pianist and voice teacher and my father played two instruments. Our family seldom missed worship services and were devout in our faith and lifestyle. I learned to play the piano and started playing for church services as a teenager. During this time the church in which I was playing constructed a new building. Included in the construction plans was the installation of an organ. This was my first experience to understand an organ and have the opportunity to play one. I was immediately drawn to it and within three months was playing the organ for church services. That beginning has continued throughout my lifetime. One of the highlights of my youth was playing a 5 manual Austin Organ at Memorial Auditorium for my high school graduation in Louisville, Kentucky.
How has the GKCAGO helped you as an organist?
I became a member of GKCAGO in 1980 when I was relocated to Kansas City in 1978 by my employer. Being associated with good friends and accomplished musicians with the same interests has been a rewarding experience. The Guild provides many opportunities for learning, serving and providing a service of substitute organists where there is a need in local churches. I appreciate the publication of The American Organist that provides information of all sorts of interest to Organists. Our local Guild is very active and we are blessed with wonderful people willing to serve and promote the ongoing opportunity for members to serve.
What are your hopes for GKCAGO as it celebrates its 75th year?
I hope we reach out to the youth in our community who are involved with music, especially pianists, whether they be in high schools, junior college or taking private lessons and create ways to help them feel welcome to join our Guild…even to the point that we long time members consider sponsoring them. There may be gifted pianists in churches that do not have an organ. As a sponsor we could help to make an instrument available to them through our connection with a church that has an organ and where they could practice and get to know the instrument. We can make their experiences with us a pleasant one and at no cost to them for at least one year. I believe that the more exposure we have to new musicians, the more they will be attracted to the organ as well as the piano. In general, my hope is that through publicity and involvement we become more visible and welcoming to young musicians in the metropolitan area of Kansas City.
The next meeting is Saturday, May 11, 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
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.
Download a poster by clicking here. 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
Information about this summer’s Pipe Organ Encounters may be found at http://www.agohq.org/education/poe.html. The closest one to Kansas City is in Omaha. Check it out!
Scott Foppiano will be a program presenter for the AGO National Convention 2014 in Boston. Congratulations, Scott!
Michael Corbett, one time member of the chapter, died on April 16th, 2013. Michael was best known as having been an organist at the Church of the Redemptorist Fathers. In the 80s, he sang in Schola Cantorum and played on a number of Bachathons. He was a graduate of UMKC and studied at the Conservatory. His funeral mass was held at the Redemptorist Church on April 20th.
A century of music from a Kilgen pipe organ will be celebrated May 26 with special activities at the First Presbyterian Church, Washington, Kansas.
Organists from Kansas, Arizona and Oklahoma who played the organ through the years, along with area church organists, plan to provide special music during an 11 a.m. worship service and a 2 p.m. program. A lunch will be served at noon. A reception will follow the afternoon program.
After the two-manual organ, built by Geo. Kilgen and Son, St. Louis, Mo., was installed in the church, Kansas City organist Edward Kreiser performed the dedication concert on Jan. 30, 1913. Selections included works by Handel, Wagner, Schubert, Schumann and Dvorak. A little more than 50 years later, some of the same selections were featured in a recital at the church.
The first efforts to start an organ fund began in 1903 by the Girls Auxiliary Society. They raised $125 that was eventually used to wallpaper the church. After about 18 months, the fundraising began again. Contributions were solicited and Andrew Carnegie contributed one-half the organ’s $1,600 initial cost.
George Kilgen came to the Washington church to study the architecture and acoustics and select the appropriate style of organ. The casing and front of the organ were designed to fill an area that had been specifically designed for the organ. At its installation, the organ had 17 stops, 689 pipes and three pedal movements. It was first pumped by hand, then by a water motor and later by an electric motor the church voted to purchase in 1928.
The organ case is made of quarter-sawed oak and has a hand-rubbed light oak finish. The organ measures 14 feet wide, 6.5 feet deep and 16.5 feet high. The original specifications included two manuals with 61 notes each.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson email@example.com
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Leavenworth, KS, seeks applicants for the position of Parish Musician, with primary responsibilities as organist and adult choir director at the 10:00 Sunday service. Compensation $10,000 at approximately 1/4 to 3/8 time. Average weekly attendance at 10:00 service 60-70. Submit letter of interest and resume with references to : Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 209 N. 7th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048 or firstname.lastname@example.org ATTN: Barbara Gregory
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.
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.
(Editor’s note: Dale is moving at the end of May, so this is becoming a pressing issue. Please contact Dale if you have a solution to offer).
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
Friday, May 17, 12:10pm: Jazz vocalist Laura Chalk performs at at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, as part of the Westport Center for the Arts’ Brown Bag Concert Series. Chalk, and guitarist Danny Embrey, will perform “An Hour of Brazilian Jazz.” Chalk has been performing as a jazz vocalist since 2004, and has recorded two albums. Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. A complimentary reception, hosted by Westport Coffee House and Cosentino’s Brookside Market, will be held immediately after the concert.
Sunday, May 19, 3:00pm: Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112. A concert to celebrate the completion of the restoration of the 1950 E.M. Skinner by Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. Performers include Dorothy Brandwein, James Higdon, Jan Kraybill, and Mark Paiser. Free admission, open to the public. Reception follows the recital, open to all.
May 1st : at 5:00 Jason Pascall, oboe recital
At 7:30 Dieter Koch, oboe recital
May 3rd: at 7:30 Dominic Zanaboni, trumpet recital
May 5th: at 2:00 BACHATHON
May 10th: at 8:00 WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS
May 11th: at 7:30 Erin Lillie, mezzo-soprano, recital
May 13th: at 2:00 Memorial service for the Rev. Richard Preis
May 19th: at 5:00 CHORAL EVENSONG; Jan Kraybill and Pam Robison, guest organists
(transferred from the second Sunday)
May 24th: at 7:30 Richard Birney-Smith, organ recital (one-time student of Edna
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!
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,
|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)
|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
| 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.