FROM THE DEAN:
I have enjoyed serving as your Dean for 2013-2014. Many things this year have been accomplished because we were all working together toward a common goal. The outstanding KCAGO Board made things happen! Immediate Past Dean, Claudette Schiratti, and Mario Pearson were instrumental in initiating our First Annual French Organ Festival. Preparations now are being made for the Second Annual French Organ Festival on August 24th. May this tradition last as long as Bachathon, which was celebrated for the 35th time this May. Our monthly programs have featured various styles and subject matter. Organists outside our area were brought in to inspire us and they did their job well! One of the “perks” of being Dean was I actually got to meet Ahreum Han, Gregory Peterson, and Christopher Houlihan and share a meal with them. Our teamwork of co-sponsoring a program with KCTPO encouraged new friendships. I was invited to a “KCTPO afterglow” party where Dave Wickerham continued to entertain us on a home installed Wurlitzer theater pipe organ. What a treat! Tony Maglione’s World Premier in October of “The Mystic Trumpeter” received so many raves that the entire performing group reassembled in May for the purpose of making a CD. At some point this will be available for us to obtain! Our January Jubilee encouraged Continuing Education and both members and guests left feeling rejuvenated. On top of that, the event drew 37 new members into KCAGO! Several commented that this is an event we need to present annually. Our tour to the Reuter Organ Factory made the day after Easter a fun time and a discovery of how pipe organs are assembled. The May Members’ Recital, using both organ and piano featured a wide variety of musical selections. A special KCAGO event upcoming on Monday, June 9, 2014 has been added to our planned schedule of events. Keep reading to learn more AND be sure to come.
Mary Bronaugh Davis, Dean
Please come to “Celebrating New Members”, an end-of-year potluck and social, on Monday, June 9th, to welcome new members who joined our Chapter at the January Jubilee! We’ll assemble for punchbowl and food setup at 6:00pm in Founders’ Hall, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W 13th St., KCMO, with dinner beginning at 6:30pm. Coffee/tea/water, paper products, and tableware will be provided. All attending are asked to bring a dish to share and serving utensil, plus any “special” or “preferred” beverage. Jan Kraybill and Paul Erickson will facilitate a conversation that allows all of us—both new and longtime AGO members—to share what we value about the Guild, and what our hopes and expectations of membership in AGO might mean for the future.
Please email or call Chloë Stodt (firstname.lastname@example.org / 913-895-0682) by noon on Wednesday, June 4th, to reserve your spot. Name cards will be placed at each table, encouraging a commingling of newer members with those of lengthier tenure, therefore we DO need to know who’s coming even though we won’t be collecting any money.
Don’t miss this chance to express your culinary creativity and “break bread” with friends, both “silver” and “gold”!
Anne Warzyn celebrated her 98th birthday in early April, but soon after that passed away on April 26th. Her memorial service was on May 17th.
David Sachen, Music Director/Organist at the Cathedral of St. Peter and Organist/Choirmaster at St. John the Baptist passed away on May 16th and his service was May 22nd.
Both of these long time members will be deeply missed.
Ian McIntosh broke his hip on May 18th. Prayers for his healing will be appreciated.
The AGO National Council will sponsor a Silent Auction at the AGO National Convention in Boston in June. The proceeds will benefit the Annual Fund, which covers the expenses of educational programs, Pipe Organ Encounters, professional certification programs, competitions, conventions, January Jubilees, and other costs of running the organization.
The auction will be run online so that all AGO members and friends may participate, and not just those attending the national convention.
A number of members of the Council have already given items and services for the Silent Auction. -two round-trip coach airfares to Europe, two expensive bottles of wine, workshops, and CD recordings.
The online auction will begin 1 June 2014 and end on 30 June 2014.
A committee will meet in June to update the salary guidelines in INFOPAK. May I ask you to report to us the following information about your church position?
1. Gross salary
2.Position you hold: Organist or organ + choir director?
3. Number of services each week and number of choir rehearsals
4.Perks? Health insurance? Retirement plan? Other
5. Does your church pay your AGO dues?
6. Number of years in your position
7. Do you have a contract?
8. Denomination of your position
9. In what area of Greater Kansas City is the church located?
10.How much are you paid for weddings and funerals?
The more information we have, the more accurate INFOPAK can be.
You may send this information to me by email at: email@example.com If you prefer to remain anonymous, please mail your answers to me at: 7644 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City MO 64114 Or send it to others on the committee: John Ditto, Dale Ramsey, Claudette Schiratti, Ted Stewart, Marian Thomas, Ken Walker --- by June 10, please! Thank you, Barbara Adler
submitted by Barbara Adler
Have you looked at the names of the Clarence Dickinson Society members listed in each issue of TAO? Happily, at least six members of our chapter are already members, and we sincerely hope that you will consider adding your name to the CDS roster to assure a strong financial future for our beloved AGO.
Our own John Obetz was one of the CDS founders.
Take a moment to think about AGO’s role in your own career, the friendships you have gained in this wonderful chapter, the educational meetings, the inspirational recitals. Perhaps you might want to leave a portion of your estate to help continue the expanding needs of the AGO.
When I ask people to join, their response often is, “I don’t have a large estate so I’m not eligible.” The truth is that your planned gift can be in any amount -- or percentage of your assets.
Setting up your bequest is a simple process. The easiest way is to name the AGO as one of the beneficiaries of your IRA, TSA, or 401(k). If you want your family to inherit most of your estate, as I do, please consider allocating a small percentage of your retirement account -- maybe 10%? 5%? If you leave a retirement account to AGO, the gift is tax-free, but your family must pay the taxes on a retirement account. For this reason, I have designated that AGO will receive a portion of my IRA.
Another option is a percentage of your life insurance policy. You may, of course, name the AGO in your will, or adding a codicil to an existing will.
You may specify that funds go into AGO’s Endowment or to the Annual Fund. Annual dues cover only about 60% of the annual budget. I can make other suggestions, so please feel that you may contact me once you have made the decision to join CDS. My email address is: Barbara.Adler@gmail.com
Please notify F. Anthony Thurman, Director of Development and Communications, who can guide you through the process so you that your wishes will be carried out. Then you will be listed on the CDS roster in perpetuity. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him at AGO Headquarters at 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115.
Thank you so much for considering a permanent gift to the Guild. It is my dream that every AGO member will leave at least 1% to the AGO.
Here is some background information from the AGO website: A founder of the AGO and the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary, Clarence Dickinson (1873-1969) was known as the Dean of American Church Musicians. Dr. Dickinson – organist and choirmaster, composer, virtuoso, performer, author, lecturer, and teacher – worked in all his capacities to broaden appreciation of organ music and reach new audiences. He worked tirelessly to improve the quality of church music, even as he celebrated his 90th birthday conducting a large choral festival at The Riverside Church in Manhattan. Clarence Dickinson’s legacy will forever uphold a standard of excellence in church music. In 1997, 16 members of the Guild became charter members of the Clarence Dickinson Society by including the AGO in their will or estate plans. They were Lorene S. Banta, Muriel W. Crowley (deceased), Paul J. Danilewski, Harriet L. Dearden, Winifred Howe, Edwin H. Holmberg, Jr., Joel H. Kuznik, Wm. A. Little, John Obetz, Helen A. Osterberg, W. James Owen, Frank J. Poole, Jr., Peggy Kelley Reinburg, Charles L. Smith, Jr., Frederick Swann, and Clementine Miller Tangeman. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all these visionaries.
Membership in the Society grows each year. By including the AGO in their will or estate plans, these individuals have displayed a public commitment to the mission of the Guild that will transcend their earthly life. Their bequests will forever be a living testimony to their belief in the work of the American Guild of Organists. Your legacy can do the same. Won’t you join us?
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson email@example.com
First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. Lawrence, KS,
an historic downtown church, is seeking to fill two positions:
Part-time organist (approximately 5 hrs/wk) four manual, 123 rank Reuter organ. Duties include:
Two identical Sunday morning traditional services
Additional services (3-4 a year)
Accompany several anthems a year on the organ as needed
Weddings and Funerals (these provide additional compensation)
Vacation is negotiable
$ 6700 yr.
Part-time choir accompanist (approximately 5 hrs/wk). Duties include:
Weekly Thursday evening choir rehearsals
One or two traditional Sunday morning services
Additional services (3-4 a year)
Additional rehearsals as needed
Approximately 42 weeks per year
$ 6000 yr.
If preferred, applicant may express a desire to fill BOTH positions. Please indicate your
position(s) preference in a cover letter. For more information or to request application
materials, please call or email Sara Wentz 785-841-7500 , firstname.lastname@example.org by June 17, 2014. Deadline for application and materials is July 1, 2014.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Overland Park has an opening for organist for the 11 am. Sunday worship service. Pay is $150 per service, with two paid vacation services per year. E-mail Jeanne Smith, the music director, at email@example.com with cover letter and résumé to apply or for more information.
The program committee has been working diligently since last fall, and we are pleased to announce the following programs for the 2014-2015 GKCAGO program year:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 1:00-5:00 P.M.
French Organ Festival II
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
416 W 12th St., KCMO
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7:30 P.M.
Thomas Murray in Concert
Grand Avenue Temple
205 E 9th St., KCMO
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7:30 P.M.
Moravian Love Feast with Schola Cantorum
Anthony Maglione, conductor
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1307 Holmes, KCMO
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 10:00 A.M.-Noon
Rachel Laurin Master Class & Lecture
MONDAY, NOVEMER 17, 7:30 P.M.
Rachel Laurin Recital
Bales Recital Hall, University of Kansas
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS
MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 7:30 P.M.
Choral Techniques with Charles Bruffy
Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church
9300 Nall Ave., Overland Park, KS
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7:30 P.M.
“Celebrating New Organists”
Colonial Presbyterian Church
9500 Wornall Rd., KCMO
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 7:30 P.M.
Schola Cantorum in Concert
Anthony Maglione, conductor
Gano Chapel, William Jewell College
500 College Dr., Liberty MO
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 7:30 P.M.
Scott Dettra in Concert
Community of Christ Temple
(Dome and Spire Series)
1001 W Walnut, Independence, MO
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2:00-7:00 P.M.
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W 13th St., KCMO 64141
MONDAY, MAY 18, 7:30 P.M.
Members’ Recital: “Organ Plus”
(plus instruments, plus voices, or organ duets)
Second Presbyterian Church
318 E 55th St., KCMO
Chloë Stodt, GKCAGO Sub-Dean
Save the date: August 24, 2014 1-5pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Please sign up at the links below to be a performer and/or a volunteer for this event. We want to repeat and exceed the success of the inaugural event. With your help this will be possible!
The links below contain fillable word document forms. Type in the information, save it and email the document to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Article from AGO National Headquarters)
Beginning with the 2014-2015 dues year, as directed by the National Council, AGO National Headquarters will collect dues directly from members. We (AGOHQ) will remit the chapter portion of those dues to chapters by an ACH transaction or check.
In conjunction with this we are excited to announce the national launch of ONCARD, a suite of secure online services that includes renewing membership and making contributions by credit card, updating addresses and personal information, and other features.
Please access ONCARD now to review and update your personal information, especially your email address. Because full contact information for our members has not always been communicated to us, there is a chance that upon your first login to ONCARD you will find we have old and/or incomplete information on file for you. For this, we hope you are patient and forgiving as you make needed corrections.
Many chapter officers have created financial and data elements specific to their chapters. Filling out these fields in your record will ensure accurate invoicing and assist your chapter in the creation of substitute lists and chapter directories.
***We (GKCAGO) are still waiting for National Headquarters to send membership renewal notices by email to members who have a valid email address in our database, and by regular postal mail to members who do not. Those without an email address or computer access will pay dues to AGO National Headquarters from a paper invoice.***
NEW MEMBERS can currently join online at:
All ONCARD transactions are conducted over a secure connection (https).
To login to ONCARD and review/update your personal information click the following link:
You will be prompted for a username and password. Your username is your first initial plus your last name, as it appears on your TAO mailing label (e.g., jsmith for John Smith). The password is your
Member ID, which can be found on your TAO label.
If you don't have a TAO label available click here: (https://ago.networkats.com/members_online/members/password.asp?action=start&tp=¶m=) to retrieve your password.
An ONCARD FAQ document and other links are available here: http://www.agohq.org/oncard/.
We look forward to working with you this year on this important project, and we welcome your feedback. Please reply to this email to send suggestions for improvement.
Leah Semiken, Manager of Membership and Chapter Relations
Bill Valentine, Director of Information Technology and Digital Communications
KCAGO still has quite a large inventory of used organ music for sale at 50% of the printed price. View an updated list of available music and learn how to obtain it by clicking on the "MUSIC FOR SALE" tab at the top of our chapter website. Please review the instructions for Access and Purchasing, which have been revised. The posted music list has also been revised, as of May 26, 2014. Music requests from outside the greater Kansas City area may be mailed USPS Priority Flat Rate box or envelope at an additional cost equal to the prevailing rates, after we receive payment for music and postage.
Dale Ramsey and Mary Davis have keys to the KCAGO Choral Library collection. If anyone would like to borrow anthems from our collection, let us know. We do have single copies in three notebook binders that may be brought to meetings. Let us know if you would be interested.
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
SPC, org, piano, lit
(student in Manhattan)
BME, SPC organ, piano
MM, SPC - org
MM, AAGO - org, dir, lit
|Barbara Tankard Thatcher,
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:
MM – org
MM - org, piano
(10:45 or 11:00 only)
BA – org, dir, bass soloist
|785-250-4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|W. Sue Finley-Evans,
BME, MM, EDS –org, piano, lit
org, lit, solo, dir, BSE in Music & English
DMA org, lit, dir, handbell
DMA (voice) soloist
MM org, lit
MM – org, dir
|Ann Marie Rigler,
DMA – org, lit
or 816.781.7700 x5199
BA – org, lit
DMA, org, lit
BM organ, piano, lit
|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||913.44938561
|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.