FROM THE DEAN:
May 4, 2014 Bachathon returns to Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral for the 35th Annual Celebration of this event. Each year the sanctuary is filled from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. with an audience gathered in appreciation of the talent of this great composer. The music of J. S. Bach (1685-1750) has survived the test of time for centuries. This year’s lineup includes organists, harpsichord suites, a partita for flute, a concerto for oboe and violin, choral groups, and a special appearance of “Anna Magdalena Bach” and the “Bach children” playing pieces that Johann Sebastian composed/compiled especially for them. “Come when you can…leave when you must.”
May 19th is our Members’ Recital at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 6401 Wornall Terrace, Kansas City, MO. We have much innovative talent within our organization. With no stipulation as to type of music, this is bound to be entertaining. Performers are Mary Davis, Barbara Eichenberger, Kathy Hellwege, Stephen Kucera, Ray Smith, Reggie Watkins and Thomas Zachacz. Both piano and organ selections are on the agenda.
We will be installing new officers for 2014-15 during our meeting after dinner downstairs on May 19th. Barbara Adler will be presiding at the ceremony as we welcome some new faces to the KCAGO Board. In-coming officers are as follows:
Dean: Chloe Stodt
Sub-Dean: Tom Watgen
Secretary: Carol Wallace
Treasurer: Debbie Winter
Registrar: Pam Robison
Members at Large: Phyllis Curtis and Craig Smith
Auditor: John Obetz
MANY THANKS TO REUTER ORGAN COMPANY
On the day after Easter, KCAGO members traveled by Arrow Stage bus or drove to Lawrence, Kansas to tour the Reuter Organ Factory. Meissen’s Catering Service packed delicious box dinners for us to eat as we traveled the turnpike. It was great that the Topeka AGO Chapter was also attending this event. We were entertained by Ron Krebs playing a Reuter theater organ as we munched some of the various desserts and enjoyed the punch and wine. To tour the factory we were split into three groups. It was very interesting to see how a pipe organ is put together. Many questions were asked and answered.
The second part of the evening was at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Lawrence where Dan Abrahamson introduced us to Opus 537, a 4 manual, 123 rank Reuter organ consisting of 7,148 pipes. Ron Krebs demonstrated the various sounds. We thank Ron and the Reuter Organ Company for their hospitality and for opening their Factory to us after hours. It was a most enjoyable evening.
Mary Bronaugh Davis, Dean
Call Sharon Davies at 816-331-5581 or e-mail email@example.com by 10:00 pm the Wednesday before our meeting (May 14, 2014). Sharon will confirm your 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.
Grilled chicken, wild rice, steamed vegetables,
rolls, tossed salad, strawberry shortcake, tea, coffee
The next meeting is Saturday, May 10, 2014 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.
Over THREE DOZEN new members were welcomed into the GKCAGO at the January Jubilee! Let’s all gather for an end-of-year potluck and social, “Celebrating New Members”, on Monday, June 9th. We’ll assemble 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 (email@example.com/ 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.
So dust off that recipe file, find a favorite casserole/vegetable/salad/dessert, and plan to attend our June get-together! It’ll be a great way to cap off a great year!!
Anne Warzyn, past treasurer of KCAGO, passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014. She had celebrated her 98th birthday on April 7th. Her obituary appeared in the Sunday, April 27 edition of the Kansas City Star. Visitation will be Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm at McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 Northeast Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO 64119. Memorial Service will be Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11:00am – 12:00pm St Gabriel Catholic Church 4737 N Cleveland Ave. Kansas City, MO. She celebrated her 98th birthday in early April. She attended our March dinner & concert and enjoyed the evening.
Your 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, 64105
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 7:30 P.M.
Thomas Murray in Concert
Grand Avenue Temple
205 E 9th St., KCMO 64106
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7:30 P.M.
Moravian Love Feast with Schola Cantorum
Anthony Maglione, conductor
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1307 Holmes, KCMO 64106
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 66045
MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 7:30 P.M.
Choral Techniques with Charles Bruffy
Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church
9300 Nall Ave., Overland Park, KS 66207
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7:30 P.M.
“Celebrating New Organists”
Colonial Presbyterian Church
9500 Wornall Rd., KCMO 64114
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 7:30 P.M.
Schola Cantorum in Concert
Anthony Maglione, conductor
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 7:30 P.M.
Scott Dettra in Concert
Community of Christ Auditorium
(Dome and Spire Series)
1001 W Walnut, Independence, MO 64050
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 64113
Chloë Stodt, GKCAGO Sub-Dean
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Overland Park has an opening for organist for the 11 A.M. 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.
Monday, May 5, 2014, 7:30 pm
Anna Myeong, KU Faculty Organ Recital at Bales Recital Hall, Lawrence, Kansas. Program: Suite de Deuxième Ton - Clérambault, Poco Adagio (from Symphony No. 3) - Saint-Saëns, Toccata - Frescobaldi, Passacaglia (from Sonata No. 8) - Rheinberger, Toccata - Guillou, and Sonata on the 94th Psalm - Reubke. Guest artist: Sascha Groschang (cello). Free Admission.
Friday, May 16, 12–10 pm
Folk musician Gerald Trimble will perform at Immanuel Lutheran Church,1700 Westport Road, as part of Westport Center for the Arts' Brown Bag Concert series. Trimble will be playing a 17th century viola de gamba and performing a program of Celtic, Eastern and Baroque music that connects cultures and time periods. Trimble has recorded four albums of folk and Celtic Music and currently leads the group Gerald Trimble's Celtic and World Music Sessions. Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. A complimentary reception, hosted by Cupini's and Westport Coffeehouse, will be held immediately after the concert.
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 18 3:00pm
Spire Chamber Ensemble, Encounter the sublime with one of the 20th century's greatest choral pieces, Massfor Double Choir by Frank Martin and a World Premiere of a new work, "Spirited Light" by Jake Runestad."Spirited Light" sets the text of Medieval nun and saint Hildegard von Bingen's poem"Antiphon for the Angels" in a beautiful and moving piece for a cappella voices. Join us 30 min before each performance for a short talk by composer Jake Runestad about this stunning new work! Tickets range from $15-$20. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sunday at Visitation Church.
May 4 - 2:00 to 7:00 Bachathon
May 9 - 5:00 Jessica Cary, oboe recital
8:00 - William Baker Festival Singers, concert
May 11 - 2:00 ANCORA choral concert
May 18 - 5:00 Choral Evensong; Paul Erickson, guest organist
The Bachathon is the final day for examining Ann Warzyn's music. Do come see what is still there.
No endorsement or promise of condition or quality,
just a listing service for our members
John Deahl has been working on organs for 3 years, both direct electric, electro-pneumatic, and tracker organs, during the course of his studies in church music and organ performance. He has both repaired and installed organs in a variety of settings from the home and concert hall to churches. Currently, he is, together with one other person, responsible for the maintenance and tuning of all of the organs at the University of Kansas - 7 organs in total. He is available for hire for tuning and basic repairs on all types of organs as well as basic voicing issues. He can be contacted either by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or telephone - (785) 250-4141.
For sale: Allen MDS25 two-manual classical organ. Installed new in 1990; good condition, including four Allen speaker cabinets. Ideal for church or home. Current market value over $10K; asking $5500 or best offer. Contact Jonathan Davis at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, at (913) 271-0686.
Anne Warzyn's music library has a temporary home at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Should you like to examine the music for taking away, please phone John Schaefer at (816) 214-9928 to make an appointment. (There are some vinyl recordings, also.)
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
Beginning with the 2014-2015 dues year, as directed by the National Council, AGO National Headquarters will collect dues directly from members. We 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.
In April AGO National Headquarters will 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.
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 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
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
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 email@example.com|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.