FROM THE DEAN:
What a marvelous evening was enjoyed by six dozen dinner guests and an audience of around two hundred appreciative listeners (pictured) at our
September 15th program! Our deepest thanks to Pastor Tina Harris, Temple musician Steve Greene, and the gracious Grand Avenue Temple volunteers for hosting our Chapter’s inaugural event of this new season. I don’t know about you, but I was truly enthralled by Thomas Murray’s color-filled performance on the Opus 190 Skinner organ. Although there may well be a divergence of opinions regarding organ transcriptions, my favorite piece of the evening was Edvard Grieg’s “Suite in Antique Style” (nicknamed the “Hohlberg Suite”) which, according to notes provided by Mr. Murray, was “freely based on an arrangement by the late American virtuoso Richard Ellsasser.” To my ears, the masterful collaboration among composer, transcriber, and performer made this piece sound quite idiomatic for the pipe organ. Another audience member emailed me afterward: “I simply had to remark on what a special night it was. I have to say, in all the concerts I've attended over 50 years, I have never heard an audience react quite like they did Monday night. Oh, Virgil (Fox) could get them to bound out of their seats like they were spring loaded, for sure, but the way the ovation sort of swelled on Monday says to me that people were absorbing the musical happening and rising to the event, rather than having it be sensational. After all, the Grieg doesn't end with a page of full organ and a pedal glissando to the last chord! That sort of thing fires anyone out of their seat. This was more profound. Two couples drove up from Wichita, besides me, and they were all terrifically pleased. All said that organ had to be the best organ within 200 miles of Wichita. We all really hope it can be forever preserved and made better and better mechanically.”
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On Monday, October 20th, our GKCAGO Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Anthony Maglione will lead us in celebration of a Moravian Love Feast at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1307 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO (full details elsewhere in this newsletter). Love Feasts originated in the first gatherings of Christians after Pentecost. Also known as an Agape Meal, the Love Feast is a solemn and dignified expression of community (koinonia), sharing, and fellowship enjoyed by the family of Christ. In the 1700s in the U.S., German Moravians introduced a service of praise and prayer with the sharing of food. It was celebrated with so “decent and solemn a manner as a Christian of the apostolic age would have allowed to be worthy of Christ.” (John Wesley) Our October program will feature the modern service of a Love Feast bun, prayer, religious conversation, hymns, and choral offerings by Moravian composers. It will be a treat you won’t want to miss! For more background information, kindly visit:
I hope to see you on October 20th!
Chloë Stodt, Dean
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1307 Holmes St, Kansas City, MO | MAP
Punch Bowl and Fellowship at 6:00 pm | Dinner at 6:15 pm | Program at 7:30 pm
DINNER MENU – Catered by Meissen’s Catering
Pineapple grilled chicken breast
Wild rice blend
Carrots and sugar snap peas
Tossed green salad
Egg rolls and butter
DINNER RESERVATIONS: Call Marjorie O’Konski at 785.766.2545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00pm Wednesday, October 15. Marjorie will confirm your e-mail reservations, so if you don’t get a confirmation, please call. Remember, if you have a reservation (permanent or one-time) and miss dinner, you are still obligated to pay for your meal if you have not canceled in advance.
The next GKCAGO Board meeting is Saturday, October 11th at 10:30am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westport, with refreshments and social time beginning at 10:00am. 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 email@example.com.
As part of our program budget for this year, the GKCAGO board approved a limited amount of money to provide scholarships for up to ten students (five one-hour lessons each, valued at $300 per student) with an AGO organ teacher who has agreed to participate. Students may request a teacher from the list of those participating.
The program committee decided that priority will be given to students who have never studied organ before, or who may have had some lessons, did not continue for whatever reason, and who might like to return to the instrument. The suggested minimum age is high school, with at least three consecutive years of prior piano study. Younger students may be considered based on their proficiency/repertoire level; adult students are also welcome. Organ repertoire appropriate to each student’s level will be taught.
As part of the scholarship award, we expect these students to agree to attend and share their learnings at our February 16, 2015 GKCAGO program, "Celebrating New Organists" at Colonial Presbyterian Church, KCMO. This particular program on our regular monthly schedule is envisioned not so much as a "concert" or a "recital", but as a celebration of beginning organ students and what they have been able to accomplish during their brief period of scholarship study. It might also include teacher reflections about the lesson experience, narrative about the music studied, and/or actual problem-solving demonstrations, so that the program time will be shared by both students and teachers.
Please encourage students to consider this unique opportunity to become introduced to the organ and its music—we would really like to award all ten scholarships. And please plan on attending in February and showing your support for new organists! An application form is available by clicking here.
The AGO has initiated a new program of student commissioning grants, wherein two annual awards of $1,000 each will be awarded to collaborative composer and organists pairs, to support the creation and performance of new music for organ. All applicants, composers, and organists must be enrolled as full or part-time students at an accredited U.S. college, university, or conservatory. There are no restrictions in regard to compositional style. Rules and Entry Form may be downloaded here:
Please share this material with students. Applications for this program are due October 15, 2014.
“Organ Plus”—+ instruments, + voices, + another organist, + ? (use your imagination)—is coming to Second Presbyterian Church, 318 E 55th St, KCMO on Monday, May 18, 2015. Our last program of the year has possibilities that are both engaging and eclectic! If you are interested in performing, please contact Dean Chloë Stodt at 913.895.0682 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
THANK YOU to all who have donated to the GKCAGO Concert Series Fund for 2014-2015! Your names appeared on the Thomas Murray program Donor List on September 15th.
If there are others who would like to add your support for the wonderful programs that we enjoy, checks may be made payable to “GKCAGO” and mailed directly to GKCAGO Treasurer Debbie Winter, 1844 Pacific Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66102-5631. Please designate your check for: “Concert Series Donation”. Your name will be listed as follows on the Donor List for Guild programs: Benefactor - $250.00; Patron- $100.00; Contributor - $75.00; Donor - $50.00; Friend - $25.00. Contributions not in these categories will be listed as Other; major donors of $500.00 or more are listed as Sponsor.
For corrections or additions to names on the Guild Concert Series Donor List, please notify me at 816-943-0017 or via email at email@example.com .
– Margaret Jenkins, Concert Series Fund Coordinator
The National Competition in Organ Improvisation seeks to further the art of improvisation by recognizing and rewarding superior performance in the field. A flourishing tradition of improvisation is fundamental to a truly vital musical culture.
The competition is open to all organists regardless of age or citizenship. First-place winners of a previous NCOI are not eligible. The NCOI occurs biennially and commences with a recorded Preliminary Round. The Semifinal Round will be held at the AGO Regional Convention in Charlotte, NC (2015); the Final Round will be held in conjunction with the AGO 2016 National Convention in Houston.
First Place – $3,000, funded by McNeil Robinson
Second Place – $2,000, funded by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders
Third Place – $1,500, funded by Pamela and Steven Ruiter-Feenstra
Audience prize – $1,500, funded by David and Robin Arcus.
RULES for the 2016 NCOI may be downloaded at:
THE APPLICATION must be submitted by December 1, 2014 at:
The newly revised official rules governing the 2015 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists may be downloaded at: http://www.agohq.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2015_AGO_Quimby_final-TAO_Oct-2014.pdf
Competitors must be under 24 years of age as of August 1, 2015. Competitors may compete in any chapter level competition in the region of their home or school or the chapter of which the competitor has been a member for at least one year. Membership in the American Guild of Organists is not required. An online 2015 AGO/Quimby RCYO Competitor Entry Form will be available soon. For hard copies of rules or application forms, contact AGO National Headquarters at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.870.2311, ext. 4318
Applications are due January 15, 2015.
Ann Posey, GKCAGO-RCYO chair, is working to secure a competition date and venue, which will be announced as the information is available.
New AGO members may currently join online at:
Returning AGO members who have not yet renewed for 2014-2015 will be receiving a reminder from National Headquarters shortly. Remember, you can renew online by accessing the ONCARD process:
|•||Go to https://www.agohq.org/oncard-login/
|•||Login with your username and password.
Your username is the first letter of your first name, followed by your last name, e.g., jdoe.
Your password is your 5-digit AGO member ID number, which is found just to the left of the date on the address label of The American Organist magazine.
|•||Once you have logged in, you will see a menu of options.
If you need to update your personal information, click on “Update Personal Information”.
When finished, return to the main menu, and—
If/once your personal information is accurate, click on “Chapter Administration” to proceed
to dues payment. This link takes you to the Greater Kansas City Chapter page.
|•||Click on “Pay Dues Invoices”. You will be taken to the page where you can enter your payment information. Then—
|•||Click on "Submit".
If you are taken back to the information page, make sure you have filled out all the required fields (marked with a red asterisk). If you have problems, you may email email@example.com or call 212.870.2310.
|– Pam Robison, Registrar|
Please note that any changes you make to your personal information through ONCARD are not automatically communicated to the Chapter. Our Communications Committee is in discussion about this, plus a few other issues that have surfaced during this first phase of using the ONCARD system. Please be patient as we all learn together how best to process members’ personal information. If you need to update your personal information from what is printed in the 2014-2015 Chapter directory, DO USE ONCARD (if you have computer access), and then DO ALSO SEND that information to GKCAGO Communications Chair Mike Maiden, who will forward it to the other Communications entities within the Chapter (Registrar, Bombarde editor, Webmaster). Please DO NOT SEND updates of personal information to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com, where that type of information cannot be properly managed and risks becoming lost. If/when we are able to streamline this process, you will be the first to know! We’re grateful for your understanding. – Chloë Stodt, Dean
Click here to download and print the pdf document.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 4:00 PM
Anna Myeong Organ Concert | Trinity Lutheran Church, Mission, Kansas | Freewill Offering
The organ version of "Carnival of the Animals" by C. Saint-Saëns will be performed with a narrator. In addition, she will play organ music of J. S. Bach, G. Baker, F. Liszt, and L. Boëllmann. This concert is a good introduction of organ music to children. www.tlcms.org/musicandthearts
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 5:00 PM
Festival Choral Evensong: The Choirs of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral and St. Paul's Episcopal Church
The service will pay honor to the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of West Missouri. Sam Anderson of St. Paul's will the direct the choirs; Leora Nauta and John Schaefer will be the service organists.
Prior to the service, at 4:30, Thomas Zachacz will play an organ recital. Music by Jeffrey Carter, Herbert Howells and Ralph Vaughan Williams will be offered in the service, which is open to all. Information: 816.214.9928.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7:00 PM
Halloween presentation: "THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME."
First Presbyterian Church, 100 N Pleasant St, Independence, MO 64050
The 1923 classic silent photoplay starring Lon Chaney, "the man of 1000 faces," based on Victor Hugo's literary masterpiece will be accompanied live on First Church's historic pipe organ by concert, recording and theatre organist Scott Foppiano, the 2007 Organist of the Year of the American Theatre Organ Society.
Ticket Information: Age 18 - Adult: $10.00; Children K - age 17: $5.00 . Tickets may be purchased by mail from First Presbyterian Church and held at Will Call. Tickets will also be available at the door.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7:00 PM
Cameron Carpenter on his Touring Organ by Marshall & Ogletree
Muriel Kauffman Theatre - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 7:00 PM
Screenland Silent Movie "Nosferatu" | Helzberg Hall - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Organ accompaniment by Dorothy Papadakos
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 3:00 PM
Jack Ergo and Jan Kraybill: Dueling Keyboards | Community of Christ Auditorium | Freewill Offering
All concerts will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, with the exception of the January 19 program as noted below.
October 17, 12:10 pm: “The Wires: alternative strings” – cellist Sascha Groschang and violinist Laurel Morgan, from tango to gypsy, jazz to rock and infused with the precision of classical form
November 21, 12:10 pm: Gospel singer Ah‘Lee Robinson and pianist Doriel Demps
December 19, 12:10 pm: “Siren Song”, an ensemble of seven women
January 19, 12:00 Noon: Doug Talley Quartet, Community Christian Church, 4601 Main Street
February 20, 12:10 pm: Jennifer White, Bob Bowman and Greg Richter, jazz and torch songs
March 20, 12:10 pm: Kelly Werts and Pam Gregory, American folk music
April 17, 12:10 pm: Flutist Ana Maria Hernandez and organist Andres Mojica
May 15, 12:10 pm: Harpsichordists Rebecca Bell and Marian Thomas, the 48 preludes and fugues of “The Well-Tempered Clavier”
Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. Complimentary receptions are held immediately after the concerts. The Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City have provided financial assistance for this project. Westport Center for the Arts (WCA) was founded in 2006 to support community artists and the arts. In addition to the monthly Brown Bag Concerts, WCA presents “Readers’ Theater”, “Kids Team Up for Art”, and other special programs. For more information, contact Marian Thomas at 913.648.4802.
Bach Motet Project |
Oct. 3, 7:30 pm, Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, KS
Oct. 4, 7:30 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, Mission, KS
Oct. 5, 3:00 pm, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, MO
Bach's motets are considered by some to be his most demanding vocal works and symbolize the pinnacle of the Baroque genre. Experience eight of North America's finest early music vocalists perform these extraordinary pieces one-to-a-part.
All tickets $20, general admission seating.
Handel's Messiah | http://www.spirechamberensemble.org/messiah.html
Dec. 23, 7:00 pm, Helzberg Hall - Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Spire continues its Kansas City tradition of annual performances of Handel’s magnum opus in the glorious acoustics of Helzberg Hall and features the Spire Baroque Orchestra. Experience the complete oratorio with vibrant and detailed clarity, streamlined forces, expert execution, and the brilliant timbres of the Baroque instruments, the same as Handel conducted.
Tickets range from $20 - $35.
Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 | http://www.spirechamberensemble.org/monteverdi-vespers.html
Mar. 21, 7:30 pm, Visitation Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO
Mar. 22, 5:00 pm, Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, KS
The structure and counterpoint of the West and the exotic flamboyance of the East met in Venice in 1610 – and the splendor resounded. With this choral masterpiece, Monteverdi forged a dramatic and vivid new musical style, evoking the struggle between the archaic and the revolutionary.
All tickets $20, general admission seating.
GKCAGO still has quite a large inventory of used organ music for sale at 50% of the printed price. View an updated (as of July 20, 2014) 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.
Since August of 2013, we have fulfilled 26 requests for music, and collected nearly $490. Public thanks are due Nancy Ramirez for volunteering to retrieve and, if necessary, weigh and mail music. We would like once again to be able to accept donated music, now that we have a working process for requesting, accessing, purchasing, and if necessary, mailing scores. To resume accepting donations, we would need a chapter volunteer to physically receive any newly donated music, interfile each score within the existing collection (housed currently at Parkville Presbyterian Church), record the new information on a shared inventory list, and maintain close communication with Nancy. Please contact Chloë Stodt (firstname.lastname@example.org or 913.895.0682) if this is an area of chapter involvement that interests you.
Dale Ramsey and Mary Davis have keys to the GKCAGO 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.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson email@example.com
Choir Director & Organist: The Cathedral of St. Peter, Kansas City, Kansas is seeking an organist to direct & accompany an established adult SATB choir for Sunday Mass, special Archdiocesan Masses and weekly rehearsals on a 3 Manual/25 Rank Moeller Pipe Organ. Knowledge of Catholic liturgy required. See job description from Employment tab at http://www.cathedralkck.org. Send letter of interest, resume and references by email to: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choir Director Part-Time: Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA), located in historic Westport, Kansas City, MO, is seeking a part-time Choir Director (10 hrs per week). The position will enrich and support the worship life of the church through music, particularly adult and children/youth choirs, in collaboration with the Music Director.
Refer to the Position Description on our web site at http://www.immanuelkc.org/.
Send Resume, Cover Letter and 3 References with contact information to: Sally Baehni, Worship and the Arts Committee at email@example.com.
Target Start Date: January 5, 2015
Deadline for Application: November 3, 2014
Piano and Organ Accompanist: Indian Heights United Methodist Church is a small, but very friendly congregation. Interested musicians can contact Kristi L. Klein, Director of Music at Indian Heights UMC at 913. 631.0007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Refer to the Position Description.
Organist: First Presbyterian Church of Topeka, Kansas. This is an outstanding opportunity in a church with an excellent instrument and a long tradition of superb church music. The position is half time, with the possibility of benefits, and with enough flexibility to fit the needs of an organist who concertizes. The search committee will begin reviewing applications October 2 in the hope of filling the position by early 2015.
Refer to the Position Description on our web site at http://www.fpctopeka.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Organist-Job-Description-for-applicants-8-21-141.pdf
Email Resume to: email@example.com
Pianist: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Olathe (near Blackbob and 135th St) is looking for a pianist to serve as the Adult Choir Accompanist. It is a paid position that requires playing for a weekly one hour rehearsal and accompanying the choir near the beginning of the service a couple of Sunday mornings a month. Anyone interested should contact Lauran Delancy (Adult Choir Director) at Lauran.Delancy@gmail.com or 913.735.7164 for more information.
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
|Kathy Hellwege, BSE in Music & English - org, lit, solo, dir||913.362.0594 or
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|
|Dana Gillis - piano||913.383.2019
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.