FROM THE DEAN:
Because our Bombarde submission deadline falls before the French Festival, I can’t really write a rave review of the actual event; however, I CAN let you know how extraordinarily enthusiastic and well-organized Dr. Mario Pearson’s outreach efforts through GKCAGO and the AFKC (Alliance Française de Kansas City) have been in these preparatory weeks and months! I hope that many of our members will have had the opportunity to hear the diverse musical offerings, to visit the French café, and to enjoy an afternoon experiencing the delights of French culture.
We are eagerly anticipating Thomas Murray’s upcoming concert on Monday, September 15th, at Grand Avenue Temple in Kansas City, MO. Mr. Murray is University Organist and Professor of Music at Yale University, where he has served on the faculty for 32 years and has taught many of the leading performers of a younger generation. Widely known for his interpretations of Romantic repertoire and orchestral transcriptions, his recordings are highly acclaimed. Mr. Murray will perform J. S. Bach’s Sinfonia, from Cantata #29: Wir danken dir, Gott, César Franck’s Fantaisie in A, W. A. Mozart’s Fugue in g, with Introduction, K 401, Robert Schumann’s Four Sketches for Organ or Pedal-Piano, opus 58, and Edvard Grieg’s Suite “From Holberg’s Time”, opus 40, transcribed by Richard Ellsasser.
Last year’s program committee thought Mr. Murray’s talents particularly suited for the Opus 190 Skinner organ at Grand Avenue Temple. This 1912 fifty-five rank pipe organ is the oldest surviving 4-manual Skinner organ that has not been mechanically or tonally modified by anyone other than Mr. Skinner himself. Both the organ and the building are on the National Historic Registry. As many of you know, sometime in the mid-1990s, water entered the entire swell chamber of this instrument during a re-roofing project, shutting down this part of the organ and affecting several other stops. Michael Quimby of Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., Warrensburg, MO, caretaker of the organ since 1971, along with associate Eric Johnson, has painstakingly restored all original console parts of Opus 190 according to the 1912 specifications and designs, and has continued additional work in preparation for Mr. Murray’s presentation.
GKCAGO is deeply grateful to Church Musician Steve Greene, and to the staff and members of Grand Avenue Temple for hosting this evening’s program, and to the Martha Lee Cain Tranby Music Enrichment Fund and Michael Quimby, whose generous grants make this concert possible.
I hope to see you there!
Chloë Stodt, Dean
The next GKCAGO Board meeting is Saturday, September 13th at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westport, with refreshments and social time beginning at 10:00 am. All committee chairs, elected positions and long-range planning committee members (cf. August Bombarde) are expected to attend. If you must be absent please contact Carol Wallace at 816.468.6596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Avenue Temple, 205 E 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106 | MAP
Punch Bowl and Fellowship at 6:00 pm, Lower Level
Dinner at 6:15 pm, Lower Level AND Ellis Room (seating capacity-12 max.) for those unable to use stairs
(no elevator). IF YOU NEED UPSTAIRS SEATING, PLEASE CONTACT MARJORIE O’KONSKI (see below).
The Chapter meeting will be in the Sanctuary at 7:00 pm.
Program at 7:30 pm
Parking is available in the fenced lot immediately east of the church OR on the streets after 6:00 pm OR at the Federal Reserve lot, NE corner of McGee and 9th Streets.
DINNER MENU – Catered by Meissen’s Catering
Swiss steak with peppers, onions, and mushrooms
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Tossed green salad
Egg rolls and butter
Ice Cream Sunday bar
Call Marjorie O’Konski at 785.766.2545 or email email@example.com by 10:00 pm Wednesday, September 10. If you need upstairs seating, please so indicate. 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.
Under the sponsorship of GKCAGO, upcoming high school sophomore Maya Latham attended the Kansas State University Chapter’s Pipe Organ Encounter, directed by Dr. David Pickering, this past July. Maya, a student of GKCAGO member Carol Mueller, sent this lovely thank-you note:
“Dear KC American Guild of Organists,
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for the opportunity to attend the Pipe Organ Encounter. I was thrilled to expand my musical knowledge and had a wonderful time to boot! In the coming year I plan to continue my organ lessons as much as possible. Thank you again for your generosity and support. I had no idea how fascinating the pipe organ is!
Sincerely, Maya Latham”
Maya is pictured third from right in this photo of KSU-POE students touring the Bedient Pipe Organ Company in Roca, NE on July 9th.
The Guidelines for the Regional Competition for Young Organists, sponsored by Quimby Pipe Organ Company are currently being revised. The revisions should be available on line by August 20, and printed in the October TAO. Teachers who have students who should participate in this competition may refer to those guidelines as soon as they are available. The competition takes place by April 2015. It is important to start planning and preparing now.
Ann Posey, Competition Coordinator
The St. Louis Chapter has been hard at work on plans for the regional convention to be held in St. Louis June 22-24, 2015. Performers and workshop presenters include Thomas Murray, Christopher Marks, Anna Myeong, John Behnke, the St. Louis Children’s Choir, James Thomashower, Barbara Harbach, Cliff Hill, and many more.
We’re writing to ask your chapter to help make our convention a success by becoming a sponsor of the convention. Donations can be made using your credit or debit card and may be tax-deductible by going to www.ago2015.org/support. Or, checks can be made out to “AGO 2015 Regional Convention” and mailed to Mike Kaberline, Treasurer; P. O. Box 140159, Saint Louis, MO 63114-0159.
In addition, you can also purchase ad space in our convention booklet and put your name right into the hands of the convention attendees. Buying an ad both helps support the convention and places your business name directly in front of the people you want to know about it.
Thank you for your consideration and support of the St. Louis Regional Convention. We hope to see you here in June!
Jane Southard, Gifts and Grants Committee member
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2:00 PM
Theatre Organ Concert with Scott F. Foppiano, Organist | The Music Hall
The Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society sponsors this concert. Music will feature something for everyone including classical organ repertoire, pops, jazz and transcriptions. Scott has been honored with the invitation to return to the bench of the Music Hall's magnificent 1928 Robert-Morton pipe organ as guest organist for the afternoon! The concert is free and open to all to hear the sounds of Kansas City's only remaining public, grand theatre pipe organ!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 3:00 PM
Christopher Marks, Organist | Community of Christ Auditorium | Freewill Offering
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 3:00 PM
Melodies of Peace amid the Drums of World War | Community of Christ Temple | Freewill Offering
Spire Symphonic Chorus with Ben Spalding, Conductor, Jan Kraybill, Organ and Matthew Naylor, President and CEO of The National World War I Museum.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 7:00 PM
Hector Olivera - Organ Concert | Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
416 West 12th Street | Kansas City, Missouri
In honor and memory of Bishop Raymond Boland
Tickets $10 - available in advance from the music office or 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.
September 19, 12:10 pm: Harpsichordists Marian Thomas & Leora Nauta, a selection of preludes and fugues from Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I"
October 17, 12:10 pm: “The Wires”—cellist Sascha Groschang and violinist Laurel Morgan
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 (913-648-4802).
Bach Motet Project | http://www.spirechamberensemble.org/bach-motet-project.html
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
Part-time Organist/Accompanist: Leawood United Methodist Church (Leawood, KS) is seeking a part-time Organist/Accompanist to join our Worship Arts ministry team. Leawood UMC (membership 420) is a community seeking to make the message of God's transforming love real for ourselves and others. Our worship services utilize a variety of different musical styles and traditions. The Organist/Accompanist responsibilities include playing Sunday worship services, Chancel Choir rehearsals and special occasional services. The position may also include additional hours for direction and rehearsal of the Handbell Ensemble. For complete job description go to http://www.leawoodumc.org/#/job-opportunities. 2002 Berghaus Organ Specifications (pdf). Contact Melanie Melcher Cuthbertson, Director of Worship Arts (firstname.lastname@example.org / 913.648.2131) to apply.
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
|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|
|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.