FROM THE DEAN:
We all enjoyed an interesting meeting with our Executive Director, James Thomashower, this month. Ronald Krebs delighted us at the start of the meeting by performing two works. James then brought us information from the national office, some good, and some not so good.
A couple of the highlights; James considers conventions to be the most energizing, exciting, and best way to help the members of the AGO. After a meeting with our Steering Committee on Sunday evening, he had great praise and thanks for Lynn Bratney and all the committee members for their efforts to date.
On Monday night, he informed us that the AGO's membership is dwindling and aging. As a highly relevant example of this trend, our GKCAGO chapter has more special members (65 and older) than regular members. The national office is considering plans for an overall strategic plan to address membership and member retention.Opinions are divided on which type of organization we will evolve into; one that shrinks yet provides extremely high quality benefits to a smaller group or one that diversifies and tries to envelope the thousands of organists that do not yet belong to the guild.
The next meeting on January 18 will be at Rainbow MennoniteChurch and will be a workshop on using the Internet and social media to help promote organists and their music ministries. This is an interactive meeting so be ready to see and learn something new!
Once again we come to the close of the Liturgical Year and the advent of a new one. The news reminds us that the world continues its tumultuous journey filled with fear, hate, and terror. May our music,and the way we live, be an inspiration and joy to others so that burdens are lightened, hope can remain, and peace may flourish.
A happy and blessed Holiday season to you all.
Tom Watgen 2015-2016 Dean GKCAGO
From left to right: Mr. Ronald Krebs, Mr. James Thomashower, and GKCAGO Dean, Mr. Thomas Watgen at the November meeting of the GKCAGO at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
The next dinner and meeting will take place in January. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The next Board Meeting will be January 9, 2016 at St. Marks Methodist, 6440 Santa Fe, Overland Park, KS. Social time 10:00 am: meeting at 10:30 am.
|MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016
Workshop on the Internet
and Social Media
Rainbow Mennonite Church
1444 SW Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas
|MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Schola Cantorum in Concert
Anthony Maglione, conductor
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
11 East 40th St., KCMO
|MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016
Maxine Thevenot in Concert
First United Methodist
10th and Vermont,
|SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016
Jonathon Dimmock in Concert
Community of Christ Auditorium
Independence, MO 21155
|SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W 13th St., KCMO
|MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016
Members' Recital "Music of the UK"
Country Club Christian Church
6101 Ward Pkwy., KCMO
|MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016
Social Potluck Supper
Thank you to all who supported the Kansas City Symphony in their organ programming at the Kauffman Center by purchasing tickets to their Screenland at the Symphony series event, the silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, accompanied by guest organist Dorothy Papadakos. The Symphony reports that 1025 tickets were sold, and they were pleased by the very enthusiastic audience. Thank you for contributing to that enthusiasm expressed to this partner organization who is helping to support our art and instrument!
Kraybill will perform on historic pipe organs in Holland,Belgium and Paris -April 18 -30, 2016! Tour includes 5 nights based inAmsterdam with excursions to Haarlem, Utrecht and tulips galore at Keukenhof Gardens; 3 nights in Bruges, Belgium, known for its picturesque bridges and canals; and 3 nights experiencing grand museums, cafes, and the romance of Paris! Custom tour designed and managed by Lisa Ball Travel Design. Complete tour itinerary at http://www.LisaBallTravelDesign.com or send an email to Lisa@LisaBallTravelDesign.com or 816.820.4351.
It is once again time to be thinking about our annual Members' Recital. This year's recital will take place on Monday, May 16th, at Country Club Christian Church. This year's theme is "Music of the UK" which may take the form of solo organ music, organ with instruments or choir. If you are interested in performing in this year's event or have any questions, please contact Tom Watgen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spire Chamber Ensemble is looking for hosts that are willing to house artists in their home arriving Saturday, December 19 and departing the morning of Thursday, December 24. If you are interested in having a Spire artist in your home please email Spire at email@example.com.
Friday, December 4th, 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
The production of THE NATIVITY by the Paul Mesner Puppets features oversized puppets, an instrumental quartet, four singers, and two narrators. The story begins with the announcement of the Light that is to come and concludes with the three kings arriving at the manger. The script is very informative and the performances are suitable for all ages. Tickets will be available at the door. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO. (816)214-9928 or www.kccathedral.org.
Additional performances Saturday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m.& 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4th, 7:00 p.m.
Great Spaces presents Noël! A concert of great organ works played by concert organist, Adam Brakel, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603. This program includes works by Dethier, Bach, Vaughan Williams, Dupré, and Edmundson.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Steve Burk at (785) 235-3457.
Tuesday, December 8th, 7:30 p.m.
The main work on the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra concert is Antonio Vivaldi's GLORIA. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral's Trinity Choir is the choral ensemble for the work. Tickets will be available at the door. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th andBroadway, Kansas City, MO. (816) 214-9928 or www.kccathedral.org.
Sunday, December 13, 3:00 p.m.
Jeff King, Organ Demonstration Recital (Community of Christ Auditorium)
Jeff King serves as organist at St. Matthew Lutheran in Lee's Summit, Missouri and is an active musician for Outreach RestorationCongregation in Independence, Missouri. The Organ DemonstrationRecitals are free to the public. They feature the best organists of KansasCity on the area's largest organs. Recitals last 30 minutes and kids get organ activity pages. If you are curious, stay after the recital for a close-up look at the organ. Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W Walnut St, Independence, MO 64050.
Sunday, December 13th, 4:00 p.m.
A Festival of Lessons and Carols
The Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum, Ladies, Gentlemen, and Children of the Choir, present the 16th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. This annual event features congregational hymn-singing as well as solo choir works by composers such as Morten Lauridsen, Sweelinck, and Ord interspersed with readings from Sacred Scripture. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1700SW Stone Ave., Topeka, KS 66604.
Sunday, December 13th, 5:00 p.m.
The Kansas City Boys Choir and the Kansas City Girls Choir celebrate the Christmas holiday with "Home for the Holidays," a winter concert, at 5 p.m. Sunday, December 13, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 West 47th Street. The choirs will perform a festive selection of traditional, sacred, and original holiday songs. Selections include "O Tannenbaum," "Silent Night," "Frosty the Snowman," "Go Tell it on the Mountain," and "Home for the Holidays," an original composition written by Choir Executive Director Ah'lee Robinson. Concert admission is $15 for adults and a special admission price at the door for children.
Monday, December 14th, 11:30 a.m.
THE CITY COME AGAIN is an offering of William JewellCollege. The Concert Choir, Handbell Ensemble, and organist AnnMarie Rigler present a varied program of beautiful music. Dr. DavidSallee, President of the College, will give a homily which will draw us fully into the holiday season. The prelude begins at 11:30 am; the service commences at 12 noon. There is no admission charge. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO.
(816) 214-9928 or www.kccathedral.org.
Friday, December 18th, 12:10 p.m.
Kansas City Women's Chorus ensemble Heartsong presents a winter-themed concert at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Saturday, December 19th, 4:00 p.m.
Jack Ergo of Graceland College conducts the complete oratorio MESSIAH. The Kansas City Baroque Consortium and four soloists lead the audience in singing the choruses. There is no admission charge; donations are welcomed. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO. (816) 214-9928 or www.kccathedral.org.
Sunday, December 20th, 2:00 p.m.
The William Baker Festival Singers presents its annual concert of Christmas music on Sunday December 20th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Dr Wayne Smith is keyboardist for the ensemble. Tickets will be available at the door. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO. (816) 214-9928 or www.kccathedral.org.
Sunday, December 20, 3:00 p.m.
Nicholas Good, Organ Demonstration Recital (Community of Christ Temple)
Nicholas Good serves as organist for Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park, Kansas. The Organ Demonstration Recitals are free to the public. They feature the best organists of Kansas City on the area's largest organs. Recitals last 30 minutes and kids get organ activity pages. If you are curious, stay after the recital for a close-up look at the organ. Community of Christ Temple, 201 S River Blvd, Independence, MO 64050.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
Spire Chamber Ensemble presents Handel's Messiah at the Kaufmann Center. Tickets may be purchased at the Kaufmann Center website https://tickets.kauffmancenter.org/single/EventDetail.aspx? p=9387.
Sunday, December 27, 3:00 p.m.
Blake West, Organ Demonstration Recital (Community of Christ Auditorium)
Blake West was the founding executive director of the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation. He joined the staff organists atCommunity of Christ in 1980. The Organ Demonstration Recitals are free to the public. They feature the best organists of Kansas City on the area's largest organs. Recitals last 30 minutes and kids get organ activity pages. If you are curious, stay after the recital for a close-up look at the organ. Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W Walnut St, Independence, MO 64050.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Placement listings are available only to paid GKCAGO members. Become a paid AGO member by clicking on the Join Our Ranks link at the bottom of any page on the website.
Substitutes listed are members of the local organ guild. The people 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 GKCAGO 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 and encouraged. Please send feedback to email@example.com.
These substitutes have passed various levels of AGO certification requirements:
|Mary Bronaugh Davis,
MA, CAGO, org
|(816) 436-1419 or
(c) (816) 456-0343
SPC, org, piano, lit
|(913) 568-3873 or
BME, SPC, organ, piano
|(816) 353-4826 or
(c) (816) 289-9760
MM, SPC, org
MM, AAGO, org, dir, lit
|(c) (913) 530-0960 or
MM, CAGO, org, dir, lit
|(913) 645-3749 (weekdays only)
|SPC = service playing certificate | CAGO = Colleague certification | AAGO = Associate certification | FAGO = Fellow certification org = organist | lit = liturgical worship | dir = choral director | piano = pianist|
The following have various degrees in organ or church music at the college or post-graduate level:
MM | org
|(816) 741-7388 or
MM | org, piano
|(913) 406-5327 or
MM | org, dir, lit, bass soloist
|(785) 250-4141 or
DMA | org, lit, dir, handbell
|(785) 842-2053 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
BM, MM | org
|(785) 843-2622 or email@example.com|
MM | org, lit
|(913) 341-5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
MM | org, dir
|(816) 322-8985 or DERamsey4446@gmail.com|
|Ann Marie Rigler,
DMA | org, lit
|(816) 415-3792 or
BA | org, lit
DMA | org, lit
|(816) 255-6146 or
BM | organ, piano, lit
|(913) 766-5698 or email@example.com|
The following also offer their services:
|Vicki Penny | org, lit||(913) 649-4860 or
(c) (913) 633-0269 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Marilyn VanderLinden | org, lit||(816) 665-4441|
|Betty Bauer | org, lit||(913) 814-9021 or
|Doris Daniels | org, lit||(816) 431-3244|
|org = organist | lit = liturgical worship | dir = choral director | piano = pianist|
The absolute deadline for submissions to the Bombarde editor is the 20th of each month. Please email your information to email@example.com. The next Bombarde will be published in August.