FROM THE DEAN:
As I write on a relatively balmy, partly sunny/cloudy (depending on one’s perspective) Saturday afternoon in December, it’s difficult to believe this current year is nearly over. (Shouldn’t it be snowing?) Despite the seemingly endless, daily “bombardment” of negative news, I always feel hopeful on the eve of a new calendar year. Despite the many personal challenges in the lives of people I know (illnesses, untimely deaths, unexpected employment losses—especially during the holidays), there is still a peace that comes with the chilly air, the music, the deep dark of winter broken by the solstice, that helps me stay grounded in the perspective of the larger realities we will have just celebrated by the time this newsletter arrives. We continue walking forward together as, slowly, the days begin to grow longer.
Our January program promises to be both delightful and informative, as we welcome one of Kansas City’s favorite choral conductors, Charles Bruffy, who will lead us in a program on Choral Techniques. Mr. Bruffy is one of the most admired choral conductors in the United States, respected and renowned for his fresh and passionate interpretations of standards of the choral repertory and for championing new music. He currently conducts the Kansas City Chorale, the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and the Phoenix Chorale, and is Director of Music at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church. He is dedicated to commissioning and premiering works by contemporary American composers, and has received ASCAP’s Adventurous Programming award. Recent commissions and premieres include works by Jean Belmont, Matthew Harris, Libby Larsen, Zhou Long, Stephen Paulus, Stephen Sametz, Eric Whitacre, René Clausen and Chen Yi. The Roger Dean Company, a division of the Lorenz Corporation, publishes a choral series under Bruffy’s supervision specializing in music for professional ensembles and sophisticated high school and college choirs.
Mr. Bruffy has been Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chorale since 1999 and of the Kansas City Chorale since 1988. The choirs are praised for both their live performances and recordings. Bruffy’s eclectic discography of over 13 recordings includes music by Argento, Brahms, Corigliano, Gretchaninov, Martin, Mantyjarvi, Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams. His work has resulted in numerous awards, including: ASCAP’s Adventurous Programming award, the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Classical Album for his recording of Grechaninov’s Passion Week, the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance for his album Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary, and both the 2012 Best Engineered Classical Album and 2012 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for his work with the Kansas City Chorale on Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen. Mr. Bruffy conducts workshops and clinics across the United States. Increasingly busy on the international scene, he has conducted performances in Australia’s Sydney Opera House and most recently in South Korea. Also an active tenor soloist, Bruffy performed with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in recordings and concerts in France, and in concerts at Carnegie Hall. He is a featured soloist on the Robert Shaw release Appear and Inspire.
Mr. Bruffy received his Bachelor’s degree from Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri and a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City; he has received honorary doctorates from Baker University and Missouri Western State University.
We are most grateful for Mr. Bruffy’s willingness to spend time with our Chapter this month. Come, join the merriment!
Chloë Stodt, Dean
LOCATION: Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall Avenue,
Overland Park KS
TIME: 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
Apple-cinnamon pork loin with scalloped apples
Oven baked potatoes
Seasoned green beans
Tossed green salad
Egg rolls and butter
Pies: variety of choices
DINNER RESERVATIONS: Call Marjorie O’Konski at 785.766.2545 or email email@example.com by 9:00 PM Wednesday, January 14. Marjorie will confirm your e-mail reservations; call, however, if you have not received confirmation within three days of placing your reservation. Please provide the name of any guest you plan to bring for name badge purposes. 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 cancelled in advance.
The next GKCAGO Board meeting is Saturday, January 10th 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 are expected to attend. If you must be absent please contact Carol Wallace at 816.468.6596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our deepest condolences to Marjorie and Jim O’Konski upon the loss of Jim’s brother, Richard, in the afternoon hours of December 20th. The family requests our prayers.
21st WESTPORT BROWN BAG CONCERT SERIES
All concerts will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, with the exception of the January 19 program as noted below.
January 19, 12:00 Noon: Concert to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by the Doug Talley Quartet Community Christian Church| 4601 Main St, Kansas City, Missouri. The quartet will play compositions by African American jazz greats, and lead the audience in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” FREE. Donations gladly accepted. Reception follows, with cookies by Californos and coffee by Westport Coffee House. Sponsored by Westport Center for the Arts: www.WCAkc.org
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.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 | 7:30 PM
ORGANIST CARL GRAVANDER in recital at William Jewell College
Carl’s program will feature works by Bach and Franck, in addition to Vierne’s complete Symphonie #2. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Since 1992 he has served as organist for Plymouth Congregational Church (U.C.C.) in Des Moines, IA and in addition, he is Adjunct-Affiliate Artist in Organ for Simpson College in Indianola, IA. There is no admission charge for this Jewell Artist Series event. Please contact Ann Marie Rigler at email@example.com for more information.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
8th ANNUAL RBOS ORGAN DAY – “The French Organ”
Wiedemann Hall at Wichita State University
Professor Lynne Davis welcomes you to attend the annual Organ Day (free admission), this time sponsored entirely by the Rie Bloomfield Organ Series. We will gather around the world-famous Danish Marcussen organ, built with the hall in 1986, to discover this “King of Instruments” in a totally French manner.
Two eminent French musicians will be making exciting presentations. French organ builder Bertrand Cattiaux will present his world-renowned audio-visual talk on French organ-building throughout the centuries, including the brand new restoration of the organ at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. French organist & harpsichordist Stéphane Béchy will give a recital of works by composers who were organists of the famous Church of St. Merry in Paris.
Come join us in what promises to be a fantastically FRENCH event! For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPIRE CHAMBER ENSEMBLE | 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.
As your newly elected treasurer on the AGO National Council, I am writing to ask if you would please reinforce the fundraising appeal that just appeared in the November issue of TAO Magazine. We would be grateful if you would make mention of it in your next chapter newsletter.
When I asked everyone to donate at least $1 per month, or $12 each year, I hoped that everyone would contribute this affordable amount, although many of our members already give more. If you calculate $12 from each of 15,000 members, this annual revenue would total $180,000!!! With our diminishing membership rolls, this revenue could help keep us in the black and able to continue our educational and outreach programs as well as the beneficial services we offer our members.
If you feel comfortable expanding a bit, you might remind your chapter members of some of the programs the Annual Fund makes possible, including: Certification programs | Catalogue of educational materials | Support for POEs (Pipe Organ Encounters) | Support for January Jubilees | Travel for volunteer leaders’ meetings and visits to chapters | Chapter Management Handbook | Website and job postings | National Online Collection and Remittal of Dues (ONCARD)
Please accept my thanks for using your newsletter – and perhaps offering a few words at your upcoming meetings – to emphasize the importance of each member¹s contribution to the Annual Fund. Just $1 a month would help balance the books!
With sincere appreciation,
Treasurer/Councillor for Finance and Development
The newly revised official rules governing the 2015 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists may be downloaded HERE
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: email@example.com or call 212.870.2311, ext. 4318
Applications are due January 15, 2015. Our competition date is March 14, 2015.
Details and registration are now available by going to www.ago2015.org.
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
Organ Master Women’s Mary Jane Black organ shoes, 6-1/2 Narrow, slightly worn. $15.
Contact Marian Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com or 913.895.0682) if this is an area of chapter involvement that interests you.
GKCAGO Choral Library: 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.
A collection of piano music and house organ music (40s, 50s, Broadway, etc.) is available free of charge. Please call John Kendrick at 816.781.1895.
Dr. Craig Cramer, Organist and Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame, has provided a long list of organ/piano music, books, CDs, and vinyl recordings that may be of interest to our membership. He writes: “Please let me know what you would like to buy in an email. I operate on a first come, first served basis. All music is used unless noted. Normally the original owner’s name is written on the cover. I rate the condition of the musical score; covers are sometimes slightly damaged even if the score is in relatively good shape. … I am always interested in purchasing used organ music. If you have things that you are interested in selling, please contact me.” Craig Cramer, University of Notre Dame, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like a current list of available items, please email Chloë Stodt at email@example.com or contact Craig Cramer directly at his email address above.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Beautiful pipe organ with antiphonal division. For complete job description go to http://www.leawoodumc.org/ - /job-opportunities. Contact Melanie Melcher Cuthbertson, Director of Worship Arts at email@example.com or 913.648.2131 to apply.
Music Director – Part-time: First Presbyterian Church of Independence, MO is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and punctual collaborator to lead our Music Ministry. This part-time (approx. 15 hours/week) position requires excellent team-building skills and an ability to work with other staff members and the Director of Staff. If you have felt the calling to be involved in enriching the spiritual life of a church community through music, we would like to talk to you! Please submit your resume via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 816.252.3300.
Keyboard Accompanist: Peace Lutheran Church, 8240 Blue Ridge Blvd, KCMO. Sundays at 11 AM. Practice during the week with Praise Team. Contemporary Music. Audition required. Please call 816.353.3813 or email 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 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. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
These substitutes have passed various levels of AGO certification requirements:
|Mary Bronaugh Davis,
MA, CAGO | org
BMus, MMus, SPC, CAGO
| org, lit, dir, piano
SPC | org, piano, lit
(student in Manhattan)
ChM, MM | org, lit, dir
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
|Ronald Krebs, BM, MM | org||785.843.2622 or
DMA | (voice) soloist
MM | org, lit
|Dina Pannabecker Evans,
DMA | org, lit, dir
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.