FROM THE DEAN:
And so it’s time to pass the baton forward: can you identify the newly elected and their roles?
In a year of significant transitions, I congratulate our Chapter for a marvelous level of participation throughout this entire program season! And don’t miss out on our SECOND (ANNUAL?) JUNE POTLUCK AND SOCIAL – look for complete details elsewhere in this Bombarde.
Thank you for the privilege of serving as Dean. I look forward to ongoing participation in new roles as we move forward together!
–Chloë Stodt, Dean
On September 12, 2015, the 2015-2016 GKCAGO board will reconvene at a new location: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 6440 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS (Debbie Winter’s church). For years too numerous to count, Ted Stewart and Immanuel Lutheran Church of Westport have graciously hosted the Greater Kansas City Chapter AGO monthly board meetings. Our gratitude is deep and our appreciation is wide – thank you, Ted!
LOCATION AND TIME: St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church,
3106 Flora Ave., KCMO; 6:30pm
In addition to a relaxed evening, it is our intention to provide an opportunity for members to learn about or to actually renew membership using the new ONCARD system. (See the next article, “Membership Renewal.”) Members who are interested in signing up at this meeting should bring a copy of their American Organist magazine or their 5-digit membership number located on the address label of the TAO.
Also, Scott Foppiano has offered to demonstrate and open up the console to members who wish to hear and play the new instrument at St. Vincent de Paul.
Questions? Contact Tom Watgen at email@example.com / 785-842-0364.
It is time to renew your membership for 2015-2016! You can easily do it online by following this process:
» Go to http://www.agohq.org/oncard-login
» Fill in your username and password in the blanks. Your username is the first letter of your first name followed by your last name (i.e., JDoe). Your password is your member ID which you can find on your address label of your TAO.
» On the ONCARD Menu screen, click on the link at the top of the list that says "Renew Dues & Subscriptions."
» On the screen that comes up, you can make any changes necessary. There is a link to a video to help you through the process.
• If you click on the link to "View/Edit Membership Information" you can change your membership category (which should probably read "Chapter" and the sub-category (i.e., whether you are a "Regular" member, "Special," "Partner," or "Student." If you make any changes here, you then need to click on the green "Save Membership Changes" button.
• If you click on the "View/Edit Chapter Information" link, you can change your primary chapter and add a dual chapter, if desired. Again, you would need to click on the green button to save changes.
• Once those changes have been saved, you can click on the "Process Membership Changes."
• If you do not need to make any changes to your information, click on the last link that says "Post Changes/Proceed." This will take you to the screen where you can make any changes to your contact information, update your address(es), and indicate your availability as a substitute, how you want to help the chapter, whether you want permanent dinner reservations (and how many), and whether you want an additional paper copy of the directory. Once those changes are made, click on the link that says "Post Changes/Proceed" at the bottom.
• This will take you to a page where you can make a concert series contribution, pay for additional directories, or make other donations. Once that information has been saved, click on the "Continue to Payment" link.
• This will take you to a secure site where you can enter your credit card information for payment.
» If you do not have online access (or if you prefer not to pay online), you may write a check to American Guild of Organists and send it with a completed membership form to American Guild of Organists, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115. Membership forms are available from the registrar.
» Current members will continue to have their membership year run from July 1 through June 30 as long as they renew before fall. New members may join at any time and will have a full one-year membership beginning with the date they join.
A few decades ago, and for a number of consecutive years, it was customary in our GKCAGO Chapter for the Dean to present Certificates of Appreciation at the May general meeting to one or two members in gratitude for their support of and service to the Guild. Then, somehow, for a further number of consecutive years, this custom became “lost”. Happily, this past tradition was recently brought to my attention. I’m sure that each Chapter member can think of any number of deserving honorees, and I myself had difficulty limiting my own list. And so, in a manner of “making up for lost time” (those intervening years when no certificates were given), the following GKCAGO members were awarded 2015 Dean’s Certificates of Appreciation at our May 18th dinner meeting: Barbara Adler, Doris Daniels, Ken and Jane Dauer, Sharon Davies, David Diebold, Ardeith Hopkins, Margaret Jenkins, Roseann Penner Kaufman, Sally Livengood and William Hawley, Ian and Joyce McIntosh, David Plumlee, Franklin and Janet Rieske, Pam Robison, Claudette Schiratti, Nancy Stankiewicz, and Ted Stewart. Our Chapter is stronger and better for the presence, involvement, and contributions of all of these, and many more! — Chloë Stodt, Dean
The organ: the final frontier. Hers are the voyages of the PrairieShip “Harleymobile”.
Her lifelong mission: to explore strange new stop combinations; to seek out new repertoire and new audiences; to boldly go where no organist has gone before!
Thank you, Jan Kraybill, for your many and beautiful outreach efforts on behalf of the AGO and the Greater Kansas City Chapter!
SPEAKING OF “ORGAN EVANGELIZATION” . . .
A new GKCAGO board position – Membership Liaison – was created by vote of the board in February 2013, but this person has yet to be appointed. It is critical for our Chapter’s future that we find a member with both the passion and skills to fill this role. Here is a description:
The Membership Liaison shall be responsible for activities focused on recruiting and retaining Chapter membership. These activities will include, but are not limited to the following:
• Collaborate with the Registrar regarding member updates/changes within the ONCARD Chapter Membership data base.
• Develop and administer a process for identifying and recruiting new members and ensuring that they are registered in a timely fashion.
• Serve as key contact person for members and prospects seeking information about membership categories, benefits, dues, etc.
• Welcome new members via phone, letter, or e-mail, and introduce them at a general meeting.
• Take an active role in ensuring that all Chapter members are welcomed cordially at meetings and integrated seamlessly into the fabric of the Chapter.
• Set the standards for hospitality and teach them to others
If you know someone who you think “fits the bill,” or if you find yourself thinking that this role was created with your particular skill set in mind, don’t walk – run – to the phone, and call Dean-Elect Tom Watgen with your good news! firstname.lastname@example.org / 785-842-0364.
Sometimes it is well for us to spend a little time reflecting on just what it is that we as AGO members do, and how we do these things together. Following are the promises and charge from one of the “Installation of Officers” options in the revised (November 2014) AGO Chapter Management Handbook:
Officers, do you accept the challenges and responsibilities of the office to which you have been elected, and agree to work with your fellow officers and members in an atmosphere of mutual respect, toward the common goals and continued health and growth of the Greater Kansas City Chapter and of the American Guild of Organists? If so, please respond, “I do.”
Members, do you endorse these elected officers before you? If so, please respond, “We do.”
Officers and Members, do you this day mutually agree to encourage, support, and cooperate with one another in the work of this Chapter? If so, please respond, “We do.”
Newly installed Officers, the charge to you becomes a charge to all of us, for we are all members one of another. In common vocation with you, we pledge to you our support that you might freely exercise the leadership committed to you.
If you receive a call from Dean-Elect Tom Watgen regarding an opportunity to serve our Chapter next year, please give his request your fullest possible consideration.
David Bryant, who has so ably and so beautifully fulfilled the role of Bombarde Editor this past year, has resigned this role, and will be spending more time traveling next year. We are so grateful for his contribution, and send him on his way with this, his final Bombarde, and our hearty good wishes. The next Bombarde will be published in August; the deadline for copy submission is July 20th to email@example.com.
The Investment Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the completion of a new “Giving Opportunities” brochure, which names the following Chapter projects and funds to which prospective donors may direct their contributions: Annual Programming/Concert Series, Bachathon, French Festival, January Jubilee, the Luther Crocker Memorial Fund, the Opportunity Fund, Organ Study Scholarships (including POEs), Schola Cantorum, and AGO 2018 National Convention. For more information, please contact Nancy Stankiewicz, Investment Advisory Chair.
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2015
French Organ Festival
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
416 W 12th St., KCMO
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Wyatt Smith in Concert
Gano Chapel, William Jewell College
500 College Dr., Liberty MO
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015
Schola Cantorum and William Jewell Choir
Anthony Maglione, conductor
Visitation Catholic Church
5141 Main Street, KCMO
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Executive Director of the AGO
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
21155 College Blvd., Olathe, KS.
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, Lawrence, Kansas
SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016
Jonathon Dimmock in Concert
Community of Christ Auditorium
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
GKCAGO and ATOS member Scott Foppiano, Organist-Choirmaster at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, KCMO has been named Organist-Choirmaster and Director of Sacred Music at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Old Mill Creek, IL., beginning July 1. St. Raphael parishioners have just moved into a new building whose frame and exterior, windows, and some of the interior appointments were salvaged from Chicago’s St. John of God and St. Peter Canisius Churches, and repurposed for St. Raphael’s. The Church describes its programming as “traditional,” with a goal of only the finest music. The instrument is the Opus 558 Austin pipe organ (1915), originally installed in the Medinah Temple in Chicago. No. 558 is the first 5-manual draw knob console built by Austin Organ Company and one of the few large civic organs to survive from the early 20th Century. It was gifted to St. Raphael's by the City of Chicago and is being sent to the Austin factory in Hartford for full restoration before reinstallation into the Church.
GKCAGO extends our congratulations and very best wishes to Scott in this new and exciting venture!
A Solemn Requiem for Dr. Bruce Prince-Joseph is planned for Saturday afternoon, July 11th at 3:00 pm at St. Mary's Church, 1307 Holmes, Kansas City, MO.
Prince-Joseph, 89, of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2015 in the comfort of his home in the embrace of close friends. Bruce was born August 30, 1925 in Beaver Falls, PA, son of Lebanese immigrants Adele Prince Joseph and Hanna (John) Joseph. He moved to the Valentine area of Kansas City as a child. He became interested in music while attending St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the pipe organ quickly became his life's passion. By his early teens, he gave his first organ recital at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He attended the Norman School and Westport High School, graduating in 1942. After a year of working and saving money, he followed his dream to New York where he began studying with Pietro Yon at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Within the first year of his studies, Bruce was hired as Chancel Organist there. He then began work in the undergraduate organ program at Yale, studying organ with Frank Bozyan and composition with Paul Hindemith. After graduation, he headed to California where he enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Southern California. During that time, he became Music Director of St. John the Evangelist in LA. He also befriended Roger Wagner and helped to found the Roger Wagner Chorale. When he completed his graduate studies, Bruce was granted a Fulbright Fellowship to travel Europe, studying pipe organs damaged during World War II and noting their restoration. While there, he was the assistant of Norbert Dufourcq at the Paris Conservatoire. He attended the Sorbonne, performed with Maurice Duruflé, was invited to play for Pope Pius XII at the Vatican, and was a guest upon invitation of the Queen Mother at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1953, Bruce returned to New York, securing work on the faculty at Hunter College of the City University of New York, eventually becoming Music Department Chair. In that same year, he was hired as both organist and harpsichordist for the New York Philharmonic. Three years later, Leonard Bernstein took over as conductor, leading to nearly twenty years of collaboration between the two. In 1963, after the completion of the Lincoln Center hall, now named Avery Fisher Hall, the new 98 rank Aeolian-Skinner organ was completed under the specifications of Bruce and Virgil Fox, celebrated organist of New York's Riverside Church.
During the 50s, Bruce recorded several solo albums for organ and harpsichord. In 1965, he was nominated for a Grammy for a recording with Erick Friedman of Bach's Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord. He collaborated with his former teacher, Paul Hindemith, and also with Igor Stravinsky, whom he had met in Los Angeles while performing some of Stravinsky's music.
After leaving New York, he moved to Nashville, TN where he pursued his interest in restoring old pianos. He rehabilitated the square grand pianos at both the Belle Meade Mansion Museum and the Traveller's Rest Museum. In Kansas City, those same skills were used in rebuilding pianos at the John Wornall House, the Alexander Major House, the Simpson House, and Prairie Park, the country home of Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Kerr.
After his return to Kansas City, Bruce returned to the place that started it all, St. Mary's Church, 1307 Holmes. The church was declining and in major disrepair. Bruce began work on rebuilding and expanding the organ, as well as relocating the "Bells of Peace" carillon there. This carillon was originally given to the World War I Liberty Memorial in 1965. As Music Director at St. Mary's, he nurtured and supported numerous organizations including the Fine Arts Chorale and newEar contemporary chamber ensemble. After his work at St. Mary's came to a close, he spent some time working on a new organ project at St. Therese Little Flower at 58th and Euclid. As a result of a renovation at St. Mary's, the carillon was removed and given to St. Therese where it was installed and brought back to service.
Bruce had the opportunity throughout his career to work and record with such well-known conductors and composers as Ansermet, Bernstein, Bohm, Boulez, Cantelli, Copland, Fiedler, Hindemith, Kostelanetz, Krips, Kubelik, Maazel, Menuhin, Metropoulos, Monteux, Oistrakh, Previtali, Sargent, Schippers, Shaw, Solti, Steinberg, Stokowski, Stravinsky, Szell, Wallenstein and Bruno Walter. Among many awards and citations, his most prized were the Bishop's Shield for service to the Episcopal Diocese of Western Missouri - 1993, and the "Kansas Citian of the Year" given by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas City - 1999.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Guild of Organists by sending a check to: AGO New Organist Fund, Bruce Prince-Joseph Scholarship, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115. Contribute online at https://www.agohq.org/contribute.
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Are you interested in helping with the 30-minute daily organ recitals at the Auditorium and Temple in Independence? We need volunteer performers and an audience to help continue the 56-year tradition of daily organ recitals during the summer (June, July, and August).
Jan will perform on historic pipe organs in Holland, Belgium and Paris - April 18 - 30, 2016! Tour includes 5 nights based in Amsterdam 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.
I am very excited about the variety of talent and music to be performed at the 3rd annual French Organ Music Festival taking place on August 23, 2015 at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. I can report we now have all the performers lined up for this year’s Festival.
We are still in need of volunteers to serve as ushers, page turners, etc. To volunteer, please download and fill out the form at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xqxmi46xmt0q0pf/French%20Fest%20VOLUNTEER%20SIGN%20UP%20SHEET%202015_distributed.pdf?dl=0
–Dr. Mario Pearson, Festival Chair
SATURDAY, JULY 4 : 10:00AM
INDEPENDENCE DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION | Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603
All Singers and Choir Directors are welcome. Click here for further information and to download the application form.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 : 5:30PM
PREMIERE: "MAGNIFICAT AND NUNC DIMITTIS" accompanied by woodwind quintet, composed by Dale Ramsey, at the “Feast of the First Tomato”, Festival Evensong Service and meal, Wednesday evening July 8 at 5:30pm, St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Wornall and Meyer Blvd. in Kansas City, MO. An evening meal follows: BLT sandwiches and sides. An offering basket will accept gifts for the meal. All are invited and welcome.
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 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 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)
ChM, MM | org, lit, dir
BME, SPC | organ, piano
MM, SPC | org
MM, AAGO | org, dir, lit
|(c) 913.530.0960 or
|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 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
MM | org, piano
|(c) 913.406.5327 or
(10:45 or 11:00 only)
BA | org, dir, bass soloist
|W. Sue Finley-Evans,
BME, MM, EDS | org, piano, lit
BSE in Music & English |
org, lit, solo, dir
DMA | org, lit, dir, handbell
|785.842.2053 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
BM, MM | org
|785.843.2622 or email@example.com|
DMA | (voice) soloist
|913.631.6031 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
MM | org, lit
|913.341.5113 or email@example.com|
MM | org, dir
|816.322.8985 or DERamsey4446@gmail.com|
|Ann Marie Rigler,
DMA | org, lit
BA | org, lit
DMA | org, lit
BM | organ, piano, lit
|913.766.5698 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
The following also offer their services:
|Betty Bauer | org, lit||913.814.9021 or
|Doris Daniels | org, lit||816.431.3244|
|Dana Gillis | piano||913.383.2019 or email@example.com|
|Vicki Penny | org, lit||913.649.4860 or
(c) 913.633.0269 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Roland Pera | bass soloist||913.268.8918 or
|Marilyn VanderLinden | org, lit||816.665.4441|
|org = organist | lit = liturgical worship | dir = choral director | piano = pianist|
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COVER PAGE PHOTO KEY
Clockwise: Noon-John Davies, Auditor; 1pm-Tom Watgen, Dean; 3pm-Mary Davis, Auditor; 5pm-Boyd Ahrens, Registrar; 6pm-Mike Maiden, Sub-Dean; 7pm-Debbie Winter, Treasurer; 9pm-Dan Brown, Member-at-large (2018); 11pm-Ann Posey, Member-at-large (2018); Center-Carol Wallace, Secretary.
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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.