Dean: Mike Maiden
Sub-Dean: Stephanie Henry
Bombarde Editor: Keith Sandrock | email@example.com
FROM THE DEAN:
Greetings to all. I do hope that your summertime has included travels and other fun activities, and lots of water!
It is my honor and privilege to start my tenure as Dean of the Greater Kansas City chapter of the American Guild of Organists. I thank you for this opportunity and I know that the members will continue to strongly support the chapter as we move forward, especially as we plan for the National convention here in less than two years from now.
I was fortunate to be able to attend the National AGO convention in Houston over this summer. Kudos to the many folks in Houston that worked tirelessly to plan and prepare for and host a wonderful event. The Houston chapter has set the bar high for us to follow. But I know that we are all up to the task to create and host another amazing National AGO Convention.
I am very grateful for the 25 chapter members and spouses that made the trip to Houston to attend the convention this summer. Thank you for committing to that event and representing us for our upcoming National convention. Of course the biggest thanks must go to Lynn Bratney for her commitment to represent and advertise Kansas City for the next National AGO convention. Our convention booth in the exhibit hall looked amazing with lots of fun giveaways and candy, even if your fellow members were sneaking the candy out of the bowl! And the booth generated much interest and many positive comments. Many thanks to all for representing us so very well at the Houston convention.
With the National AGO Convention scheduled in Kansas City in July 2-6, 2018, our chapter will be busy, busy, busy between now and then. And this means that all of our members must be engaged for chapter and convention tasks and activities. If you are already engaged for all of these tasks, Thank You for your support! But, if you have not fully engaged in chapter and convention activities already, we need your support. The National convention can bring notoriety to our city and chapter, and it will take all of us to work together to plan for and host a successful convention. As you are asked to assist for chapter and convention activities, please say Yes to help us all! And if you find that you have some time to spare, please ask Lynn or me for where you can help. I know that we all can and will make the 2018 National AGO Convention an amazing event!
We now excitedly prepare for The French Organ Music Festival IV at the end of this month. This event gives our chapter a wonderful start to our program year. And many thanks to Mario Pearson for his unending support to plan and host this event. And with much gratitude to the members that will perform during the event including: Claudette Schiratti, Tom Andrews, Dina Evans, Thomas Vozzella, Jacob Hofeling, Nick Good and Jan Kraybill. This event is scheduled for Sunday August 28, from 1-5 pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Kansas City. And we can always use volunteers to assist with the event. See the chapter email sent on June 27 with information on how you can assist for this event.
I look forward to working with you all for another inspiring program year for our chapter. We have a delightful group of members that make this chapter so vibrant!
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2016-17
When: Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
416 West 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
It is time to renew your membership for 2016-2017. In 2014, the National AGO instituted ONCARD (Online National Collection and Remittal of Dues). The National office is now responsible for invoicing and collecting dues from all members. The Chapter portion of dues plus any Chapter-specific funds (e.g., GKCAGO Concert Series donations) collected during dues renewal are returned to the Chapter.
The GKCAGO membership year runs on a fiscal calendar of July 1 – June 30. All current members are encouraged to renew their membership beginning May 1 each year. The GKCAGO RENEWAL DEADLINE is AUGUST 15 to assure inclusion in the printed Chapter Directory, and maintain the July 1 – June 30 membership year.
New members may join at any time and will have a full one-year membership beginning with the date they join. These “rolling” renewal dates are listed below these members’ entries in our
Chapter Directory. Membership Forms and related details are available from the Registrar.
Renewing members have the following renewal options:
1) By internet:
Click on the link (www.agohq.org/oncard-login) in the ONCARD renewal email reminder from National.
User name = first letter of first name followed by last name.
Password = the 5-digit AGO member ID number.
Click on “Renew Dues & Subscriptions” and follow the prompts, using a credit/debit card to pay dues and/or make any other contribution.
Follow additional prompts to change/edit membership category, chapter information, personal/professional contact information, and chapter-specific data (e.g. substitute/ chapter volunteer/ standing dinner reservation/ additional directory)
2) By phone:
212-870-2310 using a credit/debit card.
3) By mail:
Request a paper Membership Form from the Registrar. Mail the completed form with your check, payable to “AGO”, to:
American Guild of Organists
ATTENTION: Membership Renewal
475 Riverside Dr, Suite 1260, New York NY 10115
OR to the Registrar (see address below), who will forward your payment and information appropriately.
2016-2017 GKCAGO Dues are as follows:
Special (age 65 or over/under 21/disabled) $75
Partner (2nd member at same address, no TAO) $75
Student (with student ID) $40
Dual Member (paid to 2nd chapter) $39
Chapter Friend $30
Student Dual Member (paid to 2nd chapter) $13
Lifetime member $3,000
Subscription only (The American Organist magazine) $65
Boyd Ahrens, Registrar
Most are aware that our chapter publishes a Membership Directory in early Fall. In order to be listed in the Directory, we need to have your dues renewed by August 15, as mentioned above. The majority of members have paid their renewal dues, and we are grateful to you all! There are a few that no longer are on the cycle of July 1 through June 30. In all cases, the Directory will only show those paid through the August 15th cut off. We would appreciate all of you to be on time! The ONCARD system will automatically send out 3 notices for renewal. Before August 15, I will also try to contact those folks who may have unintentionally let their membership lapse. We want you to have every opportunity to keep enjoying the benefits and the magazine that AGO membership entails.
Boyd Ahrens, Registrar
Chloe Stodt, Directory
To carry forward our new tradition to end the program year with a member social potluck, we also want to plan one for June 2017. But, we need a venue where we can host the event, the options we had will not be available. The date will be June 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm. The event will be a member social potluck, so we will need tables and chairs for dining, tables for the drinks and the buffet line. Drinks will be provided and the chapter can reimburse for a janitorial fee. If you would be interested in helping us by hosting this event, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we prepare for the 2016-17 program year, we have positions that still remain to be filled on the chapter board. The efforts to find a member to fill these roles have not yet been successful. If you would like to inquire about any of these open positions, please send an email to email@example.com.
Communications Committee Chair – organizes and leads our chapter communications including: newsletter, directory, publicity, reporter, website, social media, and organ promotions. And all of these other roles on the committee do have a member committed to hold the position for the 2016-17 program year, except for the chair.
Hospitality Chair – hosts and serves the punch bowl during chapter monthly meetings.
Youth Chair – promotes awareness of and interest in the organ for the youth of the area. We do have a youth event scheduled in October 2016, Pedals, Pipes and Pizza that is already being planned.
Thanks for your consideration for these needs for the chapter.
Mike, Chapter Dean
Our GKCAGO Chapter donated 3 items for the Annual Fund of the AGO. Every other year, they have a silent auction using donated items. This year, they received over $20,000 and felt it was a very successful fund raiser. Our chapter donated one paid registration to the 2018 Convention, which we are hosting. The final bid was $320. The $70 gift certificate to Jack Stacks BBQ settled at $55. The pipe display made from pipes and items donated by Tom Watgen and Boyd Ahrens was sold almost immediately when the auction opened for $60. We donated $450 in gifts and registration.
Unto Almighty God, we commend the souls of Robert and Helen Brotemarkle, who passed from this earthly life in a sudden and tragic car accident near Wickenburg, AZ Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Robert and Helen were very involved with St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Raytown, MO, where Helen was the organist for 30 years. She then became the organist at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Blue Springs, for 3 years. She was a long-time member of GKC-AGO
After Bob and Helen retired they moved to Surprise, AZ, where they became members of All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church in Sun City. Their life was celebrated June 18, as part of a 4 pm service at All Saints.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 1:00-5:00 PM
French Organ Festival IV
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
416 W 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 7:30 PM
Yun Kim in Recital
Atonement Lutheran Church
9948 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 7:30 PM
Schola Cantorum in Concert with Joshua Maize, guest conductor
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1307 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Missouri
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
Second Baptist Church
300 E Kansas St., Liberty, Missouri
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 7:30 PM
Alcee Chriss III in Recital
Community of Christ TEMPLE
200 S River Blvd., Independence, Missouri
MONDAY, JANUARY 16 7:30 PM
Eavesdropping on AGO Certifications
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1700 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Missouri
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 7:30 PM
Schola Cantorum in Concert with Anthony Maglione, conductor
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
6401 Wornall Terr., Kansas City, Missouri
MONDAY, MARCH 20 7:30 PM
Pipe Organ Maintenance - Quimby Pipe Organ Co.
Trinity Lutheran Church
5601 W 62nd St., Mission, Kansas
SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 3:00 PM
Richard Elliott in Recital
701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka, Kansas
SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2:00-7:00 PM
38th Annual Bachathon
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri
MONDAY, MAY 15 7:30 PM
Members’ Recital: “Organ Music by Women Composers”
Central United Methodist Church
5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri
The Mission, Vision, and Values Statement for the Guild was recently revised by the National council. That revised statement is below.
Mission, Vision, and Values Statement
The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to foster a thriving community of musicians who share their knowledge and inspire passion for the organ.
The vision of the American Guild of Organists is to engage, support, and uplift every organist.
As a member of the American Guild of Organists you can
~ connect with other organists
~ enhance your skills as an organist and choral conductor
~ celebrate the organ in historic and evolving contexts
~ discover news of the organ and choral world online and in The American Organist
~ nurture new organists of all ages
~ share knowledge and expertise
~ enjoy camaraderie at chapter events and conventions
~ find inspiration and challenge
~ receive encouragement from colleagues
~ experience great organs and organists
~ access career opportunities and job listings
~ earn professional credentials through AGO certification
Approved by the National Council, 5/10/16
Review by Boyd Ahrens, Registrar
I was astounded to read the prospectus for the OHS convention for late June! They were having concerts at most of the wonderful organs I have always wanted to see and hear, all within a week. The Wanamaker organ, Atlantic City Convention Center, Longwood Gardens DuPont Estate, Girard College with the fabulous Skinner organ 120' up in the ceiling, and the Kimmel Performing Arts Center! It was a breathless line up, and many other historical organs along the way, as it was the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Society. Several original founding members were there. It began when a group of attendees attending a New York City AGO convention thought there should be a group to care for and keep track of historical organs. They set out to visit and record information on organs, particularly significant ones and those in danger of replacement due to changing tastes in organ design. The organs and the concerts were really a joy, though like too many desserts, the richness can get tiring. Four or five organ performances in a day can seem demanding.
What I want to comment upon is the "convention experience" which is what our Chapter will be in charge of providing in two years to people like Louise and I, and our fellow members who attended the Houston Convention this summer. After a day or so, you start to recognize people and begin to talk with them, asking where they are from and other 'get to know you' questions. Then you have opportunities to sit with people at meals, in pews at churches, and evening gatherings. While the people who design and carry out the convention try their hardest to make it all smooth, we know that can't always happen. And as Louise and I discussed several times, people get to know one another on a bus that is lost and wandering about much better than a bus that drives right up to the door in record time. On one bus ride, Michael Barone got off the bus to try his luck with his GPS. (we were lost out on a back road in Delaware) The bus driver left him standing on the side of a road! Now THAT is a conversation starter. "Is she going to go back for him, do you think?" (she did, but it wasn't right away)
We had a great time at the convention. We met wonderful people. We heard many great organs with terrific organists. We sang a hymn at every concert, and that was a great idea to involve us every time in music, and to hear 500 organ enthusiasts sing is really grand! We have the chance to show people coming to Kansas City 'what we've got.' The better idea is show them the great organs we are blessed with, and let them see who we are and provide opportunities to meet other people!
Here are some pictures from the OHS Convention…
500 conventioneers on the floor of Macy's to hear
Peter Conte play the Wanamaker organ.
Conventions aren't just hearing organs, they are also about
food choices at breakfast, and seeing new friends.
And they ARE about riding busses!
And seeing things up close you have only read or heard about.
Many people at the convention were talking about coming to Kansas City,
to see and hear the Auditorium Organ!
Review by Betty Bauer
“GOIN’ DOWN TO HOUSTON, HOUSTON, HOUSTON. . .”
Twenty-three GKCAGO members and three spouses attended the national AGO convention in Houston in June. They generated much interest in the next national to be held in Kansas City in 2018. Not only did the pleasing appearance of our booth in the Exhibit Hall attract a lot of attention and become a “gathering place” for many convention attendees, but also throughout the week, our members were vocal about extending hospitality for our convention.
Chairman Lynn Bratney’s speech during the annual meeting had
a huge impact even though it was only allotted two minutes in length. “I’m Goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City Here I Come. . .” was often heard later when someone queried others about 2018.
A lot of shadowing took place so our Steering Committee members could learn how to carry-out their respective positions at the next national. Just ask Deborah Lynch and Carol Mueller how many times they interfaced with the registration desk personnel and the transportation committee.
Houston’s magnificent organs and beautiful cathedrals were well worth the trip. Impeccable performers (of all ages) were an inspiration. We can’t replicate all the cathedrals and instruments of the hosts in Houston, and we’ve been advised to make our convention unique to us and the Heartland. Kansas City was definitely noted in Houston and will remain in the minds of potential conventioneers for two years from now.
2016 National Convention Attendees
|Barbara Adler||Dave Hellwege||Dale Ramsey|
|Betty Bauer||Carol Ingram||Marcia Ramsey|
|Marie Rubis-Bauer||Ron Krebs||Ann Marie Rigler|
|Michael Bauer||Deborah Lynch||Ben Spalding|
|Lynn Bratney||Jim Lytton||Chelsea Vaught|
|John Braum||Mike Maiden||Ken Walker|
|Paul Erickson||Carol Mueller||Tom Watgen|
|Dina Evans||John Mueller||Deborah Winter|
|Kathy Hellwege||Ann Posey|
For members that love to find available recordings from local area instruments, please note the announcement below.
The East Texas Pipe Organ Festival organizers are happy to announce the arrival of the latest release in the Aeolian-Skinner “The King of Instruments” series. AS315 & AS316, Catharine Crozier Playing the RLDS Auditorium organ in Independence, Missouri is now available for the first time as transferred directly from the Aeolian-Skinner factory master tapes. Over 2 hours of music includes works by Alain, Bach, Berlinski, Couperin, Daquin, Dupre, Handel, Langlais, Lidon, Reubke, Roger-Ducasse, and Sowerby.
Use the link below to order a copy for yourself.
Two-manual Allen digital classic organ, model ADC225 (1984); AGO specification with full 32-note pedalboard. Ideal for church or home. Includes four (like new) model HC12 speaker cabinets. Installed at Blue Valley Baptist Church, 8925 W. 151st Street in Overland Park, KS. Can arrange delivery and installation. Only asking $2,000; call Craig Smith at 913-485-3495 (or email at firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange demonstration.
Please join the North Central Region AGO Facebook page. Use the link below or search in Facebook for North Central Region AGO. You will need to send a request to become a member, but once you do that and are approved, then you can post to their page and receive email notifications of other postings. It’s fun to stay connected!
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
These substitutes have passed various levels of AGO certification requirements:
(c) (816) 589-8687
|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
CAGO, org, piano, lit
|(c) (252) 412-4676
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 email@example.com|
BM, Church Music | org/dir/piano
BM, MM | org
|(785) 843-2622 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
DMA | org, piano, lit, dir
|(309) 333-8745 Sarah.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
The following also offer their services:
|Betty Bauer | org, lit||(913) 814-9021 or
|Doris Daniels | org, lit||(816) 431-3244|
|Vicki Penny | org, lit||(913) 649-4860 or
(c) (913) 633-0269 or email@example.com
|Marilyn VanderLinden | org, lit||(816) 665-4441|
|Margaret Werth | org||(785) 478-0256|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.