Since Holy Week begins on March 20th this year, the submissions deadline for the April 2016 Bombarde will be March 15th. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
FROM THE DEAN:
We have enjoyed some wonderful programs this season and more are on the way! A big thank you to Anthony Maglione, Leora Nauta, John Schaefer, Vaughn Scarcliff, and the entire group of Schola members for bring us a splendid evening of French music at St. Paul’s Episcopal.
Please note that the chapter program for March is on Monday the 14th in Lawrence. Maxine Thevenot is very accomplished musician with many performances and recordings in both the organ and choral field. Please make plans to join us for dinner at 6:15pm at First UnitedMethodist with the concert to follow at 7:30pm. Members fromManhattan and Topeka have expressed an interest in attending this event, so this is a great opportunity to meet with our colleagues from those chapters. In addition, Maxine is scheduled to be on KANU,Kansas Public Radio, on the morning of March 14 promoting this event to general public.
Looking forward to seeing you.
2015-2016 Dean GKCAGO
Location: First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street, Lawrence, KS 66044
Directions: From I-70, take exit 204 and turn left onto N 2nd St. Continue straight onto Vermont Ave and cross the Kansas river. The church is on the left side of Vermont Ave. 1.8 miles from the interstate. Click here for a map.
Time: There is no punch bowl this month. 6:15 pm -Dinner 7:30 pm -Meeting
Menu: Catered by Maceli’s Banquet Hall & Catering: Shepherd’s Pie (Ground beef, mushrooms, peas, carrots, onions, brown gravy, mashed potatoes with cheddar cheese) Garden salad Soft rolls and butter Iced tea, coffee
Cost: $10 per person
Dessert served during reception following the concert
DINNER RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please call Marjorie O’Konskiat (785) 766-2545 or email email@example.com by 9:00 pm on Wednesday, March 9th. Marjorie will confirm your e-mail reservations; call, however, if you have not received a 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 do not cancel in advance.
The next Board Meeting will be March 12, 2016 at St. Marks Methodist, 6440 Santa Fe, Overland Park, KS. Social time 10:00 am meeting at 10:30 am.
|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
Jonathon Dimmock in Concert
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Community of Christ Auditorium
6630 Nall Ave., Mission, KS
It's been a little while since we have had chapter news, but this month there is a plethora of news. First, the unfortunate news:
Richard Merritt Hill passed away Feb. 3, 2016. He was 74.
Hill was born Sept. 18, 1941in Wellington, Kan., and lived in Mayfield, Kan., as a young person. His parents, Roy and Wilma Hill predeceased him. He attended Wellington High school graduating in 1959. In 1963, he received his B.A. from Ottawa University where he majored in history and political science with a minor in English receiving a B.A.in 1963. From 1963-1967, he taught at Hocker Grove Junior HighSchool in the Shawnee Mission District. In 1975, Richard received his M.A. from the University of Kansas.
Richard served in the United States Army from 1967-1971. On discharge, Richard taught in the Shawnee Mission District at Meadowbrook Junior High from 1971-86, and following unification, at Shawnee Mission East from 1986-1997. He was one of the first international Baccalaureate teachers in the district as well as teaching American Government, World Geography and I.B. American History.
As an avocation, Richard served many years as organist and substitute organist for area churches: Countryside Christian(1973-1990) as well as long-term sub at Country Club United Methodist. He was also a member of the Kansas City Chapter of theAmerican Guild of Organists for the past 28 years.
On February 10, 2016, in Jefferson City, MO, the Missouri Arts Council presented their 2016 Individual Artist award to long-time chapter member John Schaefer. John has served in many roles for the chapter over a number of years, and continues to do so. He serves as Music Director at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, MO. Congratulations to John for being aptly recognized for his endless work to encourage, support, facilitate and create marvelous music in the Kansas City area and beyond.
Standing Rule 7 calls for elections in April, installation of officers in May, and taking office July 1st. Voting members will receive a ballot in March the same way you receive your newsletter. Online balloting will cease at noon on April 20th. Paper balloting will cease at6:30pm on April 20th. Results will be announced that evening.
Standing Rule 33 states that additional nominations may be made by petitions signed by at least five Voting Members of theChapter in good standing, and submitted with biographies to theSecretary before March 20, so that the full ballot may be sent to eachVoting Member in April.
Nomination Committee: Nan Hulett, Ted Stewart, MarianThomas, Ken Walker, Claudette Schiratti, chair.
Nominees for Executive Committee for 2016-2017
Long Range Planning/Class of 2019-2020
Mike Maiden -enjoys and has been active with music for many years. He studied organ in a graduate student teaching program at Drake University as a young adult and has occasionally substituted for Sunday services. But, these days he does much better as a spectator than a performer. He holds an MBA from UMKC and currently works as a Business Systems Analyst for Great-West Financial in their Empower Retirement business. He has served the KCAGO chapter as Communications committee chair, manages the chapter publicity table and most recently as sub-dean. He has been involved in building the Area Organs section on the chapter website and serves on the 2018 National Convention steering committee as chair of theTechnology committee. He loves the pipe organ and music for it and he is excited to be able to work even more closely with the many talented people in the KCAGO chapter.
Stephanie Henry -A native of Massachusetts, conductor & pianist StephanieHenry holds advanced degrees from UCLA and the University of Southern California. Henry taught at UCLA and California State University and has been continuously active as a church organist and/or choir director since high school graduation. In 1999 Stephanie founded the Kansas City Women’s Chorus, and for eight years she directed the music program at Southminster PresbyterianChurch in Prairie Village, KS. Since 2013, Stephanie has worked with the East Hill Singers Chorus at Lansing Men’s Correctional Facility. She is now back at Southminster as Interim Music Director.
Carol Wallace -Carol is currently the organist at Liberty Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She holds a BM degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and an MM from the UMKC Conservatory. She has worked at the Kansas City, Missouri Public Library for more than 35 years as a Reference Librarian. As the Art & Music Specialist for the Central Branch, she is also responsible for collection development in the area of the arts. Carol is an active member of the national chapter of the Association of Disciple Musicians. She has been a member of the Kansas City AGO chapter since 1971 and has served as Registrar, Dinner Reservations Chair, and as a member of theProfessional Concerns Committee and the Youth Committee. She is currently Secretary of the Executive Board.
Nara Newcomer -CAGO, BA, MA, MLS, isa substitute organist and head of the Music/ Media Library at UMKC. She has served as organist for congregations in Salina, KS; Buffalo, NY; Greenville, NC; and Kansas City. Nara was previously treasurer for the East Carolina (NC)AGO chapter and for the Music OCLC Users’Group, a librarians’ professional organization.
Boyd Ahrens -Currently I serve the GreaterKansas City chapter as the Registrar and also theHistorian. I have been the Director of Music at St. Luke’s UCC in Independence for 15 years. They recently celebrated my 50 years as a church organist. My ‘day job’ is real estate appraisal work.One of these days I hope to reassemble the pipe organ I bought as a teenager. I enjoy my work with the KCAGO, and hope to continue serving you in the future.
Mary Davis -CAGO, NCTM (NationalCertified Teacher of Music) through the MusicTeachers National Association. Degrees are BA from William Jewell College and MA degree from the Conservatory of Music UMKC. After retiring from playing at Barry Christian after 52 years, she enjoys subbing in various congregations. Besides being past Dean of KCAGO, Mary is past President of various other organizations: Federated MusicTeachers of KC (twice), Kansas City Music Teachers Association, and MO Music Teachers Association. Her current activities include teaching piano and organ, Secretary of KCMTA,Senior Auditor of KCAGO, and Trustee of the MO 4-H Foundation.
Debbie Winters -Debbie has worked in accounting for the past 30 years at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has been Assistant Controller for Payroll since 1997,leading a staff of 10 and processing bi-weekly payrolls for 3,900 employees. As a member of St.Mark’s United Methodist Church in Overland Park, Debbie has been on the finance committee for 15 years, 3 years as finance chair. She has aBME degree in Music from Baker University, inBaldwin, KS, and has been organist at St. Mark’s for the past 20 years.Debbie has been on the long range planning committee and currently serves as Treasurer of the GKCAGO chapter.
Emily Davidson -Emily Davidson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, where her family attended First Plymouth Church (UCC). It was there that she learned to love liturgical music. She holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance and music literature from Baylor University. She completed coursework for aPhD in music education; during her piano studies, she continued private organ study as well. Currently she serves as Interim Director of Music at Westport Presbyterian Church and continues her organ studies with Claudette Schiratti.
Carol Mueller -earned a Bachelor of Music Education, Piano Major, and a Master ofMusic, Piano Performance. Carol has served several KC Churches as Organist and currently is a GKCAGO substitute. She teaches piano and organ in her Overland Park studio. Carol has accompanied college and high school choirs and numerous area soloists. She has served the board in the past and on the board and past president of KCMTA. Carol is currently on the2018 KCAGO National Committee for Workshops. She is excited at the possibility of serving on the Long Range Planning committee.
Specifications for US 1. Owner's Manual. Made by Yamaha;
$25,000 new in 1988. Over 150 sounds on both upper and lower
keyboard; can sound like almost any instrument from piano to
cathedral organ to brass band. Has a music disk recorder and many
disks of performance music which means that you can record what
you play and also play other music from disks. Included are many
many pages of sheet music and several music books (all for the organ,
not the piano). A multitude of automatic features. Pedal board is 1
octave + 4. (The top pedal is loose and will need repair). Most userfriendly
organ I have ever played. Am moving to a small apartment
where there isn't room for this instrument.
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Wednesday, March 9th, 12:15 p.m.
Barbara Eichenberger and Ray Smith, Organ and Piano
Barbara and Ray perform their annual free Lenten concert of organ solos and organ/piano duets over the lunch hour. This year features many familiar hymn tune arrangements. Lunch is available before or after the concert in the narthex for a small fee. Church of the Resurrection Sanctuary (west building), 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS 66224.
Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12, 7:30pm,
and Sunday, March 13th, 5:00pm
Acclaimed organist Jan Kraybill joins the Spire ChamberEnsemble in the virtuosic setting of the beloved Requiem by Maurice Duruflé. One of the greatest choral works of the 20th century, Duruflé’s setting is both gentle and disturbing, passionate and becalmed – a beautiful and ultimately uplifting response to the text of the Requiem Mass. Additionally, we will give the world premiere of anew work by Zachary Wadsworth and honor great modern day choral composers who are no longer with us as we perform Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene (made famous by its performance at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales) and Stephen Paulus’ The Road Home. Join us as we remember our loved ones through songs of transcendence, inspiration, and uplifting beauty.
Friday's performance is at the Cathedral of the ImmaculateConception, 416 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64105. Saturday's performance is at the Community of Christ Temple, 1001 W Walnut St,Independence, MO 64050. Sunday's performance is at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th St, Topeka, KS 66603. Tickets are $25 for general admission and may be purchased at the door or at http:// www.spirechamberensemble.org
Saturday, March 12th, 7:30pm
The Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir – on their Spring Tour – will be performing a FREE CONCERT at GoodShepherd Catholic Church, 12800 W 75th St, Shawnee, KS 66216, onSaturday, March 12th at 7:30 p.m. This acclaimed ensemble of 49voices will perform Sacred a cappella music, with literature from theRenaissance and Contemporary eras.
Friday, March 18th, 3:00pm
The Goldenberg Duo, Susan Goldenberg on violin and William Goldenberg on piano, will perform a concert of music from Iberia,France, Italy and Germany as part of the Westport Center for the ArtsBrown Bag Concert series on March 18 at 12:10 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111. Concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Mario Pearson, Festival Chair, is excited to announce that the performers have been chosen for the fourth Annual French organ music festival on August 28, 2016 at the Cathedral of the ImmaculateConception in Kansas City, MO. The literature spans across the spectrum and will provide an exciting afternoon of French music.
2016 PERFORMERS: Organists: Dr. Jan Kraybill, Jacob Hofeling Nicholas Good, Sr. Claudette Schiratti, Sr. Holy Hope Cheng, ThomasAndrews. Rebecca Bell Martin (Organettum Organistrum), and Thomas Vozzella (Choir and orchestra) will round out the performers for this year's festival.
The festival relies on everyone's collaboration for success. Next month's Bombarde will contain information on how to sign up to assist with ushering, technology, programs, and publicity.
It is once again time to be thinking about our annual Members' Recital. This year's recital will take place on Monday, May 16th, atCountry 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 American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to announce seven Pipe Organ Encounters (POEs) for students aged 13–18, one POE (Advanced) for students entering grades 9–12; and one POE+ for adults in 2016. Complete contact information for each weeklong Pipe Organ Encounter can be found in The American Organist Magazine and online at www.agohq.org. The summer schedule follows:
POE for ages 13–18
June 26–July 1, Waverly, Iowa
July 10–15, Northhampton, Mass.
July 17–22, Lexington, Ky.
July 24–29, Baltimore, Md.
July 24–29, Atlanta, Ga.
July 25–30, Salt Lake City, Utah
August 7–13, Palo Alto, Calif.
POE (Advanced) for grades 9–12
July 10–15, Cincinnati, Ohio
POE+ for adults
July 10–14, Grantham, Pa.
The Pipe Organ Encounter is an introduction to the pipe organ through instruction in organ playing, repertoire, history, design, and construction. These regional summer music institutes for teenage students provide private and group instruction in service playing and solo repertoire, opportunities to learn about the musical heritage of various religious denominations, and a chance for young musicians to meet others with similar interests. Piano or organ proficiency ranging from intermediate to advanced is required. Scholarship assistance is available.
The POE (Advanced) provides intermediate to advanced classes in areas such as organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, music theory, improvisation, conducting, and service playing for students who have achieved a high level of success in organ study.Scholarship assistance is available.
The POE+ is a summer program filled with practical information and instruction for adult keyboard musicians interested in improving their service-playing skills. Participants will be introduced to basic organ skills through private instruction and classes. The weeklong experience will lead to greater confidence and competence at the organ.
Generous funding from the Associated Pipe Organ Builders ofAmerica (APOBA), the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO),and the Jordan Organ Endowment will support the summer programs from coast to coast. “The AGO and APOBA have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship since 1975,” declared AGO Executive Director James Thomashower. “Likewise, the AIO has been active in supporting the Guild’s educational programs, beginning with their partnership in Pulling Out All the Stops, a video produced jointly by the AGO, AIO, APOBA, the Organ Historical Society, and theAmerican Theater Organ Society in 1996. Collectively, APOBA and theAIO have contributed more than a half million dollars in support of the AGO’s educational programs during our long association. Inaddition, we are delighted to have received a ten-year commitment of support from the Jordan Organ Endowment at Columbus StateUniversity for our POE program. For all this committed generosity in supporting the Guild’s mission—to enrich lives through organ and choral music—we are deeply grateful.”
POE site locations are selected by the AGO Committee on the NewOrganist and approved by the AGO National Council after application byAGO host chapters. Applications are available from AGO NationalHeadquarters. The application deadline is April 15.
The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has selected internationally acclaimed organist, church musician, and teacherWilma Jensen as the honoree for the 2016 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception onFriday, April 8, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Complete information can be found online at www.agohq.org/2016-gala.
The celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m., at West End UnitedMethodist Church, 2200 West End Avenue, where the honoree will perform a free recital featuring works by Vierne, Philip James, Franck, Brahms, Schumann, and Tournemire. Dr. Jensen will be joined by Stephen Seifert in a performance of Conni Ellisor's Blackberry Winter,a concerto for dulcimer and string orchestra, which has been transcribed for organ by the honoree for this occasion. The Recital will be followed by a Gala Benefit Reception (advance tickets required) at the Vanderbilt University Club of Nashville.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at the $10,000, $5,000,$2,500, and $1,000 levels. Full descriptions of sponsorship packages and benefits are available online at www.agohq.org.
Gala Benefit Reception Tickets are $150 (75% tax deductible,includes preferred seating at the recital) and can be purchased online at www.agohq.org or by calling 212-870-2311, ext. 4308. Gala ticket sponsors will have their names printed in the commemorative program book. The deadline to be included is March 15.
Display Advertising opportunities are offered in the full-color commemorative program book and include inside and back covers($1,500, each includes four gala tickets), full-page ($1,000, includes two gala tickets), and half-page ($500, includes one gala ticket) insertions.Congratulatory messages ($250, b/w text only, 150 characters) are also available. Advertising orders can be placed online at www.agohq.org or by calling 212-870-2311, ext. 4308. The advertising deadline is March 15. E-mail email@example.com for further information. The publication will become a part of the American Organ Archives.
Participate from a Distance by making a contribution to theAGO Endowment Fund in honor of Wilma Jensen. Contribute online at www.agohq.org or by sending a check to: AGO Endowment Fund, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260, New York, NY 10115. Contributions received by March 15 will be reported in the commemorative program book.
All proceeds from the Gala will honor Wilma Jensen in perpetuity through the AGO Endowment Fund. For further information, please call 212-870-2311, ext. 4308, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, MM | org
|(785) 843-2622 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
|(816) 415-3792 or
BA | org, lit
DMA | org, lit
|(816) 255-6146 or
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|
|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. The next Bombarde will be published in August.