FROM THE DEAN:
At this time of year, we are busy with and hear the phrase ‘back to school’. And of course that means increased activities for all of the additional activities and programs that follow the school year calendar, including our chapter program year. With that we must remember that ‘Music Makes a Difference’, and this is definitely true for our educational system.
Studies have time and again shown that music instruction in primary and secondary schools is linked to:
|•|| significantly improved reading skills
|•||enhanced auditory discrimination, fine motor skills, vocabulary, and nonverbal reasoning
|•||better verbal memory
|•|| improved math achievement and spatial reasoning abilities
|•||scoring higher on standardized tests
|•||igher academic ratings and lower drop-out rates|
And all of that indicates that as musicians, directors and music teachers we have an essential role to educate, encourage and support our students, choirs, congregations and communities to ensure that ‘Music Makes a Difference’. And with this, ‘You Make a Difference’, and your hard work, dedication and commitment to music is vital and very much appreciated!
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2016-17
PROGRAM: Dr. Yun Kyong Kim in Recital
WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS
TIME: 6:00pm - Punch bowl and fellowship
6:15pm - Dinner
COST: $10.00 per person
Catered by Dickey’s BBQ
Texas Style Chopped Beef Brisket
Marinated Chicken Breast
Creamy Cole Slaw
Baked Potato Casserole
Rolls and butter
Iced tea, coffee, water
Please call Nancy Ramirez at 816-436-9467 or email email@example.com by 9:00 pm Wednesday, September 14. Nancy 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 remarkable Martin Ott organ of Atonement Lutheran Church will soar with the artistry of award winning concert organist Dr. Yun Kyong Kim, on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm for our first monthly chapter program of the 2016-17 Chapter year. Renowned for her inventive and engaging programs, Yun’s performances have been described in The American Organist magazine as “stunning” and “remarkable.” Her program will include both original and transcribed works for the organ by Bach, Bovet, Brahms, Farrington, Glass, Landmann, and Sowerby. For more details, please see https://www.facebook.com/events/1589921521301996/
The September meeting will be held on Monday September 19, 2016 at Atonement Lutheran Church at 9948 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, Kansas. Dinner will start at 6:15 pm and the program will start at 7:30 pm. See the article in the newsletter with details about dinner and to make a reservation.
Many thanks to Mario Pearson, Director of Music, Liturgy, Technology and Principal Organist at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri for his role to chair and host another wonderful music event for our chapter and the community, The French Organ Music Festival IV. We are so grateful to the performers Claudette Schiratti, Tom Andrews, Dina Evans, Thomas Vozzella, Jacob Hofeling, Nick Good and Jan Kraybill and others for sharing their incredible talents with us to celebrate the wonders of French music. And of course we could not host this event without all of the help of the many volunteers working behind the scenes to make it all come together. This event gives our chapter a wonderful start to our program year. A big Thank You to all for participating in this event.
A nationwide effort is working to promote musical organizations across the country to sponsor a ‘Sing For Peace’ event on Sunday September 25, 2016. This event is part of The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence and the sponsoring organization’s website is faithsunited.org
The GKCAGO chapter is partnering with the Community of Christ to sponsor this event in the Kansas City area. This event will take place at 2:30 pm that day at The Temple 200 S River Blvd., Independence, Missouri.
This event in Kansas City will feature Jan Kraybill, our own Schola Cantorum, The Trinity Choir and others. If you would like to perform a piece at The Temple or have your choir sing for this event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make plans to join us for this event!
On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be sponsoring Pedals, Pipes and Pizza - a program designed to introduce young musicians to the pipe organ. The program will be hosted at Second Baptist Church and Liberty Christian Church in Liberty, Missouri. Members of the chapter and the host churches will be available to help the students to explore and learn about the pipe organ.
The chapter committee preparing for this event includes Ann Posey, Ron Krebs, Carol Mueller, Thomas Zachacz and your dean. The webpage for the event is http://kcago.com/pedalspipespizza.html
If you would like to take part with this event, please send a note to email@example.com.
Is this the year for you to work on AGO Certification?
Requirements are listed in the July 2016 THE AMERICAN ORGANIST as well as on line www.agohq.org
Working on certification is a wonderful way to keep developing your abilities as an organist and increasing your repertoire.
Ted Stewart served as AGO Certification Chair for many years. We will miss his care and diligence in this area as he retires and moves to the East Coast. I will be serving as AGO Certification Chair this year and encourage you to take the next step in your musical development. We will be having a KCAGO meeting in January regarding Certification but don’t wait until then. Start now. After you have read the requirements and resources online, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
KCAGO Certification Chair
We offer much gratitude to all of the chapter members who have agreed to serve on the chapter board for the 2016-17 program year. We appreciate your willingness to serve our chapter. We still have openings on the board that have not been filled: Communications Committee Chair, Hospitality Chair and Youth Chair, for any one that would like to assume one of these roles for the chapter. The list of current board members is available on the website: http://kcago.com/officers.html.
As of the 20th of August, which is the deadline for articles for the Bombarde, we have 32 members who do not yet show their dues for this cycle are paid. The yearly cycle goes from July 1 of one year, through June 30 of the next calendar year. Most of our members are in this cycle, which ended June 30, 2016. If you pay your dues BEFORE September 1, of 2016, you will be considered paid for the year starting July 1, 2016 and running through June 30 of 2017. The ONCARD system now takes care of billing and handling for most of our members’ dues. ONCARD has sent out 2 reminders to our members, and I have sent one reminder, and on September 1, they will send a final statement to unpaid members that they are overdue, and when they renew, they will go into a 12-month cycle starting on the day they renewed. So, if you read this on September 2, and renew today, you will be in a new billing cycle that starts on September 2, and ends on September 1, of 2017. These are the new guidelines for us all.
The quickest way for a member to renew is to pay online via ONCARD with a credit card.
Members who are not comfortable with ONCARD or the process to renew online can call AGO Headquarters (212-870-2310) and they can take credit card information over the phone. Chapter officers can also login as members and enter a member’s credit card information if the member and officers are comfortable with that approach. Checks may also be sent to AGO Headquarters at:
American Guild of Organists
475 Riverside Dr., Ste. 1260
New York, NY 10115
Our chapter would like to have all of our members renew, though we realize that for some this is not possible, and we regret that. Please contact me, the Registrar, or our officers and board members if there is any way that we may assist you in renewing your membership. If the cost of the membership is the only obstacle, please let us know that also. We would like to assist you in any way that we may.
I appreciate all of you, and am thankful for all who have renewed your memberships! We have a great year of programs and meetings ahead of us!
Boyd Ahrens, Registrar
I know that Lynn will have more to announce, but the budget and schedule for the National AGO Convention in 2018 to be held in Kansas City has been approved by the National Council. Woohoo!!
Many, many thanks to all of the members of the steering committee and their sub-committees that have worked so far to get us to this point. Of course there is so much more work to do, but this is a huge milestone and worth celebrating.
We have the teaser page advertising on the website, please check it out using the link below. This looks great!
Enjoy this success and prepare for the many more successes (and hard work!) we will experience as we host the National AGO Convention in 2018 in Kansas City.
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2016-17
Recitals are continuing at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence. The programs are held on Sundays at a new time of 2:30pm. The organ demonstration recitals are 30 minutes long, free and open to the public. September performers include Blake West, Jon Bertschinger and Jeff King. On September 25th, a special event will be held in conjunction with the KCAGO and others entitled, Sing for Peace.
The newly installed Martin Pasi 22 stop tracker pipe organ will be dedicated in concert on Friday, September 23rd, at Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road in Kansas City, Missouri, at 7:30 p.m. The organ features 23 stops, 29 ranks and 1614 pipes.
Recitalists will be Dr. Kevin Vogt (organ consultant) and Dr. Filippa Duke (organist at the time the builder was selected). The concert is part of the Westport Rising Concert Series celebrating the rebuilt church structures which were destroyed by fire and water on December 29th, 2011. The public is cordially invited to the free concert, and will be asked to make a donation to programs designated by the church as part of their mission: Synergy Services (homeless teens), Westport Presbyterian Fire Fund (to replace items not covered by insurance), Senior Companions of Shepherds Center Central (seniors helping seniors), and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (immediate aid to disaster victims).
For the first time since 1983, the historic 1897 Pfeffer pipe organ at St. Thomas the Apostle in St. Thomas, MO is fully playing again. This rare instrument, only one of three playing and only over 600 were made, was carefully restored recently by Quimby Organ Company. The re-dedication concert will be held on October 2nd at 4:00pm by Dr. Kevin J. Vaughn. Dr. Vaughn is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The concert is to be held in the church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 14814 Route B, St. Thomas, Missouri. To read more about this organ, please click on the following link: 1897 Pfeffer Pipe Organ – Every Pipe Restored.
The Kansas City Metro Chapters of the NPM (national Association of Pastoral Musicians) is hosting "A Day of Renewal with David Haas" Monday Sept. 12 from 2-5 pm at Visitation Church, 5141 S Main, KC, MO. $10 for the afternoon of singing, reflecting and renewing our hearts as we rev up our music ministry programming for the Fall. David Haas has composed many pieces for national Catholic hymnals, as well as authored many books and collections. Open to musicians, choir members, cantors, pastors, parishioners. That same evening at 7 PM. David Haas will be in concert, also at Visitation Church. $20 at the door. Registration requested in advance for both events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday September 18, 2016 – 5:00 p.m.
CHORAL EVENSONG, sung by the Trinity Choir
KEVIN KISSINGER, guest organist
Music by John Schaefer, Brian Kelly, and Timothy Noon
No admission charge; donations welcomed.
IF ORGANISTS WROTE THE WEDDING COLUMNS
On Saturday the 14th of August, at well after the stated time of 2:00 p.m., Ann Jones and Bob Smith were married at Our Lady of Sorry Acoustics. The groom wore a suit and the bride wore a dress. The organist’s shoes, in tasteful black, were by Organmaster. The organ was a rebuild of a Harvey Piston Shotz VI of a 2m Whisk which contains pipe work from the original Ox tracker that existed before the tragic fire. The Harmonic Flute is to die for, and the Cor Anglais is like buttah, but the combination action is unreliable.
There were attendants all over the place, but the organist still only got three quarters of the way through the Prince of Denmark’s March with no repeats, ending on the dominant. The 8’ Tuba stop was the central feature of the processional; this could be seen on the smiling faces of everyone in attendance.
After a few minutes of some speaking by some clergy-type, the organist played the first four phrases of the Schubert “Ave Maria” (in E-flat) on the Gemshorn 8; while the couple did something.
Later the bride’s sister’s best friend’s adopted niece breathily sang “The Wedding Song” from the balcony without interludes (even though the organist left them in).
The recessional was the Mendelssohn, played on a satisfying plenum. It was played in ABABA form to fit the length of the movement. The guests talked throughout the postlude, but the organist added stops as the noise level increased, masterfully maneuvering each draw knob, coupler, and reversible WITHOUT MISSING A SINGLE NOTE OF THE WIDOR! This noble feat did not go unnoticed by the congregation, as attested to by the audible sighs of relief which were heard as soon as the music stopped.
The bride and groom went to college somewhere, but they did not take any music appreciation courses. After their honeymoon they plan to blend into suburbia, where the highlight of each year will undoubtedly be the replay of their wedding video and reliving every musical moment.
(source unknown; internet pass-on)
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.