FROM THE DEAN:
As we trundle along from Thanksgiving to Advent and Christmas, the chapter appears to be doing quite well. Our Convention Steering Committee is getting quite a workout as we edge ever closer to July. Be sure you register early! Get familiar with the convention website and the convention schedule so you can advise your friends about events they may wish to attend.
Following the Holidays, we gear up for our 2018 program series, which will feature some very creative and diverse offerings. The January program is designed for both clergy and musicians, so you will want to invite your clerical staff to join us. The latest development for spring is the early, slightly shortened Bachathon (April) due to extra convention planning.
So, as you glide effortlessly through this Christmas season (lol), find some time to stop and take in a concert or two.
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2017-18
There is NO MEETING & PROGRAM this month!
Although you are all in the midst of Advent and Christmas music, I send you a reminder of the deadlines for pursuing certification in the spring.
SERVICE PLAYING application deadline is February 1, 2018 and the exam must be completed by March 31, 2018.
COLLEAGUE application deadline is March 1 for the May 11, 2018 exam.
CHOIR MASTER, ASSOCIATE, and FELLOWSHIP deadlines are April 1 for the June 6 (Choir Master exam), June 7 and 8 (Associate and Fellowship exams).
Best wishes for a satisfying musical Christmas season and for your self-development goals of 2018.
Let me know if I can be of assistance.
Claudette Schiratti, AAGO
KCAGO Certification Coordinator
Registration has begun! Today’s Super Saver rates are your lowest rates and are in effect through the end of December 2017. I encourage you to take advantage of them. All Kansas City AGO chapter members are entitled to a lower registration rate than all other AGO members. Be sure to register as a Kansas City AGO member rather than another other registration type, including Senior. This will put your registration fee at the lowest rate possible except for Young Organists. Also, as mentioned before, members of the 2018 Club will receive complimentary registration, transportation, and two barbecue tickets plus tax deductions for the donation to the convention. This is a very good way to for you to gain a tax deduction and help the convention at the same time. Please consider donating to the 2018 Club; see Chloe Stodt if you’d like more information on this.
Our next TAO ad features the AGO’s Young Organists and plans for them at the convention as well as a festive picture of Crown Center at Christmas time and a picture of the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at KU where a Master Class by Edoardo Belloti will be presented. All seven Rising Stars and Michael Barone are pictured. They will all participate in a Pipedreams Live!™ program at the Community of Christ Auditorium on Thursday, July 5. An additional piece will be played on the Auditorium Organ by a concert organist to round out the Pipedreams Live!™ program. Dinner will be served on a come-and-go basis at the Laurel Club in the Auditorium. Also, a well-known GKCAGO member will be receive the national Edward A. Hansen Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership of the AGO at this program for his long-time service to the Guild and to Young Organists. You won’t want to miss this meaningful presentation by Michael Bedford, President of the AGO.
The remainder of the evening will be spent in the Community of Christ Temple where the AGO’s endowed St. Cecilia Recital will take place. Todd Wilson will perform this recital, a highlight of the convention. Mr. Wilson is head of the organ department at Cleveland Institute of Music, house organist at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, and organ curator of the Cleveland Orchestra. He is also organist and choirmaster at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland. Mr. Wilson is also a former AGO NYACOP (National Young Artists Competition in Organ) winner. This recital promises to be a highlight of the convention.
We hope to see each and every one of you at the convention next July. You will be very proud of Kansas City, the convention, and enjoy meeting other organists and choral directors from around the country and the world.
Lynn Bratney, Convention Coordinator
The OHS 2018 Calendar celebrates the 63rd Annual Convention of the OHS – Rochester, New York, July 29 to August 3, 2018 – showcasing one of the most diverse collections of American and European organs from the 18th to 21st centuries. This calendar is filled with gorgeous photographs by Len Levasseur, ranging from the Baroque splendor of both the “Craighead-Saunders Organ” – a process- reconstruction of a 1776 A.G. Casparini organ – and an original 18th-century Italian Baroque organ to the subdued polychroming of two late 19th-century Hooks and an early 20th-century New York builder C.E. Morey.
Flip ahead to find the massive carved case of the 2008 Fritts at Sacred Heart Cathedral, referencing Dutch Renaissance models; the extravagant conservatory of the George Eastman Museum and its signature 4-manual Aeolian console; and modernist designs of the Organ Reform Movement represented by Holtkamp and Schlicker.
Compare those with the elegant, neo-historical cases from C.B. Fisk and Taylor & Boody, as well as the Apollonian restraint and grace of Hope-Jones Organ Co., Op. 2 at First Universalist Church. Nathan Laube’s welcoming article provides a snapshot of the rich offerings – organological and otherwise – that you can expect to discover in Rochester and its surroundings.
The Calendar highlights U.S. Holidays and the major dates of the Christian and Jewish year. To order a calendar, click here: 2018 OHS Calendar
I am between organist positions at this time. I offer my organ, choir and bell directing services to someone who has perhaps wanted to be somewhere else (other than an organ bench) on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. All these years of being "busy" at Christmas - and you have wished there was a substitute out there who would give you a chance to do something else for a change. I've been playing Christmas Eve for 50 years, and know that finding a replacement at this time of year is difficult. Let me know if I can be of assistance!
Boyd Ahrens, Registrar & Historian
A former member for over 20 years, Martin Ward, died in Hutchinson, KS after an extended illness. He was an accountant at Goppert Bank for several years, and was a professor at DeVry University for 17 years. His obituary in the Kansas City Star said, "Although he would never admit it, he approached his music, his true passion, with the same technical precision as he did accounting. No note or dollar out of place. Although quite accomplished at the piano, the organ was his instrument of choice and many who occupied a church pew in the greater Kansas City area were blessed by his musicality." He was 76 years old and is survived by a sister.
From Tim Tikker in The Diapason (mid 1970s?)
Advent Lessons and Carols with the Cathedral Schola Cantorum
Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 7:30pm
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
416 W 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64105
(Located on the corner of 11th and Broadway in downtown, Kansas City)
Dr. Mario Pearson – Conductor & Organist
Handel’s Messiah with the Spire Ensemble and Baroque Orchestra
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 7pm
Helzberg Hall – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Placement Coordinator: John Schaefer 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.
Yamaha C7 Grand Piano
Used Yamaha C7 grand piano for sale. It is a 1986 model 7’6” in good condition with new matching bench. Paul Jenkins, of the former Jenkins Music Store, bought it from a church, re-conditioned it and is now selling it. Asking price is $10K and a new one lists at $80K. Paul Jenkins phone number is (913) 385-7816 and he lives in Overland Park.
Custom Pipe Organ
Custom pipe organ for sale, built in 1996 by Ronald Smith of Smith Organ Company/Wichita, KS. Handsome oak console 8'h x 8'w x 4.5d' + 3' pedalboard extension. Three ranks metal/wood pipes. Two keyboard manuals of 61 notes each & 32 note pedalboard. Electro-pneumatic windchest. Smaller size suited for home/chapel/practice room etc. Always in a climate-controlled home & last played August 2017. Asking $5,000/Best Offer, buyer bears cost of insured move. The Reuter Pipe Organ Company has it on their website with complete in/exterior photos, cloud recordings of the organ & they can do the moving.
You can access the website by clicking here http://reuterorgan.com/assets/items_for_sale_page/KS.wichita.Smith%20II-3.pdf. You can deal direct with us & you provide movers. For appointment to view/play in Wichita, KS contact: Sherry (316) 943-3954 & email@example.com or Stephanie (316) 516-4168 & firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wicks Pipe Organ
Well-known organist Joan Schmitt in Kansas City, MO has lovingly played and meticulously maintained this 1981 2 Rank, 2 Manual, Full AGO Pedal Board Wicks Pipe Organ in her home for the past 36 years. The lucky new owner will enjoy an instrument in pristine condition with a very colorful and beautiful voice.
Dimensions are approximately 7’2” high, 7’ wide and 6’ deep. $5,000.
Accessories include: Wind Indicator, Motor Control, Music Rack Light, Pedal Light, and Blower & Power Supply. Contact Roger Schmitt, 224-216-8792
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 John Schaefer email@example.com.
These substitutes have passed various levels of AGO certification requirements:
|Mary Bronaugh Davis,
MA, CAGO, org
|(816) 436-1419 or
(c) (816) 456-0343
BME, SPC, organ, piano
|(816) 353-4826 or
(c) (816) 289-9760
MM, SPC, org
AAGO, ChM org, dir, lit
MM, AAGO, org, dir, lit
|(c) (913) 530-0960 or
|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 Choral Music org, piano, dir.
DMA | org, lit, dir, handbell
|(785) 842-2053 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
BM, Church Music | org, dir, piano
BM, MM | org
|(785) 843-2622 or email@example.com|
DMA | org, piano, lit, dir
|(309) 333-8745 Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org|
MM | org, lit
|(913) 341-5113 or email@example.com|
|Ann Marie Rigler,
DMA | org, lit
|(816) 415-3792 or
BA | org, lit
The following also offer their services:
|Betty Bauer | org, lit||(913) 814-9021 or
|Rebecca Bell | org, lit||(816) 405-1957
|Doris Daniels | org, lit||(816) 431-3244|
|Phillip Grubbs | org||(816) 721-2325
|Shayla Van Hal | KU student firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Edward Poston | KU student 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.