FROM THE DEAN:
February is . . . Heart Month
Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and to make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. But, small and consistent changes can make a big difference.
|•||Partner with your health care team to set goals for improving your heart health, and don't be afraid to ask questions.
|•||Add exercise to your daily routine. Start off by walking 15 minutes, 3 times each week, then increase your time to 30 minutes, 3 times each week. Find a walking partner and make it fun.
|•||Cook heart-healthy meals at home at least 3 times each week and make your favorite recipe with lower sodium. For example, swap out salt for fresh or dried herbs and spices.
|•||If you currently smoke, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke.
|•||Talk with your doctor about the importance of your medications. If you're having trouble taking your medicines on time or experiencing side effects, ask for help.|
And you may want to support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 3, 2017. You have many people in your life that want you around for a long time; loved ones and families, friends, choirs, congregations and many others.
And as the American Heart Association's nationwide grassroots movement committed to fighting heart disease and stroke states, ‘You're the Cure’.
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2016-17
Program: “Mendelssohn Musik” – Choral and Organ
Schola Cantorum in Concert
Anthony Maglione, conductor
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
6401 Wornall Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64113
When: Monday, February 20th @ 7:30pm
Time: 6:00pm Punch bowl and Fellowship
Catered by Bob and Tracy Henry
Chipotle Style Chicken
Lime Cilantro Rice
Assorted Salsas/Shredded Cheese/Guacamole
Please call Nancy Ramirez at 816-436-9467 or email email@example.com by 9:00 pm Wednesday, February 15. Nancy will confirm your e-mail reservations. Please call if you don’t get a confirmation. 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 by noon on Monday, February 20th.
Many thanks to all who participated in the January 2017 chapter monthly program sharing the AGO Certification process. The program was very well put together, shared many different aspects of the certification process and wove together real life experiences from our members.
We appreciate the work that Claudette Schiratti is doing in her role for the chapter as AGO Certification/Education chair. If you are ready to progress your certification through the Guild, please contact Claudette. And many thanks to our members that shared their experiences of the certification process: Elisa Bickers, Nancy Custead, John Schaefer and Ray Smith.
A New Category of membership for “Volunteer Organists.”
The AGO National Council is excited to introduce a pilot program establishing a new category of membership for “Volunteer Organists.” If the pilot program is successful, this new AGO membership category will be available for any musicians who earn less than $1,000 per year while serving as organists and/or choir directors. During the pilot period, the offer will be extended only to those who have attended an educational workshop for volunteer organists hosted by Don Cook. At the end of each workshop, participants are invited to complete a Volunteer Membership Form to receive a complimentary six-month membership in the AGO. This complimentary, introductory membership includes all the benefits of a regular AGO membership with one exception. Volunteer Members may access TAO on-line, but will not receive a copy in the postal mail each month. After the initial complimentary six-month period, Volunteer Members will be given the option to continue their membership at a discounted rate of $50.00 per year with the same benefits package.
If you know a Volunteer Organist who would be interested in this category, please advise your colleague to contact Don Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org for a schedule of his upcoming programs or to inquire about the status of the pilot program.
This summer there will be many opportunities to experience area organs with the numerous regional AGO conventions being held. Each sponsoring chapter from each region is working hard to produce an amazing musical experience. As you make your summer vacation plans please consider one of these events. And if you do plan to attend a regional convention, check with Lynn Bratney as you can help us to advertise the 2018 National AGO convention in Kansas City while there.
In our region
North Central Region June 19-22, 2017 - River Valley Chapter, Iowa City, IA
Other regional conventions
Northeast Region / RCCO July 2-6, 2017 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Mid-Atlantic Region June 25-28, 2017 - Richmond Chapter, Richmond, VA
Southeast Region June 11-14, 2017 Jacksonville Chapter, Jacksonville, FL
Great Lakes Region July 3-5, 2017 - Youngstown Chapter, Youngstown, OH
Southwest Region June 12-15, 2017 - Dallas Chapter, Dallas, TX
West Region June 11-15, 2017 - Salt Lake City Chapter, Salt Lake City, UT
Details for all of these conventions can be found here: https://www.agohq.org/regional-conventions/
On Monday, May 15, 2017 @ 7:30pm, we will hold our annual Members’ Recital. This year we will feature “Organ Music by Women Composers”. The event will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri. Please uncover or rediscover your favorite compositions by women composers and be a part of this year’s members’ recital. To be included as a performer for this event, send an email to email@example.com.
‘Mendelssohn Musik’ - Choral and Organ
Schola Cantorum in Concert - Anthony Maglione, conductor
The choral group sponsored by GKCAGO, a string quintet and members of the chapter will share with us as we feature the choral and organ music of Felix Mendelssohn in this program. Please make plans to join us for what will be a musical treat.
Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt (Psalm 100)
Verleih uns Frieden
Nunc Dimittis, Op. 69, No. 1
“Happy and Blessed Are They” from St. Paul
Jesu, Meine Freude
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, opus 37 no. 2
Sonata IV, opus 65 no. 4
2. Andante Religioso
Sonata II, opus 65 no. 2
Andante and Variations in D major [Pieces (2) for organ No. 1]
Sonata I, opus 65 no. 1
With many thanks to our members that are participating: Paul Erickson, Nick Good, Ron Krebs, Paul Meier and John Schaefer.
You will find all you need to know about the Service Playing Certification at www.agohq.org/Education/Certification/Service Playing Certificate including a Manual of Procedure for the Service Playing Test.
The Service Playing Exam includes your choice of three categories of repertoire, useable for Preludes, Interludes, and Postludes.
You are asked to play 3 hymns from the 2013 Revised Examination Hymn Booklet which may be requested from National Headquarters.
You will be asked to transpose up and down, either a whole step or a half step, a hymn that you have chosen and practiced.
The other two hymns that you choose will be played as though leading a large, enthusiastic congregation. Use of pedals for at least one stanza is mandatory for these hymns. Some contrast in the presentation of the two stanzas is expected, as is sensitivity to the text.
You will play two anthems of your choosing from a given anthem list.
The order in which you play your exam is as if you were playing for a service:
Prelude, Hymn, Psalm, Anthem, Middle Hymn, Anthem, Offertory,
Sight read a short passage of music that you will have a minute to look at before playing, Closing hymn, Postlude.
These are skills needed for playing a service. These skills, with the exception of the sight-reading passage, you practice ahead of time. But you can practice sight-reading something different each day to prepare for that section.
Here's an opportunity to improve and upgrade the skills you use weekly.
The SPC may be taken at any time between October 1 and March 31. If it is too late to begin planning for this year, begin planning for next year.
Contact National Headquarters for application after July 1, 2017. The completed application may be submitted between September 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018. The requirements for 2018 will be listed in the July 2017 TAO as well as on the AGO website.
If you have questions, contact Claudette Schiratti, AAGO, KCAGO Certification Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
CONVERSATIONS: The Art of Interaction
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. (note new time)
Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W Walnut St, Independence, MO 64050
Jan’s annual Super Bowl Sunday organ concerts have brought sports and music fans together for the past seventeen years. This concert will explore the theme “Conversations: the art of interaction,” with music by J.S. Bach, Gaston Litaize, Mendelssohn, Dale E. Ramsey, Reger, Sweelinck, Sowerby, Virgil Thomson, and John Williams. What can happen when people of vastly diverse viewpoints interact in positive ways? How have human experiences with the Divine, with each other, and with the “alien” found expression in music? How did a conversation between a father and daughter lead the President of Community of Christ (then RLDS) to enable the Harvard education of a major U.S. composer? Which people, to whom parts of Kansas City composer Dale E. Ramsey’s new work, “Conversations,” are dedicated, do you know? Every conversation has the potential to change a life – come be inspired to interact with someone new!
Saturday February 4, 2017 7 pm
John Walker in recital. Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S 9th St, Columbia, Missouri 65201. Co-sponsored by MUMC and Central Missouri AGO chapter.
Sunday, February 5, 2:30pm
William Baker Festival Singers. Holy Angels Catholic Church, Basehor, KS. Works of American Composer, folk Hymns and Spirituals Including Kansas City Composers Ed Frazier Davis, R. Douglas Helvering and Sean Sweeden.
February 10–12, 2017
Shen Yun – Experience a divine culture, 5,000 years of Chinese music and dance, in one night. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - Muriel Kauffman Theatre. http://tickets.kauffmancenter.org
Robert Shaw Methods and Artistic values – Choral Workshop with Norman Mackenzie. Friday, February 10, 2017 7-9:30 pm St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 6401 Wornall Terr. Kansas City, MO 64113. Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:30-11 am GHTC 415 W. 13th St. Kansas City, MO 64105. Workshop and tuition $50, includes music scores and admission to the film premiere. Register online http://Choralfoundation.org. For information email to Administrator@FestivalSingers.org.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 1 pm
Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices. The Gala Concert and Film Premiere. GHTC 415 W. 13th St. Kansas City, MO 64105. General Admission $10. Tickets available http://Choralfoundation.org .
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Gulbranson electronic organ and bench. In excellent condition. Free to a good home but must be moved. If interested, contact Ila Tenny email@example.com.
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 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:
(c) (816) 589-8687
|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
CAGO, org, piano, lit
|(c) (252) 412-4676
MM, SPC, org
AAGO, ChM org, dir, lit
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 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|
MM | org, dir
|(816) 322-8985 or DERamsey4446@gmail.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
|Doris Daniels | org, lit||(816) 431-3244|
|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.