FROM THE DEAN:
Make New Year's goals. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come. - Melody Beattie
Happy New Year!
Perhaps we may have better luck if we replace the time-honored term of resolution with goal. If you are like me, oftentimes a New Year’s resolution lasts only briefly. We all have parts of our lives that could use some improvement. We could use the New Year to set a goal; be it physical activity, an educational opportunity or relationship development. And then strive to work on that goal as part of our everyday activities. And react to any delay of progress with renewed conviction for success.
And for that, you may want to pursue the next level of AGO certification as a goal for this year. Our program this month will feature our AGO Certification/Education chair, Claudette Schiratti, as we explore the certification process. Join us and make the goal to advance your professional certification through the Guild.
Best wishes with those goals and may each day be the best in the New Year for you.
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2016-17
PROGRAM: Eavesdropping on AGO Certifications
WHERE: Immanuel Lutheran Church
1700 Westport Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
WHEN: Monday, January 16th @ 7:30pm
TIME: 6:00pm Punch bowl and Fellowship
Country Ham / Vegetarian Option
Cheesy Potato Casserole
Black Eyed Peas
Mixed Green Salad
This month, our chapter’s monthly program will feature sharing the AGO Certification process, ‘Eavesdropping on AGO Certifications’. Here, we will learn more details about the process, hear from chapter members about their experiences through this process, and be able to work with Claudette Schiratti, serving now as the AGO Certification/Education chair for our chapter, for you to progress with your certification.
Certification requirements are listed in the July 2016 edition of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST as well as online at www.agohq.org. For more details or for any questions please contact Claudette, email@example.com.
Please make plans to join us for the January monthly meeting at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westport as we all explore the Certification process.
The Birmingham Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is sponsoring a Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced (POEA) on June 25-30, 2017 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. As an advanced session, students must submit an audition recording to apply. Registration for this event is solely online at https://www.agohq.org/eduation/poe/ . If you know of students that would qualify for this event, please share this information with them.
There are always ways to help with the 2018 national convention even if you don’t have time to be a committee chairman! Consider monetary donations periodically to swell the coffers for needed items in various areas: e.g. Betty Bauer has donated a check in memory of Carlene Neihart as a start to funds needed for the Registration Committee’s packet. Carlene attended (and played) many conventions throughout her musical career. Designate your area or allow your donation to go to the general fund of the upcoming convention.
You can mail your contributions to the following address:
AGO 2018 National Convention
PO Box 45124
Kansas City, MO 64171-8124
The Pogorzelski – Yankee Scholarship online application period begins January 1, 2017; the deadline for submission is February, 15, 2017.
Online applications for competitors are now being accepted for the 2017 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists; application deadline is January 15, 2017. We currently have four chapters hosting local competitions: the Twin Cities, Wichita, Lincoln, and Milwaukee. They all would love to have competitors for their competitions!
Online applications for competitors are now being accepted for the 2018 National Competition in Organ Improvisation; the application deadline is January 2, 2017.
Online applications for young composers are now being accepted for the AGOYO North Central Young Composers Competition; deadline is March 10, 2017. This is new this year and a huge project that our North Central AGOYO division is undertaking. The winning composition will be played at our regional convention this summer in Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Please let all of those under 30 composers that you may be aware of, know about this.
We are looking for an assistant chair for the housing committee. There are not too many meetings involved. There will be more involvement as we get closer to the 2018 convention. It might also be necessary for the assistant chair to sit in on the monthly meetings of the convention steering committee if the housing chair is unable to attend. The housing chair does attend most convention committee meetings. If you are interested or want further information, please contact the housing chair, Jim Lytton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-421-0975.
(Minneapolis, MN) Lutheran Music Program has selected Kenneth Miller to serve as the Regina Holmen Fryxell and Patricia Schad Leege Chapel Organist at the 2017 Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival (LSM) from June 25th to July 23rd on the campus of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. Miller currently serves as Assistant Professor of Church Music and Organist and Choirmaster of the Chapel of the Apostles at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
As a member of the artistic faculty, Miller will maintain a private organ studio, teach the Introduction to Pipe Organ elective class, and serve as a member of the LSM worship team. In addition to serving as primary organist for all LSM worship services, Miller will also perform as a soloist and with the LSM Bach Cantata.
Lutheran Summer Music is a four-week residential training and performance program. Each summer, LSM brings together 150+ 8-12 grade band, orchestra, choir, keyboard and organ students from the U.S. and abroad in a supportive, intentional community.
AGO members from the Greater Kansas City Chapter are invited to refer students for the 2017 convening of Lutheran Summer Music Academy. All students using the application code AGO200 will receive an automatic $200 tuition discount. Other merit and need-based assistance is available.
We again share the passing of Carlene Neihart. Carlene was a long-time member of the GKCAGO chapter, and she touched many lives both here and abroad, she will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday January 7, 2017 at Country Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri, preceded by a visitation there starting at 10 a.m.
For Sale: Lowery Home Organ, Model #NL-10 Debut. Has “Easy-Play” features with digital technology/digital rhythm (16 built-in rhythm plus orchestration styles). Purchased new for $6,000, April 1995. Very little use; excellent condition. Walnut finish, includes Bench and Owner’s Manual. For local pick-up, only. Asking price of $200.00 is negotiable. Barb Frankfurt (913) 345-1889.
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
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.