FROM THE DEAN:
Years ago, I worked with a young lady at a restaurant, and on the 4th of March while we were lined up for shift turn down, she announces, ‘This is my favorite date of the year’. She then proclaims ‘March Forth!’ with her fist forward and goes marching around the restaurant. I still laugh when I think of it.
And now I hope to apply this for our GKCAGO chapter. We have much work yet to complete for the 2018 convention and will need to ‘March Forth’ for that. And I also want us to look forward, past the convention, for our chapter to deliver for the needs of the members and the chapter.
From your experience as a chapter member:
|–||What are the positive aspects or things that you like best of your membership?
|–||What can use improvement?
|–||What has been your favorite chapter program offering?
|–||What can the chapter offer to enhance monthly programs?|
And for this, give thought to your needs as a member and to what we can offer to attract new members and interest youth. Please send any comments or responses to email@example.com . I will gather these and share with the board and long range planning and program committees so together with the chapter we will all ‘March Forth’!
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2016-17
Join us as Michael and members of his team display for us components of the pipe organ, and discuss good maintenance practices.
Program: Pipe Organ Maintenance
Quimby Pipe Organ Company
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church
5601 W. 62nd St.
Mission, Kansas 66202
When: Monday, March 20th @ 7:30pm
Time: 6:00pm Punch bowl and Fellowship
Catered by Bob and Tracy Henry
Irish Potatoes and Carrots
Irish Soda Bread
Baileys Irish Cream Brownies
Please call Nancy Ramirez at 816-436-9467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00 pm Wednesday, March 15th. 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 Monday, March 20th.
With appreciation, the National office has shared that a contribution to the AGO Annual Fund has been made in the honor of the GKCAGO Chapter by Ian and Joyce McIntosh, CAGO. Many thanks to Ian and Joyce for this generous contribution to the Guild and for honoring our chapter.
With apologies, Kevin Kissinger was left off the article in the newsletter thanking the members that assisted with the January Certification program. Many thanks to Kevin and all the members that assisted in presenting this program.
The American Guild of Organists (AGO) selected internationally acclaimed organist and teacher Joan Lippincott as the honoree for the 2017 AGO Endowment Fund Distinguished Artist Award Recital and Gala Benefit Reception on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Princeton, N.J. Complete information can be found here https://www.agohq.org/2017-gala/. Joan Lippincott’s biography can be found here http://www.concertorganists.com/artists/joan-lippincott/.
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/
Interested in contributing to the AGO 2018 Convention???
Here are several ways you can contribute to the 2018 AGO convention:
1. Send a check to the AGO Chapter PO Box 45124, Kansas City, MO 64171
2. Send a check to Treasurer, Debbie Winter, 1844 Pacific Ave, Kansas City, KS 66102
3. Through your bank payment system, automate a payment to the treasurer or PO Box
4. Transfer funds directly to the AGO convention account. Please call Debbie at 913-226-0053 for bank account information.
5. Give payment to treasurer at chapter meetings.
Every contribution is greatly appreciated. Tax receipts will be distributed at the end of the calendar year.
Standing Rule 7 calls for elections in April, installation of officers in May, and taking office on July 1. Voting members will receive a ballot in late March the same way you receive your newsletter. Online balloting will cease at 6 pm on April 29, 2017. Paper balloting will cease at 5:30 pm on April 30. Results will be announced at the April meeting.
Standing Rule 33 states that additional nominations may be made by petitions signed by at least five Voting Members of the Chapter in good standing, and submitted with biographies to the Secretary before March 20, so that the full ballot may be sent to each Voting Member.
Nominating Committee: Elisa Bickers, Nan Hulett, Margaret Jenkins, Chloë Stodt, Reggie Watkins, chair.
Nominees for GKCAGO Executive Committee for 2017-18
Elisa Williams Bickers
Long Range Planning/Class of 2020-21
Conductor and keyboardist, Stephanie Henry, holds advanced degrees from UCLA and the University of Southern California. She 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 Womens’ Chorus. Since 2013, Stephanie has worked with the East Hill Singers Chorus at Lansing Men’s Correctional Facility. She is currently Interim Music Director at Central Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Stephanie serves as sub-dean currently for the GKCAGO chapter.
Elisa Williams Bickers
Elisa Williams Bickers (DMA, FAGO) is the associate director of music and principal organist at Village Presbyterian Church. She directs the Alegría young adult choir and the Village Ringers handbell ensemble. Additionally, she is the keyboardist for the Bach Aria Soloists. She performs regularly in recital as a solo organist, harpsichordist, and accompanist, and has served on the faculties of the UMKC Conservatory and Washburn University as instructor of organ and harpsichord. She is the chair for New Music for the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Convention, and as such, has been working with composers to commission new works for the pipe organ.
A native of Clinton, Maryland, Bickers began her organ studies with the Potomac Organ Institute. She has degrees in church music and organ performance from Texas Christian University and the University of Kansas. Her teachers have included Dale Krider, Joseph Butler and Michael Bauer.
Bickers has received numerous prizes in national and international competitions. She was awarded the 2009 Carlin Award for excellence in teaching, the highest honor possible for graduate students at KU. In 2016, Bickers earned the Fellowship certification from the American Guild of Organists, one of the organization's top honors.
She makes her home in Overland Park with husband Rob and daughter Isabel. She enjoys digging in the dirt, home food preservation and ridiculous TV shows.
Carol Wallace 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 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 the Professional Concerns Committee and the Youth Committee. She is currently Secretary of the Executive Board for the chapter and as Secretary for the 2018 National Convention Steering Committee.
Nara Newcomer, CAGO, BA, MA, MLS, is parish musician at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Olathe and head of the Music/Media Library at UMKC. She is currently serving as the 2016-2017 GKCAGO treasurer. Nara has served as organist for congregations in Salina, KS; Buffalo, NY; Greenville, NC; and Kansas City. Previously, Nara was treasurer for the East Carolina (NC) AGO chapter and for the Music OCLC Users’ Group, a librarians’ professional organization.
Boyd Ahrens currently serves the Greater Kansas City AGO chapter as the Registrar and the Historian. He has been the Director of Music at St. Luke’s UCC in Independence for 16 years. His ‘day job’ is real estate appraisal work. He enjoys his work with the chapter, and hopes to continue serving into the future.
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, serving three years as finance chair. She has a BME degree in Music from Baker University, in Baldwin, Kansas, and has been organist at St. Mark’s for the past 20 years. She has been on the long-range planning committee and served as treasurer for the GKCAGO chapter and currently serves as Treasurer for the 2018 convention.
Terry Foster started playing piano at the age of seven and went on to study organ at the age of 15. He has studied organ with Carlene Neihart and Dr. John Ditto. Terry has been organist and choir director for several churches over his 25-plus years of playing organ in Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri and Phoenix, Arizona. He currently serves as Organist/Choir Director at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Kansas City, Missouri.
Dale Ramsey worked the early part of his musical career in churches of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana, Texas and Missouri as a full-time minister of music/organist. In 1988 he established MusiGraphics Productions, a service specializing in music engraving and editing for publishers and composers. For ten years, he served as copyist for the noted American composer, Donald Erb.
Dale has served as organist for two international assemblies of the Christian Church. He served as president of that denomination’s church musician fellowship, the Association of Disciple Musicians. Locally, he served on the board of the Greater Kansas City AGO for five years and was the Dean of the chapter for its 2011-2012 program year. He recently retired after ten years as associate organist for Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City. Dale continues to substitute at area churches, and he plays in the recital series at the Temple and Auditorium organs for the Community of Christ Headquarters.
Twenty-seven of Dale’s compositions, including organ, choral and other instrumental solo and chamber works, are published at www.SwirlyMusic.com , an internet publishing venture based in San Francisco. And others are published by J. W. Pepper and MorningStar Music Publishers. Dale’s organ work “Fantasia on Crucifer” won a competition sponsored by the Kansas City chapter of AGO. His “Sortie” for organ was the first work by a local composer to be played on the organ in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in Kansas City. His recent organ composition, “Conversations” was premiered by Jan Kraybill at her 18th Super Bowl Concert in Independence, Missouri.
Tom has been involved with organs all his life. He started taking lessons at the age of 6 and playing in church at age 13. He first joined the AGO as a student at Southern Illinois University where he studied with Marianne Webb. There he earned two Bachelor degrees, one in music business, and the other in music education.
Tom then moved to Dallas, where he was a manager for Bally Manufacturing outlets and organist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. While in Dallas, he joined the AGO chapter and had the opportunity for further instruction from Mary Preston. For the past 28 years, he has worked at the Reuter Organ Company in Lawrence, where he oversees the voicing department. He has worked on over 240 organs projects, including the recent relocation and enhancement of the instrument at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Olathe, where he has been organist for the past 25 years.
He is a former Dean 2015-2016 and auditor for the GKCAGO chapter, and is currently on the 2018 KCAGO National Convention Steering Committee as Exhibits Chair.
Be a staff organist at Community of Christ Headquarters!
Volunteer staff organists provide music for daily Prayer for Peace services year-round, and 30-minute organ demonstration recitals held in The Temple in Independence, MO, at 2:30pm each Sunday except in June and July when they occur daily. Though the audiences for our music-making may be small, they are very appreciative, and the side benefits are great: staff organists receive a keycard to access The Auditorium's 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner and The Temple's 102-rank Casavant, and the opportunity to schedule practice on these two magnificent instruments 24/7! There are also occasional opportunities for paid gigs, such as playing for the many graduations hosted at The Auditorium each May. If you're interested in auditioning to join us, or for further information, contact Jan Kraybill at mailto:jkraybill@CofChrist.org.
As the result of a Settlement Agreement that the AGO is entering into with the Federal Trade Commission, the AGO is no longer permitted to publish Salary Guidelines, Model Contracts, or Model Contract Provisions. Further information is available in Executive Director James Thomashower’s column on page 6 of the February 2017 issue of TAO. The chapter will need to update the website to comply with this settlement. The Communications committee has discussed and set a plan to do so before the end of this program year.
Revised related documents on the National AGO website are listed below.
Code of Ethics
This is another invitation to participate in the Church Music Institute's pilot project providing free access to AGO members in three chapters, including Kansas City. The Guild is always searching for ways to serve its constituency better and to identify new and helpful benefits for AGO members.
Because the overwhelming majority of our members are employed in sacred settings, we are working with the Church Music Institute to give you free access to CMI’s eLibrary, a reference database of more than 10,000 titles of choral anthems. These anthems are searchable on 24 criteria, including scripture, lectionary reference, and type of accompaniment. CMI and the AGO have agreed to offer the eLibrary as a membership benefit, free of charge, to all AGO members in our chapter as part of a pilot program, with the ultimate goal of offering it to the AGO’s entire membership.
You may enroll by copying the following web address into your browser https://www.agohq.org/elibrary-cmi-ago-pilot-project-enrollment/ to complete the online sign-up form. Access to the eLibrary will be provided in a confirmation email message to you containing your password within two business days of your enrollment. Please make time to take advantage of this wonderful benefit provided to us by the National office.
Wow! We enjoyed wonderful music with great variety composed by Felix Mendelssohn at the February chapter program at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Many thanks to Tony Maglione and the Schola Cantorum, and chapter members Paul Erickson, Nick Good, Stephanie Henry, Ron Krebs, Paul Meier and John Schaefer for their incredible performances, and to Tom Vozzella for hosting and coordinating schedules – Job Well Done!
You will find all you need to know about the Colleague Certification at www.agohq.org, including a Manual of Procedure for the Colleague exam.
The deadline for the May 2017 exam is March 1, 2017 so you can start planning for the fall exam schedule. Updated requirements will be in the July issue of the TAO and online. Three repertoire pieces are to be played from choices in three different groups. Accompaniments of a Choral work and a vocal solo are also necessary. Two hymns from the 2013 Revised Examination Hymn Booklet are played. Keyboard skills of sight reading, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation are also included in the exam. These components can be used weekly in playing for a service. Here is a wonderful opportunity to improve the skills you use weekly.
If you have questions, contact the chapter Certification Coordinator, Claudette Schiratti email@example.com.
Nicholas Good will present his second doctoral recital at Bales Organ Recital Hall, University of Kansas on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 pm. The program includes works by Du Mage, Widor (Symphony ‘Romane), Alain, and Duruflé (Prelude and Fugue on ‘Alain’). Nicholas is organist at Christ Church Anglican in Overland Park and a dual member of the Topeka and Kansas City AGO chapters.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 31st at 7:30 p.m., David Baskeyfield, winner of the 2014 Canadian International Organ Competition, will perform a recital on the Bales Artist Series at the Bales Organ Recital
Tickets are available through the Lied Center Ticket Office 785-864-2787, or online at http://www.lied.ku.edu
For further information about David Baskeyfield, you can access his biography online at: http://www.davidbaskeyfield.com/biography/.
In April, the faculty at the University of Kansas in Lawrence will be performing individual recitals this coming springs. The recitals will take place at Bales Organ Recital Hall. Mark your calendars early for these wonderful upcoming programs.
Michael Bauer, Faculty Recital
April 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Organ Works of Johannes Brahms
James Higdon, Faculty Recital
April 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Organ Works of Jehan Alain: Part I”
James Higdon, Faculty Recital
April 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Organ Works of Jehan Alain: Part
Many thanks to this year’s Nominating Committee: Elisa Bickers, Nan Hulett, Margaret Jenkins, Chloë Stodt and Reggie Watkins, chair. They accomplished much, in a short period of time, to provide us with a slate of candidates for this year’s election to keep our chapter moving forward.
The Choirs (Choral and Handbell) on Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas will be singing and playing as part of the Choral Evensong at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, March 19th @ 5:00pm. The Trinity Choir, led by Paul Meier, will sing the service proper.
(Print, cut and add to your desk, studio, office, etc. for your enjoyment!)
Rodgers Organ Model #210. Two-Manuals with 32 pedals.
Call Mildred Youmans (913) 362-6419
Placement Coordinator: John Schaefer 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.
Pipe Organ Maintenance - Quimby Pipe Organ Co.
Monday March 20th, 2017 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
5601 W 62nd St.
Mission, Kansas 66202
Join us as Michael and members of his team display for us components of the pipe organ, and discuss good maintenance practices.
Richard Elliott in Recital
Sunday April 30, 2017 3:00 pm
Co-sponsored by Great Spaces and Topeka Chapter of the AGO
701 SW 8th Ave.
Topeka, Kansas 66603
What a great way to collaborate with our friends in Topeka! And it is always a treat to hear Richard play. We will hold our chapter dinner and meeting following the recital at First Presbyterian Church, a block from Grace Cathedral. The usual dinner reservation rules will apply. We will complete our election that night for the 2017-18 program year.
If you would be interested in joining or driving in a carpool with other members, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike will consolidate that list and communicate with all interested to make plans for that.
Sunday May 7, 2017 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W 13th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Monday May 15, 2017 7:30 pm
“Organ Music by Women Composers”
Central United Methodist Church
5144 Oak St.
Kansas City, Missouri
Please share with us 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
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 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
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 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
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 email@example.com.