FROM THE DEAN:
Happy May Day!
I remember as a youngster delivering May baskets on May 1, reluctantly of course, as my mother insisted that I do so. I assume that custom is observed much less these days. An online search indicates that honoring May Day is a tradition in the northern hemisphere to celebrate spring. And we are all familiar with dancing around the May pole, which is still celebrated in parts of the world. It also remembers St. Walburga who is credited with bringing Christianity into Germany. And many Roman Catholics observe May Day, and all of the month of May, with devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In France they share a lily of the valley to commemorate King Charles IX receiving one as a lucky charm in 1561. This date also was chosen for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. And of course, we have all heard the distress call using ‘mayday’, but that usage comes from the French term m'aidez, which means ‘help me’.
And if you would like to celebrate May Day this year with an organ-centric flavor, the 2017 North American Round of the Tariverdiev International Organ Competition is in progress in Lawrence. On May 1st at 7:30 pm Alina Nikitina will perform at Bales Recital Hall on the KU campus as part of the competition events and as a Bales Artist Series event.
I hope that you have an enjoyable May Day that includes a May basket, a devotion, an organ event or a lily of the valley, without a ‘mayday’!
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2016-17
Program: Member’s Recital: “Organ Music by Women Composers”
Where: Central United Methodist Church
5144 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO
When: Monday, May 15th @ 7:30pm
Punch bowl and fellowship @ 6:00pm
Dinner @ 6:15pm
Catered by Bob and Tracy Henry
Fresh Cut French Fries
Please call Nancy Ramirez at 816-436-9467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00 pm Wednesday, May 10th. 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, May 15th.
The hope is that many of our members could enjoy the wonderful performance by Richard Elliott in Topeka on April 30th. With many thanks to Steve Burk, Grace Cathedral, Great Spaces and the Topeka AGO chapter for also sponsoring and hosting this event. It was a terrific way to enjoy great music and to team up with our Topeka friends and colleagues.
Since the publication of our chapter’s membership directories earlier this fall, there are several members that have updated their contact information. Chloë Stodt has included the most recent, up-to-date list for us. You can find this list at the very end of this month’s newsletter to print and file with our current directory at your convenience.
AAGO CERTIFICATES (ASSOCIATE)
Contact National Headquarters after January 1, 2018 for application forms and a manual of procedure. The completed application must be submitted by April 1. Both sections of the exam (paperwork and performance) may be taken in the same year or each section may be taken singly.
Section 1 – Performance includes repertoire choices from 4 given sections, a sight reading passage, transposition, continuo part, harmonization, hymn accompaniment, improvisation.
Section 2 – Paperwork includes analysis, fugue, ear tests, composition, questions.
Materials are available from National Headquarters to assist candidates preparing for the exam.
Check the website: www.agohq.org for materials and more information. July 2017 issue of TAO will have updated requirements for 2018.
Contact Claudette Schiratti, AAGO email@example.com with questions.
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 jkraybill@CofChrist.org.
The Concert Gift Series uses donations to underwrite the concerts presented by the chapter, often donated by the members. Since we have been using ONCARD the donations to the Concert Gift Series are down by 66%. As you renew your membership this year, be sure to include a donation for the Concert Gift Series. If you prefer to donate, but not through ONCARD, please send a check to the address below.
We do understand that we all are being asked to do much right now for the chapter and the upcoming National Convention. But we want to be able to continue providing quality musical programs for our chapter and the community. And we offer many thanks to those that have continued to donate to the Concert Gift Series.
Thank you for your generosity.
On April 1 of 2017 our AGO dues were increased by the AGO National Council. (I have copied some of the information below from the National web site.) Most of our members will be paying about $5 more a year. There are some categories that have a slightly different structure. Going forward, when it is time for you to renew your annual membership, you will likely notice an increase from what you paid last time. The two largest categories of our members are Regular, which goes up to $105 per year, and Special which increases to $80 per year. There is an $8 per year decrease in these rates if you choose to receive your TAO magazine by e-mail. (try it online now, if you would like.....https://www.agohq.org/current-issue/)
Most of our chapter members are on the July 1 to June 30 cycle. Beginning in May or June those members should start receiving a notice that your membership dues will need to be paid. The ONCARD system sends out 2 renewals by e-mail. As your Registrar, I try to follow up with an e-mail reminder, also.
If you have questions about your membership, whether it is when to renew, the amount, or other inquiries, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or give me a call at home 816-453-8406, and I will get back with you about your concerns. You may also go to ONCARD for detailed information about your membership, at:
or simply call the national headquarters at: 212-870-2310.
Please read on below for news from the National Office.
Thank you for being a member of our chapter!
Boyd Ahrens, Registrar
The Committee on Membership Development and Chapter Support (COMDACS) recommended to the AGO National Council an increase in dues and some accompanying changes for the coming 2017 dues cycle, beginning April 1, 2017. The National Council approved these changes at their January 2017 meeting. A modest increase in dues of $5 on most categories was put in place. However, those electing to receive The American Organist electronically (which is already an option for all members for TAOs dating back to 2014 – see more on this below) can reduce their rate by $8. Those in the former “Partner” category will see a more significant increase. Over the years, the cost of this category has become subsidized, and in order to better balance costs we have chosen to modify this category which has resulted in a larger increase.
Among the exciting and important developments of the change in structure, the former Student membership category was eliminated and replaced with the Young Organist membership category. This change is to make AGO membership affordable not only for students, but also for recent college graduates who may be seeking employment or working in entry-level positions.
AGO dues are competitive or less than those of comparable music organizations, frequently by 10% or more. Please see the April issue of TAO for a more complete analysis of the dues increase. The committee hopes you will embrace these changes and continue to support our work together.
Sunday, May 7th @ 7:30PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church - sanctuary
1700 Westport Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild BWV 79 will be presented by the Immanuel Choir with guest soloists and instrumentalists as a part of the Reformation 500 celebration. Free admission, donations are welcome.
F Nordlie Opus 27, 1995
Free-standing Mechanical Key Action pipe organ, 33 ranks, 30 stops, 1,718 pipes
Faith Lutheran Church,
Prairie Village, Kansas
For information contact: Bob Lindeblad, 913-485-4359 email@example.com
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.
Sunday May 7th 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W 13th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Monday May 15th 7:30 pm
“Organ Music by Women Composers”
Central United Methodist Church
5144 Oak St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
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.
Member’s Potluck Social
Monday June 5, 2017 6:30pm
Westport Presbyterian Church
201 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Congratulations to our newly elected chapter board officers. We appreciate their willingness to serve the chapter. And best wishes to all for a productive and successful program year 2017-18.
Elisa Williams Bickers
Long Range Planning/Class of 2020
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:
|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.
p. 16 (change renewal date)
Hall, Ann (Ker) S., BME, MA 4/1/18
p. 18 (add)
House, Karen, MSM 4/1/18 (c) 314-503-0792
2311 Principia Dr, St. Louis MO 63043
p. 23 (add)
Morris, Andrew L. 3/1/2018 913-268-0466
430 Eisenhower Dr, Lawrence KS 66049 (c) 913-908-6445