FROM THE DEAN:
FUNNY!! Michael Fleming was a church musician in London who died a couple of years ago. I knew him and his wife Anne through the RSCM summer session I attended back in 1985. Rummaging thru Michael’s desk, his wife found this amusing verse sung to ST. DENIO! Check it out by clicking on the following PDF file link below…
Welcome: FALL and its leaf-matted lawns; MARY DAVIS as Chair of the Nominations Committee; REBECCA BELL as Chair of Bachathon and DALE RAMSEY as co-chair; our chapter’s ten (count ‘em) young AGO members!
As we anticipated, our AGO chapter is a bit under-funded as we begin Convention year count-down. If you can find it in your heart (or wallet) to increase your normal chapter contribution, it will make a big difference all around. Thanking you in advance!
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2017-18
6:00pm Punch bowl and Fellowship
Church will provide tableware and paper supplies.
Chapter will provide coffee, tea, and water.
Please bring food ready to serve, as ovens & microwaves are limited
***No reservations required***
Please call Nancy Ramirez at 816-436-9467 or email email@example.com if you have questions.
Ein feste Burg through the Ages: Schola Cantorum in Concert,
Dr. Kris Kvam, & Chapter Organists
Atonement Lutheran Church
9948 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS 66212
Monday, October 16th @ 7:30pm
There is good repertoire to learn and choose from in any one of the AGO Certificate choices.
Service Playing options – Bach, Mendelssohn, Vierne, Dupré, Schroeder, Langlais, Near, Bloch, Wold, Chen.
Colleague options - Bach, Parry, Brahms, Alain, Mathias.
Associate options – Böhm, Buxtehude, Tunder, Couperin, Bach, Widor, Bridge, Vierne, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Reger, Howells, Hindemith, Persichetti, Messiaen, Duruflé, Near.
Fellowship options – Lübeck, Buxtehude, Bruhns, Frescobaldi, de Grigny, Bach, Vierne, Franck, Roger-Ducasse, Schumann, Duruflé, Widor, Hampton, Howells, Langlais, Hancock, Heiller, Hovland.
Choir Master selections are choral compositions by Byrd, Bullock, Rorem.
Whether you choose to pursue an exam, are just searching for new repertoire, or want to work on a familiar or new composer, check out the compositions by these composers found in the July, 2017 TAO or at www.Agohq.org Any of these works can challenge you to lifelong learning.
If I can be of assistance, let me know.
Claudette Schiratti, AAGO
GKCAGO Certification Coordinator
177 members for our new season
The summer is typically the season of renewal for our chapter members. With the advent of the ONCARD system we are getting more and more members who renew at different times during the year. So, our membership has a bit more "float" to it. At this time, we have 177 paid members. 82 are Regular members, 73 are Special (over 65....though we aren't saying who is older than that), 12 Chapter Friends (a non-voting category for people who don't wish to receive the magazine, but do receive the Bombarde) and 10 Young Organists, who are 30 and under.
We hope that you are finding it easier to renew with the ONCARD system. It is a very good system to keep all of the information of our members in a unified data base. Chloe Stodt uses it to put together the annual directory, and she plans to distribute them at the October meeting. We are very thankful for her diligent work on this handy reference tool for us to use.
If any of you have questions about the ONCARD system, renewing your membership, or life in general, please contact me at 816-453-8406 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is my pleasure to be your "keeper of the list" and am thankful to all of you who have recently joined or renewed. We are happy to have you as members of our chapter!
Boyd Ahrens, Registrar
2017-2018 GKCAGO member directories will be available for pickup at the October 16 meeting at Atonement Lutheran Church. We encourage you to attend so you can personally pick up your copy/copies, and save mailing costs for the chapter. Directories not picked up on the 16th will be mailed at the earliest available opportunity.
It is becoming increasingly challenging to maintain current contact information for chapter members since National AGO began offering “rolling” renewal dates. All AGO members have access to their online personal contact information in ONCARD. YOU CAN HELP by taking personal responsibility for keeping this information updated. You don’t have to wait for renewal time, but can make changes to phone numbers, email or home addresses, jobs, etc. <yourself> as soon as those changes occur. Here’s how:
Go to www.agohq.org
Click “Member Login” at top right of screen
Username: First initial of first name, then last name, e.g. “jdoe”
Password: Your 5-digit AGO-ID number on TAO magazine mailing label
Click “Log In” grey box: the ONCARD Menu page will appear
Click “Update Personal Information” box; your page will appear
Click the FIRST green box “View/Edit Address Information” and scroll down
The first set of fields is for HOME address/phone
The second/third sets of fields are for WORK addresses/phone numbers
WHEN FINISHED MAKING UPDATES, SCROLL DOWN TO BOTTOM OF PAGE AND CLICK
“Post Changes” grey box
Then click “Log Out” and close your browser
DON’T FORGET TO EMAIL/CALL THE REGISTRAR, TOO - ONCARD doesn’t tell us you’ve made changes.
If you have trouble accessing the ONCARD menu or your Update Personal Information page,
try emptying your browser cache/deleting browsing history, and begin again. If all else fails, or if you don’t have computer access, please contact the REGISTRAR for assistance. We thank you in advance!
--Boyd Ahrens, Registrar and Chloe Stodt, Directory Chair
Excitement is building as Kansas City becomes the global focus of attention for the art of organ and church music in preparation for the 2018 AGO National Convention, which will be held July 2-6, 2018 at the Kansas City Sheraton and Westin Hotels at Crown Center. Our 27-member Convention Steering Committee, working since September of 2012, has been evaluating potential composers and performers and fashioning varied workshop opportunities and worship services.
World-renowned organists and stellar choirs will present premier performances of 15 newly commissioned organ and choral works. Several of the region’s treasured organs will be featured in concert. We are expecting more than 1,000 music lovers from all 50 states and abroad to attend, directing the spotlight on our city’s thriving arts community, and generating a potential local economic impact of over $2 million.
The support of each and every GKCAGO member is key to the success of this convention. Our convention fundraising goal is $150,000. Enclosed with this newsletter is a flyer that describes various giving opportunities. Your tax-deductible contribution in any amount is welcome in support of young talent, worship creativity, contemporary composers, great choral music and other events or topics of particular interest to you, as listed on the convention website home page, www.agokc2018.com. Your gift can be designated “In memory of” or “In honor of” teachers, mentors, colleagues, or other special person/s. All donors returning gifts by February 1, 2018 will be acknowledged in our convention program book. Donors of $500 - $2,000 will also receive free admission for two persons to any one convention concert. All donors of $2018 and above will receive the benefits of convention registration, convention transportation package, and two complimentary barbecue tickets.
Checks may be made payable to “AGO KC 2018”, noting any particular designation on the memo line, and mailed to convention treasurer Debbie Winter, PO Box 45124, Kansas City MO 64171. OR, visit our convention website (see above paragraph), and make an online donation using a major credit card (available after November 1, 2017).
We greatly appreciate your donation, and thank you in advance for your support!
--Chloë Stodt, Convention Gifts and Grants Chair, email@example.com
From October 18-21, 2017, the AGO National Organ Pedagogy Conference will be held at the University of Kansas. The title of the conference is “Organ and Improvisation Study in the French Conservatory System.” This event will bring together an unprecedented collection of world-renowned French organists and scholars to play, teach, and lecture at the University of Kansas.
Master classes in organ literature will all be taught simultaneously by two teachers: the master class schedule is as follows:
French Classic: Michel Bouvard/ Olivier Latry
German Baroque: Olivier Latry/Vincent Dubois
French Symphonic: Michel Bouvard/Olivier Latry
Modern French: Vincent Dubois/Michael Bouvard
Improvisation: Philippe Lefebvre
Lectures and panel discussions include the following
“Lessons Learned from Our Teachers”
“The History of Organ Study in the Paris Conservatoire”
“Organ Study in the Regional Conservatory System”
“The Pedagogical Approach of Marie-Claire Alain”
“Our Approach to Teaching Organ and Improvisation”
To register, go to: agopedagogyconference.music.ku.edu
If you have questions, contact:
In addition to conference registrants, a limited number of concert tickets are available to the public. Ticketing is being handled through the Lied Center Ticket Office, 785-864-2787 or online at www.lied.ku.edu.
The concert schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 p.m.
This is a special concert. Please consider re-arranging your Wednesday night choir rehearsal this week so that you can attend. All five organists will participate along with the nationally known chant choir from Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska. The concert will be a concert mass as it would have been celebrated in 17th century France, alternating chant with organ music. In this case, the organ music will be movements of the Couperin Parish Mass in alternation with improvised movements. This is a unique concert that has never before occurred.
Thursday, Oct. 19 at 4:00 p.m. Shin-Young Lee, noted French concert artist
Thursday, Oct. 19 at 8:00 p.m. Olivier Latry, organist titulaire at Notre Dame Cathedral
Friday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. Michel Bouvard, organiste titulaire at St. Sernin Cathedral in Toulouse and organ faculty at the Paris Conservatoire
Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:00, p.m. This is also a special concert. Philippe Lefebvre, one of the world’s greatest improvisers, professor of improvisation at the Paris Conservatoire for many years, and a current organiste titulaire at Notre Dame Cathedral will present a completely improvised recital illustrating a variety of different styles of improvisation
Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11:00 a.m. Vincent Dubois, organiste titulaire of Notre Dame Cathedral and Director of the Strasbourg Conservatory of Music
Nicholas Good will present a recital of organ music by Marchand, Bach, Schumann and Vierne on Sunday, October 15th at 2:30pm in the Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO. Admission is free.
You are invited to attend a series of events on the Great Marcussen Organ at Wiedemann Hall at Wichita State University. Several programs are scheduled through the year. If you travel to Wichita or perhaps maybe interested in attending an event, you may find more information by clicking on the following link to the flyer.
Courtesy of our Dean, Stephanie Henry, she is sharing this really neat and unique pipe organ with you. Very impressive! It is located at a church in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. Thank you for sharing Stephanie!
If you have an interesting picture of a pipe organ you got to play on or saw while visiting here in the states, in another country or at a venue and would like to include it in our new section of our newsletter, “The Photo Album,” we would like to hear from you! Send a picture and a little bit of information with it to our editor, Keith Sandrock, at firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be submitted in one of our upcoming newsletters.
THE LOST CHORD Parody
Seated one day at the organ, I was cranky and tired and hot.
Then the choir rehearsal started, but my poor brain did not.
I knew not what I was playing, or what I was dreaming then;
But I struck one note of discord like the sound of a screeching hen--
Like the music of Messiaen.
It cut through the choir's sweet voices like a knife that is sharp and keen.
And it brought to my mind the sound of a pileup on I-15.
The basses began to snicker, the altos joined in with glee.
'Til all eight parts were laughing-- it was SSAATTBB.
I turned five shades of crimson and looked for a place to hide,
But trapped I was with the choir at my left and the audience at my right side!
I have sought to forget, but vainly, that rumble much maligned.
Which came from the bowels of the organ, but sounded like it came from mine.
It may be that soon I'll live down my feelings of guilt and shame;
It may be that early retirement would ease my sense of pain;
It may be that note will haunt me the rest of my mortal life;
It may be that only in Heaven I shall hear that note played right.
Sunday, October 29th @ 4pm
Reformation Vespers with Bach Cantata
Hymns, Scripture, Prayers & Anthems to include J.S. Bach’s “Reformation Cantata No. 79” with full chamber orchestra, soloists and choir. All are Welcome.
701 SW 8th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
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.
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
|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|
|Shayla Van Hal | KU student email@example.com|
|Edward Poston | KU student firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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.