FROM THE DEAN:
NEWS FLASH: “Participating in the arts can help people with Alzheimer’s and related diseases forget what’s lost and enrich what’s left. The arts bring people out of isolation, give them a sense of connection and improve their communication.”
-–Paula Spencer Scott
So, take an elder to an AGO meeting or a concert. It means more than you know.
Speaking of this, here’s a thought: AGO members don’t necessarily have to play the organ. You may know people who would love to join AGO to attend concerts, have dinner with others, or to simply hob-nob with musicians.
Convention plans are accelerating, but we really need to find one or two of you to take on our Youth. Invest in the future. I think all it would take is a program once-a-year hosted by a welcoming church to introduce young folk to the organ, to the options available to organists, etc. I would be willing to assist in this. If you think you might be interested, PLEASE contact me.
Mark your calendars for October 18-21: Conference on Organ Pedagogy at KU. See last paragraph!
Schola Cantorum is holding auditions for membership. If you read, understand vocal production, and have Tuesday nights open, contact Tony Maglione, Director, and make a date! We have fun and we make gorgeous music together.
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2017-18
GKCAGO is delighted to partner with Village Presbyterian Church in co-sponsoring organist Douglas Cleveland in concert on Sunday, September 24 at 3:00pm. Cleveland will showcase the church’s magnificent new Opus 22 pipe organ built by Richards, Fowkes & Co. of Chattanooga, TN. If you have not yet had an opportunity to hear this instrument, you won’t want to miss this first event of our Chapter’s 2017-2018 program year!
Dr. Cleveland was raised in Olympia, Washington and is a sixth-generation Washingtonian. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and Oxford University. His teachers have included Russell Saunders, Larry Smith and Marilyn Keiser. Dr. Cleveland gained international prominence when he won first prize in the 1994 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Dallas. Since then he has performed in 49 of the United States, and has been invited to perform in such venues as Westminster Abbey, The Berlin Cathedral, Stockholm Cathedral, Moscow Conservatory, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, Minato Mirai Concert Hall in Yokohama, Japan, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, and the Cathedral of Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Cleveland has performed at several national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, Organ Historical Society, National Pastoral Musicians, and the American Institute of Organ Builders. He has been a member of the jury of several organ competitions, including the AGO National Young Artists Competition, the Miami International Organ Competition, and the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He has served on the faculties of St. Olaf College, and Northwestern University, where he received the Searle Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Cleveland is currently the John Delo Faculty Fellow in Organ at the University of Washington School of Music, and is also Director of Music and Liturgical Arts at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Medina Washington. He is under management with Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. (www.concertorganists.com)
Dr. Cleveland’s program will include works by Louis Marchand, David P. Dahl, J. S. Bach, Pamela Decker, Joseph Jongen, George Baker, and David Briggs. A commemorative booklet about Opus 22 is available for download. OPUS 22 Booklet.
NOTE: SEPTEMBER CHAPTER MEETING PRECEDES 3pm CONCERT
When: 2:00pm, SUNDAY, September 24th.
Where: Friendship Hall @ Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS
PARKING: Park in the SOUTH parking lot, enter through the main south doors, go up the stairs. Friendship Hall is at the top of the stairs.
Food: Paper products, beverages, food, and snacks will be provided by VPC at no cost to our Chapter (THANK YOU, VILLAGE PRES!).
Reservations: PLEASE CALL Nancy Ramirez at 816-436-9467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00pm Wednesday, September 20th, so we can give a count to the church. Nancy will confirm your e-mail reservations. Please call if you don’t get a confirmation.
Check the TAO July 2017 issue or http://www.Agohq.org for the latest information on certification.
Here’s a recap of timelines:
Service Playing: Application form available after July 1, 2017 with completed application submitted between September 1, 2017 and February 1, 2018.
Colleague Exam has three different timelines for taking the test.
July 1, 2017 application available for November 2017 exam with completed application submitted by September 15, 2017.
After December 1, 2017 application available for May 2018 exam with completed application submitted by March 1, 2018.
Completed application by September 15, 2018 for the November 2018 exam.
Choir Master, Associateship, Fellowship Examinations application forms available after January 1, 2018 with completed application submitted by April 1.
AGO/NPM Joint Certification also possible for Service Playing and Colleague Exams.
What exam is most appropriate for you? Requirements for each exam are listed in the July 2017 TAO.
What time line is most appropriate for you?
Now is the time to plan for the year ahead for your own professional certification.
The typical membership for the AGO is July 1 to June 30. With the ONCARD computerized system, there is a 2 month "window" when you can renew and still stay on that schedule. When you read this in September, and you have not yet renewed your membership, you will go into the next month of renewals or thereafter when you renew. For some of you there will be notices sent to you in different months of the year for renewal now. And I, your registrar, will be sending you reminders at different times of the year.
The stated time for the Directory cutoff inclusion is August 15. We have selected that date as there has to be some point when we gather the information from the ONCARD system and put together the annual Directory of everyone's names, addresses and music positions.
As of August 20th, the last day to submit articles for the Bombarde, we have 193 potential members. We have 149 who are current with ONCARD, 16 who are due within the past 2 months, and 29 who are invoiced from July 1, and have not paid. The members in that last category who pay after September 1 will 'roll over' into a new renewal time period.
When you join, or renew your membership, we ask that you go all the way through the questions about your address, church or music position, and so on. At the bottom of the forms are found places for you to volunteer for duties within our chapter, and for ways to help us with the upcoming 2018 national convention in Kansas City. Of course, it is much appreciated when you contribute to the Concert Series which assists with our artists, and to the 2018 convention which helps with expenses that are ongoing.
The quickest way to renew is to go directly through ONCARD online. Another easy way is to contact the national headquarters and speak directly with someone there about renewing. As always, you may contact me if you have questions about your membership or renewing your membership.
Thank you for being a member of our chapter, and for your interest in our chapter!
Boyd Ahrens, Registrar
Canon Royce Young, Director of Music for Christ Church (Episcopal) in Salina, Kansas is seeking music for their Music Academy lending library. Royce has indicated that if retirees would like to donate their no-longer used scores, he would love to have them to teach new students. You can check out their website at www.christcathedralsalina.org or call the church directly 785-827-4440. Lois Carswell-Hands, a member of our chapter, is willing to make arrangements with prospective donors to pick up their music scores and take them to Royce. You may contact Lois by email at email@example.com or by phone at (816) 491-2132.
Royce has been the Director of Music at the Cathedral for over 41 years and is eager to help advance the cause of developing new organists and these donations would be put to good use.
On Saturday, September 9th @ 7pm, Dr. David C. Pickering will be the highlight of the evening performing a concert at Lee’s Summit Christian Church in Lee’s Summit, MO. Pickering will showcase the custom Heritage III Allen Organ built by Allen Organ Company of Macungie, PA and installed by Allen Organs of Kansas City of Cleveland, MO.
Dr. David C. Pickering, an active recitalist, recording artist, scholar and author is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Keyboard Division at Kansas State University. His students have excelled in competition and as church organists in a variety of denominational settings. His career as a performer has carried him across the United States as well as to Austria, Canada, England, Finland, and Germany, appearing in such cities as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, London (England), New York City, Omaha, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Vienna (Austria), and Washington, D.C.
Pickering’s four solo recordings have focused on the organ music of American composers from the twentieth century to the present day. His scholarly works are published by the Organ Historical Society Press (The Auditorium Organ) and Wayne Leupold Editions (Leroy Robertson Organ Works), and articles and reviews appear in The American Organist and The Diapason. A proponent for new music, Pickering has premiered new works by Daniel E. Gawthrop and Tyler White.
Pickering completed his degrees from the University of Kansas and Brigham Young University in organ performance and musicology. His teachers include Parley Belnap, James Higdon, J.J. Keeler, and Arlene Small. ?
Please visit www.dcpickering.weebly.com for additional information.
Pickering’s program for the evening will include the works of J.S. Bach, Richard Purvis, Leo Sowerby and Daniel E. Gawthrop.
Lee Summit Christian Church is located at 800 NE Tudor Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086. Childcare is provided and there will be a reception following the program.
“Encountering Christ through Music Ministry”
Skills and Spirituality is a day of prayer, workshops, music making and building relationships. It is designed for priests, cantors, organists, choir members, Hispanic music ministry, directors and instrumentalists. Below are more details about this event and registration information. Skills and Spirituality is a collaborative event presented by the Diocesan/Archdiocesan Office of Worship of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO and Kansas City, KS, and the local KCMO and KCKS chapters of NPM.
WHEN: Saturday, September 9th, 2017
LOCATION: St. Therese Parish
7207 NW Highway 9
Kansas City, MO 64152
COST: $20/person or $15 per person for groups of 5 or more.
REGISTRATION: Register online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SS-17
For a copy of the event flyer, click on the following link: Skills and Spirituality 2017 (pdf)
I am looking for information about Gladys Washburn. She was a member of the AGO, and I believe a member of the KC chapter. She passed away three years ago. She was my grandmother, however I have almost no information about her or pictures. If you would, please share with me any information or pictures you have about her.
Gregory Mumford firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for additional organists to perform for our program in October. The program works is based upon “Ein fest Burg.” The program will take place at Atonement Lutheran Church. If you are interested, please contact our Dean, Stephanie A. Henry either by email at email@example.com or by phone at 816-678-6372.
|Michael Quimby, Ian & Joyce McIntosh, Boyd Ahrens, Mary Davis, Louise Ahrens, and Tim Link|
The annual OHS convention was held the second week of August in the Twin Cities, with 300 members attending. Our AGO chapter was well represented with four members attending, and joined by several local guests, the McIntosh's. Joyce is a Chapter Friend of our GKCAGO.
The four full days of the convention were taken every dday from8:30 in the morning until 9 or later at night with traveling about the Twin Cities area, and surrounding countryside, to listen to four or more recitals on historic organs. A number of the organs were by Minnesota builders and a number of them were over 100 years old and sounding great. Church members of the congregations were often on hand to experience 300 people who came to sing a robust hymn and for the recitalists to fill their sanctuaries with music on their historic instruments. We tried to imagine what the local farmers and townspeople thought when six large tourist busses rolled by them out in rural areas.
Michael Quimby was a special member to be in attendance Sunday night, the 6th, to enjoy an exceptional recital in the St. Paul Cathedral on his company's renovated organ played by Ken Cowan. Later in the week at the annual meeting it was announced that Michael was elected to be the Chair of the Board of the OHS. Mary Davis spoke at the annual meeting and invited the members to "all come" to the AGO convention in Kansas City in 2018. We had convention literature available in the convention center room in the evenings. We hope that a good number of the OHS members will indeed come to visit our convention next year!
Submitted by Boyd Ahrens, Registrar & Historian
Three notes walk into a bar...
A C, an E-flat, and a G go into a bar. The bartender says, "Sorry, we don't serve minors." So the E-flat leaves, and the C and the G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished and the G is out flat.
An F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough. A D comes into the bar and heads straight for the bathroom saying, "Excuse me. I'll just be a second."
Then an A comes into the bar, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor.
Then the bartender notices a B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and exclaims, "Get out now. You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight."
The E-flat, not easily deflated, comes back to the bar the next night in a 3-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender (who used to have a nice corporate job until his company downsized) says, "You're looking sharp tonight, come on in! This could be a major development."
This proves to be the case, as the E-flat takes off the suit, and everything else, and stands there au natural.
Eventually, the C sobers up, and realizes in horror that he's under a rest. The C is brought to trial, is found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of DS without Coda at an upscale correctional facility. On appeal, however, the C is found innocent of any
wrongdoing, even accidental, and that all accusations to the contrary are bassless.
The bartender decides, however, that since he's only had tenor so patrons, and the sopranout in the bathroom, everything has become altoo much treble; he needs a rest, and closes the bar.
...courtesy of Erich Wolz.
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.
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:
|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
|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.