FROM THE DEAN:
Many, many thanks to all who played for and attended this year's French Festival! And we are most grateful to Dr. Mario Pearson, who always puts such great planning and energy into this concert. What a great way to start our 2018-19 season!
Our September program is an unusual one... There is plenty of time later in the year for educational and performance-based AGO programs. This month, we will kick off our shoes and PARTY in celebration of our wonderfully successful National Convention. St. John's Catholic Church in Kansas City, KS boasts not only a gorgeous Croatian-American sanctuary, but also a bowling alley and bar in their basement. Not only that, but your program committee has hired three massage therapists to rub your arms, necks, hands, and whatever else needs some relaxing attention. Resident organist Matt Winterhalter will offer tours of the sanctuary and pipe organ.
You can purchase beer at the bar, but if you want something other than that to drink, please bring it yourself. Also, Sugar and Spice Catering will offer an array of tasty delights from 6-8 pm - fancy appetizers and finger foods to enjoy.
Even if bowling in a bar is not your typical scene, please do come anyway and enjoy the company of our members who have all grown closer to one another through the rigorous process of putting on a convention.
I'm writing to you from Iowa City, Iowa, where I've been spending time in the workshop of Ed Kottick, Junior. Ed LITERALLY wrote the book on harpsichord maintenance, and I have been nerding out as I assist him with bringing Village's Ciul harpsichord up to snuff. I do love pipe organs, but it has been delightful to switch gears for a bit. Do any of the rest of you find yourself too caught up in your main career, forgoing other interests? I'm guilty of that all the time. Particularly with Opus 22 and the convention, I've been "all pipe organ, all the time" for far too long. It's a goal of mine to get my hands back on some other interests. I know I'll be the better for it. How about you?
Your Loving Dean,
Monday, September 17, 2018
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
708 N. 4th St.
Kansas City, KS 66101
Sugar & Spice
Appetizers and Finger Foods
(6:00-8:00 pm) Beer may be purchased at the bar at the church.
You may bring any other beverage you wish.
Please call Nancy Ramirez at 816-436-9467 or email email@example.com
by 9:00 pm Wednesday, Sep 12th.
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, Sep 17th. *** Please note: “Walk-in” Dinner Price ***
In an effort to assist our new caterer, and encourage timely reservations, the price for unreserved dinners will be $15. If you reserve your meal in advance, the price remains the same at $10.
by Boyd Ahrens, Registrar
Few to Renew
We are so thankful to all of our members who have renewed their memberships, and those planning to renew in the future. We have a large and active chapter with many willing and talented people! The recent national AGO convention was a testament to the great things we are capable of doing!
We are approximately 180 members strong. With ONCARD's system of renewals, there will now be people who do not follow the typical July 1 to June 30th billing cycle and due dates. ONCARD automatically sends out two renewal notices, and I have tried to remind our members of their renewals when we are at the end of summer. We only have a few who have yet to renew in the current cycle.
The Directory will be published soon, and we want it to reflect the current data about our members. As you renew, please check that the information in ONCARD is correct. We also ask that you consider contributing to our Concert and Program Series. There is a "Make a Contribution" button on the opening screen when you are changing information or renewing.
The website for renewal is https://www.agohq.org/oncard-login/
The phone number for the National office is 212-870-2310. They are exceedingly knowledgeable and kind and can get your renewal on the phone done in a jiffy, or faster.
If you have questions about the renewal process or know of someone who might like to join or be contacted about the AGO, please e-mail or call me. It is my pleasure to be your Registrar and working to keep you informed about US!
by Boyd Ahrens, Historian
An interesting page in our annual directory is the list of our chapter's former Deans. Long time members will recognize many of the names. Newer members will probably not associate many of the names with present day faces. Please note the founding Dean in 1938, Edna Scotten Billings. I found a photo of her, and some information about her that I thought you might find of interest.
On January 18, 1988 our Chapter celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Pictured below is a photo and caption from the program used that night.
We are indeed thankful for the guidance and leadership provided by our former Deans, and all who made our Chapter thrive through the years.
Sandrock Music Company is sponsoring a workshop, “Voices Beyond the Stops.” This personalized, in-depth class is designed for all classical and church organists and pianists who want to know more about the additional voices beyond the physical stops of the organ. The workshop will help you find creative ways to use additional voices with resources beyond the stops of the instrument for Sacred, Secular, Classical and Traditional organ music.
Two options to attend – your choice!
Option #1: Option #2:
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church St. Joseph Catholic Church
11100 College Blvd. 11311 Johnson Dr.
Overland Park, KS 66210 Shawnee, KS 66203
Event Schedule (for both options):
Open House: 6:00-7:30pm
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Dinner is provided. FREE admission.
Call Keith Sandrock at (913) 940-3766 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are in need of one, preferably two copies of each program for our chapter’s historical archives. Below, there is a list of recitals and the number of programs being requested. If any of you attended these recitals and have copies of the programs, please notify Lynn Bratney at email@example.com so we can have an archive of them in our historical archives.
2 Higdon (Jacob said he thought he could get these)
2 2016 NYACOP/NCOI Winners
1 Bach Vespers
2 Compline (I'm not aware that there was a program for this, but asking just in case.)
1 Te Deum
1 Christopher Houlihan
2 Nicole Keller
2 Jennifer Pascual
2 Hector Olivera
2 Road Home Arts Service
Buster Keaton Festival co-sponsored by KCTPO, nearly all day - Saturday Sept 15th, plus Brett Valient concert 2pm on Sunday, Sept 16th. Both events at The Music Hall, 13th & Central, KC, MO.
Our chapter has Four Square credit card readers available that were purchased for the convention and were not used.
We have the two chip readers, 2 bar code readers and plus two docking station stations. One set is being given to the chapter for our usage. The other set is available for any chapter member for a low price of $50.00 (chapter paid $78.00). If you are interested, please contact Debbie Winter at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you get if you throw
an organ down a mine shaft?
A flat miner.
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
(c) (816) 456-0343
|Nancy Custead, CAGO, B.S. Music Ed org, piano||(816) 590-9414
|Barbara Eichenberger, BM, CAGO
|Stephen Kucera, CAGO, BM
|Linda Mann, BME, SPC
organ, piano (Weddings/Funerals only)
(c) (816) 289-9760
|Marjorie O’Konski, MM, MME, SPC
|John Pitchford, MM, SPC,
|John Schaefer, AAGO, ChM
org, dir, lit
|Claudette Schiratti, MM, AAGO,
org, dir, lit
|(c) (913) 530-0960
|Jerrold Tidwell, BM, MM, CAGO
org, piano, dir, lit
|(c) (301) 714-8030
|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:
|Joyce Berg, MM
|Phyllis Curtis, MM
|John Deahl, MM
org, dir, lit, bass soloist
|Stephanie Henry, DMA Choral Music,
org, piano, dir.
|Sharon Hettinger, DMA
org, lit, dir, handbell
|(785) 842-2053 email@example.com|
|Suzanne Hunter BM, Church Music,
org, dir, piano
(913) 671-3382 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Ronald Krebs, BM, MM,
|(785) 843-2622 email@example.com|
|Sarah Lyons, DMA
org, piano, lit, dir
|(309) 333-8745 Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Carol Mueller, MM
|(913) 341-5113 email@example.com|
|MacKenzie Reed, MFA, BM
org, piano, lit
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA
The following also offer their services:
|Shayla Van Hal — KU student
|Edward Poston — KU student
|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.