FROM THE DEAN:
Hello, my funny valentines!
Usually, the super-early stocking of holiday paraphernalia at grocery stores bugs me. Really, WHY must we have Halloween candy out in August, and Christmas stuff filling the aisles (and my six-year-old's eyes) weeks before Thanksgiving? It points to the economic impact of our festivities - folks in this country like to celebrate by filling their homes and bellies with many decorations and treats, and stores are more than happy to supply such things as early as possible. I have no problem with celebrating. But turning a safe haven like HyVee into a Christmas wonderland before it's even cold outside (for example) seems silly to me.
However, I don't find myself filled with frustration when Christmas has come and gone and the Valentines treats arrive. Instead, this feels just right - particularly lately. That great song says "what the world needs now is love, sweet love." Again - particularly lately. Maybe it's because Valentine's Day isn't a church holiday like Christmas and Easter, so I'm not really worried about diluting the season by over-commercializing it. But more than that, I believe that human acts learned from Valentine candy could ease some of the palpable tension that fills these days. What if we had more "conversation heart dialogues" like this:
me: "I love you."
you: "I appreciate you."
me: "You're 2 good 2 B 4gotten."
you: "Aw shucks..."
Everybody likes a token of appreciation every now and then; even a small one, built of few words, can act as a balm in a strained relationship.
And the wise Forrest Gump taught us that life is like a box of chocolates, because "you never know what you're going to get." Perhaps taking the chance to shake things up with a little mystery and surprise in one's routine can breathe new life into a tired soul that feels overburdened with career responsibilities and cultural turmoil.
In this world that's swimming with stuff and words, the only thing that there's just too little of is love. Today, right now, take the opportunity to show someone some love. Whether it's to a friend or a stranger, colleague or family member, any act of love has a rippling effect, thawing frozen hearts and icy attitudes many people beyond your original interaction. Don't we need that?
And you don't have to go to the grocery store to find the right stuff for that.
Onto some business: we have two concerts in the month of February. Schola Cantorum at St. Andrews on Feb 5th and the Laudate Ringers at FUMC, Lawrence on Feb 18th will be programs that you won't forget! There will be no meeting preceding the Schola concert, but we will have a meeting at 7pm prior to the 7:30pm Laudate Ringers concert, in Brady Hall of FUMC. I also want to remind you that we won't have a chapter dinner in Lawrence, since folks like to make their own dinner plans when we're "out of town."
Finally, I'd like to express my personal thanks to Chris and Anthony from Quimby Pipe Organs. Those guys worked very hard to cover and protect the organ at Village while we are undergoing ceiling renovations. (Dust is the enemy - did you know it costs a ton to clean a pipe organ??) Their attention to detail and the care with which they covered every pipe, every cubic inch speaks so highly of their commitment to the instruments - and organists - in this community. We are blessed in this town to have some really top-notch organ builders and maintenance firms. Go hug an organ builder today!
See you soon, friends.
Your loving dean,
Grand Avenue Temple UMC is excited to announce a new concert series called, “Temple Tuesdays.” In addition to a couple of successful events that took place last fall, there are a couple of upcoming events in February and April you do not want to miss, featuring a duet recital to be performed by Samantha and Daniel Koch and then a solo recital of music with an Easter theme featuring Samantha Koch. You can find more information and future events in our Temple Tuesdays Concert Series listed in the Community Events section of this newsletter. All concerts are at 7pm, always on Tuesdays, and free and open to the public. Grand Avenue Temple UMC, 205 E. 9th St., Kansas City, MO 64106. For more information, contact Kelly Hackleman at 703-371-4257, or email@example.com.
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Location: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
2618 Seneca St.
St. Joseph, MO 64507
• Complimentary $50 music packet
• Choral music in a variety of styles/difficulty/voicing
• An excellent opportunity to work with a world-renowned composer
• Coffee and refreshments.
Contact: Tom Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-261-9438
Sponsored by: The St. Joseph Chapter AGO and J.W. Pepper Company
Surely all of you have young musicians in your congregations and/or in your youth groups. I am asking you to interface with them about learning more about the pipe organ. I realize that organists from elsewhere can and will relocate to KC, but the fact remains, the country itself needs young recruits on the benches in every state. You may have to gently twist an arm or two, but it could lead to greatness.
--Stephanie Henry (Chair, Youth)
A CHORAL AND SPIRITUAL RETREAT IN THE HEARTLAND
First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE | July 19-21, 2019
Inscribed above the main entrance to First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, are the words, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” We invite you to come to join us here in the heartland for a weekend choral and spiritual retreat—a gathering intended to offer inspiration for those who love to sing their faith and healing for those who long to refresh their spirit through singing and worship. Tom Trenney will shepherd the retreat choir as our pastoral leader in rehearsal and in Sunday worship. Ariel Merivil will share his spiritual gifts as a true minister of music. Rev. Barbara Crafton’s deep and meaningful reflections will comfort and challenge us. Dr. Michael Hawn will open our eyes to a broader vision of our faith experience, opening us to new vistas of joy.
We look forward to welcoming you to the sanctuary of our church and to the heart of our ministry where you can truly sing your faith and refresh your spirit.
Retreat location: First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68502
Retreat dates: Friday evening, July 19, through Sunday noon, July 21, 2019
Retreat fee: $75.00 (includes two meals and choral music)
**Partial and full scholarships will be made available to anyone who expresses a need.
For more information, please contact email@example.com or call 402.476.7565, ext. 222
Register Now: http://www.firstplymouth.org/singyourfaithregistration
From Burnell L. Hackman, Dean of St. Louis Chapter
The Saint Louis Chapter of the American Guild of Organist is pleased to host a Pipe Organ Encounter July 28 - August 2, 2019. This event is to encourage young people in your area to attend this event and learn more about the organ.
The Pipe Organ Encounter:
• Is a 5-day event organized by the Saint Louis chapter under the sponsorship of the national organization. It introduces participants to the world of the pipe organ.
• Is a national program sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Participants are admitted to POEs on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of attendance at prior POEs, and regardless of state or country of residence, as long as they meet the following eligibility guidelines: Participants should be aged 13-18, be interested in the pipe organ, and have piano or organ proficiency ranging from intermediate to advanced.
• Provides an opportunity for participants to have individual and group instruction in the basic rudiments of pipe organ technique and service playing.
• Provides a general overview of organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, improvisation and other related topics.
• Provides an opportunity for participation in ecumenical worship, so as to experience the role of the sacred musician.
• Most of all, provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and interact with peers who have similar interests.
• A brochure for the event can be downloaded at: http://www.agostlouis.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/POE-Brochure.revised.pdf
We are asking for your financial support of this undertaking. Although students do pay a registration fee, that fee only covers a small portion of the cost involved. Our Chapter members have been very generous in their support, but we need additional funding. You may give on-line at our website: http://www.agostlouis.org/poe2019/. We hope you will consider donating to this most worthy cause.
by Lorenz Maycher – East Texas Pipe Organ Festival
We are happy to announce the arrival of our latest release in the Aeolian-Skinner “The King of Instruments” series. AS315 & AS316, Catharine Crozier Playing the RLDS Auditorium organ in Independence, Missouri is now available for the first time on compact disc as transferred directly from the Aeolian-Skinner factory master tapes.
With over two hours of music, the complete playlist is as follows:
Track 1: SONATA DE PRIMO TONO - Lidon
Track 2: CONCERTO IN F MAJOR, OPUS 4, NO. 5 - Handel
Track 3: SONATA NO. 5 IN C MAJOR - Bach
Track 4: NOEL ETRANGER - Daquin
Track 5: PRELUDE AND FUGUE IN G MINOR - Dupré
Track 6: ARABESQUE SUR LES FLUTES - Langlais
Track 7: DIALOGUE SUR LES MIXTURES - Langlais
Track 8: PASTORALE - Roger-Ducasse
Track 9: DEUXIEME FANTAISIE - Alain
Track 10: POSTLUDE POUR L’OFFICE DE COMPLIES - Alain
Track 1: CHACONNE IN G MINOR - Couperin
Track 2: TOCCATA - Sowerby
Track 3: FANTASY FOR FLUTE STOPS - Sowerby
Track 4: THE BURNING BUSH - Berlinski
Track 5: SONATA ON THE NINETY-FOURTH PSALM – Reubke
A 16-page program booklet accompanies the 2-CD set, with original program notes, additional photos and the stoplist. Order this exciting historical document today and be sure to tell your friends!
To order, visit our website at www.easttexaspipeorganfestival.com.
1974 Rodgers Jamestown Organ. 2 Manuals, full AGO pedalboard. All controls, stops, keyboard and pedalboard in working order. Would make a good practice instrument. Asking only $200. The new owner would need to make arrangements for transportation to the new location.
Please contact David Gardner - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-868-0249.
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2:30pm - Community of Christ Auditorium, 1001 W Walnut St, Independence, MO 64050 - Super Bowl Sunday Organ Concert XX: “On the Shoulders of Giants.” Jan Kraybill will present her 20th annual Super Bowl Concert, honoring many of the inspirational people who have influenced music in this historic venue. Free admission, free parking, 5800 seats available.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7pm - Grand Avenue Temple UMC, 205 E. 9th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 - Temple Tuesdays Concert Series: Featuring Samantha and Daniel Koch playing a duet recital – a little romantic twist for near Valentine’s Day.
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:15-12:45 - Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS 66208 - Second Thursday Recital Series: Featuring Ann Marie Rigler.
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10am-12pm – First Presbyterian Church, 138 E Shawnee St., Gardner, KS 66030 – Organist Workshop: Sound Choices for the Organist. Presented by renowned organist Dan Miller. Dan will offer tips and practical suggestions to organists to expand their opportunities for creative selection of organ stops and managing the console functions. RSVP at email@example.com or call 402-432-7126.
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3pm – First Presbyterian Church, 138 E Shawnee St., Gardner, KS 66030 – Organ Concert: Dan Miller will perform for afternoon on the new Rodgers Artist Series model 589 organ interfaced with the church’s McManis pipe organ.
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7pm – St. Anthony Catholic Church, 318 Benton Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64124 – Organ Dedication Concert: Celebrating the parish’s newly installed Three-Manual, 38 Stop Allen Organ with a dedication organ concert featuring hymns and pieces of music representing the many different cultures of St. Anthony’s parish, performed by several local organists. Come celebrate our donor’s generosity in our beautiful worship space. Reception to follow.
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3pm - Sacred Concert at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS 66208 - featuring Faure's Requiem and Poulenc's G Minor Concerto; Will Breytspraak and Matthew Christopher Shepard, conductors; Elisa Bickers, organist
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 12:15pm-12:45pm - Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS 66208 - Second Thursday Recital Series: Featuring Rosi Penner Kaufma.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7pm - Grand Avenue Temple UMC, 205 E. 9th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 - Temple Tuesdays Concert Series: Featuring Samantha Koch playing a solo recital of music with an Easter theme.
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
(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
|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 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|
|MacKenzie Reed, MFA, BM
org, piano, lit
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA
The following also offer their services:
|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 email@example.com.