FROM THE DEAN:
I’m writing this letter following the end-of-season chapter potluck. Our feast took place at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, hosted by the marvelous Chloë Stodt. Rain was POURING outside, but we anchored our arks securely and had a great time anyway. Our activities were few, but important. We broke bread together. We rummaged through boxes of Mark Ball’s keyboard and choral music, taking what we wanted and leaving what we didn’t, all the while remembering our friend. We said “THANK YOU” to Carol Wallace, in recognition of twenty-one years of service as the secretary for the chapter. We shared information about summer happenings. And I installed the newest members of the GKCAGO Board.
There is no formal requirement for how to install officers and other members of chapter leadership. One can go online to the AGOHQ page and find some suggested language, however, that you can take or leave for your particular needs. I invited the newest leaders to the front, and spoke these words, taken from the AGOHQ site:
“You have been chosen by your colleagues to guide this Chapter during the coming year. This selection shows confidence in your wisdom, character, creativity, and leadership. At the heart of the formation and continuing life of the American Guild of Organists is its mission: to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this, we: • encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music • inspire , educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors • provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support • nurture future generations of organists • promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles • engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.”
That’s all very good, and very important. But I also felt the need to specifically remind these newest leaders, and our membership, that one of their most important roles is to lift one another up, both personally and professionally. We are, as the Good Book says, a great cloud of witnesses: what comes out of our mouths and hearts will simply always be more important than what comes out of our fingers and batons. In this and any field, we can choose to be territorial and judgmental, or we can choose to be supportive and warm. Without exception, groups that are magnetically successful are the latter.
When I reflect on the last year, it’s obvious to me that this chapter has seen it all: a National Convention that can really only be described as “completely badass;” bowling, concerts, education, good food; the passing of beloved friends. None of these things occur in a vacuum; rather, only through the connections of friendship have we achieved what we’ve achieved and been there to bolster one another when things were hard. I am delighted that our chapter isn’t just a collection of associates. Can you imagine how lonely it would be if it was?
May your summers be blessed with friendship, rest, and fun projects. I love you all.
Your program team has asked many of our members for monthly meeting ideas. We are very excited about the 2019-2020 season, and we hope that you will find all of the programs worthy of your support!
We begin our program year on August 25, with the French Festival, downtown at 'the gold dome.' Mario Pearson, the cathedral musician, is making arrangements for 3 hours of French music performances of high quality and interest. The rich interior of the cathedral, the fantastic organ, and talented presenters promise a grand afternoon!
On September 16 we visit the Kansas City jazz district with a program that will feature 3 organs in 1 sanctuary! Centennial United Methodist church is 2 blocks from 18th and Vine and is home to an original installation of a theater style Wurlitzer! We'll also hear a Hammond C3. A bit of trivia about Hammond organs: the FIRST Hammond organ ever made was sold to The Paseo Methodist Church in Kansas City, AND is now in the Smithsonian Museum collection. We will also hear a large digital organ installation as part of the evening. Reggie Watkins is working on this program, and we know there will be a choir and lots of singing for us, and by us! Craig Smith will have a jazz trio as part of our "Happy Hour" pre-meal program. This is an evening of fun that you will also want to encourage your friends and family to attend! Don't miss it!
A KU alumnus is our concert organist on October 21. We had a large number of requests to have Jonathan Gregoire perform for us, and we are happy to report he will be playing at St. Andrews Episcopal.
Dr. Jonathan M. Gregoire serves as the Organist and Associate Director of Music at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, TX, where he is Director of the St. Andrew Academy of Music. Dr. Gregoire earned his D.M.A. in organ performance from Arizona State University, where he worked with Dr. Kimberly Marshall. Jonathan earned a degree in organ performance from the University of Kansas (M.M.), where he was inducted into the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International Honor Society.
We look forward to an exhilarating evening of high-spirited organ playing at our October meeting!
In November, on the 18th, we travel to Kansas City, Kansas to hear Schola Cantorum perform in the marvelous acoustical space of the Cathedral of St. Peter. This Cathedral is where the Kansas City Chorale recorded their Grammy winning CD. We will include several organ selections also. It will certainly be an evening of heavenly space and sounds!
There will be more information on these performances, and others that are farther out, in the Bombarde as we get closer to them. Please check on the dates and mark your calendars now. Don't miss the great music and enjoyment in the months to come! When your 2020 calendars go up, don't forget to mark February 16 - which is our Sunday afternoon presentation of "Around the World in 80 Minutes" at Village Presbyterian with an organ and media presentation by Dr. Jeannine Jordan and her husband David!
Finally, as many of you renew your membership for the terrific year ahead, we hope you will consider contributing to support the programs and work of our chapter. Your contribution will be extremely important for us to present these musicians and concerts for us to enjoy! As a Donor/Contributor, you will be thanked in each of the program folders throughout the season.
Betty Bauer, Lynn Bratney, Lara West, Bill McCandless, Craig Smith, Reggie Watkins
Boyd Ahrens, Program Chair
At the final dinner meeting of the season, on May 20, 2019, our chapter honored Carol Wallace for being our Chapter Secretary. Carol was elected to the executive board as secretary in 1998 and has served continuously since then. She is well known and well respected throughout our chapter, and has been a faithful member of the board, for all the 21 years. Her minutes of the meetings were typically flawless, and always clear and well written.
|Chapter Dean, Elisa Bickers, presents Carol with a clock shaped cake that read: "Thank you Carol! Best minutes ever -- never seconds!" Carol was also presented with a card, signed by all in attendance, and an engraved ink pen that spoke of our gratitude for her many years as secretary.|
Several people are taking AGO exams this spring, CAGO, ChM, AAGO, and FAGO. Be sure to note the deadlines, dates of exams and requirements in the July 2019 TAO for the coming year. Service playing exams can be taken any time between October 1 and March 31. CAGO is taken on a set day in the November and in May. ChM, AAGO, and FAGO are each taken on set days in June. Let the coming year be your year to further your professional development. As of July 1 the Coordinator for Certification will be Sarah Lyons, DMA, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact her if you have questions about exams.
Claudette Schiratti, AAGO, KCAGO Certification Chair
In years past except for last year due to the National Convention, there will not be an edition of our Bombarde newsletter for July. The next edition will be August. Any submissions between now and July 20th will be included in the August Edition of our Bombarde. I wish all of you a very happy, safe, relaxing and fun summer.
Keith Sandrock, Bombarde Editor
The Kansas City Symphony welcomes back organist Paul Jacobs on October 25, 26 and 27 for a Classical Series program featuring Once Upon a Castle, Michael Daugherty’s virtuosic concerto for organ and orchestra. Inspired by the iconic Hearst Castle overlooking the California coast, this breathtaking piece will showcase the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Jacobs double-majored in organ and harpsichord at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with John Weaver and Lionel Party, respectively. He also studied at Yale University with Thomas Murray. Today, Jacobs teaches at the Juilliard School of Music, where he was one of the youngest faculty appointees in the school’s history and has been the chair of the organ department since 2004. The only organist ever to win a Grammy® Award, Jacobs has toured extensively across the globe, performing concerts with numerous orchestras as well as solo recitals. Additionally, he has appeared on American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” “Pipedreams” and “Saint Paul Sunday,” as well as NPR’s “Morning Edition,” ABC-TV’s “World News Tonight” and BBC Radio 3.
David T. Beals III Associate Conductor Jason Seber will make his Classical Series conducting debut in these concerts, which also include Brahms’ Fourth Symphony and Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, orchestrated by Elgar. Tickets start at $25 and are available now. To purchase by phone, call the Symphony Box Office at (816) 471-0400 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or select seats online at kcsymphony.org.
As your Historian, I am often presented with a packet of papers from someone who has been saving something from the chapter's past, and finally got around to giving it to me for the archives. I want to share a few things I found of interest.
Edna Scotten Billings, our first Dean, began taking organ lessons at the age of 17, and started as organist at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in in Kansas City when she was 21. She studied at the Julliard School in New York, and with Laurel Anderson at the University of Kansas. She was Cathedral organist for 50 years, and also organist at Temple B'nai Jehudah. She reported that during Holy Week she would often have to race between buildings to play for all of the extra services.
Bruce Prince-Joseph, organist for many years at St. Mary's Episcopal Church downtown, reported the story about the "ghost at St. Mary's" in a program put together in the year 2000. Sounds of heavy chains being dragged about, and reports of a spirit roaming the church by day and by night have been told. The spirit is believed to be that of Henry David Jardine, founder priest and first rector of St. Mary's. He was described as a "controversial character." When he died he was buried in the crypt beneath the high altar. However, due to the circumstances of his death - possibly suicide - his remains were transferred to Forest Hills Cemetery. Immediately following his removal from the crypt, his ghost began appearing in various areas of St. Mary's, signifying his discontent with his removal from his beloved church. The High Altar is even today still dedicated to his memory.
There have been only 2 weddings at the Auditorium, in the Community of Christ Conference Center. Bethel & Joe Knoche, who were to be married at the Stone Church, but were twice put off because of remodeling there, and the Auditorium was the only space large enough for their guest list. The other? A former KCAGO Dean, Evelyn Mesley, when she married Gordon Mesley in 1995. They turned down all the lights, except those around the rostrum, and they had an intimate setting for a wedding with a very LARGE pipe organ.
A tracker organ at the Nelson Art Gallery? For the 1969 Regional AGO Convention, Charles McManis, another former chapter Dean, built a 17 rank tracker organ and set it up at the Nelson. After the convention it was sold to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brighton, Colorado, where it still resides.
Powell Weaver, organist at the Grand Avenue Temple Methodist church from 1918-1938, is perhaps best known for a composition he wrote while organist there: "The Squirrel." The Squirrel, subtitled “Scherzino,” is one of the most recognizable character pieces in organ literature and Weaver's most famous.
Boyd Ahrens, Chapter Historian
On a recent visit to Frankfort, Kentucky, Linda and I were welcomed to First United Methodist Church by David Goins, Director of Music and Worship, for a Good Friday service. The excellent extended prelude of Bach, Brahms, and Vierne was offered by Mark DeAlba, organist at Central Baptist Church of Lexington, KY, where he plays a 3/32 1924 Skinner. After the service we got acquainted with David and Mark, then David opened up the organ for us to explore. It was a great time and we were thankful for the opportunity.
The current organ of First United Methodist Church of Frankfort, KY was built by Randall Dyer and Associates of Jefferson City, TN in 1993 as No. 54, 2/37. Dyer utilized 426 pipes from the previous organ, a 1961 12 rank Schantz. The organ before the Schantz was built by the Lucky Organ Company of Louisville, KY sometime during World War II. The first documented pipe organ was built by Pilcher and Sons, also of Louisville, and was purchased in 1911. Considering that the current sanctuary was built in 1856, there were likely other instruments, but these are the only ones documented in the church literature.
An interesting side note: the organ case was built to accommodate the portrait of Christ, entitled “The Sacred Heart,” a copy of a work by St. Louis artist C. Bosseron Chambers. This picture had been present at the front of the sanctuary for many years and the church desired that it remains as a focal-point of the sanctuary and the new organ. They had it removed and restored by Old World Restorations of Cincinnati prior to the installation of the organ.
Tim Link, GKCAGO Chapter Member
The Chapel Choir from the 5,000 member Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma will perform a concert of choral music at Country Club Christian Church,6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64113 on Sunday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. This concert is part of the ensemble’s 2019 “Summer Mystery Tour.” Chapel Choir is an accomplished ensemble of high school students who perform two anthems and liturgical responses every Sunday, occasional major works, and a week-long tour each summer. They have performed in many notable venues throughout the country including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and the St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal.
Their tour program, entitled “True Blue,” will feature a diverse collection of choral pieces in many styles including classic works, traditional English anthems, folk settings, gospel, and Broadway show tunes. They will be accompanied by piano, organ, violin and harp. This concert will be free and open to the public.
The Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, founded in 1893, is one of the largest United Methodist Churches in the nation. Located in the heart of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, its building is widely known for its outstanding art deco architecture. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. For more information contact: Joel Panciera, Boston Avenue Church, 1301 Boston Avenue, Tulsa, Ok 74119 email@example.com, (918) 699-0118.
Mark your calendar for 2pm on Sunday, July 28th, 2019. Reggie Watkins & Friends will be entertaining us with a variety of musical treats on the Mighty Morton’s console in the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium Music hall at 301 West 13th Street in downtown Kansas City. Come bring your family and friends!
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
org, piano, lit
|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 postgraduate level:
|Joyce Berg, MM
|John Deahl, MM
org, dir, lit, bass soloist
|Stephanie Henry, DMA Choral Music,
org, piano, dir, lts
|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.