At its national convention in June, the American Guild of Organists inaugurated the "International Year of the Organ." Our Greater Kansas City Chapter has planned special programs to mark this year. You will want to write these on your calendar and plan now to attend every one of them. You will not be disappointed.
On Monday, September 15, we kick off our year with an exciting performance by Stephen Tharp, described by one reviewer as "the perfect virtuoso." One of the most active concert organists of our day, he played an outstanding recital at the national convention. Mr. Tharp's appearance is sponsored by Michael Quimby and Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., and will be on the Quimby organ in Gano Chapel on the campus of William Jewell College. Dinner will be at Liberty Christian Church.
In October we join with other organists and other AGO chapters around the globe to present an "Organ Spectacular." This special program will be on Sunday, October 19, the day set by our national AGO for "Organ Spectacular" concerts, at the Community of Christ International Headquarters in Independence. The program will include performances by Adam Peithmann, our 2007 Region VI AGO/Quimby Competition winner; Jan Kraybill, our regional councillor; and Jan Van Otterloo playing the new composition by Stephen Paulus commissioned by the national AGO for this occasion. The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at V's Restaurant. Remember: In October we meet on Sunday afternoon rather than Monday evening.
In November we celebrate jazz with a workshop and recital by Joe Utterback on the 17th at Village Presbyterian Church. In January we celebrate the art of improvisation with a workshop and recital by Tom Trenney, national AGO improvisation competition winner, on January 19 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
On February 16 we have the opportunity to hear the restored E. and G.G. Hook organ recently installed by Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., in Rainbow Mennonite Church. The recitalist for that evening is Bruce Stevens. On March 16 we will host a choral workshop and reading session by Suzanne Hatcher of William Jewell College.
The program on April 20 is our member's recital. This year's theme is "Music You Can't Play on Sunday Morning." If you have in your repertoire a piece that you would love to play but just isn't appropriate for a worship service, let me know. We may have a spot for you on our April program.
At our May 18 meeting we will celebrate our 70th birthday with a Guild Service and gala reception at Country Club Christian Church. The speaker will be Bill Tammeus, religion writer for the Kansas City Star.
This promises to be an exciting year for our chapter. Come and be part of it.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Bill McCandless, Dean
Have you remembered to renew your AGO membership? In order for your name to be included in the 2008-2009 Membership Directory, your membership form and dues need to be in the hands of our registrar, Debbie Lynch, by September 1. If you have misplaced the renewal form that came in the mail, you can download a copy at www.kcago.com; just click on "Join our Ranks" and select "Download Membership Application." Debbie Lynch's address is on the form.
The absolute deadline for submissions to Bombarde's editor is the 20th of each month. Please email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org (this is a new address).
Dean: William McCandless
Sub-Dean: Roseann Penner Kaufman
Secretary: Carol Wallace
Treasurer: Sally Livengood
Registrar: Debbie Lynch
Members at Large (Long-Range Planning Committee)
Class of 2009: Stephanie Henry, Ann Posey, Eddie Straub
Class of 2010: Carol Mueller, Janice Van Otterloo, Ken Walker
Class of 2011: Brian Campbell, Thomas Greathouse, Mark Langdon
Past Deans: Steve Wittman, Nan Hulett, Sharon Hettinger
Auditors: Jeff King & Dale Ramsey
Appointed Board Members
Chaplain The Rev. Mark McGuire
Historian Dovie Fields
Reporter Pam Robison
Standing Committee Chairs
AGO Certification/Education Ted Stewart * Bachathon Brian Campbell * Bombarde Editor Sharon Hettinger * Competition Ann Posey * Concert Series Margaret Jenkins * Dinner Reservations Jean Lyne * Directory Laura Griggs * Hospitality Marian Thomas * Investment Advisory Nancy Stankiewicz * Membership Susan Swain * Nominations Mary Davis * Placement Lynn Alfers * Professional Development/Ethics Karen Engebretson * Program for 2009-10 Rosie Penner Kauffman * Publicity David Diebold * Standing Rules Steven Hoover * Youth Claudette Schiratti
We are looking for a Guild member to chair our Finance Committee. The Finance Committee, also known as the Budget Committee, is made up of the treasurer, three past deans, and the chair appointed by the dean. The committee is responsible for preparing a budget for the upcoming year, which is to be submitted to the executive board at its May meeting. The Finance Chair also helps the treasurer prepare monthly reports to the board and end-of-year reports to be submitted to the national AGO headquarters. If you have interest, ability, or experience in finance, accounting, etc., and would be willing to serve our chapter in this role, please contact Bill McCandless at 660.747.6078 or email@example.com.
The Greater Kansas City Chapter of AGO has been awarded a POE (pipe organ encounter) for 2009. What a great way to celebrate our 70th Anniversary as a Chapter! John Ditto is the Director. Please offer to assist in ways you are gifted! We will need everyone's help to make this a successful venture!
The Quimby Competition for young organists will be held between 6 February 6 and 19 April 19 2009. If you are interested in helping with this event, contact Ann Posey, Competition Coordinator.
Jan Kraybill, from our GKCAGO Chapter, was re-elected councillor for Region VI.
Eileen Guenther, from Washington, D.C. was elected president. For others, see your recent The American Organist.
Fred Swann's performance in Los Angeles raised $50,000 for the AGO Endowment Fund.
Distinguished Composer Award presented to Stephen Paulus
AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition presented to Stephen R. Fraser
AGO Award in Organ Composition presented to Rachel Laurin
Charlene Atkin, Tom Atkin's wife of 50 years. Please keep Tom in your prayers.
Jarsolav (Jerry) Vajda, author of many hymn texts.
Used set of 2-3 octaves. Contact Mario Pearson, The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, KCMO. firstname.lastname@example.org
September 12 - 13 , 2008 - First Church of the Nazarene; 11811 State Line Road; Kansas City, MO 64114
To register: https://www.choristersguild.org/dir_conf_bridges08_reg.php
UPCOMING RECITALS OF NOTE
Sunday, 21 September 2008, 2 p.m. Marvin Faulwell, organist, with the silent film "The General" at Kansas City Music Hall, on the Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ. For information, contact Troy Sorbo, email@example.com.
Part time Church Organist/Accompanist
First Baptist Church, Olathe, Kansas, is currently seeking an organist for weekly Sunday worship services, as well as during special evening services (i.e. Holy Week), as needed. Piano and accompaniment experience is a plus, but not required. Questions? Contact Jeremy McDonald at (913) 764-7088. Please forward your cover letter, resume, and references to: The Music Committee, 2024 E. 151st Street, Olathe, KS, 66018 or fax: (913) 764-8253.
Stilwell United Methodist Church, Stilwell, KS, is currently seeking an organist for weekly Sunday worship services, as well as special services (i.e., Holy Week, weddings, funerals), as needed. Please email your cover letter, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Stilwell UMC, 19335 Metcalf Ave., Stilwell, KS 66085.
Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence is looking for a part-time music associate. The position includes accompanying the Chancel Choir rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. for warm-up rehearsal and the 9:30 a.m. traditional service. Proficiency in accompanying on organ and piano is a necessity. For a job description or more information please contact KimManz, Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministry at Plymouth Congregational Church. email@example.com or 785-843-3220 ext. 15.
Asbury United Methodist Church, 5400 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, KS 66208. 2S (special?services Holy Week/Christmas Eve), No midweek commitment.?$N, P (1979 2-manual McManis).?Contact?Alan Murray?at (913) 432-5573. Please forward your cover letter, resume, and references to: Director of Music at the church address.
Broadway Presbyterian Church, 209 W. Broadway, Sedalia, MO 65301. PT, 1S, and 'one Wednesday choir rehearsal per month.' Other special services during Advent/Christmas/Lent. $N. Contact Phil Jamison, Music Director, 660.826.1708 (Church), 660.347.5639 (home), 660.287.5662 (Cell).
Part-time Associate Organist
Country Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64113. 1S (10:00 Sunday), 1R (+ accompany @ 11:00 service), P, $12-14,000/yr. + weddings. Applications due by 8/10/08. For a detailed job description, see www.cccckc.org, or contact David Diebold at 816-333-4917, ext. 240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shawnee Park Christian Church, 16500 Midland Dr., Shawnee, KS 62217. S2, R1, $N. Contact Pastor Ed Stevenson, 913.530.4963, email@example.com.
Community Covenant Church, 15700 W 87th Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66219. 2S (8:15 & 11 a.m.), one choir, Wednesday rehearsals, a few Sunday evening concerts. Contact Brent Ahsmuhs at the church address, with your resume and cover letter, or call him with questions at 913.901.9116.
First Lutheran Church, 6400 State Line Rd., Mission Hills, KS, 66208. 913.362.4150. 1S, one vocal choir, one handbell choir, rehearsals on Wednesdays. Good spirit is important in addition to being a real ‘people person.’ Contact Pastor Keith Hohly, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Baptist Church, 3101 N.E. Vivion Rd., Kansas City, MO, 64119. PT, 1S (10:15 Sundays), 1R (Wed.) $100/wk. Resumes should be forwarded to the Worship Chair, Ikie Moon: email@example.com. Please call for an appointment to interview, 816.734.2026.
|John Arndt – org, lit||816-833-0957 or 816-518-8250|
|Tom Atkin – org, lit||913-722-2404|
|Betty Bauer – org, lit||913-814-9021 or 913-488-8417|
|Doris Daniels – org, lit||816-431-3244 or 816-721-3191|
|Floyd Gingrich - dir, lit||816-405-8135|
|Kathy Hellwege – org, lit||913-362-0594 or 913-706-0126|
|Mary Hunt – org, lit||913-375-1654|
|Marie Lerner-Sexton – sop soloist||913-780-1299 or 913-558-2688|
|Steven McDonald – org, dir, lit||785-841-4696|
|Nick Mourlam – org, pian||913-744-3083|
|Caroline M. Neal – org, pian, singer, dir||816-305-9526|
|John Obetz – org, dir, lit||913-681-1092|
|John Pitchford – organist||913-663-3768|
|Ann Marie Rigler – org, lit||816-415-3792 or 816-781-7700x5199|
|Joan Schmitt – org., dir., lit||816-444-3813 or 816-896-8935|
|James Snyder – org, dir.||816-765-1721 or 816-719-3289|
|Nancy Stankiewicz – org., lit||913-642-8642|
|Brett Terry – org, dir, tenor soloist, lit||816-204-0408|
|Matthew Thompson – org, dir||785-312-4151|
|Marilyn VanderLinden –org
(very early or evening), lit
|Anne Warzyn – org, pianist, lit||816-453-5027|
|John Winkels – org, dir, lit||816-474-5332|
|Roger Wischmeier – org
(Wed & Sun. p.m.)
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|