An estimated 170 people attended our program on March 16. We had printed 150 programs, but ran out before the recital began. It was nice to see the good number of our chapter members who ate dinner with us augmented by other members who couldn't make it for dinner but came later, members of Rainbow Mennonite congregation, and visitors. Bruce Stevens played an excellent recital on the 140-year-old E. & G.G. Hook organ recently installed in Rainbow Mennonite Church.
Several thoughts crossed my mind during and after the program. First, a thing of beauty and high quality, no matter how old, can still look and sound beautiful. This instrument, though built in 1869 that's only four years after the end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's assassination remains a gorgeous work of art for the eye to behold and the ear to hear. Second, how fortunate we are that the people of the church in Troy, New York, had the foresight to preserve and maintain the organ; that Rosi Penner Kaufman and her congregation had the faith and made the effort to bring the instrument to Kansas City; and that Michael Quimby and his associates have the skill and knowledge to bring it back to life. In this throw-away age, when anything which seems to have outlived its immediate usefulness is cast aside and replaced, it is almost miraculous that we are able to enjoy this organ today. Finally, those of us who every week play small two-manual instruments should have been inspired to realize once again that it is possible to make beautiful music even if we have limited resources. Although there are some organ works that require three manuals and a large complement of stops of varied tone colors, many works can be realized quite successfully on two manuals with a relatively small number of stops. Bruce Stevens certainly proved that point.
Our next meeting is on Monday, March 16, at Country Club United Methodist Church, 400 West 57th Street in Kansas City, Mo. After a concert of jazz piano in November, a workshop and demonstration of improvisation in January, and a recital on the historic Hook instrument in February, we turn in March to a program for the choral directors among us. Mark Ball, one of our chapter members, who is Director of Music at Village Presbyterian Church, will present a combined choral workshop and reading session. If you are the choir director at your church, this would be a great chance to pick up some new pointers on choral technique and to try out some new repertoire. If you are not the choir director, why not invite your choir director to accompany you to our dinner and program? Remember, if you do not have a standing dinner reservation or you are bringing a guest, be sure to call 816-452-8222 by Wednesday, March 11, to make reservations.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Bill McCandless, Dean
Mary Davis - chairperson; Betty Bauer, Jane Dauer, Joyce McIntosh, Eddie Straub
SLATE OF OFFICERS 2009-2010
Dean - Roseann Penner Kaufman
Sub-Dean - Ken Walker
Secretary - Carol Wallace
Treasurer - Lynn Bratney
Registrar - Pamela Robison
Auditors (2) Jeff King, Ann Posey, Dale Ramsey, Joan Schmitt
Class of 2012 (3) Tom Atkin, Michael Phelps, Deborah Winter
DEAN - ROSEANN PENNER KAUFFMAN Rosann Penner Kaufman currently serves as Director of Music for Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas, and is the organ instructor at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas. She has been an active member of KCAGO for over 20 years serving in various leadership roles. Dr. Kaufman also holds degrees from the University of Iowa and Bethel College. Her teachers include James Higdon, Michael Bauer, Delbert Disselhorst, Delores Bruch, and Shirley King. Roseann lives in Prairie Village with her husband Mitch and two children, Daniel and Marina.
SUB-DEAN - KENNETH WALKER Kenneth Walker has been organist-choirmaster at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church since 1989 and has served in various capacities to the GKCAGO since first coming to graduate school in 1980.?He has served the guild throughout those years in various capacities, including convener for the 1995 Regional Convention, chair and co-chair of two Bachathons, twice a member of the long-range planning committee, publisher of the chapter's directory for several years, publisher of the Bombarde newsletter, workshop presenter, adjudicator of organ competitions, and a host for the 2008 Pipe Organ Discovery event.?He is director of the Schola Cantorum for the current year and will be teaching in the 2009 Pipe Organ Encounter this summer.
SECRETARY - CAROL WALLACE Carol is currently organist at Liberty Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She hold a BM degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and an MM from UMKC. She has worked at the Kansas City, Missouri Public Library for over 30 years as a Reference Librarian. As the Art & Music Specialist for the Central Branch, she is also responsible for collection development in the area of the arts. Carol is an active member of the local and national chapters of the Association of Disciple Musicians. She has been a member of the Kansas City AGO chapter since 1971 and has served as Registrar, Dinner Reservations Chair and as a member of the Professional Concerns committee and the Youth Committee. She is currently Secretary of the Executive Board.
TREASURER - LYNN BRATNEY Lynn is currently assistant organist at Barry Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has worked at Cerner Corporation for over 18 years and is currently a consultant there for the laboratory information system. Lynn holds a BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Iowa where she also took as many music classes and lessons as her schedule would allow. Lynn has served as financial chairperson for her son's Boy Scout Chili Dinner for three years and worked with the troop treasurer.?Today, Lynn studies organ with Mary Davis and is an active member of the Kansas City AGO.?She lives in Kansas City, Missouri putting her son Rob through the University of Missouri Columbia.
REGISTRAR - PAMELA ROBISON Pam Robison has been interested in organs of all kinds since she began playing for church services as a child in England on a pump organ. She has been a member of the organ staff at the Community of Christ International Headquarters in Independence, Missouri, since 1969 and currently is employed as Worship and Music Specialist there. She holds a bachelor's degree in English education and a master's degree in organ performance from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri, and a master of arts degree in religion from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. She has previously served the Kansas City AGO chapter as chaplain and reporter.
AUDITOR - JEFF KING Jeff is currently principal organist at St Matthews Lutheran in Lee's Summit since last June. Previously he was organist/choir accompanist for five years at Raytown Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran. He is a staff member at the Community of Christ Auditorium and Temple in Independence regularly playing at recitals, special services and graduations. Jeff has been awarded the AGO Service Playing Certificate. He has studied organ with Dr William McCandless and Ted Stewart.
AUDITOR - ANN POSEY (biography not received)
AUDITOR - DALE E. RAMSEY Dale Ramsey worked the early part of his career serving congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana, Texas and Missouri as a full-time minister of music/organist. In 1990 he established MusiGraphics Productions, a company specializing in music engraving and editing services for publishing companies and composers. For a number of years Dale was a staff organist for the Community of Christ National Headquarters. He recently retired from the position of Associate Organist for Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City. Earlier he was organist for Central United Methodist Church in Kansas City. He has served on the board of the KC area AGO for two years. He served as Dean of the Corpus Christi, Texas Chapter in 1990-91. His compositions have been published by Kjos, Choristers Guild, Southern Music Company, MorningStar Music Publishers, and Wingert-Jones Publications.
AUDITOR - JOAN SCHMITT Joan has been a member of KCAGO since 1971?presently serving on the Investment Advisory Committee.?Past experience:?Dean, Sub-Dean, Treasurer, Registrar, Auditor, Chairman of Nominating Committee.
CLASS OF 2012 - TOM ATKIN Tom Atkin has been a member of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists since 1961. He is a former Dean of GKCAGO. Tom is a graduate of the School of Sacred Music, Union Theological Seminary. He was organist-choirmaster at Central United Methodist for 34 years, and also served several Jewish Temples in this manner.
CLASS OF 2012 - MICHAEL PHELPS Michael Phelps has been an active member since college, where he was student president at the University of Northern Iowa. After moving to Kansas to work for the Reuter Organ Co. in 1988 he joined the Kansas City chapter. During those years Michael was on the Guild?Board serving in different functions. One of those was being on the Endowment 2000 committee which was to raise money to?match?a $30,000 gift to the Guild. He served as nominations chair for two years, was on chapter program committee, and was a member at large. In 2003 Michael moved to the East coast and was active in the Northern Virginia Chapter of AGO and served on the program committee two years. In 2007, he moved back to Kansas City and rejoined the Kansas City Chapter again.
CLASS OF 2012 - DEBORAH WINTER Debbie Winter grew up in several eastern Kansas communities as her father was a United Methodist pastor. Fortunately, Waterville, KS, boasted three KU graduates teaching organ in a town of 700. Debbie started organ lessons in seventh grade studying with Claire Youngberg. Debbie graduated from Baker University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1980. A career in teaching was not to be, so Debbie has worked in accounting at the University of Kansas Medical Center for 25 years. Currently, she is organist at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Overland Park. She enjoys her family of dogs and cats, and knits and crochets in her free time. Debbie has been married to Tim Slagle for five years.
Where are the organists of the future? All around you! They are high school students who play the piano well, and love adventure! Well, isn't it an adventure to learn to play the pipe organ? Talk to the teenage piano players you know, and tell them about our chapter's Pipe Organ Encounter! You should have received a brochure by now, and if you didn't, please let me or John Ditto know, and we'll get one to you. You can find one HERE. Participants can register for the early-bird price of $375 before April 1st. It costs $425 after that. You and a friend could help sponsor a student, or your church could provide a scholarship for a teenage musician from the congregation. There are 36 places to be filled, and you can help fill them.
Marian Thomas, Publicity Chairperson KCAGO POE Steering Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
A note from Bombarde's editor: Please list this paragraph in your church's newsletter and/or online site.
John Ditto, director of the Pipe Organ Encounter and Lisa Galchick, treasurer for the event, request donations to help provide scholarships to deserving young students (ages 13-18). If you, your parish, and/or your institution of choice, are willing and able to help provide some financial support, please send your check to "GKCAGO--POE 2009" and mail it to Lisa S. Galchick, treasurer, 3309 NW 67th St., Kansas City, Missouri, 64151-2283.
Donations postmarked by April 1 will be listed in the programs during the week of POE.
A gift of 160 titles was recently donated to the Greater Kansas City AGO. Executive Board member Thom Greathouse graciously catalogued the scores and put single copies into binders so our members can peruse them. There are all styles of sacred anthems, in addition to some pop and "Broadway" tunes. To review the list of titles OR to borrow music, contact Thom Greathouse at KCAGOLendingLibrary@yahoo.com. The title catalogue will also be placed on the website for viewing/downloading soon. We hope you will take advantage of this gift!
2:00pm 7:00pm at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. Featured guests include local organists, K-State University Faculty and Student Trumpet Ensemble, and the AGO Schola Cantorum. Your help is still needed! Brian Campbell, chairperson, is looking looking for an organist to play the fourth Trio Sonata (BWV 528) in e minor. If you would be willing to perform please contact Brian: email@example.com. If you are willing to volunteer, call or email! firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 816. 896.4750.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
2 p.m., Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ (KCTPO) presents Brett Valliant, organist. Kansas City Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St., KCMO, 64105. Open to the public; free; donations encouraged.
Friday, 13 March 2009
7:30 p.m. Cameron Carpenter, organist, in recital. Missouri Western State University, Potter Fine Arts Theater. Admission $10. Contact Bill McMurray, AAGO, ChM, concert chair for assistance: Cell 816-390-4403 or Office 816-271-1442.
Friday, 20 March 2009
12:10 p.m. Westport Presbyterian Brown Bag Concert. Marita Abner, bassoonist with Kansas City Symphony and Rebecca Bell, harpischordist with the Kansas City Symphony and Summerfest. Free. Coffee and cookies provided; bring your own lunch. Donations happily accepted.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
5 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd. (at State Line Rd.) Bach Cantata Vespers: J. S. Bach's Cantata #94: Was frag ich nach der Welt (What Need I Ask of the World), with the Bach Vespers Choir and Orchestra. William T. Stewart, conductor. The public is invited to this free performance. 816.931.8483.
Director of Music/Organist
Southminster Presbyterian Church, 6306 Roe Ave., Prairie Village, KS 66208. Time, P (Casavant, 3M) 28-voice Chancel Choir. $N. Contact Annehara Tatschl at the church address or email@example.com.
Director of Music/Organist
Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111. 1S, 1R, P (Reuter/Wicks, 3M, 23R), $N. Effective 7/1/2009. Application deadline 3/1/2009. Contact Rev. Scott Myers at (816) 931-1032 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Church website is www.westportpresbyterian.org.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 9333 W. 159th St., Overland Park, KS 66221. 2S/month, 0R, E (Allen 3M/68stops), Yamaha Baby Grand, $N. Contact Rev. Tony Felich at (913) 522-1719 or email@example.com. (Church website www.redeemer-pca.org)
Leawood Baptist Church, 8200 State Line Road, Leawood, KS 66206, is seeking a part-time person to play organ or piano each Sunday morning, accompany choir rehearsals Wednesday or Thursday evenings, be available for periodic vocal and instrumental rehearsals. Must be comfortable with traditional and contemporary styles of worship. Salary: $175/week. Contact Michelle Patton, Director of Worship, Music & Young Adult Ministries. Phone 913.649.0100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-time Organist Position in Colorado
Father Dyer United Methodist Church, Breckenridge, CO, seeks part-time organist. 1S, 1R, extra Holy Week, Christmas services for additional compensation. Benefits include ski pass, teaching privileges, etc. Submit resume, salary requirements, and references to email@example.com. This positions may be combined with office management our youth ministry duties to create a full-time position. See www.fatherdyer.org for more information.
There are at least a dozen or 20 books about music and composers; Mendelssohn Letters, Bartok, Prokofiev, Wagner, Berlioz, Strauss, Brahms, history, and more... Small donation. Any history or musicology buffs who might be interested? Contact Susie Fritts (telephone) 913.708.8088.
|Tom Atkin, MSM – org, lit, dir||913.722.2404|
|Betty Bauer – org, lit||913.814.9021 or 913.488.8417|
|Phyllis Curtis, MM – org||(4th & 5th Sundays only) 913.839.8856, 913.406.5327
|Doris Daniels – org, lit||816-431-3244, 816-721-3191 or 913.288.7129|
|Sharon Davies, BM – org||816.331.5581|
|Kathy Hellwege, BSE – org, dir, lit, sop, alto||913.362.0594 or 913.706.0126|
|Steven McDonald – org, dir, lit||785.841.4696
|Nick Mourlam, SPC – org, lit||913.488.1272|
|Michael Phelps – org, lit, dir||816.876.5677|
|John Pitchford, MM, SPC – org||913.663.3768|
|Freda Proctor - org, dir, lit||913.328.0721 (h); 913.484.8271 (cell); 913.758.6320 (w)|
|Dale Ramsey, MM – org, dir||816.322.8985
or 816.797.3014 (cell)
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA – org, lit||816.415.3792
|James Snyder, DMA – org, dir||816.765.1721 or 816.719.3289|
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA – org., lit||913.642.8642|
|Marilyn VanderLinden – org, lit
||(very early or evening), 816.665.4441|
|Ann Warzyn, BME, SPC – org||816.453.5027|
|Roger Wischmeier, DMA, CAGO – org||(Wed & Sun. p.m.) 816.761.3811|
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
The absolute deadline for submissions to Bombarde's editor is the 20th of each month. Please email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Rosi Penner Kaufman
After our January AGO recital, several people have asked for more information about the organ at Rainbow Mennonite. It was an oversight that we did not put the stop list in the recital program; please find it below. Here are some other tidbits you might find interesting:
A unique feature of this organ is the stops noted as "t.c." This means that the rank runs from tenor c up. For instance, if playing on the Great Melodia, the Stopped Diapason Bass must be pulled to have the lowest octave of pipes on that manual. On the Great, the Melodia and Dulciana share the same bottom octave of pipes. On the Swell, the Open Diapason, Keraulophon, and Stopped Diapason share the same bottom octave (the Stopped Diapason Bass). It was an ingenious way for the builder to save money and space by sharing an octave of pipes between several ranks. It also provides flexibility if one is creative with registration; for instance, one can pull only the bottom octave of the Swell reed (the bassoon), while playing the melody on the Open Diapason on the same manual. Or one can couple just the bottom octave of the swell reed to the pedal for gravity without having the reed in the upper pedal parts. There are seventeen ranks of pipes.
The stop list of the organ is as it was purchased, and all pipes are original Hook. The wind pressure is 2 5/8", as was notated by the voicer on one of the pipes. The pedalboard is flat. The swell shoe mechanism was altered at some point between 1869 and 1997 from the original hitch-down to a balanced swell, which was retained. The original hand-pumping mechanism was replaced with an electric blower, probably before 1920.
I'm thrilled to have this organ in Kansas City, and I hope it will be an integral part of our organ culture for many years.
E. and G.G. Hook, opus 488, 1869
Originally built for Woodside Presbyterian Church, Troy, NY
Purchased by Rainbow Mennonite, June, 2005
Restored by Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. and installed, November, 2008
Great Organ: CC-a3, 58 notes
Bourdon (t.c.) 16' 46 pipes
Open Diapason 8'58
Dulciana (t.c.) 8'46
Melodia (t.c.) 8' 46
Stopped Diapason Bass 8'12
Swell Organ: CC-a3, 58 notes, enclosed
Open Diapason (t.c.) 8'46
Keraulophon (t.c.) 8'46
Stopped Diapason (t.c.) 8'46
Stopped Diapason Bass 8'12
Flute Harmonique 4'58
Oboe (t.c.) 8'46
Tremulant (to swell only)
Pedal: CCC-D, 27 notes
Swell to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Draw knob for bellows signal (disabled; electric blower)