Hello colleagues, I hope each of you have had some refreshing summer vacation as we each take our places in the duties of musicians. I am honored to be your Dean for the year and as I have said before, from this position, I see how very vital it is for us to work together and to share in our monthly gatherings.
We begin the season in an unusual way, meeting at the Music Hall in downtown Kansas City. We will dine in the elegant and historic Art-Deco foyer on the upper level and then move into the auditorium for the event. I encourage you to call in reservations to bring friends to the dinner and for a fun evening. Easy parking is a block west at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral but this fills before 6:30 for symphony chorus rehearsal. After that, easy parking is across the street in the Barney Allis Plaza Garage for a fee. Enter the front doors of the Music Hall and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.
For this combined event with friends from the association of the Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ (KCTPO) we are featuring an organist who is equally at home with the theatre organ and the classical organ-David Hegarty of San Francisco. To appeal to all tastes, he is planning a program of music from the movies-film themes by the great Hollywood composers, as well as favorite show tunes from movie musicals. Composers represented will range from Max Steiner to John Williams, Jerome Kern to Richard Rodgers. This music is perfectly suited to the Music Hall's spectacular Robert Morton theatre organ.
"The Organ Goes to Hollywood"
Monday, September 20 at 7:30 pm
Kansas City Music Hall
301 W. 13th Street (13th & Central)
Kansas City, MO
Dinner at 6:00 pm (note earlier start time)
Our dinner meeting this month will be a joint meeting with members of the KCPTO. Because the dinner will be at the Music Hall, we are required to use one of the caterers on the Music Hall’s list of “approved” vendors. Our Dean has been working hard to insure that we will have a tasty meal at the same reasonable price of our regular dinner meetings. The menu will include a hot main course, salad, potato, vegetable and rolls. KCPTO members will provide tea and coffee, and several of our members will provide cookies for dessert. Dinner cost is $9.00.
We also need an accurate and timely accounting of reservations for this meeting. Please call Jane Dauer at 816.252.3787 or email@example.com to make a reservation. The deadline for called-in AGO dinner reservations is 10 PM on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12. When making your reservation, please indicate how many people you are reserving for. (If you have a standing reservation and are just calling to make sure you will have a place, please also indicate that).
**REMINDER TO BOARD MEMBERS: Our next Board meeting will be Saturday, September 11 at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church. All committee chairs and long-range planning committee members are expected to attend. It is particularly important that as many attend as possible this month, as there will be a report from the national convention exploration committee and we want to give support and information to all of our new committee chairs.
Placement coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Organist: Ascension Lutheran Church, 4900 Blue Ridge Boulevard, KC, MO, 2 S (8 & 10:45), 1 R now on Wed, considering moving to Sun 9:15 between services, contact Dr. Scott Lemmermann, pastor, email address email@example.com; phone number is 816-358-1919; and website is www.ascensionlutherankc.org
Choir Director: Trinity Lutheran Church, 5601 West 62nd St./ Mission, Kansas 66202, is accepting applications for the position of Adult Choir Director. This is a part time position entailing one weekly rehearsal, Sunday morning rehearsal, and worship services from September through June. Please send resumes by September 10th to Tom Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Music Director: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 NE Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, MO is seeking a Music Director. This is a part time position. Duties will include working with the Pastor to coordinate schedules for music in traditional worship services (scheduling organist, adult and youth choirs, bell choir, and soloists or groups). Duties will also include working with the Pastor to coordinate one contemporary worship service each month and leading the existing Music Team that performs in that service. Additional duties may also include piano accompanist for choirs, soloists, and groups, and substituting for the church organist as necessary. Interested individuals should contact Brian Mitchell at (816) 525-6016, or email@example.com for more information about this position.
Organist/Pianist: John Knox Presbyterian Kirk – 11430 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114, 816-942-3637– is accepting applications for the position of organist/pianist. Position involves accompanying weekly choir rehearsal and one Sunday service from September through May. In June, will accompany Sunday AM drop-in choir rehearsal and one worship service. During July and August, organist/pianist will provide music for the worship service, rehearse with and accompany soloists, small groups, or instrumentalists supplying summer “special music.” Applicant must have both organ and piano skills and be able to sight read hymns. Ability to improvise accompaniments from a lead sheet would be helpful.
Please see complete job description on website [www.JohnKnoxKirk.org]. Send resume to Rev. Andy Cullen [Andy@johnknoxkirk.org] or Kerry Strayer [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Organ/Choir Scholar: Fred and Virginia Merrill Organ/Choir Scholar:Village Presbyterian Church (Prairie Village, KS) is thrilled to announce the creation of this new position, to be filled by an accomplished and creative organist, organ and piano accompanist, and choral singer. Responsibilities include participation in three Sunday morning worship services, two Thursday evening choir rehearsals, and additional paid rehearsals in preparation for concerts, Advent/Christmas, and Holy Week. Compensation is highly competitive. This position will be filled by September 2, 2010. Please send inquiries and professional C.V. (with two references) to Mark Ball, Director of Music, email@example.com
Organist: Red Bridge Christian Church, 10842 McGee (64114) in South Kansas City is seeking an organist for Sunday morning worship beginning immediately. We are offering $100 per Sunday for a temporary person until the permanent position is filled. Please call the church office at 816-942-2684 if you are interested.
Organist: The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Independence seeks to hire an organist. The organist will be responsible for service music at the 10:45 worship service, and acting as accompanist for the Wednesday evening choir rehearsals. Please send CV to: Mike Beckner, Minister of Music, First Christian Church, 125 S Pleasant, Independence, MO 64050, firstname.lastname@example.org
Organist/Pianist: Country Club United Methodist Church, 57th and Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64113 is seeking an accomplished organist/pianist with interest in worship arts to assist the pastor in developing a more dynamic worship experience. Congregation of 150. Creative worship with traditional and contemporary music. Excellent sight-reading required; improvisation and composition is encouraged. Moller Pipe Organ and Steinway piano. Worship is at 10:45 Sundays with rehearsal Wed. nights 7:30-9:00. Accompany Chancel Choir, Children's Choir and/or Bell Choir. Part time $15,000+. Weddings and funerals extra. Resumes may be sent to Rev. Jennifer W. Klein, Country Club UMC, 400 W.57th Street, KC MO 64113; email@example.com, or call (816) 444-1616.
Sunday, September 12, 2:00 pm: Scott Foppiano will present a concert on the Robert-Morton theatre pipe organ at the Music Hall. The concert will feature light classical, ballads, marches and transcriptions in addition to exciting, standard theatre organ fare. Nationally renowned as a classical recitalist, Liturgical organist, silent film accompanist and concert and recording theatre organist, he has 6 solo CDs to his credit with future projects pending and was named the ATOS' 2007 Organist of the Year. Don't miss this opportunity to hear his Kansas City debut in concert. The Music Hall is located in downtown Kansas City at 301 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105. There is no admission charge.
Friday, September 17th, 12:10 pm: The first concert of the 17th season of The Westport Center for the Arts Brown Bag Series. Allegresse: Annie Gnojek, flute, Margaret Marco, oboe, and Ellen Bottorf, piano. Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO. FREE. Coffee and cookies provided. Donations gratefully accepted.
Friday, September 17 , 7:30 pm: The first event of the 2010-11 Bales Artist Series will be famed Russian organist Daniel Zaretsky at the Bales Organ Recital Hall. Tickets for this performance are available at the Lied Center Ticket Office 785-864-2787 or online at www.lied.ku.edu.
Sunday, October 2nd, 2:00 pm: Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral will host a HYMN FESTIVAL with Dr. Gerre Hancock, organist/master of the choristers emeritus of St. Thomas Church in New York City and Professor of Church Music at the University of Texas Austin. Hymns reflecting the Liturgical Year is the theme. The hymn festival is open to all who love to sing hymns accompanied by a master musician, and is presented jointly by the Cathedral and David Leimkuehler. For further information, please contact John Schaefer at (816) 214-9928.
Now is the time to beginning planning for AGO certification exams. They are a great motivation to improve your professional skills. Contact Ted Stewart for more details:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-254-5665.
Substitutes listed are members of the local organ guild. The ones 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 Greater Kansas City AGO 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.
These substitutes have passed various levels of AGO certification requirements:
|Scott Foppiano, MM, CAGO - org, dir, soloist, lit||816-437-8557,
|Jan Kraybill, DMA, AAGO||913.897.8332|
|Nick Mourlam, SPC – org, lit||913.488.1272|
|John Pitchford, MM, SPC – org||913.663.3768|
|Claudette Schiratti, MM, AAGO - org, dir, lit,||913.530.0960|
|Barbara Tankard Thatcher, CAGO||816.796.3706|
|Ann Warzyn, BME, SPC - org||816.453.5027|
|SPC = service playing certificate, CAGO = Colleague certification|
The following have various degrees in organ or church music at the college or post-graduate level:
|David Armstrong, MChM
– org, dir, T/B solo, lit
|Tom Atkin, MSM - org, lit||913.722.2404|
|Steven McDonald, Bmus - org, dir, lit||785.841.4696 or 785.242.5200x5439|
|Dale Ramsey, MM – org, dir||816.322.8985|
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA – org, lit||816.415.3792
or 816.781.7700 x5199
|James Snyder, DMA – org, dir||816.765.1721
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA – org, lit||913.642.8642|
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
The following also offer their services:
|Doris Daniels - org, lit||816.431.3244
|Alan Gagnon, org, lit||603.660.8408 (cell)|
|Lisa Shephard Galchick, org, lit||816.587.9290 or
|Jonathan Gregoire, org||320-333-8894 (cell)|
|Kathy Hellwege, BSE in Music & English||913-362-0594 or 913-706-0126 (cell)|
|Freda Proctor - org, dir., lit||913.328.0721 (h);
913.484.8271 (cell); 913.758.6320 (w)
|Stephen Kucera, org||913-400-2307 or
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 or
|Keith Sandrock – org||816-420-9104
or 816-896-6762 (cell)
|Marilyn VanderLinden - org, lit||816.665.4441|
|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 email@example.com.