From the Dean:
Busy as you are with the abundance of musical responsibilities this time of year, I’ll dare to add a few moments to your time demands. Drink lots of fluids and nourishing food, watch the temptations to junk it up, don’t forget to breathe, find ways to grab a few minutes now and again to relax, take an occasional brisk walk! OK, I’m not your mother, but it is truly possible to actually enjoy the season and its music without total exhaustion or nerve damage.
All I’m saying is: take care of yourself during these especially intense periods of work. You are dear to your congregants and to your friends and your family. We all want you to not just deliver on all the demands of the season, but also to enjoy it as well. Almost sounds weird, doesn’t it? What! Actually enjoy the Advent/Christmas music and all the “extras” and the pressure to exceed the norms of our jobs?
There was a time in my life when I taught parenting classes. My particular focus was parenting teenagers. In those classes I proclaimed that my goal was to help parents actually “enjoy” their teenage children and that phase of family life. Most parents thought I was crazy. After all, the reason they were taking the class was because they were having difficult challenges. However, after ten weeks of classes, many parents were in fact able to come around to a point of actually learning to have fun with their mini-adult family members. Some reported new pleasure in their parenting jobs. It was a big turn-around for them. It had become a much more enjoyable adventure—not problem free, but more joyous.
I do think we sometimes see seasonal pressure-packed times as being so burdensome that we never experience the joy that much of our music attempts to communicate. None of us will have a ten-week class to examine the possibilities of a different perspective, but it is what I would hope for some of us this year. I recall the exhaustion and brain-weariness at the end of the Christmas season; however, I also learned to see the joy—if most often in retrospect. It is in the reflection upon a job done well and a season well celebrated that most of us have an opportunity to see the spirit of what was there in the music all along. It is easy to be so involved in the details of doing it, we fail to fully absorb the content of what we have done—until afterward. But, looking back, we know it was there, and that’s often when see and feel a bit of what we were hoping to instill in our faith communities.
C. S. Lewis in his book Surprised by Joy concluded that we never find joy by seeking it. Joy is always a by-product. Joy comes when we pursue something else with passion and perseverance, without a thought about finding joy there. Then suddenly, without warning, joy is discovered to be present. It’s a surprise. I think we church musicians can understand that. In our attempt to make music as meaningful and as well executed as possible, we do sometimes discover the joy the music itself is attempting to reveal. But it is often in reflection that we see it, and a surprise to find it there after all.
So, that’s my holiday wish for you. May you know joy this season—even if in retrospect. I pray you give yourself that gift this Christmas.
There is no Board meeting in December. Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 14.
The Board is looking for someone to direct Schola Cantorum. Schola is designed to be a mid-sized group of amateur and professional singers that perform diverse choral literature. The purpose of its existence is to provide education for both performers and audiences, opportunity for vocal performance, and joy that comes from participation. Anyone that is interested in this position or knows of someone that would be interested, please forward that information to the Board.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Kansas City, Missouri, announces a hymn contest to commemorate and celebrate its 100th Anniversary. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is a member of the Diocese of West Missouri. Information regarding our church can be found on our website, www.standrewkc.org. This is a contest for a new text. New music for the winning text will be sought in the future. This contest carries a prize of $750 for the winning entry.
Your AGO chapter wants to provide helpful resources to our members. This year, in our emphasis to interest young keyboardists in the organ, we plan to compile a list of organ literature that works well in the transition between piano and organ. This could be music for manuals only; it could be music with optional pedals; also music with minimal pedal requirements. Keyboard skill levels could vary from easy to moderate, as some pianist have good finger facility, just no pedal skills.
Please look through your personal libraries and send via email titles and composers of pieces, or collections you recommend to: Dean@KCAGO.com. We will compile a comprehensive list and make it available to members. Doris Daniels, who so skillfully organizes our recycled music display each month, will create a category of pieces for “the beginning organist” to be made available to members. Should there be any music from your libraries you would care to donate, please bring it to the next meeting and give it to Doris, clearly marked “For the Beginning Organist”. It will then be available each month as a new resource for you.
As always, we appreciate your involvement and active support of these efforts.
Submitted by Dale Ramsey
The online journal KCMetropolis.org features a lengthy interview with Jan Kraybill in the current issue, November 30. Please check it out at http://kcmetropolis.org/issue/november-30-2011/article/movers-shakers-stalwarts-jan-kraybill
If you are not a regular reader, please consider subscribing to this free, weekly journal of performing arts in the Kansas City area. Simply go to http://www.kcmetropolis.org/ to get your free subscription. Every week a new issue Is announced in an email. Every issue is full of feature articles, reviews of concerts, announcements and a comprehensive calendar.
The upcoming OHS National Convention will be held in Chicago July 8-13, the week after the National AGO Convention. They have planned a stunning lineup of performers and instruments. For further information, please go to the convention website at http://www.organsociety.org/2012/. You can also follow us on Facebook, the address is
Placement Coordinator: Mary Bronaugh Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
There are no new listings for the month of December.
We are hosting the convention in 2018. Keep it in mind. Perhaps you might consider attending the National Convention in Nashville this summer, July 1-6, to see what’s in store for us in a few years?
Sunday, December 11, 5:00 pm
Bach Cantata Vespers; J.S. Bach’s Christmastide Cantata #123: Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen (Beloved Immanuel, Lord of the Faithful) with Bach Vespers Choir and Orchestra. William T. Stewart, conductor. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Rd. (At State Line Rd.), Kansas City, Missouri. The public is invited to this free performance. (816) 931-8483.
Sunday, December 11, 8:00 am and 10:15 am
St. Andrew's Chancel Choir will present Advent Lessons & Carols at both morning liturgies, 8 and 10:15 a.m. on, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Wornall & Meyer Blvd., KCMO.
Sunday, December 11, 2:30 pm
St. Andrew's Chancel Choir will present Advent Lessons & Carols at Bishop Spencer Place, in the Chapel, 43rd and Madison Streets, KCMO.
Sunday, December 18 - 3:00 pm
Grand Avenue Temple UMC - 205 East 9th in downtown Kansas City Mo. Jan Kraybill, DMA, FAGO Regional Councilor, AGO Region VI Principal Organist, Community of Christ International Headquarters will be performing on the E. M. Skinner Opus 190, talking about the restoration efforts underway for this wonderful instrument, and the Centennial concert coming up on March 25, 2012. Admission is free - donations will be accepted for the restoration fund.
Sunday, December 18 - 3:00 pm
KANTOREI - KANSAS CITY "Sweet Was the Song" Christmas Concert. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 3106 Flora Ave (31st and The Paseo) Kansas City, MO 64109. Parking lot is on Flora across from the Church. Join us for a unique presentation of Christmas music spanning centuries. Kantorei, an all-professional choral ensemble under the direction of Chris Munce, will also be releasing their first album "Sweet Was the Song" at the concert! Featuring Mendelssohn's stunning Op. 79, “Sechs Spruche,” s well as five never before recorded Carols by British Composer Tim Porter. Tickets are $15 at the door $10 in advance at www.kantoreikc.org. (Student Rush is free 10 minutes prior to start.)
What a privilege it was to attend this conference at Eastman School of Music. Two hundred attendees came from across the nation. Presenters included David Higgs, William Porter, and Hans Davidsson from Eastman as well as Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin from London/Paris, Edoardo Bellotti from Bremen, and others from the USA - Michael Dodds, David Arcus, Bruce Neswick, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Jeffrey Brillhart, David Peckham.
The importance of practicing improvising just as we practice repertoire was emphasized. The importance of doing counterpoint at the keyboard and not just doing written exercises was also stressed so that we are combining theory and practice. Start small by creating hymn introductions. To develop improvisatory skills, line out the melody, use a drone in the pedal, use parallel 6ths to accompany. Find a pattern and practice it until it is comfortable to use. The possibilities are endless. The practice is essential. You must know what you are doing and have a plan.
The conference included lectures, concerts, and master classes. The collaboration of the Eastman faculty was evident in that Tony Caramia, jazz instructor, spoke about adding color notes, 9ths 13ths, 11ths, in that order. Musicologist Daniel Zager talked about considering the modes not as scalar but as two melodic divisions, a fifth (diapente) and a fourth (diatessaron). David Peckham, graduate of Eastman, and William Porter performed on the Rochester Theater Organ.
It will take me awhile to digest this wonderful experience.
Here is a list of some sources for Improvisation:
David Ledbetter. Continuo Playing According to Handel: His Figured Bass Exercises with a Commentary. Oxford ©1990.
Michele Johns. Hymn Improvisation. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1987.
Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Bach and the Art of Improvisation. Vol. I & II. Ann Arbor, MI: CHI Press, ©2011-2012.
Denise Lanning with assistance from Wayne Leupold. In the Beginning: An Encounter with Improvisation at the Organ. Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. ©2011.
Jeffrey Brillhart. Breaking Free: Finding a Personal Language for Organ Improvisation through 20th-century French Improvisation Techniques. Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. ©2011.
John Shannon. First Improvisation Book. Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.
John Shannon. Improvising in Traditional 17th and 18th Century Harmonic Style. Vol. 1 & 2. Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc., ©2010.
Eastman Organ Book: 10 Improvisations for Service and Concert, Vol. 2. Eastman School of Music. (Ten improvisations by Eastman students that they each transcribed.)
Submitted by Claudette Schiratti
From May 16-28, 2012 the University of Kansas will sponsor an organ study tour of Italy. This tour is open to anyone. It will be directed by Professor Michael Bauer working in conjunction with the noted Italian organist Francesco Cera. The tour will focus on restored Renaissance and Baroque instruments. There will be ample time available to take in the art and architecture of the various cities. Sites include Rome, Rieti, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Bologna, Mantova, and Venice. For further information see www.organ.ku.edu or write email@example.com.
Please print this page and add it to your directory
10013 Benson St
Overland Park KS 66212-4163
Home phone: 913-341-6206
Geoffrey Wilcken MM
3024 W 8th
Lawrence KS 66049-4514
Home phone: 785-749-3370
Director of Music
Southminster Presbyterian Church
6306 Roe Ave
Prairie Village KS
913-432-3505, ext. 106
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:
|Barbara Adler, DMA, SPC – org, lit||816-333-3912
|Scott Foppiano, MM, CAGO - org, dir, soloist, lit||816-437-8557,
816-305-0260 (cell—eve. only)
|Alan Gagnon, SPC, org, lit||603-660-8408 (cell)
|Jan Kraybill, DMA, FAGO||816-833-1000, ext. 2432|
|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 (cell)|
|Barbara Tankard Thatcher, CAGO||816.796.3706|
|Ann Warzyn, BME, SPC - org||816.453.5027|
|Thomas Zachacz, MA, CAGO - org, dir, lit||913-967-5952
|SPC = service playing certificate, CAGO = Colleague certification
AAGO = Associate certification, FAGO = Fellow certification
The following have various degrees in organ or church music at the college or post-graduate level:
|Rebecca Bell, MA – org, lit||816-523-5569 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Joyce Berg, MM – org||816-741-7388
|Phyllis Curtis, MM – org
(4th & 5th Sundays only)
|W. Sue Finley-Evans, BME, MM, EDS
–org, piano, lit
|785-550-1608 or email@example.com|
| Kathy Hellwege, org, lit, solo, dir,
BSE in Music & English
|Desiree Hines, (Organ major UMKC)
Org, Lit, Dir:
|917-257-6451 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sarah O Holland,
DMA student KU - org, piano, lit
|Michael Phelps, BA – org, piano, lit||816-686-5454|
|Dale Ramsey, MM – org, dir||816.322.8985|
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA – org, lit||816.415.3792
or 816.781.7700 x5199
|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|
|Jonathan Gregoire, org||320-333-8894 (cell)|
|Aaron Jaynes, email@example.com
|Mark Langdon – org, lit||816-807-4294 firstname.lastname@example.org
(after 10:30 am only)
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 or
|Lisa Shepard, org, lit||816-587-9290 or
|Brent Stull – org, lit, dir (Saturdays only)||(620) 794-1940 (cell) or email@example.com|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.