FROM THE DEAN:
“Look beyond winter to the spring that inevitably followed, bringing back color and life and hope.” – Mary Balogh
Spring is my favorite season. I love all of the changes that this season brings, as the author states: color and life and hope. And with spring comes the celebration of Easter, so aptly observed during spring as one then can also celebrate life and hope (and of course color with those brightly decorated eggs!). But, the celebration of Easter for church musicians is a crazy, busy and hectic season. As you prepare for your celebration of Easter, make time to enjoy that message of life and hope, and let the music reveal that. This beautiful time of year should be relished and shared in every manner that we can.
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2016-17
Program: Richard Elliot in Recital
Co-sponsors: Grace Cathedral and Topeka AGO Chapter
Where: Grace Cathedral
701 SW 8th Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603
When: Sunday, April 30th @ 3pm
Dinner/Meeting following the Recital
Where: First Presbyterian Church (Just 2 blocks away)
817 SW Harrison St.
Topeka, KS 66603
Catered by Paisano’s Ristorante of Topeka
Hearty Lasagna, made from scratch
Italian Break Sticks
Please call Nancy Ramirez at 816-436-9467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9:00 pm TUESDAY, April 25th. Nancy will confirm your e-mail reservations. Please call if you don’t get a confirmation. Remember, if you have a reservation (permanent or one-time) and miss dinner, you are still obligated to pay for your meal if you have not cancelled by Sunday, April 30th.
Dr. Jan Kraybill has been chosen as the new Executive Director for The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She will continue to serve Community of Christ in a much-reduced but complementary role, including overseeing the care of the two magnificent pipe organs at the denomination’s headquarters. She has served as the Principal Organist for Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) for the past 18-1/2 years, since the retirement of John Obetz in August 1998.
To read more about Dr. Jan Kraybill’s new position, click here.
Call for organists to participate in our October Meeting’s, ‘Celebrating Luther and The 95 Theses.’ Pieces based on “Ein Feste Burg” for presentation. Atonement Lutheran Church. Please contact Sub-dean Dr. Stephanie Henry email@example.com.
Apply for Choir Master Exam to National Headquarters after January 1, 2018. The application form must be submitted by April 1, 2018. There are two sections to the exam.
Section 1 is Practical work in which the candidate rehearses and directs a choir of at least four singers that will be provided at the examination center. The candidate rehearses and conducts 3 anthems listed in the Choir Master requirements. In addition to rehearsing a choir, the candidate demonstrates keyboard ability by harmonizing a melody, playing harmonic progressions at the piano or organ as directed, and playing a hymn from the 2013 Revised Examination Hymn Booklet.
Section 2 involves paperwork tests of Ear Tests, Analysis, Gregorian Chant, Hymnody, Liturgy, Choir Training, Choral Repertoire, and General Musical Knowledge.
Consult www.agohq for details and resources. The July issue of TAO will have the requirements for 2017-2018.
Contact Claudette Schiratti, AAGO firstname.lastname@example.org, Certification Chair, KCAGO
Since the publication of our chapter’s membership directories earlier this fall, there are several members that have updated their contact information. Chloë Stodt has included the most recent, up-to-date list for us. You can find this list at the very end of this month’s newsletter to print and file with our current directory at your convenience.
Be a staff organist at Community of Christ Headquarters!
Volunteer staff organists provide music for daily Prayer for Peace services year-round, and 30-minute organ demonstration recitals held in The Temple in Independence, MO, at 2:30pm each Sunday except in June and July when they occur daily. Though the audiences for our music-making may be small, they are very appreciative, and the side benefits are great: staff organists receive a keycard to access The Auditorium's 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner and The Temple's 102-rank Casavant, and the opportunity to schedule practice on these two magnificent instruments 24/7! There are also occasional opportunities for paid gigs, such as playing for the many graduations hosted at The Auditorium each May. If you're interested in auditioning to join us, or for further information, contact Jan Kraybill at jkraybill@CofChrist.org.
This is another invitation to participate in the Church Music Institute's pilot project providing free access to AGO members in three chapters, including Kansas City. The Guild is always searching for ways to serve its constituency better and to identify new and helpful benefits for AGO members.
Because the overwhelming majority of our members are employed in sacred settings, we are working with the Church Music Institute to give you free access to CMI’s eLibrary, a reference database of more than 10,000 titles of choral anthems. These anthems are searchable on 24 criteria, including scripture, lectionary reference, and type of accompaniment. CMI and the AGO have agreed to offer the eLibrary as a membership benefit, free of charge, to all AGO members in our chapter as part of a pilot program, with the ultimate goal of offering it to the AGO’s entire membership.
You may enroll by copying the following web address into your browser https://www.agohq.org/elibrary-cmi-ago-pilot-project-enrollment/ to complete the online sign-up form. Access to the eLibrary will be provided in a confirmation email message to you containing your password within two business days of your enrollment. Please make time to take advantage of this wonderful benefit provided to us by the National office.
On Friday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m. Michael Bauer, Professor of Organ and Church Music at the University of Kansas, will present a recital of the complete organ works of Johannes Brahms at the Bales Organ Recital Hall located on the Northwest side of the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. This recital is free and open to the public. The Brahms organ music will be the content of a compact disc that Michael Bauer is recording this spring at Bales.
On Monday, April 17th and April 24th at 7:30 p.m. James Higdon, Dane and Polly Bales Professor of Organ at the University of Kansas, will present two different recitals, each of which will contain one half of the organ works of Jehan Alain. These recitals are free and open to the public. The Alain organ music will be the content of a two-compact disc set that James Higdon is recording this spring at Bales. This will be his second recording of the complete works of Alain.
On Monday, May 15th @ 7:30pm, we will hold our annual Members’ Recital. This year we will feature “Organ Music by Women Composers”. The event will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri. Please uncover or rediscover your favorite compositions by women composers and be a part of this year’s members’ recital. To be included as a performer for this event, send an email to email@example.com.
Westport Center for the arts Brown Bag Concert: International Trio
Friday, April 21st @ 12:10pm
Westport Presbyterian Church
201 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
This upcoming program offers a trio of local flute, cello, and piano musicians performing music from France, Germany, and Brazil. It features flutist Mary Bassett Shemon, Turkish cellist Ezgi Karakus, and pianist and soprano Sophia Zey. The Brown Bag series offers the community a chance to experience free concerts by professional musicians in an intimate atmosphere and fellowship with other audience members.
Organ Duo Recital
Sunday, April 23rd @ 3pm
William Jewell College
500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068
Dr. Ann Marie Rigler (William Jewell College) and Dr. Melody Steed (Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS) present a recital of organ duets by David Briggs, Naji Hakim, Kenneth Leighton, Gustav Merkel, and Samuel Wesley, with additional solos by Emma Lou Diemer and Gwyneth Walker. They will repeat the program at Bethany College on May 7 and at First United Methodist Church in Omaha on June 9 for the national Musforum conference. Admission is free. For more information, contact Ann Marie Rigler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muehleisen’s The Passion of Rudyard Kipling (two performances)
Saturday, April 29th @ 7:30pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium
National World War I Museum
100 West 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Sunday, April 30th @ 3pm
Village Presbyterian Church
6641 Mission Road
Prairie Village, KS 66208
Journalist, poet, novelist, and Nobel Prize winner Rudyard Kipling is best known for works of fiction like “The Jungle Book,” “Kim,” and his many short stories. Less well known is the impact the First World War had on Kipling and how it irrevocably changed his family. In this new oratorio, American composer John Muehleisen explores the costs of war from the point of view of the families left behind. Weaving letters, prose and poetry into a one-hour passion setting, the work explores how the devastated Kiplings find peace in the wake of son John’s September 1915 death at the Battle of Loos at age 18. Scored for soprano, tenor, and bass soloists with choir and chamber orchestra, this moving world premiere shines a new spotlight on the sacrifice of not only our warriors, but their families.
F Nordlie Opus 27, 1995
Free-standing Mechanical Key Action pipe organ, 33 ranks, 30 stops, 1,718 pipes
Faith Lutheran Church, Prairie Village, Kansas
For information contact: Bob Lindeblad, 913-485-4359 email@example.com
Lowrey Pageant Organ
Model M150 Serial 15674
Two 44-note keyboards (split) plus 13-note pedalboard. Bench and several books included. 44 inches long, 20 inches deep.
Contact Loretta Reistroffer, 913.599.4250.
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.
Richard Elliott in Recital
Sunday April 30th 3pm
Co-sponsored by Great Spaces and Topeka Chapter of the AGO
701 SW 8th Ave.
Topeka, Kansas 66603
What a great way to collaborate with our friends in Topeka! And it is always a treat to hear Richard play. We will hold our chapter dinner and meeting following the recital at First Presbyterian Church, a block from Grace Cathedral. The usual dinner reservation rules will apply. We will complete our election that night for the 2017-18 program year.
If you would be interested in joining or driving in a carpool with other members, please send an email to email@example.com. Mike will consolidate that list and communicate with all interested to make plans for that.
Sunday May 7th 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 W 13th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
Monday May 15th 7:30 pm
“Organ Music by Women Composers”
Central United Methodist Church
5144 Oak St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Please share with us your favorite compositions by women composers and be a part of this year’s members’ recital. To be included as a performer for this event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, org
|(816) 436-1419 or
(c) (816) 456-0343
BME, SPC, organ, piano
|(816) 353-4826 or
(c) (816) 289-9760
MM, SPC, org
AAGO, ChM org, dir, lit
MM, AAGO, org, dir, lit
|(c) (913) 530-0960 or
MM, CAGO, org, dir, lit
|(913) 645-3749 (weekdays only)
|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 post-graduate level:
MM | org
|(816) 741-7388 or
MM | org, piano
|(913) 406-5327 or
MM | org, dir, lit, bass soloist
|(785) 250-4141 or
DMA | org, lit, dir, handbell
|(785) 842-2053 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
BM, Church Music | org/dir/piano
BM, MM | org
|(785) 843-2622 or email@example.com|
DMA | org, piano, lit, dir
|(309) 333-8745 Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org|
MM | org, lit
|(913) 341-5113 or email@example.com|
MM | org, dir
|(816) 322-8985 or DERamsey4446@gmail.com|
|Ann Marie Rigler,
DMA | org, lit
|(816) 415-3792 or
BA | org, lit
The following also offer their services:
|Betty Bauer | org, lit||(913) 814-9021 or
|Doris Daniels | org, lit||(816) 431-3244|
|Marilyn VanderLinden | org, lit||(816) 665-4441|
|Margaret Werth | org||(785) 478-0256|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.