FROM THE DEAN:
Greetings all, from Bergen, Norway!
Along with spectacular scenic excursions, I have also had the opportunity to see and hear some lovely pipe organs, keeping thoughts of AGO front and center! I hope everyone has had--are having--memorable summers.
We have a new crop of officers coming aboard (sorry) as we begin the 2017-2018 year; starting with moi as your Dean.
One of the more important items on our agenda for the coming year is the July National Convention, for which I hope all of you can volunteer in one capacity or another.
Closer to "home" is the August French Organ Music Festival (FOMF) at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, which we ALL need to attend, not to mention friends, colleagues, and youth!
Speaking of "youth," we will be contacting you about upcoming Youth organ activities around town. This is an increasingly important target group for AGO, in an age when everyone seems to be plugged into one device or another!
We are also experiencing after-effects of some very sluggish donations and co-sponsorships from last year, and the Executive Board will be engaged finding effective ways to counteract this. Some speculate that it has something to do with our new ONCARD system.
Lastly, we have an exciting program year planned, thanks to our 2016-17 Program Planning Committee (PPC), all of whom will work hard to ensure that each month's featured event unfolds flawlessly.
As the carefree days of summer come to a close, I look forward to continuing the great work Mike Maiden accomplished last year as Dean.
See you all in August!
GKCAGO Chapter Dean 2017-18
WHAT: FRENCH ORGAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
WHEN: Sunday, August 27, 2017
FESTIVAL LENGTH: (NEW TIME) 2pm-5pm
Reste comme tu veux, pars quand il te faut!
Stay as you wish…leave as you must!
WHERE: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
416 W 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
(On the corner of 12th and Broadway)
INFO: Open to the public. Requested donation: $10
French Café in the south chapel with authentic pastries and sandwiches for sale.
ABOUT THE FRENCH ORGAN MUSIC FESTIVAL
This organ music festival started by Dr. Mario Pearson, director of music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was envisioned as a sister event to the annual Bachathon that is held on the first Sunday of May each year at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Two Cathedrals in the heart of the city with instruments and acoustics very well suited to music of Bach and French organ literature.
The genesis and genius of the Cavaillé-Coll organ awakened a new era in organ sound, composition and performance. Because it is one of the oldest musical instruments in existence, written organ repertoire spans a time period almost as long as that of written music itself. The organ's solo repertoire is among the largest for any musical instrument.
The French Festival takes place annually on the 4th Sunday in August at the “golddome” Cathedral located on 12th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City. The event features talented performers, a French Café and a multi visual presentation including a live feed from the organ as well as a PowerPoint presentation about each performance to engage the audience.
|2:00||Matthew Baumler, Cathedral Schola Cantorum|
|2:30||Shayla Van Hal, Holy Cross Lutheran Church|
|3:00||Paul Meier, Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral|
|3:30||Jo Steel Kraus, University of Kansas|
|4:00||Jacob Hofeling, Barry Christian Church|
|4:30||Dina Evans, Country Club Christian Church|
I am excited about the variety of music literature and performers for the 2017 French Festival scheduled for August 27th at the gold dome Cathedral. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW START TIME OF 2 PM.
If you are available to volunteer at the event, please contact Betty Bauer who will be coordinating the shifts throughout the afternoon. You can reach Betty by either email or by phone listed below as follows:
Below are two links you can access the PDF files for print and sharing. The first link is the FF2017 flyer designed by David Bryant and the second link is a press kit with details about the performers and their repertoire.
Please help us spread the word within your circles so that we can have a large audience to celebrate great music in a great space with talented performers.
Please join us as we celebrate the service of the JF Nordue Pipe Organ to the Faith Lutheran Church Congregation. The organ will be relocated to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Oxford, Ohio in September as Faith Lutheran ends 65 years of ministry in Prairie Village. The event will take place on August 20, 2017 @ 6pm. Faith Lutheran Church 67th & Roe, Prairie Village, Kansas. Program will feature Canon Emeritus John Schaefer, Organist.
Click on the link below for access to the event flyer in PDF format for sharing and printing purposes:
One Last Hymn Sing Flyer (pdf)
Please join us at Village Presbyterian Church (6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208) for the dedication of Richards, Fowkes & Co. Opus 22.
Dr. Elisa Bickers will perform two identical concerts:
Sunday, August 20th at 3 pm & Wednesday, August 23rd at 7 pm.
Childcare is available.
The repertoire spans five centuries, and the audience will also get to sing several hymns with this magnificent new instrument.
Come celebrate with us!!!
“Encountering Christ through Music Ministry”
Skills and Spirituality is a day of prayer, workshops, music making and building relationships. It is designed for priests, cantors, organists, choir members, Hispanic music ministry, directors and instrumentalists. Below are more details about this event and registration information. Skills and Spirituality is a collaborative event presented by the Diocesan/Archdiocesan Office of Worship of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO and Kansas City, KS, and the local KCMO and KCKS chapters of NPM.
WHEN: Saturday, September 9th, 2017
LOCATION: St. Therese Parish
7207 NW Highway 9
Kansas City, MO 64152
COST: $20/person or $15 per person for groups of 5 or more.
REGISTRATION: Register online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SS-17
For a copy of the event flyer, click on the following link: Skills and Spirituality 2017 (pdf)
No, it's not Christmas in August. It is the "season of renewal." It is time for our members to renew their membership, if they have not already done so. ONCARD should send you two notices when it is time to again pay your dues. We hope that most of our members will renew in July, which is the typical month for going online or sending in your paper notice to again enjoy the full benefits of our AGO Chapter. There are also members who have different renewal dates. The National office requests those members to wait and pay when they get an invoice.
Please be mindful, when you are looking at the ONCARD data, to update it if your circumstances have changed. Also, please scroll through the various sub headings to check if there are things you would like to sign up for, like helping with the 2018 Convention, having permanent dinner reservations, etc. And of course we would be MOST grateful if you would contribute to our Concert Series and also to help with our 2018 Convention. Our Chapter has ongoing and current expenses with the Convention, and all donations are welcomed and encouraged!
As of July 20th, when this message was compiled, we have:
131 paid members
62 invoice and unpaid members
It is a big year ahead of us, with lots of good programs planned. Please renew in a timely manner. We love our members, and want you all to be a part of this great group!
If you have an questions about your membership, how to pay, or have other issues, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 816-453-8406. If you have any problems with ONCARD, please call the National Office.
AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS
475 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, SUITE 1260
NEW YORK, NY 10115
Please mark your calendars and join us for a special dedication concert at Lee’s Summit Christian Church, 800 NE Tudor Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086, on Saturday, September 9th @ 7pm featuring Dr. David Pickering, Assistant Professor of Music and Chair of the Keyboard Division at Kansas State University on the new Heritage III Allen Organ.
Concert is free to the public.
I have a box of organ music that was given to me a while back. It has many good quality pieces in it - and some items that may warrant being made into recycled cardboard. Rather than drag the big box to the various meetings, I'll just bring a portion of my 'trove' and let you look at it after dinner in the months ahead. The best part is some of the music will go to new homes, and it is free.
There are several organ instruction books, one by Gleason. Many the pieces are from The St. Cecilia Series, though dating back to the 1940s. Some of the music is labeled for recitals. The former owner of the music would appear to have been proficient!
Boyd Ahrens, Registrar and Historian
Canon Royce Young, Director of Music for Christ Church (Episcopal) in Salina, Kansas is seeking music for their Music Academy lending library. Royce has indicated that if retirees would like to donate their no-longer used scores, he would love to have them to teach new students. You can check out their website at www.christcathedralsalina.org or call the church directly 785-827-4440. Lois Carswell-Hands, a member of our chapter, is willing to make arrangements with prospective donors to pick up their music scores and take them to Royce. You may contact Lois by email at email@example.com or by phone at (816) 491-2132.
Royce has been the Director of Music at the Cathedral for over 41 years and is eager to help advance the cause of developing new organists and these donations would be put to good use.
Lowrey Majesty LX-510 console organ in excellent condition.
Free to good home, will need to move. Currently in St. Joseph, MO.
Customized Engravings for Organists
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.
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
|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.