FROM THE DEAN:
GKCAGO is deeply grateful to Drs. Michael Bauer and James Higdon for a most successful collaboration in bringing Canadian organist and composer Rachel Laurin to KU last month. Many of us were “mesmerized” (one member’s word). From another member: “I thought Rachel Laurin's recital was the most creative I have heard in a long time. I thought she was musical, showed off every stop on the organ, and played a wonderful variety of pieces.” Thanks are also due to Norm Kinnaugh for recommending Ms. Laurin for our concert series. If you were not able to attend, or if you’d like to hear more, please visit http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/listings/2012/1241/ for a recap of Ms. Laurin’s appearance on the October 2012 Pipe Dreams segment, “Rachel’s Children.”
As is our custom, GKCAGO programs take a rest during the month of December, to give us ample time to prepare our own Advent and Christmas music, and perhaps also take advantage of the many Christmas concerts available to us in this musically alive city. As I mentioned at our November Chapter meeting, Advent is one of my most favorite seasons—the lessening of natural light that pulls us into the depth of winter, of waiting, and of the need for patience. One of my recently discovered, now also favorite, religious artists/writers is Jan Richardson. “Jan is an artist, writer, and ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. She serves as director of The Wellspring Studio, LLC, and travels widely as a retreat leader and conference speaker. Known for her distinctive intertwining of word and image, Jan’s work has attracted an international audience drawn to the welcoming and imaginative spaces that she creates in her books, online blogs, and public events.” (http://www.JanRichardson.com)
Jan reflects upon the season of Advent as a “door of beginning” (Through the Advent Door: Entering a Contemplative Christmas. Orlando, FL: Wanton Gospellar Press, 2011. “Blessing the Door” excerpt from Kindle Edition on amazon.com):
. . . Once through this door
there will be more:
more who watch and
wait for you
at this door of
the blessing cannot
be said without you.
So lay your palm
against the frame
that those before you
place your feet
where others paused
in this entryway.
Say the thing that
you most need
and the door will
And by this word
the door is blessed
and by this word
the blessing is begun
door by door
all the rest
Welcome to Advent—may we, together, travel toward the light on the other side of this door.
Chloë Stodt, Dean
There is NO BOARD MEETING in the month of December. The next GKCAGO Board meeting is Saturday, January 10th at 10:30am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westport, with refreshments and social time beginning at 10am. A reminder will be repeated in the January Bombarde.
We are excited to announce that all ten available organ scholarships have now been awarded! You may recall that, as part of our program budget for this year, the GKCAGO board approved a limited amount of money to provide scholarships for up to ten students (five one-hour lessons each, valued at $300 per student) with an AGO organ teacher who has agreed to participate. Ages of the scholarship recipients range from 10 through adult, with widely varied previous piano experience. We look forward to hearing these students play and share their learnings at our February 16, 2015 GKCAGO program, "Celebrating New Organists" at Colonial Presbyterian Church, KCMO. It’s a program you won’t want to miss, as we all encourage and support the future of our profession!
The newly revised official rules governing the 2015 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists may be downloaded HERE.
Competitors must be under 24 years of age as of August 1, 2015. Competitors may compete in any chapter level competition in the region of their home or school or the chapter of which the competitor has been a member for at least one year. Membership in the American Guild of Organists is not required. An online 2015 AGO/Quimby RCYO Competitor Entry Form will be available soon. For hard copies of rules or application forms, contact AGO National Headquarters at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.870.2311, ext. 4318
Applications are due January 15, 2015. Our competition date has been confirmed as March 14, 2015.
Wichita is planning their Pipe Organ Encounter for June 14-19, 2015. Along with St. Louis, they could also use the financial support of our regional chapters. Marlene Hallstrom (email@example.com) is the director for this POE. Not only will they need your financial support, but be thinking about young students that might be interested in attending. And, of course, I am looking for a chapter to host a POE in the summer of 2016 (or later!). I would be happy to come and visit with your chapter about this outreach possibility. The deadline for applying to host a 2016 POE would be March 2015. Information can be found on the national website. —Marilyn Schempp
“So far our renewal rate among members whose chapters are participating in ONCARD is better than it is among members in non-participating chapters. In other words, it’s working!” —James Thomashower, November 9, 2014
Please note that any changes you make to your personal information through ONCARD are not automatically communicated to the Chapter. Our Communications Committee is in discussion about this, plus a few other issues that have surfaced during this first phase of using the ONCARD system. Please be patient as we all learn together how best to process members’ personal information.
If you need to update your personal information from what is printed in the 2014-2015 Chapter directory, DO USE ONCARD (if you have computer access), and then DO ALSO SEND that information to GKCAGO Communications Chair Mike Maiden, who will forward it to the other Communications entities within the Chapter (Registrar, Bombarde editor, Webmaster). Please DO NOT SEND updates of personal information to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com, where that type of information cannot be properly managed and risks becoming lost.
If/when we are able to streamline this process, you will be the first to know! We’re grateful for your understanding.
—Chloë Stodt, Dean
We are thrilled (in ways that only current and former AGO deans will understand) that David Armstrong, Director of Liturgy and Music at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit and current board chair for Operating Procedures/Bylaws is also very interested in, and has agreed to accept the role of chair for, our local Professional Development committee! Under David’s new leadership, processing of the information received from last year’s church music salary survey will be able to move forward. We are also in capable hands as the National AGO continues to redefine the meaning, philosophy, and direction of the concept of “professional development” within the larger Guild organization.
Patrick Neas, longstanding arts reviewer for The Kansas City Star and current program director of RadioBach.com, visited our September GKCAGO board meeting to request financial support for a videotaping project entitled “Organs of Kansas City,” featuring half-hour video documentaries of seven “of the greatest” Kansas City organs. The documentaries will be produced by Radio Bach in consultation with the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In addition, two-minute radio features taken from the video documentaries will air every four hours (six times per day, seven days a week) on www.RadioBach.com. At the end of each two-minute feature, listeners will be encouraged to visit RadioBach.com to view the half-hour documentary. The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will also be credited. A web page featuring the video documentaries will be shared by the GKCAGO and Radio Bach. These videos will be owned by both Radio Bach and the GKCAGO, who may use them for any future publicity purposes.
Mr. Neas’ proposal received support from both our Investment Advisory Committee and our GKCAGO Board. Dean Chlo? Stodt then appointed an organ selection committee consisting of Mike Maiden, chair, Paul Erickson, co-chair, Rosi Kaufman, John Obetz, John Schaefer, and Claudette Schiratti. The committee prioritized a list of seven local organs and organist, and these results were communicated to Mr. Neas.
We are so grateful for this collaboration, and can’t wait to view the results!!
"Organ Plus"—+ instruments, + voices, + another organist, + ? (use your imagination)—is coming to Second Presbyterian Church, 318 E 55th St, KCMO on Monday, May 18, 2015. Our last program of the year has possibilities that are both engaging and eclectic! If you are interested in performing, please contact Dean Chloë Stodt at 913.895.0682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 7:00 PM
7th annual ADVENT LESSONS AND CAROLS presented by The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Begun in 2007, the annual concert invites the local community to take time out from the Christmas rush to slow down and to spiritually prepare for the Christmas season. The program features readings, poetry, advent hymns, organ music and great choral music in the Cathedral’s buoyant acoustical environment.
Choral selections to be performed include:
The Word was God - Powell | Lost in the Night - Christiansen Virga Jesse - Bruckner | O Nata Lux - Forbes | Adam Lay Ybounden - Ord | A tender shoot - Goldschmidt O Magnum Mysterium - Lauridson | Dixit Maria - Hassler | Puer Natus Est - Morales | O Salutaris Hostia - Ešenvalds Mary Had a Baby - Dawson
Dr. Mario Pearson is director and organist; the choir is the Cathedral’s Schola Cantorum Music Ensemble.
Free will donations. | For more information: http://www.kcgoddome.org
All concerts will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, with the exception of the January 19 program as noted below.
December 19, 12:10 PM: The Pherigos Plus One. Lyra, Robert and Luke Pherigo and Coleen Dieker will perform a selection of traditional and non- traditional holiday music which will be both festive and meditative. These talented musicians sing and play multiple instruments. Come and warm your Spirit during this busy time of year.
January 19, 12:00 Noon: Doug Talley Quartet, Community Christian Church, 4601 Main Street
February 20, 12:10 PM: Jennifer White, Bob Bowman and Greg Richter, jazz and torch songs
March 20, 12:10 PM: Kelly Werts and Pam Gregory, American folk music
April 17, 12:10 PM: Flutist Ana Maria Hernandez and organist Andres Mojica
May 15, 12:10 PM: Harpsichordists Rebecca Bell and Marian Thomas, the 48 preludes and fugues of "The Well-Tempered Clavier"
Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. Complimentary receptions are held immediately after the concerts. The Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City have provided financial assistance for this project. Westport Center for the Arts (WCA) was founded in 2006 to support community artists and the arts. In addition to the monthly Brown Bag Concerts, WCA presents "Readers' Theater", "Kids Team Up for Art", and other special programs. For more information, contact Marian Thomas at 913.648.4802.
Handel's Messiah | http://www.spirechamberensemble.org/messiah.html
Dec. 23, 7:00 PM, Helzberg Hall | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Spire continues its Kansas City tradition of annual performances of Handel’s magnum opus in the glorious acoustics of Helzberg Hall and features the Spire Baroque Orchestra. Experience the complete oratorio with vibrant and detailed clarity, streamlined forces, expert execution, and the brilliant timbres of the Baroque instruments, the same as Handel conducted.
Tickets range from $20 - $35.
Mar. 21, 7:30 PM, Visitation Catholic Church, Kansas City, MO
Mar. 22, 5:00 PM, Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, KS
The structure and counterpoint of the West and the exotic flamboyance of the East met in Venice in 1610 – and the splendor resounded. With this choral masterpiece, Monteverdi forged a dramatic and vivid new musical style, evoking the struggle between the archaic and the revolutionary.
All tickets $20, general admission seating.
MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 7:30 PM | Choral Techniques with Charles Bruffy
Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church | 9300 Nall Ave., Overland Park, KS
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7:30 PM | "Celebrating New Organists"
Colonial Presbyterian Church | 9500 Wornall Rd., KCMO
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 7:30 PM | Schola Cantorum in Concert
Anthony Maglione, conductor | Gano Chapel, William Jewell College | 500 College Dr., Liberty, MO
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 7:30 PM | Scott Dettra in Concert (Dome and Spire Series)
Community of Christ Temple | 1001 W Walnut, Independence, MO
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2:00-7:00 PM | Bachathon XXXVI
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral | 415 W 13th St., KCMO 64141
MONDAY, MAY 18, 7:30 PM | Members’ Recital: "Organ Plus" (plus instruments, plus voices, or organ duets)
Second Presbyterian Church | 318 E 55th St., KCMO
Light mahogany Philharmonic Console piano and bench, purchased new in 1985. Measures 58 inches wide, 39 inches tall, 25 1/2 inches deep. $275 or best offer. Call 913.492.9326.
GKCAGO still has quite a large inventory of used organ music for sale at 50% of the printed price. View an updated (as of July 20, 2014) list of available music and learn how to obtain it by clicking on the "MUSIC FOR SALE" tab at the top of our chapter website.
Since August of 2013, we have fulfilled 26 requests for music, and collected nearly $490. Public thanks are due Nancy Ramirez for volunteering to retrieve and, if necessary, weigh and mail music. We would like once again to be able to accept donated music, now that we have a working process for requesting, accessing, purchasing, and if necessary, mailing scores. To resume accepting donations, we would need a chapter volunteer to physically receive any newly donated music, interfile each score within the existing collection (housed currently at Parkville Presbyterian Church), record the new information on a shared inventory list, and maintain close communication with Nancy. Please contact Chloë Stodt (email@example.com or 913.895.0682) if this is an area of chapter involvement that interests you.
GKCAGO Choral Library: Dale Ramsey and Mary Davis have keys to the GKCAGO Choral Library collection. If anyone would like to borrow anthems from our collection, let us know. We do have single copies in three notebook binders that may be brought to meetings. Let us know if you would be interested.
A collection of piano music and house organ music (40s, 50s, Broadway, etc.) is available free of charge. Please call John Kendrick at 816.781.1895.
Dr. Craig Cramer, Organist and Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame, has provided a long list of organ/piano music, books, CDs, and vinyl recordings that may be of interest to our membership.
He writes: “Please let me know what you would like to buy in an email. I operate on a first come, first served basis. All music is used unless noted. Normally the original owner’s name is written on the cover. I rate the condition of the musical score; covers are sometimes slightly damaged even if the score is in relatively good shape. … I am always interested in purchasing used organ music. If you have things that you are interested in selling, please contact me.” Craig Cramer, University of Notre Dame, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like a current list of available items, please email Chloë Stodt at email@example.com or contact Craig Cramer directly at his email address above.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Organist/Accompanist: Leawood United Methodist Church (Leawood, KS) is seeking a part-time Organist/Accompanist to join our Worship Arts ministry team. Leawood UMC (membership 420) is a community seeking to make the message of God's transforming love real for ourselves and others. Our worship services utilize a variety of different musical styles and traditions. The Organist/Accompanist responsibilities include playing Sunday worship services, Chancel Choir rehearsals, and special occasional services. The position may also include additional hours for direction and rehearsal of the Handbell Ensemble. Beautiful pipe organ with antiphonal division. For complete job description go to http://www.leawoodumc.org/ - /job-opportunities. Contact Melanie Melcher Cuthbertson, Director of Worship Arts at mailto:email@example.com or 913.648.2131 to apply.
Music Director – Part-time: First Presbyterian Church of Independence, MO is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and punctual collaborator to lead our Music Ministry. This part-time (approx. 15 hours/week) position requires excellent team-building skills and an ability to work with other staff members and the Director of Staff. If you have felt the calling to be involved in enriching the spiritual life of a church community through music, we would like to talk to you! Please submit your resume via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 816.252.3300.
Keyboard Accompanist: Peace Lutheran Church, 8240 Blue Ridge Blvd, KCMO. Sundays at 11 AM. Practice during the week with Praise Team. Contemporary Music. Audition required. Please call 816.353.3813 or email email@example.com.
Choir Director – Part-time: Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA), located in historic Westport, Kansas City, MO, is seeking a part time Choir Director (10 hrs per week). The position will enrich and support the worship life of the church through music, particularly adult and children/youth choirs, in collaboration with the Music Director.
Refer to the Position Description on our web site at http://www.immanuelkc.org/.
Send Resume, Cover Letter and 3 References with contact information to: Sally Baehni, Worship and the Arts Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Target Start Date: January 5, 2015
Deadline for Application: November 3, 2014
Pianist: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Olathe (near Blackbob and 135th St) is looking for a pianist to serve as the Adult Choir Accompanist. It is a paid position that requires playing for a weekly one hour rehearsal and accompanying the choir near the beginning of the service a couple of Sunday mornings a month. Anyone interested should contact Lauran Delancy (Adult Choir Director) at Lauran.Delancy@gmail.com or 913.735.7164 for more information.
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 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. Please send them to email@example.com
These substitutes have passed various levels of AGO certification requirements:
|Mary Bronaugh Davis,
MA, CAGO | org
SPC | org, piano, lit
(student in Manhattan)
BME, SPC | organ, piano
MM, SPC | org
MM, AAGO | org, dir, lit
|Barbara Tankard Thatcher,
MM, CAGO | org, dir, lit
|913.645.3749 (weekdays only)
|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:
MM | org
MM | org, piano
(10:45 or 11:00 only)
BA | org, dir, bass soloist
|785.250.4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|W. Sue Finley-Evans,
BME, MM, EDS | org, piano, lit
|Kathy Hellwege, BSE in Music & English | org, lit, solo, dir||913.362.0594 or
DMA | org, lit, dir, handbell
|Ronald Krebs, BM, MM | org||785.843.2622 or
DMA | (voice) soloist
ChM, MM | org, lit, dir
MM | org, lit
MM | org, dir
|Ann Marie Rigler,
DMA | org, lit
or 816.781.7700 x5199
BA | org, lit
DMA | org, lit
BM | organ, piano, lit
|org=organist; lit=liturgical worship; dir=choral director; pian=pianist|
The following also offer their services:
|Betty Bauer | org, lit||913.814.9021
|Doris Daniels | org, lit||816.431.3244|
|Dana Gillis | piano||913.383.2019
|Roland Pera | bass soloist||913.268.8918 or
|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.