FROM THE DEAN:
For all that has been,
For all that is to come,
óDag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961)
I once had a poster with these words taped on my college dorm room wall. In those days, our collective memory of Dag Hammarskjöld (the second [1953-1961] Secretary General of the United Nations) was more alive and present than it is today, although his posthumously published diary Markings remains a classic bestseller.
Two of our March gatherings as AGO members—the March 12th memorial service for John Obetz and the March 16th choral offerings of our own Schola Cantorum—have led me to reflect again on these twin poles of gratitude and affirmation. We are grateful beyond words for the life and legacy of John Obetz, whose work and aspirations will live on through and in countless other lives and venues. We thank pastors David Culver and Kevin Kelley for sharing blessings and dinner with us at Liberty Christian Church. And experiencing Nicholas Reeves’ multi-media work The Light of the World reinforced for me the power of music to connect human beings with the core realities of our existence, and with the consequences of exercising our free will in tragic (the captors) and positive (the captives) ways.
Having been thus re-sensitized, I am eagerly looking forward to Scott Dettra’s upcoming performance at the Community of Christ Temple (details below), which includes two of my hands down favorite organ works (Bach b minor P&F and Duruflé Veni Creator)! Scott has been acclaimed as one of the leading American concert organists of his generation. He combines an active performance schedule with his post as Director of Music and Organist at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, where he leads a vibrant music program in the country’s fifth largest Episcopal parish. Prior to his appointment in Dallas, he was for five years Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral, where he served as principal organist and assisted with the direction of the Cathedral choirs. Mr. Dettra’s playing is known for its poetry, rhythmic intensity, and musical elegance. His recital at the 2014 national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Boston was widely acclaimed, and The American Organist described it as “music making of absolute authority and sophisticated expression, one of the week’s high points.”
Scott has performed at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (2002, 2010, 2014), the Association of Anglican Musicians (1996, 2005, 2012), and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Festival appearances include the Lincoln Center Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Arizona Bach Festival, the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In addition to his concert appearances, his performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s Pipedreams and Performance Today, the BBC’s Choral Evensong, and The New York Philharmonic This Week.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Mr. Dettra holds two degrees from Westminster Choir College, where he was a student of Joan Lippincott, and has also studied jazz piano at Manhattan School of Music. He has previously held positions as Keyboard Artist of the Washington Bach Consort, Assistant Conductor of Washington’s Cathedral Choral Society, and church positions at St. Paul’s, K Street in Washington; St. Mark’s, Locust Street in Philadelphia; and Trinity Church, Princeton. © 2015 by Scott Dettra. All rights reserved.
“Thank you” and “YES!”
–Chloë Stodt, Dean
The next GKCAGO Board meeting is Saturday, April 11th at 10:30am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westport, with refreshments and social time beginning at 10am. All committee chairs, elected positions and long-range planning committee members are expected to attend. If you must be absent please contact Carol Wallace at 816.468.6596 or email@example.com.
LOCATION: Community of Christ Temple, Temple floor map
201 S River Blvd, Independence, MO
DIRECTIONS: Enter at EAST Entrance
TIME: Punch bowl and fellowship at 6:00 pm / Dinner at 6:15 pm in the CONTINENTS ROOM
Recital at 7:30 pm in the SANCTUARY
DINNER MENU - Catered by Meissen’s Catering:
Chicken Parmesan on bed of spaghetti noodles
Seasoned green beans
DINNER RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Call Marjorie O’Konski at 785.766.2545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 9:00 pm Wednesday, April 15. Marjorie will confirm your e-mail reservations; call, however, if you have not received confirmation within three days of placing your reservation. Please provide the name of any guest you plan to bring for name badge purposes. 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 in advance.
Alleluyas ....................................................................... Simon Preston
Praeludium et Fuga in h, BWV 544 .................... Johann Sebastian Bach
Resurrection (1981) ............................................................. Larry King
Lament – The Rising – The Ecstasy – Reflection (1932–1990)
Orb and Sceptre ........................................................... William Walton
– – – – – – – – – INTERMISSION – – – – – – – – –
Évocation II (1996) ........................................................ Thierry Escaich
Prière, Op. 37, No. 4 ....................................................... Joseph Jongen
Prélude, Adagio et Choral varié sur le
thème du “Veni Creator,” Op. ..........................................Maurice Duruflé
EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT: Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc., www.concertorganists.com
|•||Be sure to VOTE for next year’s officers when your election email/printed ballot arrives. OR, you can visithttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WJVWHSC to access the online ballot directly. Voting deadline is April 20th (noon for online; 6:30 pm for paper ballots). Click here to download and print the ballot.
Biographies for each candidate are available by clicking here.
|•||To volunteer to assist with Bachathon in general contact Paul Erickson email@example.com. Bachathon XXXVI | May 3rd from 2 to 7 pm | Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral | Click here for details.
|•||To be a Bachathon usher contact Ardeith Hopkins firstname.lastname@example.org or 913.648.2363.
|•||If you’re considering performing at our May 18th “Organ Plus” members’ recital, contact email@example.com TODAY! The program is filling up fast!
|•|| Plan to attend the Region VI AGO Convention in St. Louis, June 22-24: http://www.ago2015.org/registration.
|•||To volunteer to be part of the French Festival of Music August 23, 1 – 5 pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, download the appropriate form at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j0fvfoa9r821kap/AABAtdsAPO7cZO-HaqkBgjfVa?dl=0.|
Two applications were received for our Chapter scholarship to the Wichita POE in June. The selection committee awarded the scholarship to Kathryn Kurtz, 14-year-old piano student of Wayne Smith. Congratulations, Kathryn!
Additionally, Claudette Schiratti’s student, Rose Smock, received a scholarship from National AGO for the Wichita POE. Congratulations, Rose!
It’s not too late to apply for a POE scholarship from the National AGO. Application and teacher recommendation forms are available by scrolling to the bottom of the screen at:
Both forms must be submitted before the National AGO/POE Scholarship Committee can review a student application. The deadline for this application is April 15, 2015 (12:00 midnight the close of that day). National AGO/POE scholarship awards are based on financial need.
Jan will perform on historic pipe organs in Holland, Belgium and Paris - April 18 - 30, 2016! Tour includes 5 nights based in Amsterdam with excursions to Haarlem, Utrecht and tulips galore at Keukenhof Gardens; 3 nights in Bruges, Belgium known for its picturesque bridges and canals; and 3 nights experiencing grand museums, cafes and the romance of Paris! Custom tour designed and managed by Lisa Ball Travel Design. Complete tour itinerary at http://www.LisaBallTravelDesign.com or send an email to Lisa@LisaBallTravelDesign.com or 816.820.4351. Click here for flyer.
The many boxes of music that our Chapter has collected and made available over the past couple of decades have now been fully liquidated. Dr. Craig Cramer purchased the bulk of the collection, in addition to several other individuals who purchased smaller amounts of music. The remaining three boxes were taken to Half Price Books in Westport. The total collected by our Chapter for this music is just over $1,300, which is being directed to the Luther Crocker Fund to help finance the GKCAGO Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Artists.
Dr. Cramer has an interest in purchasing collections of organ music for resale. If you (or someone you know) are looking for a new home for organ scores, feel free to contact Dr. Cramer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a resident of the USA for 56 years, Norberto Guinaldo is in his 50th year as organist of the United Methodist Church of Garden Grove, California. Mr. Guinaldo studied with Alberto Ginastera in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and with Jean Langlais in Paris, France. The entire catalog of his compositions comprises 58 works for various feasts of the church year, singles and in collections. Scores may be viewed, listened to in their entirety, and purchased online at www.guinaldopublications.com. – Norberto Guinaldo.
Jones-Clayton Double – FF-f3,16-8-4/8 with coupler, having three choirs of strings and four rows of plastic jacks with delrin plectra. Four pedals, lute stops to 16 & 8, about 100", excellent walnut case. $3,000.00, or will consider donation to Church or School.
Neupert Double, "Bach" Model, 1959 – FF-f3,16-8/8-4 with coupler, four rows of wooden jacks with delrin plectra. Five pedals, lute stops to 16 & 8, 103", walnut case. $5,400.00, or will consider donation to Church or School.
Contact Thomas Zachacz at 913.645.3749 or email email@example.com for further information on these two instruments.
LENTEN CONCERT SERIES | Wednesday, April 1 from 12:15 to 12:45 | FREE | Lunch available for a nominal fee
Church of the Resurrection Narthex (West Building), 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS
Jesus on Broadwaywith the traditional/blended music staff.
21st WESTPORT BROWN BAG CONCERT SERIES | All concerts will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road.
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. A complimentary reception hosted by Pryde’s Old Westport and Westport Coffee House will be held immediately after the concert. The Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council 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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 5 : 3:00-3:30 PM | Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, MO
Pam Robison, Easter Organ Demonstration Recital
Pam Robison celebrates Easter on the Auditorium organ. Robison recently retired from Worship and Music Ministries at Community of Christ. She joined the staff organists at Community of Christ in 1968. The Organ Demonstration Recitals are free to the public. They feature the best organists of Kansas City on the metro’s largest organs. Recitals last 30 minutes and kids get organ activity pages. If you are curious, stay after the recital for a close-up look at the organ.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19 : 3:00-3:30 PM | Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, MO AND
SUNDAY, MAY 3 : 3:00-3:30 PM | Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, MO
Joe Wilkinson, Organ Demonstration Recital
Wilkinson serves as organist for Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe, Kansas and has played for several World Conferences of Community of Christ. The Organ Demonstration Recitals are free to the public. They feature the best organists of Kansas City on the metro’s largest organs. Recitals last 30 minutes and kids get organ activity pages. If you are curious, stay after the recital for a close-up look at the organ.
MONDAY, APRIL 20 : 7:30 PM | Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO
Scott Dettra, organist in concert
Hailed as one of the finest organists of his generation, Scott Dettra served as organist at Washington National Cathedral from 2007 to 2012. Currently he directs music at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas, and accompanies Philadelphia’s new music choir, The Crossing. Freewill offering.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26 : 3:00-3:30 PM | Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO
Jeff King, Organ Demonstration Recital
King serves as organist at St. Matthew Lutheran in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and is an active musician for Outreach Restoration Congregation in Independence, Missouri. The Organ Demonstration Recitals are free to the public. They feature the best organists of Kansas City on the metro’s largest organs. Recitals last 30 minutes and kids get organ activity pages. If you are curious, stay after the recital for a close-up look at the organ.
SUNDAY, MAY 10 : 3:00-3:30 PM | Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO
William T. Stewart, Organ Demonstration Recital
Stewart is president of the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation. He also serves as the Education/Certification Chair for the Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The Organ Demonstration Recitals are free to the public. They feature the best organists of Kansas City on the metro’s largest organs. Recitals last 30 minutes and kids get organ activity pages. If you are curious, stay after the recital for a close-up look at the organ.
SATURDAY, MAY 16 at 6:00 PM : RODGERS ORGAN WORKSHOP
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9100 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS
RECEPTION at 6:00 pm with wine and hors d'oeuvres and WORKSHOP in the choir loft, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Neil Weston, concert organist trained in England and now on staff at Rodgers, will conduct the workshop. All workshop materials are provided by Rodgers. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person which will go directly to the church's music program. Please RSVP to Craig Smith at 913.485.3495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 17 at 2:00 PM : ORGAN DEDICATION CONCERT | Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Celebrating the installation of their new three-manual Rodgers organ, the concert will feature Jan Kraybill, John Schaefer, Mario Pearson, Ted Stewart, Thomas Zachacz, Wayne Smith, Neil Weston and the resident organist, Richard Jeric. The new organ was generously donated and concert organized by KCAGO members John Braum and Wayne Alexander.
SUNDAY, MAY 17 : 3:00-3:30 PM | Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO
Blake West, Organ Demonstration Recital
West serves as executive director of the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation. He joined the staff organists at Community of Christ in 1980. The Organ Demonstration Recitals are free to the public. They feature the best organists of Kansas City on the metro’s largest organs. Recitals last 30 minutes and kids get organ activity pages. If you are curious, stay after the recital for a close-up look at the organ.
SUNDAY, MAY 31 : 3:00 PM | Community of Christ Temple, Independence, MO
Liberty Community Chorus: Music for a Sacred Space
Conducted by Bryan Taylor and accompanied by Principal Organist Jan Kraybill, the Liberty Community Chorus will present “Music for a Sacred Space.” Taylor received the area’s 2014 Martin Luther King Community Service Award for his work with choral music.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson email@example.com
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
These substitutes have passed various levels of AGO certification requirements:
|Mary Bronaugh Davis,
MA, CAGO | org
BMus, MMus, SPC, CAGO
org, lit, dir, piano
SPC | org, piano, lit
(student in Manhattan)
ChM, MM | org, lit, dir
BME, SPC | organ, piano
MM, SPC | org
MM, AAGO | org, dir, lit
|(c) 913.530.0960 or
|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 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
MM | org, piano
|(c) 913.406.5327 or
(10:45 or 11:00 only)
BA | org, dir, bass soloist
|W. Sue Finley-Evans,
BME, MM, EDS | org, piano, lit
BSE in Music & English |
org, lit, solo, dir
DMA | org, lit, dir, handbell
|785.842.2053 or email@example.com|
BM, MM | org
|785.843.2622 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
DMA | (voice) soloist
|913.631.6031 or email@example.com|
MM | org, lit
|913.341.5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
MM | org, dir
|816.322.8985 or DERamsey4446@gmail.com|
|Ann Marie Rigler,
DMA | org, lit
BA | org, lit
DMA | org, lit
BM | organ, piano, lit
|913.766.5698 or email@example.com|
The following also offer their services:
|Betty Bauer | org, lit||913.814.9021 or
|Doris Daniels | org, lit||816.431.3244|
|Dana Gillis | piano||913.383.2019 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Roland Pera | bass soloist||913.268.8918 or
|Marilyn VanderLinden | org, lit||816.665.4441|
|org = organist | lit = liturgical worship | dir = choral director | piano = pianist|
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The absolute deadline for submissions to the Bombarde editor is the 20th of each month. Please email your information to email@example.com.