FROM THE DEAN:
"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it." —Arnold H. Glasow
I’m not generally given to spending time looking for "quotable quotes", but this one caught my eye during a quick Google search on the topic of "patience". As musicians, we are all well-schooled in the art of developing the most musical performance possible over the course of many hours in rehearsal. Musicality doesn’t just happen (for the majority of us, anyway) — it results from an informed, disciplined, and patient approach to the relationships among the composer, the performer, the notes, and the instrument. But, if you’re like me, there are lots of other areas in life where I’m not as inclined to be very patient — with that persistent dribble from the bathroom faucet, or that slow air leak from no discernable hole in my bicycle tire, or the copier that will only print 22 booklets (out of 150) before beeping at me to "empty the finisher tray," OR, a computer program that doesn’t seem to work as planned, or according to "printed" directions.
Finding ourselves, as AGO members, in the midst of a somewhat challenging administrative transition to an online membership program, it might be helpful, or at least amusing, to reflect on some "quotable quotes" from earlier times about areas of life that were unheard of when first proposed, but that we take for granted today.
I can’t promise you that I researched every single remark, but I suggest that our collective sense of history might render these sentiments about technological developments more believable than not. Did we ever hear our parents or grandparents say similar things?
"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy!"—Drillers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859
"Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value." —Boston Post, 1865
"This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." —An internal Western Union memo, 1876
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" —David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
—H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927
"A rocket will never be able to leave the earth's atmosphere." —The New York Times, 1936 "Television won't matter in your lifetime or mine." —Radio Times editor Rex Lambert, 1936
"That rainbow song's no good. Take it out."
—MGM memo after the first showing of “The Wizard of Oz”
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
—Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
"But what ... is it good for?"
—Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip
If we’re not able to imagine the "good for" with our new system just yet, please allow me to invite all of us (myself included) to be patient during this current period of change, and perhaps to adopt a longer-term, less immediate, view. Most motorists don’t like the inconvenience of road construction projects, but we certainly do appreciate well maintained roads and easier access to our points of destination once the construction is finished.
"Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." —Saadi (Iranian poet, 1184-1283)
So may it be with us.
Chloë Stodt, Dean
Co-Sponsored by the Greater Kansas City AGO & School of Music at the University of Kansas
At 7:30 PM on Monday evening, November 17th, the noted Canadian organist and composer Rachel Laurin will present a Bales Artist Series recital at the Bales Organ Recital Hall connected to the Lied Center at the University of Kansas. This program is co-sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the School of Music/Division of Organ and Church Music at the University of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence KS. (Directions: http://admissions.ku.edu/directions)
Tickets are $12 General Admission, $6 for GKCAGO members, $5 for senior citizens (65 and older), free for students, and are available from the Lied Center Ticket Office (785.864.2787, or online at http://www.lied.ku.edu).
The Greater Kansas City AGO Chapter meeting will be held at 6:45 PM in the Seymour Gallery of the Lied Center (upstairs lobby – an elevator is available on the right side of the downstairs lobby).
|Praeludium in G Minor, BuxWV 150|
Fuga del 9e Tono
|Toccata and Fugue in D Major, Op. 69
(from “Ten Pieces, Op. 69”)
|Twelve short Pieces, Volume 2:
• No. 8: Prelude, Op. 58
• No. 9: Fuga "seriosa", Op. 58
• No. 12: Fuga "comica", Op. 58
Epilogue, Op. 50
| – – – – – – – – – – – I N T E R M I S S I ON – – – – – – – – – – – –
|Pièces de Fantaisie:
• Clair de Lune (2ème Suite, Op. 52)
• Impromptu (3ème Suite, Op. 53)
• Hymne au Soleil (2ème Suite, Op. 52)
|Twelve short Pieces, Volume 3, Op. 64:
• No. 6: Asian Legend
• No. 4: Scherzetto
• No. 9: Romance
• No. 7: Badinerie on "Lobe den Herren"
Étude Héroïque, Op. 38
On Saturday morning, November 15th, Rachel Laurin will present a lecture about her own organ music at 10 AM, and a master class with University of Kansas students at 11 AM. Both Saturday events will be in the Bales Organ Recital Hall. They are free and open to the public.
RACHEL LAURIN was born in 1961, in St-Benoît des Deux-Montagnes, Province of Quebec, Canada. After her studies at the Montreal Conservatory, she became Associate Organist at St-Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal (1986-2002), and from 2002 to 2006, she was Titular Organist at Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa. She now devotes herself to composition, recitals, master-classes and lectures.
She has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has made more than twelve recordings on Motette, Musicus, Musicus/Fidelio, Analekta, SRC (Radio-Canada), Riche Lieu, BND, and Raven labels. In 2000 in Montreal, and 2001 in Ottawa, she played the Six Organ Symphonies by Louis Vierne in three recitals. In 2002, at the inauguration of the Edmonton Winspear Centre’s new Létourneau organ, she performed the Premiere of Jacques Hétu’s Concerto for Organ with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mario Bernardi. She presented this same work at the Ottawa National Arts Center in 2008, and in Toronto, at the Metropolitan United Church, during the Centennial Convention of the RCCO in June, 2009. She also performed Raymond Daveluy’s Organ Concerto at the RCCO National Convention in Hamilton in 1999.
Rachel Laurin is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre. She has composed more than a hundred works for various instruments, instrumental ensembles and orchestra, including a piano Concerto and a Concerto for organ, string orchestra and timpanis. Her compositions have been performed and recorded in major cities in America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. Her compositions are published by Doberman, RCCO Music Publications (Canada), Europart (France), Hinshaw Music and Wayne Leupold Editions (USA) where she has been "House Composer" since 2006. She has won many awards, including the Prix Conrad-Letendre, the Holtkamp-AGO Composition Award in 2008, and the first Prize in the Marilyn Mason New Organ Music Competition in 2009. She is frequently invited to major organ festivals as organist and composer: she was a recitalist at the AGO National Convention in 2008 (St.Paul/Minneapolis, MN), and a commissioned composer for the AGO National Convention in 2010, in Washington, D.C. She also presented the opening gala recital of the RCCO Centenary National Convention in Toronto in 2009.
Rachel Laurin is well known as an improviser, and she has had many opportunities to teach this art in many schools and academies: at the Montreal Conservatory, in Épinal, France, in many RCCO and AGO workshops, in Calgary as a Faculty Member at the Mount Royal Summer Academy, where she was also in charge of a composition class; in the Summer Institute of Church Music (Whitby, ON) and others. In November 2009, and March 2010, she was "Distinguished Guest Artist" at Yale University (New Haven, CT). Her recent activities as a composer included many commissions and Premieres: her Fantasy and Fugue on the Genevan Psalm 47, for organ duet, Op. 62, by Majoya duet, (Winspear Centre, Edmonton, AB); the Introduction and Allegro, Op. 65, for organ and oboe, by Sondra Goldsmith Proctor and oboist Laurel Kuxhaus (St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY), the Étude-Caprice, Op. 66 ("Beelzebub’s Laugh"), in Austin, TX, at the AGO Region VII Convention, July 2013, by Ken Cowan; the motet "Filiae Regum”, Op. 67 for mixed choir and organ (Ste Anne’s church, Ottawa, ON); and the Tone Poem for the Advent, Op. 69, by Isabelle Demers (Palais Montcalm, Québec City, December 2013). Two recordings devoted to her organ music were released recently: one performed by Isabelle Demers on Acis label, and the other on Raven label, performed by Rachel Laurin and other musicians (including her Fantasia for organ and harp, and her Sonata for organ and horn). A feature-length program devoted to her work as a composer and organist, titled "Rachel’s Children", was broadcast by American Public Media’s PIPEDREAMS presented by Michael Barone, in October 2012.
Dinner this month will be on our own, due to logistics and Chapter budgetary constraints. You may wish to participate in a carpool (see information below), and arrange dinner with your travel mates.
Chapter Meeting is in the Seymour Gallery (upstairs lobby) of the Lied Center (an elevator is available on the right side of the downstairs lobby) at 6:45 PM.
Program is at 7:30 PM in Bales Organ Recital Hall.
|NAME||PHONE #||# RIDERS||DEPARTING FROM||TIME|
|Craig Smith||(c) 913.485.3495||7||Johnson Cty Cmty Coll. OR
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
|John Schaefer||816.214.9928||2||Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral||5:45 PM|
|Chloe Stodt||913.895.0682||3||Holy Trinity Church
9150 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa
|Vaughn Scarcliff||816.289.2817||3||Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral||5:45 PM|
|3||Hyde Park||5 PM (eat @
|Lynn Bratney||816.589.8687||2||Gladstone, MO||5 PM
|Debbie Lynch||913.558.5477||2||Raymore, MO||5 PM|
|Kathy Hellwege||(h) 913.362.0594
Overland Park, KS
|Sharon Davies||(h) 816.331.5581
|Mary Davis||816.436.1419||4||Gladstone, MO||5 PM|
The next GKCAGO Board meeting is Saturday, November 8th at 10:30 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westport, with refreshments and social time beginning at 10 AM. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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 email@example.com to sign up!
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. Students may request a teacher from the list of those participating.
The program committee decided that priority will be given to students who have never studied organ before, or who may have had some lessons, did not continue for whatever reason, and who might like to return to the instrument. The suggested minimum age is high school, with at least three consecutive years of prior piano study. Younger students may be considered based on their proficiency/repertoire level; adult students are also welcome. Organ repertoire appropriate to each student’s level will be taught.
As part of the scholarship award, we expect these students to agree to attend and share their learnings at our February 16, 2015 GKCAGO program, "Celebrating New Organists" at Colonial Presbyterian Church, KCMO. This particular program on our regular monthly schedule is envisioned not so much as a "concert" or a "recital", but as a celebration of beginning organ students and what they have been able to accomplish during their brief period of scholarship study. It might also include teacher reflections about the lesson experience, narrative about the music studied, and/or actual problem solving demonstrations, so that the program time will be shared by both students and teachers.
Please encourage students to consider this unique opportunity to become introduced to the organ and its music—we would really like to award all ten scholarships. And please plan on attending in February and showing your support for new organists! An application form is available by clicking: http://www.kcago.com/pdfs/Celebrating_New_Organist_Application_Form.pdf
(Regional Competition for Young Organists or RCYO)
The newly revised official rules governing the 2015 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists may be downloaded at: http://www.agohq.org/wp.content/uploads/2014/09/2015_AGO_Quimby_final.TAO_Oct.2014.pdf
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.
The Winston Salem (NC) Chapter of the AGO is happy to announce the 4th annual HS Organ Festival & Competition that they co-sponsor with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Salem College in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
The competition is open to any high school senior or younger who has not previously won the competition’s First Prize. In addition to cash prizes and potential scholarships, all prize winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Hymn Prize) will receive a copy of one of the eight volumes of Bach works published by Wayne Leupold Editions, compliments of the publisher.
A CD Recording and application is due (received) by December 19, 2014.
For full information about the competition, festival events, and instruments, please visit: http://www.timothyolsenorganist.com/hs.competition.html.
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 email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Please consult the PDF edition here for updates.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 3:00 PM
Jack Ergo and Jan Kraybill: Dueling Keyboards | Community of Christ Auditorium | Freewill Offering
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 3:00 PM
5th Annual St. Cecelia Music Festival presented by The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
The concert features choirs from throughout the diocese and beyond. Congregation hymns are also included in the concert. Participating Choirs include: St. John Lalande, St. Agnes, St. Thomas More Children’s Choir, St. Gabriel the Archangel, Cure of Ars and the Cathedral Schola Cantorum. | Free will donations | http://www.kcgoddome.org or email email@example.com
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 5:00 PM
CHORAL EVENSONG, sung by the Choir of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with Dr. Thomas Vozzella, Choirmaster Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway | Free admission | 816.241.9928
All concerts will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Westport Road, with the exception of the January 19 program as noted below.
November 21, 12:10 PM: "An Hour of Praise and Thanksgiving," gospel music by Ah 'Lee Robinson with Doriel Demps at the piano.
December 19, 12:10 PM: "Siren Song", an ensemble of seven women
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 913.895.0682) if this is an area of chapter involvement that interests you.
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, email@example.com.
If you would like a current list of available items, please email Chloë Stodt at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Craig Cramer directly at his email address above.
FREE Hammond organ and bench, Model 2195 in good working condition. Owner is moving, and wishes to give the organ to any interested party. Please call Ludivina Vinluan at 913.859.0428.
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson email@example.com
Worship and Arts Administrative Coordinator: Colonial Presbyterian Church has an immediate opening for a part-time (28 hours a week) Worship and Arts Administrative Coordinator. This is a critical role, alongside our Director, in the full expression of worship music and performances for our church. Applicants must be able to read music, possess strong people and organizational skills as well as have a high degree of computer and internet literacy. See http://www.colonialkc.org/#/community/employment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Director of Liturgy and Music: St. Bernadette Catholic Church. This is a part-time position. Vocal and keyboard/instrumental skills highly desired. A working knowledge of Vatican II principles and liturgical spirit, collaborative style, solid coordination, mentoring, creativity, and effective stewardship of resources needed. Please forward resume to Search Committee, St. Bernadette Parish, 9020 East 51st Terrace, Kansas City, MO, 64133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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. 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
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 email@example.com|
|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
DMA - (voice) soloist
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.