FROM THE DEAN:
In the process of being Dean, I have definitely felt a lack of new computer skills. However, with the help of a score of AGO friends, a young piano student plus his mother, programs manage to emerge from blank paper (often matching the blank expression on my face in the process) to a finished product. Cropping, scanning, inserting AGO logos, flash drives, text wrapping around pictures and designed covers are all brand new experiences. I’m still back in the last century! Cropping to me means raising something like corn or soybeans that can be harvested.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS
Colleens and laddies gather together around the punch bowl at 6:00.
Dinner at 6:15 - “Who Threw the Overalls in Mistress Murphy’s Chowder”
[This won’t happen.]
Program at 7:30 - The pipe(r)s will be in the organ chambers!
Whether or not you wear green or look Irish, this should be a fine St. Patrick’s Day concert! Dr. Gregory Peterson is Professor of Organ and Church Music, College Organist and Head of the Music Department at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He has performed at national and regional conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and throughout the United States and Europe. He comes to us highly recommended. His playing is consistently very lively, thoughtful, stylish and spiritual.
We especially want to welcome all our recently new members to KCAGO. I was glad to see several new faces at our February dinner and program.
Mary Bronaugh Davis, Dean
Call Sharon Davies at 816-331-5581 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by 10:00 p.m. the Wednesday before our meeting (March 12, 2014). Sharon will confirm your e-mail reservations, so if you don’t get a confirmation, please call. Remember, if you have a permanent reservation and miss dinner, you are still obligated to pay for your meal.
Corned beef and cabbage, pistachio pudding, key lime pie
The next meeting is Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran in Westport. 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
Good musicianship from the members of Schola Cantorum; Organist, Roseann Penner Kaufman; Assistant Conductor, Evan Courtney; Conductor, Anthony Maglione along with Liturgist Mike Maiden and Reader Lynn Bratney generated a very effective choral service of evening prayer on the theme of LIGHT. There were, indeed some “goose bump” moments during the evening. The next performance of Schola will be at our annual Bachathon on Sunday, May 4th at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral. Plus, we already look forward to next year when Schola will again will present two concerts plus a Bachathon appearance.
The day after Easter on April 21st we will be taking a bus tour to Lawrence, Kansas to visit the Reuter Organ Factory ending with time at the First United Methodist Church to see and hear their 123 rank Reuter organ. Those who want to ride the bus should contact Mary Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is your chance to play in our last program of the season on May 19th at St. Andrews Episcopal Church! So far, seven organists have indicated their interest. There is no stipulation regarding selection of repertoire. However, plan music that will be of interest to the audience. Turn in the title, composer and the timing to Mary Davis at email@example.com.
Longtime KCAGO member and past Dean in 1994-95, Roger Wischmeier passed away on January 31, 2014. We extend our sympathy to his daughter Barbara and son David. We are honored that they suggested that Memorial Funds be sent to KCAGO.
Sub-Dean Chloe Stodt slipped and fell on the ice and injured her hip. She is at home now and getting around but has taken a leave from her duties for a few weeks. Prayers are welcome as she continues to heal.
Kansas State University and the Manhattan Chapter of AGO will present a Pipe Organ Encounter on July 6-11, 2014 for students between the ages of 13 and 18. Previous organ study is not required although minimal piano proficiency at the early intermediate level is desired. KCAGO is sponsoring one scholarship – preferably for a student in the Kansas City area. This is an excellent opportunity for teens to become better acquainted with the organ. You can print out the brochure for the K-State POE from the KCAGO website: http://www.kcago.com/pdfs/KSU_POE_Brochure.pdf
Introducing Nominees for 2014 – 2015
Standing Rule 7 calls for elections in April, installation of officers in May, and taking office July 1st. Voting members will receive a ballot in March the same way you receive your newsletter.
Online balloting will cease at noon on April 21st. Paper balloting will cease at 6:30 p.m. on April 21st. Results will be announced that evening.
Standing Rule 33 mentions that additional nominations may be made by petitions signed by at least five Voting Members of the Chapter in good standing, and submitted with biographies to the Secretary before March 20, so that the full ballot may be sent to each Voting Member in April.
Nominating Committee members were Mike Maiden, Joyce McIntosh, Wayne Smith, Marian Thomas, and Claudette Schiratti, chair.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE for 2014-2015 (Vote for one)
* = Incumbent
Dean (elected last year as sub-dean, generally becomes dean)
Carol Wallace *
Pam Robison *
MEMBERS AT LARGE/LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE
CLASS OF 2017 (Vote for 2, three year term)
(Vote for 1, two year term, will serve with Bill Brooks, chair 2014)
Placement Coordinator: Joe Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Choir Director/Pianist
Westport Presbyterian Church, temporarily at 4120 Baltimore, KCMO, while church is being rebuilt. One Sunday service at 10:50 a.m., with choir warm-up at 10:30 a.m. and choir rehearsal 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. on Sundays. Boston "vertical grand" piano. Four paid section leaders for choir of 10. Familiarity with various styles of music desirable. A detailed job description and salary range available from the pastor, Rev. Scott Myers, by calling 816-931-1032 or emailing email@example.com. Job to begin April 1st, 2014.
Beginning Wednesday, March 5, and every Wednesday of Lent, 12:15 pm: Lenten concert series at Church of the Resurrection, 137th and Roe. Click here for a list of performers.
Sunday, March 9, 3:00 pm: the St. Joseph AGO presents Jan Kraybill in recital at First Presbyterian Church, 301 N. 7th Street, St. Joseph, MO. This concert celebrates the 25th anniversary of First Presbyterian's Visser-Rowland organ. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for students. Please consider making the short trip to St. Joseph to enjoy this event.
Friday, March 21, 12:10 pm: Harpsichordists Rebecca Bell and Marian Thomas will perform as part of the Westport Center for the Arts’ Brown Bag Concert Series at Immanuel Lutheran, 1700 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri. The pair will commemorate Johann Sebastian Bach's 329th birthday by performing from the first volume of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier.” This is the fifth performance in a series of six concerts where Bell and Thomas will perform all of the preludes and fugues from each of the two Well-Tempered Clavier volumes. Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. A complimentary reception will be held immediately after the concert.
**Cancellation notice**: Organist Harald Vogel was scheduled to come to KU to perform a recital as well as conduct master classes and workshops on March 25th. The event has been cancelled at this time. We hope to present Harald Vogel in the near future.
Friday, April 11th, 7:30 pm: David Higgs at Bales Recital Hall on the KU campus. Tickets can be purchased at the Lied Center ticket office.
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm: Gregory Hand, Organist, Community of Christ Temple. Gregory Hand is assistant professor of organ at the University of Iowa. Before this appointment he held the position of university chapel organist at Northwestern University, where he also taught in the Music Theory Department. He was awarded a PhD in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, where he studied with James Kibbie. Dr. Hand has participated in several international organ competitions, including the Grand Prix de Chartres (France), St. Albans (England), Prix Andre Marchal (France), and the Dublin International Organ Competition. He also is active as a harpsichordist and continuo player. Freewill offering.
Sunday March 16th: 5:00 pm: Choral Evensong, sung by the Trinity Choir; David Gardner, guest organist; free admission
Sunday March 23rd: 2:00 pm: Musica Vocale, conducted by Mark Ball,Music of Bernstein, Palestrina and others; tickets available at the door
Friday March 28th: 7:30 pm: The Choir of Men and Boys of St. Thomas Church, NYC John Scott, conductor; Ben Sheen, organist; tickets available at the door or by calling (816) 235-6222. John Scott came to St. Thomas in 2004 from St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Dr. Scott succeeded Gerre Hancock, whose choirs were exceptionally fine; he has raised the standard even higher, so that the Choir is regarded as one of the finest in the world. Repertoire for the concert begins with the music of John Taverner (c. 1490 - 1545) and ends with music by Howells, Britten and Elgar. Especially welcome is music by Henry Purcell and Frank Martin. Ben Sheen, the organist, will play works by Bach and Schumann. The Central Ticket Office (816-235-6222) is the ticket agency for the concert. Other information is available from the Cathedral (816 - 214-9228).
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, right here in Kansas City, will host the Region 3 conference for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, July 28-30, 2014. Under the theme "Setting the Table Well: Feeding Hungry Worshippers in a Fast Food Culture," the menu includes spiritual renewal, visual art, poetry, psalms, and plenty of inspiration for worship and music ministry. Presenters include Rev. Peter W. Marty (keynote); John Ferguson, Melody Steed, and Chris Nelson (organ); Mark Lucas (choral); Steve Hess, Chuck Hoffman, and Peg Carlson-Hoffman (visual art); and Chris Hillila Lewis, Carolyn Wilson, and Linda Martin (multigenerational engagement in worship). During the conference, attendees will participate in the creation of a prayer canvas and will have the opportunity to view two full-size volumes of the Saint John's Bible (see www.saintjohnsbible.org).
Even if you can't join us for the entire conference, mark your calendars for Tuesday evening's Hymn Festival, led by Peter Marty and Chris Nelson. Beginning at 7:30 pm on July 29, this event is free of charge and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception.
For a fairly extensive review of Jan Kraybill's Super Bowl Sunday Organ Concert XV with 19 pictures and a video of whom to watch for at the Olympics, go to: http://www.examiner.com/review/jan-kraybill-s-super-bowl-concert-xv-was-super-with-a-touch-of-the-olympics. Submitted by Floyd Gingrich.
Dale Ramsey and Mary Davis have keys to the KCAGO 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.
The American Guild of Organists is delighted to announce a new college scholarship program for organ students with financial needs:
The Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Scholarship will be available to six students (four undergraduate, and two graduate) beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year. Four undergraduate scholarships in the amount $7,500 each will be offered: one each to an incoming college freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Each scholarship will be renewable through completion of the student's undergraduate years of study. Two graduate scholarships in the amount of $15,000 each will be offered and will be renewable for a total of two years of graduate study. Eligibility requirements and application details are available online - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?AmericanGuildofOrgan/b278746466/71cbb92609/f3dd633878 The application deadline is March 1, 2014.
The mission of the AGO is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. For more information, please call 212-870-2310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
No endorsement or promise of condition or quality,
just a listing service for our members
Ready to trade in your old organ or add to your pipe organ? This is the year to do it! Allen Organs of Kansas City is celebrating 16 years of Dedicated Service with Allen Organ Company. To celebrate this special milestone, we are having a special sale for members of the AGO. This sale includes all Allen Organ Models, including custom features of your choice, a generous trade-in value on your current organ or digital/pipe organ consoles. This sale also includes the AGO members church of whom you are currently employed or a member with. Interested? Simply fill out the "AGO Member Sale Form" on our website at www.allenorgansofkansascity.com, call (816) 618-3519 or email at email@example.com.
Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, is looking for old Schirmer scores of Stainer’s Crucifixion to house in their library. If you are aware of a church music program which no longer uses the scores that may be in their choral library, please contact Steve Burk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please welcome these new members who participated in the January Jubilee. Let’s give them a warm welcome at our monthly meetings!
Birchler, Susan K.
Gibbs, Ruth B.
Effective immediately, please send any membership email questions or requests to Pam Robison at email@example.com. Since she retired from Community of Christ at the end of 2013, the previous address at CofChrist.org will no longer be valid.
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||816-436-1419
|Nicholas Good, BM, CAGO - org, lit||785.273.7762,
|Stephen Kucera, SPC, org||913.568.3873
(student in Manhattan)
|Linda Mann, BME, SPC organ, piano||816-353-4826;
|John Pitchford, MM, SPC - org||913.663.3768|
|Claudette Schiratti, MM, AAGO - org, dir, lit||913-530-0960 (cell)
|Barbara Tankard Thatcher, CAGO||816.796.3706|
|Thomas Zachacz, 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:
|Joyce Berg, MM – org||816-741-7388
|Phyllis Curtis, MM - org, piano||913.406.5327 (cell)
(10:45 or 11:00 only)
|John Deahl, BA – org, dir, bass soloist||785-250-4141 or email@example.com|
| Kathy Hellwege, org, lit, solo, dir,
BSE in Music & English
DMA org, lit, dir, handbell
DMA (voice) soloist
MM org, lit
|Michael Phelps, BA – org, piano, lit||816-686-5454|
|Dale Ramsey, MM – org, dir||816.322.8985
|Ann Marie Rigler, DMA – org, lit||816.415.3792
or 816.781.7700 x5199
|Lisa Shepard, org, lit||816-587-9290 or
|Nancy Stankiewicz, BA – org, lit||913.642.8642|
|John Villaveces, DMA, org, lit||816.255.6146
|Cheri White, BM organ, piano, lit||913.766.5698
|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|
|Roland Pera, bass soloist||913-268-8918 or
|Harlan Plunkett, org||913.449.8561
|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.