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Lessons for the New Organist

Lessons for the New Organist

The AGO’s Committee on Continuing Professional Education is dedicated to providing answers to common questions from anyone learning to play the organ. We have created a series of 30 videos, called “Lessons for the New Organist,” to teach basic skills and techniques to beginning organists, including pianists who are making a transition to organ-playing. Lesson 1: A Pianist’s First Steps in Transitioning to the Organ Lesson 2: The Architecture and Layout of the American Pipe Organ Lesson 3: Coupling Organ…

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Wichita State Organ Day

Wichita State Organ Day

This is a special invitation to all organists and pianists in the Kansas area!  Please come and join us to discover and play the great Marcussen organ in Wiedemann Hall on the campus of Wichita State University on SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Guest organist from Dallas’ First Presbyterian Church, Thomas Froehlich, will be there to guide us through what it is to play the organ today, how to use creative registration, how to “hear”…

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Pre-Concert Dinner

Pre-Concert Dinner

Chapter members, friends, and guests are invited to join for dinner at Sweet Basil, 2424 N. Woodlawn, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.  The dinner will precede the Rie Bloomfield Organ Recital of artist Renee Anne Louprette at Weidemann Hall on the campus of Wichita State University at 7:30 p.m..  Reservations for dinner must be emailed to Annette Lindal by Friday, November 9

Jeff Patry Recital

Jeff Patry Recital

Sunday, Nov. 4, 3:00 PM Emanuel Lutheran Church, 140 E. 30th Ave, Hutchinson Join Emanuel Lutheran as they celebrate 25 years of the Casavant organ with organist Jeffery Patry. A reception to follow. Jeffrey A. Patry is currently the Director of Sacred Music and Organist at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Robbinsdale, MN.  A native of Hutchinson, KS; Jeffrey’s early organ study was with Mrs. Shirley Brandyberry.  Jeffrey graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.M. in Organ Performance studying under…

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Hymn Festival

Hymn Festival

Organist Christopher Shaw will present a festival of Harvest, Praise, and Thanksgiving. The program will include hymn settings found in the November and Autumn publications by Augsburg and the Autumn Festivals publication by Oxford. Christopher Shawis a graduate of Bethel College and Wichita State University, holding a bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a master’s degree in music education with an emphasis in choral conducting.  Shaw is currently the Choral Director at Goddard High School. In addition to teaching, Shaw is the staff organist at Plymouth Congregational…

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Kathy’s October Message

Kathy’s October Message

Dear Chapter Members and Friends:      Our October program is “An Autumn Festival” on Sunday, October 14 at 4 p.m.  Please join us at Hillside Christian Church. Christopher Shaw has prepared a program of inspiring hymn settings and readings.  We look forward to meeting church members as well.      Several of our young organists are pictured with Seth Bott in the September 2018  issue of “The American Organist”. We appreciated the Master Class and Recital presented by Seth…

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Kathy’s Message

Kathy’s Message

Dear Chapter Members and Friends:      Join us for the 2018-19 opening meeting on Sunday evening, September 16, 2018 at St. James Episcopal Church.  See this newsletter for details.      Enthusiasm, dedication, and passion are some of the adjectives that describe the 2018 AGO national convention in Kansas City.  From the friendly greeting at Registration by Debbie Lynch and her helpers to the spectacular Closing Ceremony in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center the variety of available activities…

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Job Opening!

Job Opening!

Woodlawn United Methodist Church of Derby, Kansas, has an immediate opening for Organist.  Duties include playing for two worship services each Sunday mornings.  There is also an optional opportunity to accompany the chancel choir each week, including rehearsals on Wednesdays.  Contact Lance Carrithers, at LanceC@WoodlawnUMC.net for more information, or phone him at  316-347-5506.

AGO National Organ Pedagogy Conference at the University of Kansas

AGO National Organ Pedagogy Conference at the University of Kansas

From October 18-21, 2017, the AGO National Organ Pedagogy Conference will be held at the University of Kansas. The title of the conference is “Organ and Improvisation Study in the French Conservatory System.” This event will bring together an unprecedented collection of world-renowned French organists and scholars to play, teach, and lecture at the University of Kansas. Master classes in organ literature will all be taught simultaneously by two teachers: the master class schedule is as follows: French Classic: Michel…

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Public Concerts at the AGO National Pedagogy Conference at KU

Public Concerts at the AGO National Pedagogy Conference at KU

In addition to conference registrants, a limited number of concert tickets are available to the public. Ticketing is being handled through the Lied Center Ticket Office, 785-864-2787 or online at www.lied.ku.edu. The concert schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8:00 p.m. This is a special concert. Please consider re-arranging your Wednesday night choir rehearsal this week so that you can attend. All five organists will participate along with the nationally known chant choir from Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary…

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Upcoming Events 2018

Upcoming Events 2018

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS: “Rising Stars,  A Recital of Young Organists” Sunday, March 4, 2018                                       4:00 p.m. Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Rd., Wichita   A recital showcasing the recipients of the 2017 Wichita AGO Student Organ Scholarships.     **** Submissions for the Newsletter must be received by the 20th of each month. Submit them to agowichita@gmail.com

Hesston College Andover Organ Series

Hesston College Andover Organ Series

Hesston College Andover Organ Series Submitted by Ken Rodgers Hesston College will have its inaugural season of the Andover Organ Series this spring. The Andover organ was installed in February 2008. Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 pm Emmanuel Arakelian, Paris, France. Organist in residence at St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana. Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 pm Kevin J Vaughn, Professor of Organ, Goshen College, Goshen, IN. Concerts are on the Andover Organ at Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston, KS. Free admission. Watch for further details…

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Rie Bloomfield Organ Day

Rie Bloomfield Organ Day

We will have the immense pleasure of welcoming a second time the renowned French organ-builder, Bertrand Cattiaux, who was here 2 years ago.  This time he will talk about the great organ at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, its history and what changes have come about and which ones are coming in the future.  We will hear him speak as well as hear and see the organ through his recordings and slides. This is a very popular subject, so please…

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January Jubilee

January Jubilee

January Jubilee Wichita 2017: Submitted by Christopher Shaw, January Jubilee ChairDo you need some fresh ideas after many years of playing for church? Are you a pianist or beginning organist, and you just need to know what all of those knobs do? Has your choir been singing the same anthems year after year? Does your church have a set of handbells and you need to know how to use them? Do you want more playing techniques? Would you like more…

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to our members and friends of the Wichita Chapter AGO. We have a lot of great events remaining in our 2016-17 program year. Hopefully you plan to join us this Sunday, January 8th for our annual Epiphany Party and a student recital. Reservations for dinner are requested. Details below. January 28th is a be day for our chapter, as we host a January Jubilee, sponsored by the national AGO. This one-day workshop is geared towards members and…

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June Update

June Update

It’s the last day of May and I’m enjoying the sunshine from my patio. The school year has closed and summer is here! And with the beginning of summer, we wrap up another program year with our last event next week. I’ve also come to the end of my two years as Dean for the Wichita Chapter. And let me tell you, it has been a joy to serve this chapter. I didn’t have the intention of being the Chapter…

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Website Update

Website Update

You may have noticed that the design of our webpage has changed. In January, the board decided to use a different host for the website after a recommendation from our webmaster and the increasing rates from our previous host. Now we need YOUR help. If you have any pictures from events or ideas for the new design, send them to Tyler. We are still updating material that’s on the website. Don’t forget to direct your friends and students to the webpage and Facebook for updates…

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The Organ Experience

The Organ Experience

The Organ Experience. There is yet another way to experience great organ music online. The Organ Media Foundation has rolled out its third Internet streaming audio station, The Organ Experience. This station broadcasts classical organ music 24 hours a day via its website at www.organexperience.com. A built-in web player automatically handles connecting listeners to the stream, and complete information about each work being played is displayed on the site.

Substitute Organists/Choir Directors

Substitute Organists/Choir Directors

Looking for Sunday morning substitutes. We are trying to update our list of available Sunday morning substitutes for our website and newsletter. If you are available for services and funerals, please email tyler.breneman@agowichita.org. Indicate your availability and types of services you are willing to play. Only AGO members will be included in this list.

May Update

May Update

Happy May Day to each of you! It was a busy weekend to close April in Wichita. Many of our members and friends participated in the many ICTArtDog events on April 29th. It was a great day for the ARTS in Wichita. With the help of the Wichita Community Foundation and the many sponsors, ArtDOG raised 1.14 million in just one day. Our own Chapter met it’s goal of raising $1000 for the Recital Fund. Way to go Wichita! The…

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Rising Star Recital

Rising Star Recital

Congratulations to our young organists for an excellent “Rising Stars” recital March 6. Organists and teachers pictured at the right. Congratulations to Our 2016 Scholarship Winners: Aidan Hill Matthew Kroeker Megan McCoy Sonora Vossen

April Update

April Update

Happy April Fools! I thought I would try to come up with a catchy joke, but didn’t have any luck. Instead I was reminded of the picture that was shared with mea few weeks ago. Some of these stops might come in handy… I want to remind you of two important things happening at the national level: elections and membership renewal.  The polls are now open for you to vote in the 2016 AGO national election for the officersand councillors of the…

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Membership Renewal

Membership Renewal

Membership Renewal Approaches. You will soon receive emails regarding membership renewal. Below are the 2016-2017 membership rates. The amount in the parenthesis indicates the portion that supports our chapter. Regular: $100 (39) Special: $75 (31.50) Student: $40 (13) Partner: $75 (39) Dual: $39 (39) Chapter Friend: $25 (25) If you are not a member and receive this monthly newsletter, please consider joining as a Chapter Friend. The $25 goes directly to our Chapter and helps sponsor the programs we offer throughout the…

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ArtDOG 2016

ArtDOG 2016

ArtDOG 2016/Pipe Organ Crawl On April 29, 2016, our community will come together for the Wichita Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG), and we need YOU to join us. It’s 24 hours of unprecedented nonprofit giving—and it’s your chance to make a real difference, right here in Wichita. Last year during ArtDOG, $1.17 million was donated! You can donate to the Wichita Chapter by clicking on the image at the right. All donations are put into the Chapter’s Recital Fund and…

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 6, 5:15 PM  WEDNESDAYS IN WIEDEMANN with LYNNE DAVIS, Wiedemann Hall, WSU Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 PM RIE BLOOMFIELD ORGAN SERIES MARIE RUBIS-BAUER & guest Michael Bauer Wiedemann Hall, WSU Wednesday, April 27, 5:15 PM  6th Annual Organ POPS Concert with LYNNE DAVIS, Wiedemann Hall, WSU Friday, April 29, 7:00 PM COLLEGE HILL ORGAN CRAWL ArtDOG Fundraising Event Locations to be determined

From the Dean

From the Dean

It’s hard to believe we have taken the “leap” into March! This program year is flying by, leaving us with just three events to celebrate the work of the Wichita Chapter. This weekend, Sunday, March 6th, we celebrate the youth of our chapter. We have 13 students that will be auditioning for scholarship beginning at 1 PM. This will be followed by a “Reaching for the Stars” recital at 4 PM at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Many thanks to Anna Jeter…

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POPs for KIDs Media

POPs for KIDs Media

Congratulations to the Wichita AGO Chapter on the 20th Anniversary of their POPs for KIDs program.  I also join with all others in congratulating Irene Shaw for her vision in establishing this worthy program.  If the organ and the great music composed for it are to survive, it is essential that young people be introduced to the organ and made aware of the magic it has.  No other instrument can be as thrilling or reach the hearts of people so strongly….  I…

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POPs Updates

POPs Updates

Teaching Unit:   The new online teaching was introduced nationally in the May issue of The American Organist, journal of the American Build of Organists, in an article by Wichita Chapter AGO Dean Carrol Hassman.   (It will also be demonstrated in a workshop for the 2014 national convention of the AGO in Boston MA.) Commissioned Work:   The public premier of Bernard Wayne Sanders’ Prelude, Recitative, & Fugue was presented on October 6, 2013, in a recital by Christopher Shaw at Plymouth Congregational Church….

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Walter Pelz Tribute Concert

Walter Pelz Tribute Concert

CONCERT PAYS TRIBUTE TO CHURCH COMPOSER/MUSICIAN On Palm Sunday, March 20, The Messiah Festival of Arts and the Bethany Oratorio Society will present “Lift Up Your Voice! A Celebration of the Music of Dr. Walter L. Pelz.” The concert will take place in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus at 3 p.m. Dr. Pelz is a renowned Lindsborg musician and has been honored for his contributions as a composer and church organist. He was a Bethany music professor…

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March Update

March Update

It’s hard to believe we have taken the “leap” into March! This program year is flying by, leaving us with just three events to celebrate the work of the Wichita Chapter. This weekend, Sunday, March 6th, we celebrate the youth of our chapter. We have 13 students that will be auditioning for scholarship beginning at 1 PM. This will be followed by a “Reaching for the Stars” recital at 4 PM at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Many thanks to Anna Jeter…

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Epiphany Party

Epiphany Party

Plan now to attend our Annual Epiphany Party, a time for fellowship and friends after a busy season! Jim Jones is working up a special treat for entertainment after our Potluck Meal. The Wichita AGO Board will provide the main dish. Members will be invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share, assigned by Carolyn Chambers at a later date. Please be sure to RSVP by contacting Pat Walcher. Invite someone to attend with you! Directions to 847 Bramerton,…

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January Update

January Update

Happy New Year! As an organization, we have a lot to celebrate about from 2015. Great workshops, recitals, meetings, and a fantastic POE! And we don’t want to forget all of our new high school members! But I’m also excited to share a great slate of events for the first half of 2016! Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 PM: Meet the Cherwiens, Organist and Author Sunday, March 6, 1:00 PM: Student Organ Study Scholarship Auditions.  Applications due March 1. Sunday, March 6,…

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Favorite Voluntary Report

Favorite Voluntary Report

Favorite Voluntaries. Members of the Wichita and Hutch AGO Chapters meet at Bethel College Mennonite Church to share favorite voluntaries. With the term “voluntary” undefined, there was a wide variety of literature presented (the purpose of the event). Besides great pieces, there was a lot of sharing and networking among those in attendance. DeAnn Diller of Senseney Music had a great table of seasonal organ literature and new publications.  A list of pieces is available here. Thank you to the…

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December Update

December Update

“Christmas time is here. Happiness and Cheer.” It might be hard to think of the happiness and cheer at this moment as we approach one of the busiest seasons of the year as a musician, organist, choir director… well just about anyone really!  We’ve barely digested our Thanksgiving meal, observed the first advent candle of hope, Advent II is upon us. But really that’s just the beginning of the list of things we have to do this December. I thought…

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November Update

November Update

I hope that you were all able to get a little rest today with the extra hour! We will need it for the next couple of months! At school and at church, Halloween reminds me that Advent and Christmas will soon be upon us. I was looking at my calendar at the end of last week and grew concerned seeing that I only had four weeks of rehearsal before my school choirs present their winter concerts….but let’s not get too far…

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