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Upcoming Events 2017

Upcoming Events 2017

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS: Sunday, Jan. 8, Annual Epiphany Party 4 PM – SEASONAL RECITAL 5:30 PM – FELLOWSHIP MEAL, catered Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 430 N Broadway, Wichita *RVSP requested Saturday, Jan. 21, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM RIE BLOOMFIELD ORGAN SERIES WSU ORGAN DAY Wiedemann Hall, WSU, Wichita Saturday, Jan 28, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM JANUARY JUBILEE WORKSHOP Various presenters and workshops First Presbyterian Church 525 N. Broadway St., Wichita Saturday, Jan 28, 4:00 PM JANUARY JUBILEE RECITAL…

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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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Favorite Voluntaries

Favorite Voluntaries

Favorite Voluntaries. Nov. 19th, 7 PM, Bethel College Mennonite Church, 2600 College Ave., North Newton. The Wichita and Hutchinson AGOS join to present Favorite Voluntaries. We encourage you to invite guests from outside of the chapter for this wonderful opportunity to share pieces that are accessible and useful in worship. Each person presenting will play one piece and two more suggestions. This may be the perfect opportunity to expand your music library! DeAnn Diller from Senseney music will have a booth with music…

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Wichita Home Organ Tour

Wichita Home Organ Tour

You are invited to a Tour of Home Organs at the homes of  Phillip and Donna Wahlbeck & Sage and Mary Ellen Joyner Saturday, October 17,  beginning at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Wahlbeck home for a demonstration of the organ and a chance to play and ask questions.  We will then travel to the Joyner home for another demonstration, performances and refreshments.  Free and open to everyone.  Please RSVP to Marlene Hallstrom at mhallstrom@cox.net or 316-304-6089 if you plan to attend. DIRECTIONS:…

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October Update

October Update

Greetings to each of you as we fall into October! These cooling temperatures give me chills, chills like those you might get when you attend our Organ Spooktacular. Many of our young members and several of their teachers, plus a few chapter members, are preparing pieces to be part of this program. I’ve heard the Phantom of the Opera may make an appearance, along with a performance of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor, plus other festive selections. Be sure to invite a neighbor and a…

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Featured Voluntaries

Featured Voluntaries

Favorite Voluntaries. In November our members will be presenting a joint workshop with the Hutchinson Chapter of Favorite Voluntaries. We would like to know who plans on presenting and the title of their pieces so we can prepare a handout to share with all participants. Please contact the Deanif you would like to present for this workshop. Non-members are also encourage to participate.You do not have to present to attend this event. All ideas can still be shared with each other and…

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September Update

September Update

Students are back in schools, private lessons are starting again, weekly choir rehearsals are just around the corner, and the new program year is upon us! The program committee made up of David Cason, Kathy Fehrmann (Sub Dean), and myself have been busy the last month putting together the final touches to our events. We open our season with a Hymn Festival, celebrating hymns and organ and choral music. A ice cream social will provide chapter members a meet and greet…

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August Update

August Update

Time flies when you’re having fun! That must have been the case in July because I don’t know where all of the days went. The past few weeks have been busy as I have been following up on plans for the upcoming program year, working on the annual budget, setting committees and getting ready for another school year to begin. And most importantly getting back to the organ bench, preparing for the first program of the year. In Our Music: A…

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July Update

July Update

Do you really know how great the people are in the Wichita Chapter AGO? Two events happened in June, one personal and one chapter-related, that made me appreciate the chapter even more than I had before. At the beginning of June I had neck surgery, giving me the opportunity to slow down for awhile and wear a neck brace for six weeks. Before, during, and after surgery, MANY people sent me emails, called, texted me, and offered me their prayers and…

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POE Update

POE Update

Dear Wichita Chapter Members, Thank you for your support of our recent Pipe Organ Encounter!   It was wonderful that so many of you participated either by helping with tasks throughout the week, by attending recitals and other events which were open to the public, or by your financial support.  We were able to stay fairly close to our estimated budget with only a few surprises!  It’s not too late if you would like to contribute to the financial support of…

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June Update

June Update

As I sit here to write this newsletter, while finishing up other AGO tasks, I can’t help but be excited for the upcoming Pipe Organ Encounter events and the Wichita Chapter. I’ve had the opportunity to put together the Program Booklet for the POE. The events planned, the workshops, and the concerts are must hear events. There is something almost every night and multiple events during the day. See Marlene Hallstrom’s letter later in the newsletter to see how you…

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POE Countdown!

POE Countdown!

COUNTDOWN TO POE: The Wichita Pipe Organ Encounter is only two weeks away!  The committee has worked countless hours to make all of the arrangements for a smooth running and successful event.  The schedule is included in this newsletter, and we hope you will take advantage of the many interesting concerts and programs throughout the week.  AGO members are welcome to observe during the daytime activities, and the public is welcome at most concerts (except Tuesday night which is for…

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Meet the Executive Committee: Brett Valliant

Meet the Executive Committee: Brett Valliant

Meet the Board: Brett Valiant, Class of 2017 (Editor): What is your current position on the Executive Committee? And how many years have you served on the committee? (Brett): Board member for the class of 2017. (E): Do you currently serve as an organist/music director in Wichita? If so, where and how long? And do you have any other jobs? (B): First United Methodist Church – 16 years; Century II/Wichita Theatre Organ Inc. – 16 years (E): What was your educational experience? (B):…

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May Update

May Update

Happy May Day! It’s hard to believe that we are wrapping up our Program Year. It seems like yesterday when I was sitting down with Debbie Lynch to discuss our 2014-2015 season. Highlights this year have included a workshop on music accessible to small pipe organs, the Holy Trinity Choir, Laura Rau in Recital, organ literature workshop, choral literature workshop, family organ tour in North Newton and Peabody, RYCO host, local scholarship auditions, Members Recital, and a Downtown Organ Tour….

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ARTDog Update

ARTDog Update

2015 ArtDOG Report April 24, 2015 was a very successful day for the Wichita Chapter. We raised $1200 for the recital fund, and that is with out the bonus pool money from ICTArtDOG. We had a great turnout for the Downtown Organ Crawl. Each venue had 15 or people, many just appreciating the organ music played my Brett Valliant, Carole Pracht, Chris Shaw, and other participants on the tour. Courtney Looney and the Wichita Foundation put together a very successful…

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POE Update

POE Update

Pipe Organ Encounter Update: Marlene Hallstrom, POE Director The Pipe Organ Encounter Committee has been very busy working out the details for our POE to be held at WSU on June 14-19.  The original limit we set was for 22 students in order to have enough organs and teachers for the students.  We have reached that limit already, even before our final deadline! Now that we are getting close to the actual event, all of our members will be asked to help…

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Downtown Organ Crawl

Downtown Organ Crawl

Downtown Organ Crawl April 24th, 2015, 7 PM To join the ArtDOG celebration and the numerous Arts Events planned, the Wichita Chapter AGO is sponsoring a Downtown Organ Crawl. Our event begins at First United Methodist Church at 7 PM, followed by St. John’s Episcopal Church at 7:30 PM, and end at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 8 PM. Each stop will include a demonstration, history of the church and instrument, and an opportunity for anyone on the…

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RCYO 2015

RCYO 2015

Regional Competition for Young Organists Pictured from Left to Right: Dr. David Childs, Marlene Hallstrom, David von Behren – second place, Anna Jeter, David Ball – first place, Pat Walcher, Lynne Davis. The competition took place on Saturday, March 7th at Eastminster Presbyterian. A BIG THANK YOU to Pat Walcher and Anna Jeter for being gracious hosts whom executed a wonderful competition. David Ball will compete in the Regional Convention in St. Louis this June.

POE Update

POE Update

POE Update Marlene Hallstrom, POE Chair As of March 31, the Wichita Chapter has received twelve registrations for our Pipe Organ Encounter to be held on June 14-19 in Wichita.  Several other registrations are promised. Our chapter awarded four scholarships of $100 each to four local students to attend the POE.  The winners were: Aidan Hill, student of Carole Pracht; Matthew Kroeker, student of Marlene Hallstrom; Megan McCoy, strudent of Carole Smith; Laura Smith, student of Anna Jeter. The schedule, housing,…

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Women Composers Recital

Women Composers Recital

Member’s Recital: Works by Women Composers Join us Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 3 PM for a recital featuring the compositions of women composers. Musicians for the afternoon include a choral ensemble directed by Jim Jones, works for voice and piano performed by Lily Guerrero and Carole Pracht, and organists Tyler Breneman, Carolyn Chambers, Kathy Fehrmann, Nylas Moser, Nickolas Carlson, and Christopher Shaw. This will be a kick-off for our ArtDOG (Day of Giving) event, details for ArtDOG can be found later in the newsletter….

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April Update

April Update

March was a very busy month for our chapter. We sponsored a Regional Competition for Young Organists, held Scholarship Auditions for students interested in attending the POE, held a choral workshop on conducting and choral music, had board meetings, and POE planning meetings. We’ve been so busy that it seems like we’ve “marched” right through Lent as we are now journeying into Holy Week. Here are five reminders a music colleague shared with me for us all to keep in…

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Women Composer Recital

Women Composer Recital

Member’s Recital – A Recital of Women Composers April 19th, 2015, 3 PM @ First Presbyterian Church Join us for a recital featuring the organ music of women composers. The recital and reception will take place at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Wichita. This will be a kick-off for our ArtDOG (Day of Giving) event, details for ArtDOG can be found later in the newsletter. We are still looking for performers for this recital. In addition to organ works, think about hymns and…

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Meet the Executive Committee: Marlene Hallstrom

Meet the Executive Committee: Marlene Hallstrom

Meet the Executive Committee: Marlene Hallstrom, Class of 2017. Editor (E): What is your current position on the Executive Committee? And how many years have you served on the committee? Marlene (M): I am serving as a member of the Class of 2017 after a few years off of the committee while I served on the AGO National Council as Councillor for Professional Development.  Previously, I have been Dean and chair of the 2009 Region VI convention “Pipes on the Plains” which was held in…

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