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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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POE Trivia

POE Trivia

Pipe Organ Encounter Trivia. There will be four Pipe Organ Encounters in the US this summer: Wichita State University, June 14-19 Valparaiso University, July 5-10 Columbus State University (Georgia), July 12-17 Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), July 26-31 We currently have 3 student registrations and the promise of several more on the way. Our chapter scholarship auditions will take place on March 8 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Scholarships are also available through the AGO National Headquarters.  Some churches are willing to provide financial…

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March Update

March Update

Here we are again, it seems like just yesterday I was putting together the February edition and here we are, March. This past month has been a month of planning and preparation, particularly for the June 2015 – Pipe Organ Encounter. Over 3000 emails were sent to members in our region and the south central region, plus over 300 brochures were dropped into the mail. Excitement is building as we begin to receive our first registrations and make final plans…

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Family Organ Tour

Family Organ Tour

Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour: Sunday, February 22nd Join us for our 2015 Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour! Our tour will include four organs, two of them being tracker instruments, one being recently renovated, and one being added to the historical organ list!  These four organs can be found in North Newton and Peabody, Kansas. The tour will be lead by Christopher Shaw, dean and Donna Hetrick. At each stop we will hear a brief history of the…

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Choral Workshop

Choral Workshop

Choral Music Workshop. Church choir directors and accompanists are invited to participate in our workshop on March 10th, 7:00 PM, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 430 N Broadway St, Wichita. The workshop will include a session focused on rehearsal techniques and conducting led by Dr. John Paul Johnson (Wichita State University). This will be followed by area director’s sharing anthems that they have found successful – accessible to choir of any size. Directors are invited to bring copies of these anthems to…

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WSU Organ Day 2015

WSU Organ Day 2015

WSU ORGAN DAY 2015. Bravo to Lynne Davis for an excellent mini-workshop on the French Organ. Bertrand Cattiaux lectured on french organ building. Cattiaux is the organ builder responsible for ongoing improvements to the great organ of Notre Dame, Paris . Stéphane Béchy is a renowned concert artist and Titular Organist of St-Merry. Béchy lectured and performed pieces composed by the past organists of St-Merry. Seated left to right: Bertrand Cattiaux, Lynne Davis, Stéphane Béchy.

February Update

February Update

It’s SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! Hopefully you have your snacks ready to enjoy the commercials. After a busy holiday season, January has given me time to focus on the work of the chapter and my own musical goals. As we role in to February, I can’t help but think of how SUPER our Wichita Chapter is and the many gifted members around us. I’m reminded how dedicated our members are to the success of the chapter and chapter events. We’ve had…

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Meet the Executive Committee: Nickolas Carlson

Meet the Executive Committee: Nickolas Carlson

Meet the Executive Committee: Nickolas Carlson, Class of 2016. Editor (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? Nickolas (N): I am the organist/accompanist at Westwood Presbyterian church. I am also the Orchestral graduate assistant at WSU, where I am an Orchestral Conducting student. E: What was your educational experience? N: I received a BM in Organ Performance with a minor in sacred music from Bethany College…

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Pipe Organ Encounter 2015

Pipe Organ Encounter 2015

Pipe Organ Encounter Excitement is Building! Excitement is building for the Wichita Chapter’s first ever Pipe Organ Encounter which will be held this coming June 14-19 at Wichita State University and around the Wichita area.  Participants will be housed in the new Shocker Hall on the WSU campus and will receive daily organ lessons, activities and classes about the pipe organ, daily recitals and much more. The brochures have gone out, either by e-mail or regular post, so please be watching…

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Family Organ Tour

Family Organ Tour

Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour: Sunday, February 22nd Join us for our 2015 Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour! Our tour will include four organs, two of them being tracker instruments, one being recently renovated, and one being added to the historical organ list!  These four organs can be found in North Newton and Peabody, Kansas. For carpooling options, please contact Marlene Hallstrom. Schedule: Sunflower Organ Initiative Family Organ Tour North Newton and Peabody Sunday, February 22nd  Christopher Shaw…

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Regional Convention 2015

Regional Convention 2015

Have you registered for the North Central Regional Convention yet? The convention takes place June 22-24 in St. Louis.  Concerts include recitals by Christopher Marks, Thomas Murray, Anna Myeong, Daryl Robinson, a hymn festival by John Behnke, the St. Louis Children’s Choir, the Gateway Ringers of St. Louis, and much more.  Workshops presenters include Barbara Adler, Barbara Harbach, Clifford Hill, Marilyn Schempp, James Thomashower, and more. Register now to take advantage of early bird registration prices through February 28.  The…

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Epiphany Party

Epiphany Party

Don’t forget to join us for our Annual Epiphany Party this Sunday, January 4th.  If you haven’t received an email from Carolyn Chambers regarding what to bring, just bring your favorite dish to share at our potluck. Please RSVP to Pat Walcher by January 2nd. It will be great afternoon to start off the new year. It will begin at 4 PM with a presentation by Barbara Adler, National AGO Councilor for Development and we will have our Epiphany Feast at 5:30.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 2015, an exciting year for the Wichita Chapter AGO. Before we know it, we will be celebrating a successful POE and have another program year in the books. But, there are many events to take part in before we get there in this new year! The first thing you will notice is a new newsletter. During the first few months of my new duties as Dean, I have have found that it is very challenging to organize…

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Meet the Executive Committee: Jim Jones

Meet the Executive Committee: Jim Jones

Meet the Executive Committee: Jim Jones Editor (E): What is your current position on the Executive Committee? And how many years have you served on the committee? Jim Jones (J): Class of 2016. First year on the board. 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? J: Director of Music at St Mary’s RC Cathedral.  34 years.E: What was your educational experience? J: MM from SMU in Dallas. E: In your…

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