Voices in Community:
The Organ and Congregational Singing
A pipe organ is a community of voices: each pipe possesses unique physical and sonic characteristics, and each one’s voice is needed to create a beautiful, musical whole. The instrument is thus a metaphor for diverse communities in song, as well as being the perfect leader and accompanist of that song. This workshop will explore keyboard techniques necessary to effectively lead and accompany congregational singing, in a wide variety of musical styles, to enable our communities to sing with enthusiasm and understanding.
Dr. Jan Kraybill is a musical leader, performer, educator, organ consultant, and enthusiastic advocate for the power of music to change lives for the better. She is Organ Conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, and Organist-in-Residence at the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri. In these roles she plays and oversees the care of three of the Kansas City metro area’s largest pipe organs: the 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner and 102-rank Casavant organs in Community of Christ’s Auditorium and Temple, and the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall.
While in high school in Colby, Kansas, Jan was invited to play her first European piano recital in Andover, England. Since then she has performed as a soloist, collaborative artist, and hymn festival designer/leader in many venues in the U.S. and in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Tahiti, The Netherlands, and The United Kingdom. She has been featured on regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, Hymn Societies of the U.S./Canada and Great Britain/Ireland, and other musicians’ organizations; and on American Public Media’s Pipedreams and other broadcasts. She is an accomplished collaborative musician, appearing as an accompanist, chamber artist, and ensemble performer as organist, pianist, and harpsichordist.
Jan has recorded several CDs, including the premiere solo recording of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant, Organ Polychrome, produced by Reference Recordings in 2014. A disc containing Saint-Saëns’ Third (“Organ”) Symphony with the Kansas City Symphony was nominated for a Grammy in 2015. Her most recent recording, a second solo CD at the Kauffman organ, was released on the Reference label in 2018.
In addition to her degrees in music education, piano performance, and organ performance, in 2010 Jan earned the Fellow (FAGO) certificate from the American Guild of Organists, the highest professional certification for organists. She has served in local, regional, and national roles in many non-profit musical and other organizations, most recently as Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. Her extra-musical interests include lacemaking, painting, and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Visit www.jankraybill.com for more information and Jan’s concert schedule.
Above photo of Dr. Kraybill is credited to photographer Floyd Gingrich