hymn festival presenter

... I was amazed once more at your profound interpretations at the organ.  It was deeply moving to hear your improvisations -- commentary, really -- as we sang. ... I'm always touched by the way that the hymns clearly affect you in the deepest sense and far beyond considerations of musical setting.  Would that all organists paid such close attention and opened themselves to the Spirit through the texts. ...

concert sponsor

Excellent recital ... and thank you for providing almost half of our non-organist audience on Tuesday night with your supporters from the Community of Christ!

concert sponsor

Congratulations on your splendid recital of last Thursday at Hart Recital Hall.  You definitely made many new converts to the pipe organ as I have discovered that many more students, besides the one you had mentioned, had never heard a pipe organ before.

Besides being musically superb, I was most impressed with your registration of the compositions to achieve maximum versatility on only a 13-rank instrument.  You are one of the few concert organists of the present scene that listen attentively to what you are trying to achieve tonally for the work to be heard at its best advantage.

Thank you for a memorable evening!  Definitely one of the finest uses of this organ that I have heard since my first encounter with it in 1964!

special event presenter

Some nice feedback about the Hello Art! event last night below.  Kudos to you, Jan, for creating a really interesting half-hour program for the group, then leading such exciting loft tours.  Everyone was impressed, particularly that there wasn’t a question that stumped you.

Last night was just wonderful. Jan Kraybill is my new local rock star. What a brilliant gem she is! Would you please send her my sincere thanks as well? I know I thanked her a million times last night, but a million more wouldn't be enough!

concert presenter

I keep hearing from other people, even many who didn’t come but heard from other friends about what an amazing concert it was. I hope the word spreads, so you can become a more regular guest in the city.

concert presenter

You are indeed a life-giving force of musical excellence and your generosity continues to humble those of us who value the artistic integrity you bring to the arts and to the city.

concert collaborator

Thanks for your work yesterday with the performance. It went off really well, and people seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves. ...

The mix of stirring music, singing, and elements of pathos were great. The readers did a great job. ...

Your words encouraging people to attend the museum were also appreciated. When the city sees us in collaboration, it benefits all groups. And this was no exception.

I wonder if there is another concert like this next year …. I’d be interested in us exploring that, or iterations thereof.

AGO regional officer

I was just looking at an email about your WW II program.  You have been very busy it appears!  I just wanted to say that I appreciate all of your creativity in your programming.  Everyone that I've talked to has so enjoyed your recitals.

Simon Thomas Jacobs, series presenter

(posted on Facebook:)  Stunning recital this afternoon by Jan Kraybill at Christ Church Cathedral -- eloquent and virtuosic playing. A great way to end the series!

concert presenter

...knocking it out the park with your organ skills. We sure enjoyed your performance at the Sondheim.

concert presenter

How fortunate we are to have you in the Guild and in our midst.  The excitement, musicality, and joy of your playing is always a delight.

concert presenter

Thank you for your fine playing for Bachathon!  I am amazed at how much you do and still keep the playing at a high standard.

concert presenter

We thoroughly enjoyed your visit and it was great to get to know you on a more personal level.   I also felt your recital was outstanding.  I liked how you were able to showcase a broad mixture of styles and compositions to allow your interpretations and the colors of the organ to be experienced.  You definitely had the audience in your hands.

concert presenter

Thank you so much for your recent visit to Montgomery, and the wonderful organ recital.  We have had many positive comments from our folks who really enjoyed the creative programming.  It was a joy to hear the beautiful way that you handled the organ, as well as the personable and insightful commentaries along the way.  It was a very enriching time for me personally to get to know you, and for our church as well.

concert presenter

Friends - you need to invite Jan Kraybill to your church for an organ concert - stunning performance, great music making - all tied up with her sparkling personality and communication skills - a real winner!!

fellow presenter at AGO regional convention

Just one more note of congratulations on your recital at the Region VI Convention.  It was quite splendid.

concert presenter

People were buzzing about your excellence last night at our Civic Chorale Big Band Concert and today at Bach's Lunch.  Thank you for all your wonderful work for us.    You're TERRIFIC!

concert presenter

AGO board met today and all loved your program!! They were all in agreement you just "ooze" love for music and the organ.

concert presenter

Thank you and breath taking doesn’t even come close to describe your concert at the Cathedral today.  While your talent is obvious, your spirit is equally evident.  You transported the audience to spiritual, musical and sensual highs in every piece you performed. 

concert presenter

Thank you for all of your expertise and enthusiasm leading to the success of the Recital and the Convocation this last weekend. I’ve received several compliments on the quality and relevance ... The Executive Board of the Denver AGO also expressed their excitement with the quality of both events ...  We gained new members, renewals, and a generous donation as a result of this program. ... I couldn’t be more pleased with how things worked out and I’m most appreciative of your willingness to come to Denver and to encourage us with your performance and professionalism.

concert presenter

I heard [Jan] play last summer at the Regional AGO Convention in Wichita, and it was a SUPERB recital with some of the finest playing I have heard in years!

event presenter

I wanted to write to say thanks for allowing Jan Kraybill to offer ministry at the German Pentecost Conference. She did an outstanding job. The introduction of the new German Hymnal couldn’t have gone better. It is important that headquarters ministers be able to share their gifts with the church at large. Jan is a blessing to the church and we are lucky to have her.

choral conductor

Our work together on the Finzi and RVW was a dream come true, as I’ve wanted to program both works for many years but was waiting for the right time. I am so glad that my “moment made eternal” included you at the organ console. I will always remember your superb playing during the rehearsal and the concert! Thank you very much.

concert presenter

Thanks so much for a wonderful concert. You brought colors out from the instrument we have not heard before. Thanks too for such a broad range of good stuff! It is indeed a great instrument in a great hall and we were very pleased to have it played by a great organist!

concert presenter

Just a quick note to THANK YOU (!!) for a marvelous, exciting, well played concert yesterday. It truly was an honor to have “at the console” at First Pres. I hope you found that you were able to “make music” on the new console.

concert presenter

I wanted to let you know that your recital was simply wonderful. The audience was thrilled with both your playing and your commentary. It as a special day for the Cathedral. And, it was nice to see the organ so well used.

concert presenter

On behalf of the AGO 08 Steering Committee and Program Committee I want to personally thank you for your participation in the convention. Your especially fine performances at the Wayzata Community Church were a highlight of the convention for me. Not only was I very happy, but I heard numerous fine comments from other convention goers as well. As a fan of, and frequent performer of, the Bach Sei gegrusset partita, I am always interested in hearing new interpretations and I quite enjoyed yours.

concert presenter

It was a great pleasure to hear you play at last weeks AGO convention, especially on our Hendrickson! What a fantastic recital!

concert presenter

Let me reiterate that I enjoyed your concert ... as much as any I can remember in the many years I’ve been to organ concerts .... The comments I heard from others in the audience were all positive. The local Community of Christ folks attended in good numbers, and were just thrilled with having you here, and sharing time with them. They very much recognize and appreciate your musical talents, your outstanding people skills and your passion. I also heard good comments from folks attending your workshop. I’ve attended quite a few workshops over the years, but we never had one that I enjoyed so much. Your personable way of instructing is very rare, and everyone saw that.

concert presenter

Thanks so much for a great recital Friday. Everyone enjoyed it so much. I hope you can play for us again.

presenter

Three weeks ago, October 6-7, we experienced a marvelous revitalizing ministry in our congregation when Jan Kraybill came and ministered to us in a “Festival of Praise and Worship”. She led a marvelous hymn festival, provided exciting musical leadership for our communion service, and presented a workshop on “Vibrant Worship”. ... We were ushered into a new dimension of praise and worship.

American Guild of Organists

Your performance at John's [Obetz] gala was a highlight of the Guild year!

event presenter

First of all, Mauruuru and Mauruuru roa for all you did for us. For your talent, your gift, your kindness. We were and are still blessed by your presence during those past weeks. We hope you enjoyed your stay, the way of life we offered you. We don't have gold to offer you, but received our Aroha, Love.

concert presenter

Thank you so much for the fantastic recital you offered ...  People are still talking about how wonderful it was and how great it was to have you here and offering your expertise on the subject of service playing and the artistry of organ performance.  .... I, personally, look forward to your return.

concert presenter

Well, you have made a lot of new friends and admirers here in Jefferson City!  We all enjoyed your gifts at the new Quimby pipe organ.  It was a delightful afternoon.

concert presenter

Jan, it was a joy meeting you and having you as part of our program last night. I loved watching you play on the piano, the expressive way you present your music and the obvious love of what you do. I also thoroughly enjoyed your renditions of old favorites on the organ! (Too bad I couldn't see you do that from where I sat.) Thank you so much for helping make our 90th anniversary program a success.

concert presenter

Thank you so much for the wonderful recital you played ... [we] were thrilled with the variety of your program and the artistry of your playing.  The recital included so many special moments I hardly know where to begin ...  The entire program was a high point for our artistic life ...