The Rochester Chapter announces a scholarship for student members (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) who need help funding a specific educational opportunity related to the organ. Scholarship funding could go towards registration fees and travel expenses for AGO national or regional convention, a summer academy or masterclass, or a non-paid internship at an organbuilder’s workshop, for example. Students are asked to submit a proposal (1000 word maximum), budget, short application form, and a copy of student ID in order to be considered for funding; they also must be AGO members in good standing. The chapter board will meet to review applications and select a recipient(s) in May 2014. The student’s project should be completed by May 2015. Students will be asked to give a presentation to the board at the conclusion of the opportunity.
The Rochester Chapter has $500 available for 2016 scholarship awards. Students may request up to $500 to fund a proposal. The board may decide to split the total available amount between two deserving candidates.
Download the application form: Student Scholarship Application 2016
May 1, 2016: Deadline to submit application, proposal, and budget
May 20, 2016: Scholarship recipients chosen and applicants notified of decision
Winter/Spring 2017: Student(s) gives presentation and provides an newsletter article describing experience made possible by the scholarship funds
In 2015, the Rochester Chapter awarded a $500 scholarship to Käthe Wright-Kauffman for her studies at Oundle for Organists.
In 2014, the Rochester Chapter awarded $1000 in scholarships to four deserving student members for the following summer projects:
Margaret Harper presented her scholarly paper, “Debut sur le soleil: Hommage à Messiaen”, at the AGO national convention in Boston
Thomas Mueller participated in the Schoenstein Competition for Hymn-Playing and presented his scholarly paper, “A New Evaluation of Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 739″ at the AGO national convention in Boston.
Thomas Gaynor took part in “The French Organ from Clicquot to Cavaillé-Coll” summer organ academy in Versailles and Royaumont, France.
Alex Whitaker visited and played historic organs in Milan, Bergamo, Mantua, and Venice.