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American Guild of Organists
We sponsor lectures, workshops, recitals, scholarships, and educational programs of interest to church and synagogue musicians.
Our chapter covers Northeast Wisconsin from Fond du Lac to Marinette and from Sheybogan to Berlin.
If you are an organist or other church musician, you should Join the Guild!
Organ Study Scholarships
Outreach Opportunity for Church Organists (OROCO)
This program is for training in traditional church music. Awards will be made on the basis of one’s potential for becoming a church or synagogue organist and without regard for race, gender or religious affiliation.
Scholarships will provide for one year of organ study. Scholarships may be renewed for a second year upon recommendation of the teacher.
Study will be with a degree-holding teacher of organ, certified by the AGO-NEW Chapter. Lessons will be given as near to the student’s geographic location as possible.
The scholarship monies will be sent directly to the teacher, who will report to the chapter when the lessons have been completed.
Costs for transportation to the lessons and purchase of necessary materials will be borne by the student, although the home congregation of the student may be invited to assist with such costs.
Adequate arrangements for an organ on which to practice should be made by the student. It is necessary to have an organ with a full pedalboard of at least 30 notes. The chapter may be able to assist with this requirement.
Applicants must have had sufficient previous piano instruction to have mastered the basic fundamentals of music, including fluency in reading bass clef and accuracy of rhythm.
Applicants should be at least 14 years old, although exceptions for slightly younger students might be made. Older persons with considerable piano study are particularly encouraged to apply.
The most promising applicants will be interviewed. Candidates selected for the interview process should be prepared to play one solo piano piece. They may be asked to sightread several other items, including a hymn, at the piano.
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