8 year old organ student with teacher, Dr. Emma Whitten
Palomar Chapter Organ Scholarship Auditions were held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Oceanside. The adjudicator was George Butterfield. Because of Covid restrictions, each performer played individually. Kimberly Bedell, Director of Music Ministries at King of Kings, supervised the auditions. Six organists auditioned and a total of $1975 was awarded. Two students were selected to play in the upcoming Scholarship Benefit Concert in October. All participants will be given opportunities to participate in Palomar Chapter events during the year.
Carol Graham and Kimberly Bedell, Education Committee
Palomar Chapter Annual Organ Scholarship Auditions are for applicants of any age. Organists must reside in San Diego North County or study with a teacher who is a member of the Palomar Chapter. An applicant may audition once on piano for a set of introductory organ lessons. Local piano teachers are given information about the auditions. Scholarship money awarded may be used for organ lessons or other type of organ camp. Lessons must be given by a member of AGO. The scholarship money comes from a fund which is added to each year by proceeds from a Scholarship Benefit Concert and Dinner held in the Fall of the year. The concert is based on a theme and features chapter organists, two scholarship winners, and a massed choir with singers from local church choirs and the San Luis Rey Chorale.
Annual Organ Scholarship Auditions, June 20, 2020
The “socially distanced” organ auditions were held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Oceanside. Emily Holzer was the adjudicator and Carol Graham was the facilitator. The three students were each awarded a one year AGO student membership ($50 value) plus scholarships for organ lessons as follows: Jordan B. $450, Kevin T. $750, and Julie T. $550. We hope we have the opportunity to hear these students play during the coming year. All received high marks. Congratulations!
Annual Organ Scholarship Auditions, May 18, 2019
Three pianists and four organists played for scholarships on May 18, 2019 at King of Kings Lutheran Church, Oceanside. The adjudicator was Jenny Yun. Kevin Tran, student of Adam Ferrara and Minh Chau Nguyen, student of Dr. Emma Whitten received funds for lessons and were selected to play in the annual Scholarship Concert on Sunday, October 13 at Trinity Episcopal, Escondido. Kim Tran and Julie Tran also received funds for organ lessons. Pianists Aden Doan, Hieu Kelly and Nathaniel Scharff took beginning organ instruction in a series of class lessons taught by Kimberly Bedell and Dr. Emma Whitten. Music was provided. Kevin Tran, Julie Tran and Kim Tran attended the Far West Regional Convention “Youth Day” at Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove with scholarship funds. Kim Tran was thrilled to hear Young Artist, Ethan Hamm in recital. He had been her teacher at the Los Angeles Pipe Organ Encounter in 2018.