Organ Scholarships

Palomar Chapter Annual Organ Scholarship Auditions will be held on May 6, 2023.

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.  You can view and print the PDF’s below.

Carol Graham and Kimberly Bedell, Education Committee

2023 Organ Scholarship Announcement

2023 Scholarship Application Form

2023 Organ Scholarship Auditions for Pianists

Scholarship Audition Guidelines for Organists

Scholarship Repertoire Requirements for Organists

May 7, 2022 Scholarship Winner Photo 2

Congratulations to Kassandra B., our May 7, 2022 Organ Scholarship Award Winner!  Kassandra is 9 years old and started organ lessons with Dr. Emma Whitten when she was six.  She speaks Spanish, and her favorite TV show is Carmen Sandiego.  She likes chocolate and she loves to dance, sing, and paint!

Organ Scholarship Audition 2021

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.  

Scholarship Winners June 20, 2020 photo 1

Scholarship Winners June 20,2020 photo 2

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!

May 18, 2019 Organ Scholarship Winners

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.