Detroit Chapter

Scholarships and Awards

GOAL:  To encourage beginning and intermediate organists by providing scholarships for organ lessons


  1. Three scholarships are available to be awarded; one for a beginning student, one for an intermediate student, and one for an advanced student.  Additional scholarships may be awarded.  All scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.  The number of applicants, the amount of funds available, and the final opinion of the judges appointed by the Scholarship Committee will affect these decisions.
  2. The scholarship will be made payable to the student’s private organ instructor or educational institution in two installments, payable in September and January.
  3. A student may be a scholarship recipient a maximum of three times.
  4. Scholarship winners will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee, composed of local qualified organists, as empowered by the Executive Board of the American Guild of Organists, Detroit Chapter.


  1. Applicants may be of any age.
  2. Applicant must be a resident of Wayne County, Macomb County, or Oakland County; or be a student of a Detroit Chapter AGO member.
  3. Applicant must submit a completed application form and additional letters as described.


An audition is required, and will consist of pieces selected from two of the following three categories:

  1. On the organ:  a Hymn AND a Chorale Prelude.
  2. On the piano:  choose one of the following: a Bach 2-part invention; a Mozart or Beethoven Sonata movement; a Beethoven Sonatina; a Scarlatti Sonata; or a Czerny Etude or its equivalent.
  3. On the piano or organ:  a composition of the Student’s choice.


  1. All applicants will be notified by letter of the judge’s decision.
  2. The Scholarship committee will contact winners in order to obtain information regarding payment of awards.
  3. Scholarship recipients will be expected to perform in the Detroit Chapter Member’s Recital
  4. An evaluation form will be sent during the school year to the student’s instructor to ascertain progress of the student.
  5. If a winner changes instructors or institutions for the second installment, the student must contact the Scholarship committee.
  6. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to cease funding a student if the recipient does not fulfill the requirements established for the Scholarship.

Detroit-AGO Scholarship Application Form and Instructions

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