Scholarship Winner Recital & Annual Dinner 2018

Join us for a very special evening. We are thrilled to have M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship Competition Winner - David von Behren join our annual social time and catered dinner for a short recital program on the First Congregational Church, Fairfield Klais III/41 rank pipe organ.

Annual Social and Catered Dinner

The evening starts at 6:00 PM with a chance to coast into summer with fellow chapter members and their guests with wine and appetizers.  A scrumptous catered dinner and dessert follows. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP to Carole Fanslow, before Monday, May 14. Payment can be made by check to Greater Bridgeport AGO, or paid online at the website

The recital continues directly after dinner and dessert (8:00 PM) in the beautiful sanctuary. The recital is open to the public.

About Our Performer

David von Behren (2015 Scholarship Winner)

David von Behren, 22, is the first organist to receive Cleveland Institute of Music’s (CIM) prestigious Darius Milhaud Award, given each year to a student “who displays qualities of unusual talent and creativity, sensitivity, expressiveness, strong love for and dedication to the musical arts, outstanding musical accomplishment, and evidence of academic excellence.”

A native of Falls City, Nebraska, David received his Bachelors in Organ Performance/Music Theory double major, studying with Todd Wilson at CIM.  Having performed with the CIM Orchestra at Kulas Hall and Severance Hall, David was recently named one of The Diapason’s “20 Under 30”, a group of young organists, organ builders, harpsichordists, and church musicians who show superior accomplishments, leadership, creativity, and innovative thinking.

As the winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award on National Public Radio's (NPR) From the Top, David’s radio performance reached over half a million listeners.  He is the winner of the Tuesday Music Association Organ Competition in Akron, Ohio, the Henry Fusner prize and Heinrich Scholarship for outstanding achievement in the CIM Organ Department, the 2016 Peter B. Knock Memorial Scholarship Prize, the Ruth and Paul Manz Scholarship, the M. Louise Miller National Organ Scholarship, and holds the Colleague certificate by the American Guild of Organists.

David collaborated with two-time Grammy winning clarinetist Franklin Cohen at the Cleveland ChamberFest Verve Gala, studied with Paul Jacobs at the Oregon Bach Festival Organ Institute, and participated on the Harvard Organ Society Tour of France and the Netherlands with Christian Lane.  David will study at the Oundle Summer Organ Academy in England and will join the Harvard Organ Society to study throughout central and southern Germany this past summer.

David formerly was the Assocate Organist/Choir Director at Plymouth Church, UCC in Shaker Heights, Ohio. David introduced “Plymouth Kids’ Koncerts,” an informal concert venue for children and youth to share their musical talents in a supportive and encouraging environments.  David actively advocates for introducing and exciting younger audiences about classical music.  In 2013, he began “The Little Stars Summer Program,” a music program for 3-11 year-old children in Falls City, in association with NPR’s From the Top and The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.  In June 2015, his music program won a one-year endorsement with the National Federation of Music Clubs.  Beginning May 2016, the “Little Stars Summer Music Program” will partner with First Presbyterian Church of Falls City to introduce the pipe organ to young children within the program’s five-day curriculum. 

David began his organ studies with Tom Trenney.  He is an accomplished violinist, having performed in orchestra festivals at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center, and serves on the executive committee of the Cleveland AGO Chapter.  He also studies piano with Gerardo Teissioniére and voice with Dr. Mary Schiller.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and running half marathons costumed as various superheroes.

Currently, David is the Associate Organist at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church on the green in New Haven, CT and an Organ Performance Master's student at Yale University.


Click here to learn more about the M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship Competition for 2018.

We look forward to seeing our colleagues and friends of the chapter at this wonderful event. Don't miss it!

Hosts - John Polo, Dr. Paul Jacobson





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06:00 pm | May 19
Scholarship Winner Recital & Annual Dinner 2018

We are thrilled to have GBAGO scholarship winner David von Behren (Yale Masters of Organ Performance student and Organ Associate at Trinity Episcopal New Haven) join us for this wonderful year-end social gathering at the historic First Congregational Church, Fairfield - RSVP for scrumptious catered dinner to Carole Fanslow by Monday, May 13.
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