M. Louise Miller Scholarship

Congratulations Colin MacKnight - 2014 Winner!

Colin MacKnight is currently a fourth year organ major at The Juilliard School and just began his Master’s degree in the Accelerated Bachelor of Music/Master of Music program.  Colin is in the studio of Paul Jacobs, Grammy award winner and chair of the organ department.

In September of 2013, Colin began work as organ scholar at New York City’s Church of the Resurrection under music director, David Enlow.  Among other duties, Colin shares responsibilities for accompanying and conducting the professional choir which performs over 50 choral mass settings each year, often with orchestra, and offers weekly Evensong and Benediction.

In September of 2013, he was selected as the winner of the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship.  In October, Colin was awarded the first place prize in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition.

In July of 2014, Colin won the M. Louise Miller Scholarship.  Additionally, Colin won second place in the American Guild of Organists’ New York City Regional Competition for Young Organists in March of 2013 and second place in the 2014 John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition.  In June of 2014, Colin was awarded the Associate certification of the American Guild of Organists.

In January of 2013, Colin performed in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall on the American Public Media program, Pipedreams, with the Juilliard organ department.  Highlights of the 2013-2014 season included performances at Church of St. Mary the Virgin and Church of the Resurrection in New York City; Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, NJ; Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, NY; and Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, OK.  In addition, next season, Colin will be presenting recitals at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York, and Church of the Resurrection in New York; Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore; and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

Colin graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts with academic and artistic honors after transferring there for his senior year of high school.  At Walnut Hill, Colin was a double bass major and studied bass with Susan Hagen; organ with Justin Blackwell; music theory, solfège, and composition with Mary Koppel; and performed with New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Benjamin Zander.

Piotr Gajewski, music director and conductor of The National Philharmonic, writes that “Colin already has superior technique and tremendous musical sensitivity that will serve him well in what I predict will be a most successful music career.”

Colin has a particular fascination with counterpoint and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach


From the Chair

Our level of applicants this year was exceptionally high, but the level of musicality Colin displayed in both recital pieces helped him stand out from other applicants. The judges were especially impressed with Colin's sense of freedom and excitement in the Bach and the command of the instrument demonstrated in the Dupré. Colin applied for the scholarship in 2013 and it was great to hear him two years in a row, and see the remarkable progress he has made while attending Juilliard. 

We wish Colin a successful career in the organ and are looking forward when his schedule permits to have him perform for the Greater Bridgeport Chapter members in a future program.

Jeffrey Wood
Chair, M. Louise Miller Scholarship

Judges – Dr. Alice Caldwell, Dr. John Michniewicz, Galen Tate, JeffreyWood
Scholarship Treasurer - John J. Polo
Greater Bridgeport AGO

Previous Winners

Nicholas Capozzoli
Katelyn Emerson
Christopher Howerter
Colin MacKnight
Amanda Mole
Kevin Neel  
Scott Montgomery
Mary Pan
Susan Beisner Powell
Frederick Teardo

 

$2,000 Award for 2015

The Greater Bridgeport AGO Chapter is pleased to announce and sponsor the M. Louise Miller Scholarship $2,000 Award for 2015.

A scholarship fund was established in 1998 to honor the life and work of Dr. M. Louise Miller (1914 - 2008), a founding member (1948) of the Greater Bridgeport chapter, and to recognize her great achievements in the fields of church music, organ playing and teaching.  A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded in June 2015 to an undergraduate student pursuing study in fall 2014 at an American college, conservatory, or university, leading toward a career in organ performance and church music.   The winner will also be invited to play a recital in Connecticut for the AGO.

The application process includes writing a short essay and submitting a recording of two standard organ pieces (Bach and Romantic).  Application deadline is June 1, 2015Click here for the application form and detail instructions, or contact scholarship coordinator Jeffrey Wood, MLouiseMillerScholarship@gmail.com