M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship

Congratulations Elena Baquerizo - 2018 Winner!

Elena Baquerizo is a rising organist recognized for her sensitive musicianship in concert and church performance. She has been the recipient of several awards for organ performance, including first prize in the ECU Ninth Annual Young Artists Competition and third prizes in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival and Rodgers® North American Classical Organ Competition. A Florida native, she has held the position of organist and choir member of the National Shrine of St. Philomena (Miami, FL) for the past seven years and St. Mary’s Assumption Chapel (St. Marys, KS) for the past two years; her service playing has also included Seminario Nuestra Señora Corredentora (La Reja, Argentina) and Iglesia del Corazón Inmaculado y Doloroso de María (Santiago, Chile). Miss Baquerizo is also passionate about the piano and has won third place in the Ray Millette Young Artist Concerto Competition and appeared as a soloist with the Alhambra Orchestra in Ransom-Everglades School (Coconut Grove, Florida), as well as given solo piano recitals in Reilly Arts Center (Ocala, FL) and Miami-Dade College’s McCarthy Hall. She has established herself as a proficient accompanist, collaborating with choirs, singers, and instrumentalists of varying levels. In 2017, she collaborated with Dr. Andrew Childs in a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise at St. Mary’s McCabe Theater (St. Marys, KS).

Miss Baquerizo received her AA in Liberal Arts this past May from St. Mary’s College (St. Marys, KS), graduating as valedictorian. She is currently beginning a BM in organ performance at the Juilliard School in the studio of Paul Jacobs. For the past eight years she has studied organ with Thomas Schuster. Beginning her piano studies at the age of three, she has studied with Michael Vines and Georgi Danchez. She studies voice with Dr. Andrew Childs, Associate Dean of St. Mary’s College and former Managing Coordinator of Voice and Opera at the Yale School of Music. An aficionado of Gregorian Chant, she sang in an adaptation of Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum this past April and has performed many of the Propers of the Mass with her sisters.

 

From the Chair

The judging committee was particularly impressed by Elena's energetic, memorized performance of the Bach Fugue in E minor (BWV 548) and her expressive interpretation of the hymn Of the Father's Love Begotten.

We wish Elena much success as she begins her BM at Julliard this fall are looking forward when her schedule permits to perform for the Greater Bridgeport Chapter members in a future program.

Dr. Alice Caldwell
2018 Chair, M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship

Dr. Alice Caldwell, Dr. Paul Jacobson, Dr. Stephen Rapp
Judges

$2,500 Award for 2019 - M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship

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. In 2015, through a generous gift from the estate of Dr. Paul E. Knox (1930-2015), an esteemed colleague of Dr. Miller and outstanding church musician and teacher, the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the AGO renamed the scholarship and increased the award amount. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded in June 2018 to an undergraduate student pursuing study in fall 2019 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, 2019 Click here for the .pdf version of the application form and detail instructions. Please email John Polo for a Microsoft Word version of the application form for completion or any other questions at LMillerPKnoxScholarship@gmail.com

Dr. Alice Caldwell
Chair, M. Louise Miller-Paul E. Knox Scholarship

Judges – Dr. Alice CaldwellDr. Stephen Rapp, Dr. Paul Jacobson
Scholarship Treasurer/Program/Technical Support - John J. Polo
Greater Bridgeport AGO
Former Judges - K. Bryan Kirk, Paul Knox, Dr. John Michniewicz, Galen Tate, Jeffery Wood

Previous Winners

Jeremy Paul Jelinek
Alden Wright
David von Behren
Colin MacKnight
Katelyn Emerson
Amanda Mole
Mary Pan
Kevin Neel
Nicholas Capozzoli

Christopher Howerter
Scott Montgomery
Susan Beisner Powell
Frederick Teardo

 

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04:30 pm | January 06
Annual Epiphany Party 2019

What would it be without an annual Greater Bridgeport AGO social event? Join us for lots to eat, a chance to play and sing with fellow colleagues and toast the new year. Executive meeting starts at 3:30 pm - RSVP required.
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06:00 pm | May 31
Scholarship Winner Recital & Annual Dinner 2019

We are thrilled to have GBAGO scholarship winner Jeremy Paul Jelinek (Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Washington, DC) join us for this wonderful year-end social gathering at the historic First Congregational Church, Fairfield - RSVP for scrumptious catered dinner to Carole Fanslow fanslow@juno.com by Monday, May 27.
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