M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship

Congratulations Nathan Pennington - 2019 Winner!

Nathan Pennington is a new and upcoming organist, who began organ lessons three and a half years ago, and became the full-time organist for his home church in California starting his junior year of high school. He is currently enrolled at Concordia University in Nebraska and plans to major in Church Music, where he will go on to be a director of church music ministry. He was granted a $4,000/year scholarship for his musical abilities from Concordia. Nathan has also worked tirelessly on his piano skills, working towards and completing levels 5, 7, 8 & 9 of Certificate of Merit in California. He earned the title of "Master Musician" from his high school, an honorary award granted through two years of rigorous work and study with Dr. Grace Choi, along with his 12 years of playing the piano. He has attended many music camps, such as an Organ Workshop at the Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne and a Pipe Organ Encounter in San Diego, and recently performed a solo recital in June showcasing both his piano and organ repertoire. 


$2,500 Award for 2020 - 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 2020 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, 2020Click 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

Galen Tate
Chair, M. Louise Miller-Paul E. Knox Scholarship

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

Previous Winners

Elena Baquerizo
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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06:00 pm | May 16
Scholarship Winner Recital & Annual Dinner 2020

We are thrilled to have 2018 GBAGO scholarship winner Elena Baquerizo, Organ Performance student at The Julliard School of Music join us for this dinner/recital.
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