M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship

$2,500 Award for 2018 - 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 2018 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, 2018 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

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


Congratulations Jeremy Paul Jelinek - 2017 Winner!

Jeremy Paul Jelinek is a scholar and an accomplished church musician and organ performer. He “interpret[s]…with aplomb…demonstrating impressive technical facility” (TAO, September 2016), and “play[s] with elegance and assurance” (The Diapason, November 2016).

From 2016-2017, Jeremy studied organ performance with Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard, and organ improvisation with Laszlo Fassang and Thierry Escaich at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP). He completed his year with mentions of “très bien” in organ performance, Gregorian Chant, and French language. Among others, his performance venues included St-Ouen, Rouen, la chapelle royale de Versailles, St-Eustache, and Notre Dame de Paris. He will remain a lifelong member of l'école du Chœur Grégorien de Paris, where he studied semiology, interpretation, directing, and history of chant, and sang numerous liturgical offices and concerts. Jeremy has developed a rigorous study in French Classical organ music and has given classes and lessons thusly.

Currently, Jeremy is an organ performance Major (BM) in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has held varying posts at Calvary Church, St. Andrew’s, Most Holy Name of Jesus, and St. Anthony’s Chapel (Pittsburgh), and Christ Church (Rochester). He is the recipient of several prizes in both Sacred Music and in organ performance, including the RCYO Quimby Competition which named him a “Rising Star” of the American Guild of Organists. Finally, Jeremy Paul is a composer, notably of choral works, and has written for several ensembles. 


From the Chair

We were especially impressed by Jeremy's outstanding musicianship and technical command at the organ across several different styles.

We wish Jeremy much success with his continued studies and organ performances and are looking forward when his schedule permits to have him perform for the Greater Bridgeport Chapter members in a future program.

Dr. Alice Caldwell
2017 Chair, M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship

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

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