M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship

$2,500 Award for 2017 - 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 2017 to an undergraduate student pursuing study in fall 2016 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, 2017 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 Alden Wright - 2016 Winner!

Alden Wright will be a freshman at The Eastman School of Music in the fall, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in the studio of Nathan Laube. He is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina, where he studied organ with Dr. Phillip Burgess from 2012 - 2016 and piano with Diane Freeman from 2008 - 2012.

Alden was awarded first place in the 2014 Columbia, SC AGO Young Organist Competition and the 2016 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Organ Competition, as well as second in the Washington, DC AGO Franciscan Monastery Scholarship Competition in 2015.

Alden has performed in many student and solo recitals throughout the country, as well as many masterclasses and summer organ programs. He was awarded the Robert and Ann Stigall Scholarship, sponsored by the Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 2013-2015, as well as the Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate studies.

Alden served as music director and organist at Milford Hills United Methodist Church in Salisbury from January 2015 through June 2016.


From the Chair

We had 6 gifted applicants this year yet the judges were especially impressed by Alden’s high level of virtuosity, strong rhythmic sense, and evidence of a great love and appreciation for the organ.   

We wish Alden 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
2016 Chair, M. Louise Miller - Paul E. Knox Scholarship

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

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06:00 pm | June 02
Scholarship Winner Recital & Annual Dinner

We are thrilled to have GBAGO scholarship winners Colin MacKnight (Julliard Doctorate student) and Alden Wright (Eastman under grad student) join us for this wonderful year-end social gathering at the beautiful Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield - RSVP for scrumptious catered dinner to John Polo john.polo@charter.net by Monday, May 29.
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