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The Long Beach Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (LBAGO) supports and encourages those interested in a course of study on the organ and considers applications of those thirty years old or younger for our $500 scholarship program annually. Completed forms should be submitted to our current Scholarship Chair.
Scholarship funds will be paid directly to an approved teacher. Teachers should be current members of the LBAGO or another local chapter. If there is no current organ teacher, LBAGO will supply a list of potential teachers to choose from for instruction.
Application: Complete an application form and submit a short video recording without edits of the following on either the piano or organ:
• A short piece of piano or organ music by a recognized classical composer. For piano examples include Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Scarlatti, etc. For organ this could be music by (or attributed to) J.S. Bach, or any simple piece written for the organ.
• Two major and two minor scales. Both hands in parallel motion (no pedals necessary), two octaves each.
• A simple hymn, either with manuals and pedals or manuals only. Suggested tunes include (but are not limited to) Nicaea, Hymn to Joy, Slane, Diademata, Duke Street, etc.
Recordings may be submitted via email, USB memory stick, or uploaded via Dropbox, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Reapplication for scholarships will be considered at LBAGO discretion. Scholarship money will be paid directly to the approved instructor.
An application form with video recordings must be sent to our scholarship program chair, by March 1 of the current year. Decisions about the application will be sent to applicants via email no later than April 1.