The application deadline has been extended to October 15

The New Haven Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) strongly encourages and supports young people in learning to play the pipe organ. Succession planning is an important part of any profession and being an organist and church musician is no exception. We are seeking music students, ages 10 to 16, who are interested in studying with a qualified local organist. Scholarships will be given in an amount sufficient to pay for 10 hour-long organ lessons. More frequent, shorter lessons can be arranged if this is amenable to the teacher and scholarship recipient. Scholarship recipients will take part in a short recital at the end of the year of study. Scholarships will be awarded after the Chapter has reviewed the applications and auditions of all scholarship applicants.


  • Applicants should be between the ages of 10 and 16 as of September 1, 2019 and have had at least two years of piano/keyboard study. We expect applicants to be able to read music with reasonable fluency and play the keyboard equally well with both hands.
  • Applicants will be asked to meet with our scholarship committee for a short interview and audition. Applicants will be asked to play two pieces of contrasting styles. The applicant may choose to play on either the piano or organ. At least one of the pieces should be from classical repertoire (Baroque – Modern). The second piece may be any of the following genres: Classical, pop, jazz or a hymn.
  • Auditions will be scheduled after review of all applications received. They will be held in November and/or December of 2019.
  • Applicants may not be high school seniors at the time of application.
  • Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.
  • Scholarships are intended for study in New Haven County.
  • Applications are due on September 30, 2019 October 15, 2019 along with a written recommendation by a music teacher.
  • All questions should be directed to Jay Lindsay, Education Coordinator of the New Haven AGO Chapter. He can be contacted by email at

Download the application form!