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Event:Bitgood Scholarship
Date:Monday, February 14, 2005
Time:12:00 pm
Location:New London Chapter
Description:Sweetheart of a DEAL! Roberta Bitgood Scholarship 2005 The New London County Chapter AGO is very pleased to sponsor the Roberta Bitgood Scholarship which endeavors to assist pianists who would like to study organ and intend to seek employment as a church organist. This year, $500 is to be awarded. The deadline for applications is April 15th; those received after may not be considered. Requirements for the applicant include that the applicant must have some type of previous keyboard experience and an enthusiasm for the organ; he or she must demonstrate a degree of musical potential and commitment. The applicant must have an interview with the three scholarship judges and play two (2) pieces that differ in style in a live performance for the judges. These pieces may be for piano or organ, or both. The scholarship winner will be asked to play his or her pieces for the guild membership at the Chapterís Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 5:30 pm at First Congregational Church in New London. The award will be given at that time. Some terms of the award include: No cash will be given to the scholarship winner; the award is given on a per lesson basis directly to the organ teacher. The Chapter expects in good faith that the organ teacher will be reasonable in the fee charges for each lesson. We would expect that the recipient receive a minimum of 15-20 lessons. The recipient should realize that the award is for lessons only. Books and other sheet music are to be purchased at the students own expense. If the student decides to discontinue taking organ lessons, the teacher should notify the treasurer and the balance of the award will remain in the Roberta Bitgood Scholarship Fund. After one (1) year of study, the recipient may choose to appear as a performer in the New London County Chapter Memberís Recital, date and time to be announced. It is a special joy for the chapter members to witness the progress and accomplishment of the student. The recipient has the right to reapply for the scholarship the following year. For complete guidelines and application forms, please contact Kathleen Cooper, 9 N. Washington Avenue, Niantic, CT 06357, telephone: (860) 739-4391, kccoo@conncoll.edu

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