|February 7, 2014
The American Guild of Organists is delighted to announce a new college scholarship program for organ students with financial needs:
The Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Memorial Scholarship will be available to six students (four undergraduate, and two graduate) beginning with the 2014–2015 academic year.
Eligibility requirements and application details are available online. The application deadline is March 1, 2014.
The Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present young virtuoso organist Scott Montgomery in recital on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, 607 NE Madison Ave., Peoria. The concert is open to the public. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for Senior Citizens, and free to students and children. Tickets will be available at the door. For further information, phone Dr. Martin Dicke at 696-4797.
Organist Scott Montgomery’s achievements include winning the highest and most prestigious performance competitions of America, receiving accolades from judges, audiences, and reviewers alike. Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ performance from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where he was a student of Professor Dana Robinson, Scott is Director of Music Ministries and organist for Holy Cross Catholic Church in Champaign. Acclaimed as a sensitive and rock solid performer, one able to hold and capture an audience’s attention and admiration, he is sought after for concert performances for the pipe organ in all venues. His performances have included new organ dedications, American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society National Conventions, as well as recitals in concert halls and churches across the USA and abroad. He has been a featured artist on the acclaimed “Pipedreams” broadcast on public radio. As a recording artist, Scott Montgomery has debuted several solo CD albums. His next CD recording will feature the historic pipe organ at St Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois. He is also engaged in teaching, leading Master Classes as well as offering private instruction. For additional information and to order his recordings, visit www.scottmontgomerymusic.net.
In this busy Christmas season, we at the Peoria AGO would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for all you do at your places of worship and for the art. We have some great concerts and events planned for the second half of the concert season. Check out our Concerts and Events page and watch for announcements in the New Year! For some interesting information on the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night,” the Handel Messiah libretto, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, check out www.jubalslyre.com.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Join us on Sunday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. as members of the Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists present “God Bless America: A Community Hymn Sing for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.” This is a program for the entire community that honors our veterans and allows us to give thanks for our great country. Come, listen to some great organ music and join together in singing some of the beloved patriotic songs as well as the great hymns for Thanksgiving. This year’s program will be held at:
First Baptist Church
411 W. Lake Ave.
Peoria, Illinois 61614
The program is free. A free-will offering will be taken and donated to a charity devoted to helping veterans. A reception will follow the program in the Fellowship Hall. To download a poster for the event, please click here. For more information, please call 309-696-4797.