M. Louise Miller – Paul E. Knox Scholarship

$2,500 Award for 2022 – 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 2022 to an undergraduate student pursuing study in fall 2021 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, 2022.  MLMillerPEKnoxScholarship2022v1 for the .pdf version of the application form and detail instructions (check you Download area for the .pdf). Please email John Polo for a Microsoft Word version of the application form for completion or any other questions at LMillerPKnoxScholarship@gmail.com

John J. Polo
Chair & Treasurer, M. Louise Miller-Paul E. Knox Scholarship Program

Current Judges – Galen Tate, Dr. Alice CaldwellDr. Stephen Rapp, Dr. Heitor Caballero
Former Judges – K. Bryan Kirk, Dr. Paul Knox, Dr. John Michniewicz, Dr. Paul Jacobson

Previous Winners

Katherine Jolliff
Hannah Engwall
Nathan Pennington
Elena Baquerizo
Jeremy Paul Jelinek
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 Katherine Jolliff – 2021 Winner!

Katherine (Kat) Jolliff is an 18 year old organist from Indianapolis, Indiana. She began piano studies at the age of five and started learning the organ in her freshman year of high school from Marco Petricic (University of Indianapolis). After completing her first two years of high school, she finished her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy. She majored in both piano performance and organ performance and studied organ with Tom Bara. She graduated with honors and the Fine Arts Award in Organ Performance, Katherine will be attending Eastman School of Music as an organ performance major in 2021. She recently won the 2021 AGO/Quimby Great Lakes Regional Competition for Young Organists; first prize in the East Carolina University Young Artists Competition in organ performance as well as the Bach Interpretation Prize and the Hymn Playing Award.

Listen to Katherine perform Fletcher: Festival Toccata for the Rising Star Performance.