Celebrating 24 years, the WorcAGO Scholarship Program is one of the hallmarks of our chapter.  It’s an important part of our Mission, to not only provide educational programming throughout the year, but also financial support for training of member organists who are taking lessons from member teachers.  Our program has had over 100 recipients in its 24-year history, and many years have featured a recital by scholarship recipients to demonstrate their progress.  (See our blog for photos from previous recitals at First Baptist Church, Worcester.)

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2014-15  SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

(coming soon)

2013-14  SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS BIOS

Adrian Sanders (Student of William Ness) and Anthony Chan, Sanghee Kim (Students of Malcolm Halliday)

 

2012-13  SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT BIOS

Students of Malcolm Halliday:
Simone Brown is 13 years old and goes to Bancroft School.  She has been playing the piano for 7 years.  She has been studying classical piano with Malcolm Halliday for the last year, and jazz with pianist Dick Odgren who has been teaching her for 3-4 years.  She also sings in the Worcester Children's Chorus and plays the clarinet in her school's band.  She has sung and played the clarinet for 3 years.  She also likes to play Field Hocky and Lacross at school and in her free time, she listens to music and folds origami.  She is also very interested in theatre and participates whenever she can. She is currently doing a Junior Church Music Internship at First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, where she accompanies the Training Choir, and sings in the Senior Choir.
Sanghee Kim is currently organist and pianist for the First Parish Church of Stow and Actpn, MA. Previously she served as the pianist/organist for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon from 2005 – 2011.  In addition to her work in Winchendon, Sanghee has accompanied for the Wesley United Methodist Church (Medford, MA) and played for voice master classes both in the United States and abroad. 

Sanghee maintains an active performance calendar, having given recitals in Boston, Cambridge, Worcester, Winchendon, and her native South Korea.  She is also a successful teacher, giving private lessons as well as working with the Joy of Music School in Worcester since 2003.  Sanghee received the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Pusan National University in South Korea and the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory.  She has also received a Performance Diploma in both Piano and Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA), where she studied with Sally Pinkas and Brian Moll.  Other teachers include David Deveau and Irwin Gelber. Currently she studies organ with Malcolm Halliday.

Students of William Ness:
Adrian Sanders 13, started piano at the age of 5 and is currently studying with Kristjon Imperio.  He is also an accomplished celloist and has been a featured performer with The Youth Ensemble of New England in Europe, Iceland, Canada and the United States.  He recently performed Mozart Piano Concert #5 and Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major, 1st Movement at Thayer Performing Arts Center.
Marcel Sanders, 16, has been studying piano for 10 years and is currently studying with Roy Imperio. His first solo performance with an orchestra was at the age of 10, and he has performed extensively with The Youth Ensemble of New England in Europe, Iceland, Canada and the United States. He is also the principal bassist for The Youth Ensemble of New England and the Nashaway Philharmonic Orchestra.  He studies organ with William Ness and recently had the privilege of performing on the organ in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, England.
Horacio Castro studied piano, along with voice and has participated in choir tours to Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. His choir was a winner of Villa Lobos' Choir Festival at Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is a very active church musician in the Worcester area where he worked as Music Director at Leominster First Baptist Church, as well as an organist at Village Church in So. Lancaster, MA. He currently works at Thayer Performance Arts Center in So. Lancaster, and as a Music Director at Faith United Parish Church, in Fitchburg.
Annette Siver has been enjoying the piano for over 40 years. She first showed an interest at age five, and began lessons two years later. At age 12, Annette won first prize in the New England Piano Teacher's Competition when she was in the eighth grade. During that time, and through high school, she toured extensively in the United States and abroad with the New England Youth Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Virginia Gene Rittenhouse, performing piano solos as well as being a regular member of the orchestra. Today, Annette enjoys using her talent to accompany choirs and soloists (which she finds much less scary than solo performance) and is so thankful to God for His wonderful gift of music.


2011-12  SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT BIOS

WorcAGO is proud to announce the recipients of the 2011-12 scholarship awards: Karen Weilsma, Lydia Grek, and Justin Hernandez, all students of William Ness.

We appreciate the great work that our chapter teachers do to help improve the skills of these fine musicians, and we look forward to more successes in the future.

Karen J. Wielsma began organ study at age 14 at the Village Congregational Church in Whitinsville where her teachers were Derek Ferris and Douglas Risner.  Later she continued her studies in Worcester with Douglas Risner, Peggy Kelly-Reinberg, and Stephen Long. Karen has served as Organist/ Director of Music in several churches of various denominations and presently holds AGO certificates at the levels of Service Playing and Colleague.  After several years away from studying, she will resume lessons with William Ness with the goal of improving her playing skills and musicianship.
Justin Hernandez has studied piano for 8 years and is currently taking from Roy Imperio at Thayer Conservatory of Music in Lancaster. He also play cello and is part of a youth chamber ensemble known as New England Youth Chamber Ensemble (NEYCE).
Lydia Grek, 17, is currently a junior at Auburn High School in Auburn, MA. She has been studying organ for over a year with her teacher, Mr. William Ness. In addition to organ, she has been studying piano for twelve years with Mrs. Lea Lipner, and trombone for seven. Lydia is studying various languages, namely Serbian, Spanish, and Chinese, and hopes to go to college for linguistics.

2010-11  SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT BIOS

The recipients for 2010-2011 are as follows, and their teachers will received a stipend of $400 per student for the year to assist in their hourly lesson fees:

Horacio Castro, Justin Hernandez, Marcel Sanders, Lydia Grek
(Students of William Ness)

Meredith Gibbons
(Student of Brett Maguire)

Marcel Sanders, 14, has been studying piano for 8 years and is currently studying with Roy Imperio. His first solo performance with an orchestra was at the age of 10, and he performs regularly with the New England Youth Chamber Ensemble. He is also the principal bassist for the New England Youth Chamber Ensemble, the Nashaway Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Celtic fiddling group Rose, Thorn, and Fiddle. He is currently studying organ with William Ness.
Meredith Sarah Kaipainen Gibbons is a fifteen-year-old musician from Lancaster, Massachusetts, the youngest member of a large family of musicians. She has been a student at the Joy Of Music Program for most of her life, beginning with music and movement classes, progressing through children’s choir, recorder and world drumming and finally settling into serious cello studies with Tim Terranella and piano with Sanghee Kim. On her 15th birthday a kind stranger presented her with a 1977 Lowry C500 Celebration Organ. She was very excited to receive an AGO scholarship this year to study with Brett Maguire in Worcester.In addition to her instrumental studies, Meredith sings with the Touring Chorus of the Worcester Children’s Chorus, with St Luke’s Episcopal Church Choir, with the Hudson Area Arts Alliance’s Pro Musica Youth Chorus, and in musicals in their Summer Drama Workshop. She is also a volunteer music intern with the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Urban Voices program at Worcester Arts Magnet School. 

Merry is home schooled, and supplements her studies by taking classes at Voyagers homeschooling coop in Acton and participating in Arts and Theology events at Andover Newton Theological Seminary. She is active in several ministries at St. Luke’s. She hopes to major in Psychology and Music in college and, though unsure exactly where life will take her, she is sure she will be a church musician in some capacity along with another primary career.

Justin Hernandez has studied piano for 8 years and is currently taking from Roy Imperio at Thayer Conservatory of Music in Lancaster. He also play cello and is part of a youth chamber ensemble known as New England Youth Chamber Ensemble (NEYCE).
Horacio Castro studied piano, along with voice and has participated in choir tours to Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. His choir was a winner of Villa Lobos' Choir Festival at Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is a very active church musician in the Worcester area where he worked as Music Director at Leominster First Baptist Church, as well as an organist at Village Church in So. Lancaster, MA. He currently works at Thayer Performance Arts Center in So. Lancaster, and as a Music Director at Faith United Parish Church, in Fitchburg.
Lydia Grek, 17, is currently a junior at Auburn High School in Auburn, MA. She has been studying organ for over a year with her teacher, Mr. William Ness. In addition to organ, she has been studying piano for twelve years with Mrs. Lea Lipner, and trombone for seven. Lydia is studying various languages, namely Serbian, Spanish, and Chinese, and hopes to go to college for linguistics.


2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients

 

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Scholarships are a good thing! Here are some of our previous recipients - congratulations to all!

  • Renee Meadows - University of Indiana; 1996 Methuen Music Hall scholarship
  • Gerald Senechal
  • Samuel Schmitt
  • Brett Maguire - a 1995 recipient, Brett is now himself teaching recent recipients. Brett had gone on to be an organ scholar at Holy Cross, and received his masters at Oberlin, and won first prize as well as audience prize in the 2006 Marchal International Organ Competition in France. He has held several organist/director positions in churches since, currently at Wesley Methodist/Worcester.
  • Emily Raymond
  • Krisjon Imperio - currently organist at Bolton Federated Church
  • Jerry Bellows - currently assistant director at First Unitarian, Worcester
  • Suzanne Reine
  • David Cushing
  • Karen Wilfrid
  • Kyle Bertulli
  • Barbara Paquette
  • Michael Celularo
  • David Anderson
  • Wesley Hall - currently studying with Jim Christie at Oberlin
  • Reginald Pineda
  • Kevin Mathieu - currently organist-director at St. Joseph's, Charlton, and has his own pipe organ technician business
  • Andrew Hagberg - currently studying with Marilyn Mason at U of Mich/Ann Arbor
  • David Rose
  • Marcia Desilets
  • Annecca Smith - studying under Grant Moss at Smith
  • Clarence Chaisson
  • Deborah Page
  • Horacio Castro
  • Marcel Sanders
  • Lydia Grek
  • Justin Hernandez
  • Meredith Gibbons
  • Isaac Bates
  • Karen Wielsma
  • Dominic Richards

AGO teachers have included:
Marjorie & William Ness, Barclay Wood, Patricia Snyder, Scott Lamlein, Debra LeBrun, Ian Watson, Will Sherwood, Deborah Page, Peter Berton

If you know of any we've missed (our records are sketchy in the 1990s), or any updates for their musical activities, please let us know!

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