Scholarship Study Program



Orange County Chapter Organ Study Grant Program 

The mission of the OCAGO Study Grant Program is to pursue excellence in organ education and to advance the organ profession by providing support and recognition to young organists in Orange County. 

2020-21 Application Instructions

  • All application materials must be submitted or postmarked by 1/31/21.
  • Study Grant Auditions will be done through taped auditions.  Details will be sent directly to applicants.
  • The Study Grant Recital will be determined in 2021 based on the status of COVID-19


Study Grant Application

First Time Organ Student Scholarship Application


Scholarships for New Organ Students


  1. Scholarships for free organ lessons are available to pianists between the ages 10–25.
  2. Applicants must live or attend school in Orange County, CA.
  3. This program is intended only for students who have not previously studied the organ.. Applicants with prior organ study should apply for the Study Grant program.
  4. Applicants are expected to demonstrate basic piano proficiency. They should be capable of performing selections from the Anna Magdalena Notebook (J. S. Bach) or equivalent works.

Application Process

  1. Applications must be submitted using the online form on the OCAGO website by 1/31/21.
  2. One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s piano teacher or another music professional. Recommendations may be submitted via mail or emailed directly to
  3. There is no application fee for the Scholarships for New Organ Student program.
  4. Candidates for the scholarship will be notified no later than 3/15/21.


  1. Once it is determined that a student is a candidate for this scholarship, they will schedule an interview with an OCAGO-approved organ teacher. If the teacher determines that the student is qualified for further study, the Study Grant Committee will make a final decision regarding the size and scope of the scholarship.
  2. A maximum of six lessons may be awarded.
  3. Students are responsible for securing organ practice access. A local church or school may be willing to accommodate student practice; students may also be able to purchase a used electronic organ for use in their home. At a minimum, the practice instrument should have at least two full-compass manuals (keyboard) and a pedalboard of at least 30 notes.

Study Grant Program

  1. Eligibility
  2. Organ study grants are available to students between the ages 10–25 who are actively studying the organ on a private basis or taking private organ lessons through their college or university.
  3. Applicants must live or attend school in Orange County, CA.
  4. The student’s current organ teacher must be a member in good standing of the OCAGO.
  5. Applicants over the age of 21 are eligible to receive grants in two separate calendar years, but will be ineligible for further consideration after their second award.
  6. This program is intended only for students who are currently studying the organ. Applicants without prior organ experience should apply to the Scholarship for New Organ Students program.

Application Process

  1. Applications must be submitted using the online form on the OCAGO website by 1/31/21.
  2. Two letters of recommendation are required. The applicant’s current organ teacher must submit one recommendation; the other recommendation must come from a teacher or music professional who can speak credibly to the applicant’s background and eligibility for a study grant. Recommendations may be submitted via mail or emailed directly to
  3. Successful candidates for the study grant will be notified no later than 2/15/21.
  4. An application fee of $15 must be submitted and postmarked by 1/31/21. Checks should be made payable to OCAGO and mailed to:

Dr. Tom Mueller
Music Department
Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

Or pay online using this button.  (Fee is $16 to cover transaction overhead)


  1. Study grant auditions will be held in the Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts (CUC) at 9:00am on Saturday, 3/7/20.
  2. Each applicant will receive a minimum of one hour of rehearsal time on the Casavant organ in the weeks leading up to the auditions. Due to University scheduling restrictions, practice time may be scheduled for weekends, evenings, or business hours.
  3. Each applicant is required to play three works. Ideally, repertoire should reflect the applicant’s highest level of musical expression and technique. Returning applicants are expected to demonstrate musical progress compared to their previous auditions.
    1. A piece by J. S. Bach or a similar Baroque composer
    2. A contrasting piece by a composer born after 1800
    3. A hymn (introduction and two stanzas)

Awards and Study Grant Recital

  1. Successful students will be notified of their awards by 3/31/20.
  2. Copies of adjudication notes will be sent to students following their auditions.
  3. 50% of the grant will be disbursed directly to students by April 2020.
  4. At the judges’ discretion, students are expected perform in the Study Grant Recital at Concordia University Irvine on Saturday, 5/27/19 at 7pm. The remaining 50% of their grant will be disbursed following successful participation (or attendance, if the judges decide that the student will not play) in this recital.
  5. All award decisions are final. The exact amount of individual grants may vary depending on the number of successful applicants and the availability of funds.
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