The Organ Scholar Program offers emerging organists under the age of 30 the opportunity to experience an annual ten-month internship within a significant music ministry program in the United States. The program model is designed to include combined investments from AGO National Headquarters and a host church with an outstanding music program. In total, the organ scholar will be offered a $34,000 salary, a $3,000 housing stipend, and healthcare options. 2024-2025 Organ Scholar Job Description. To reach Jillian Gardner, Chair, Organ Scholar Program, click here.
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St. George’s Episcopal Church Will Host the 2024-2025 Organ Scholar
Steeped in Anglican tradition, with a dedication to beauty and excellence in sacred music, St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN, offers an exciting opportunity for a young musician for the 2024-25 program year. While at St. George’s, the organ scholar will experience daily work life of one of the largest Episcopal Churches in the country—real-life experience which cannot be obtained through an academic degree program. Throughout the program, the organ scholar will have a series of opportunities to improve their talent through the accompaniment of choral anthems and psalms, innovative hymn playing, leadership with the RSCM chorister program, and choral conducting. The organ scholar will study, practice, and perform on the newly completed instrument, Buzard Op. 48. This new organ, installed in 2023, provides a wonderful array of colors and combinations in the art of choral accompaniment and performance of diverse organ repertoire. Committed to the development of young sacred musicians, St. George’s is pleased to be in partnership with the American Guild of Organists, and looks forward to a fulfilling, encouraging, and hands-on experience for our next organ scholar.
Katherine Johnson is the 2023-2024 Organ Scholar at Duke University Chapel
Katherine Johnson is the 2023-2024 organ scholar in the American Guild of Organists Organ Scholar Program at Duke University Chapel. As an organ scholar, Johnson plays the organ during services in Duke Chapel and at Duke Divinity School, assists with weekly choir rehearsals, and receives regular lessons and coachings in organ playing, accompanying, conducting, composing, and vocal techniques. She began the ten-month position on August 15, 2023.
Katherine earned a double-degree in English and organ performance from Oberlin in 2023. She studied organ with Professor Christa Rakich and also taught organ lessons at the school. Outside of college, Johnson served as organist and music director at Church of the Redeemer in Lorain, Ohio. Previously, she had been an organ scholar at Plymouth Church UCC in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina, and had also been the Wilson Family Sacred Music Intern at the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City.
“I am excited and grateful to have this incredible opportunity,” Johnson said. “I am looking forward to making music with the Duke staff and community in the next academic year.