Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Annual Competition Deadline is August 31, 2016

The 2018 competition rules call for a proposal for a commission of a piece 10-12 minutes in length playable on the Pogorzelski-Yankee Organ; there are no restrictions in regard to compositional style. The application deadline is August 31st, 2016. The winning composition will be given its world premier performance in a formal recital at Indiana University of Pennsylvania by an internationally recognized organist. The 2016 winning piece, Claude Baker’s Sept Hommages, was premiered Sunday March 13, 2016. Before the recital, Dr. Baker participated in a half-hour interview with Dr. John Levey, who teaches composition at IUP. He spoke about his music, commented on the composition of Sept Hommages, and took questions from the … [Read more...]

Listen to Sept Hommages, Claude Baker’s 2016 Pogorzelski-Yankee Award-winning Piece

Mr. Baker’s commissioned piece, Sept Hommages, was premiered Sunday March 13, 2016 (3PM) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania by Kola Owolabi. Before the recital, Dr. Baker participated in a half-hour interview with Dr. John Levey, who teaches composition at IUP. He spoke about his music, commented on the composition of Sept Hommages, and took questions from the audience. The Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Annual Competition is the AGO’s newest competition. Both the interview and performance are available for viewing on YouTube: Claude Baker interview Kola Owalabi performance … [Read more...]

Applications for the 2016-2017 Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship will be accepted until February 15, 2016

The Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarships are presently awarded for a period of up to four years for undergraduate awardees and up to two years for graduate school awardees. One freshman ($7,500) and one first year graduate ($15,000) will be awarded in March 2016. Applicants are expected to have existing talent and achievements in the field of organ playing and an expressed commitment post-graduation to teaching, performing, or other serious endeavor with respect to the organ. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. The online application period ends February 15, 2016. … [Read more...]

AGO Welcomes a New Chapter

AGO President John Walker welcomed the Indiana, Pennsylvania Chapter to the Guild during the intermission of his recital on the Pogorzelski-Yankee Organ on Sunday, March 16, 2015, at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Christine Clewell, Professor of Music and chapter Dean, and Jonathan Petty, chapter Secretary, joined him on stage to receive the chapter’s charter. The recital included “Voluntary on the Old 100th” by Henry Purcell; “Toccata und Fugue in E-Dur” by Johann Krebs; “Concerto del Sigr. Meck” by Johann Walther; “Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684” and “Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541” by J.S. Bach; “Sonata VI in D Minor” by Felix Mendelssohn; “Canon in B Minor” by Robert Schumann; and “Voluntary for Trumpet … [Read more...]

2015 Pogorzelski-Yankee Scholarship Applications accepted through February 17

Applications for the 2015 Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship will be accepted through February 17, 2015. Award notification will be on or near April 1. Two new scholarships will be awarded in 2015: 1) entering first-year undergraduate student and 2) entering first-year graduate student. 2015 Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship Information … [Read more...]

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Magazine Features Pogorzelski-Yankee Organ Installation

The Fall-Winter 2014 issue of IUP Magazine features an article on the installation of the Pogorzelski-Yankee Organ on campus. Ever since the organ program began at Indiana State Normal School under Mary Hays Dill in the 1880s, the school has relied on the generosity of local churches for access to organs for teaching and performance. Read the full article, including a video of the installation, of this organ that is, in the words of Christine Clewell, assistant professor of organ, "as original as a Mona Lisa." Pipe Dream … [Read more...]

2015-2016 Pogorzelski-Yankee Scholarship Awards Submission Begins January 5, 2015

Submissions for the 2015-16 Pogorzelski-Yankee Scholarship Awards will begin January 5th on the AGO website. Two new scholarships will be awarded in 2015: 1) entering first-year undergraduate student and 2) entering first-year graduate student. The online application period will run for 6 weeks beginning January 5, 2015. … [Read more...]

AGO Awards Six Scholarships Totaling $60,000 for Collegiate Organ Study

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) has awarded four scholarships for undergraduate organ study and two scholarships for graduate organ study to six college organ students enrolled in the 2014–2015 academic year. The six scholars were selected from an application pool of more than 50 students and received the awards based upon their demonstrated ability in organ playing and financial need. The bequest is the largest in the history of the AGO. Funded through a generous bequest from the estate of Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee, each undergraduate scholarship carries a cash award of $7,500 and is renewable for up to four years of collegiate study. Each graduate scholarship carries a cash award of $15,000 and is renewable for a … [Read more...]