The Tacoma AGO scholarship committee has awarded the 2017-2018 scholarship to Collin Whitfield. Collin is a student of Paul Tegels, and the organist at Mason United Methodist Church.
Collin has sent the following message to our chapter:
|I am grateful to the Tacoma AGO scholarship committee for awarding me a grant to help further my organ studies. Most of my experience and training has been in composition and piano. I have been studying piano for 18 years (since I was 7) and hold a Bachelor of Music in Composition degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I studied with David Conte and Mason Bates. For the last year, I have been working as music director and organist for Mason Church in Tacoma. I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn organ “on the job” at the church. This scholarship will pay off every week at our church services as I work to incorporate what I learn from lessons. In the near future, I hope to pursue a Master of Music degree in either Organ or Composition.|
Many thanks to the scholarship committee, consisting of David Dahl, Betsy Buck, and Cheryl Drewes, for formalizing our application process, developing award criteria, and for awarding the grant.