Education Committee

Scholarship Opportunities

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Scholarship Opportunities 

 The Harrisburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is pleased to offer several

scholarship opportunities to people who wish to pursue study of the organ.


 See below for more details n this scholarship.


An informative brochure is also available. Please print one for a young pianist who you may know.


Shenk Scholarship


The Shenk Scholarship Fund was established in August of 2001 with a generous gift given to us by Chapter Member Melvin Shenk from the Violette I. Shenk memorial. Incidentally, Violette, Melvin’s mother, was a first cousin to Violette Cassel for whom our biannual student competition is named.Mrs. Shenk was an organist for 60 years and served as organist of the Manada Hill United Methodist Church. She also taught piano for 30 years and was well known in the area.


The Shenk Scholarship was set up to promote and encourage the study of organ to interested students throughout the Central Pennsylvania region. The Executive Committee approved the scholarship to be used for organ lessons to qualified students. Each summer the selected students receive ten half-hour lessons (or the equivalent) from a member of the Harrisburg Chapter.


This fund has given 157 awards over the past 17 years giving each recipient lessons during the summer months. Numerous students who were scholarship recipients continued study and are now serving churches, studying music in college, and otherwise continuing their study.


Information, guidelines and application are available at this link: Shenk Guidelines

The deadline for applying for this scholarship is April 30 each year.

See below for more details on this scholarship.


Please help us continue to make this scholarship possible. See below for information on how to donate to this outreach to young organists.




Yocum Scholarship


In 2003 a scholarship fund was established through a gift from Faith Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg to honor the late Charles Yocum on his retirement as music director of the church. The scholarship was established to honor Chuck's commitment to the AGO, and to acknowledge the respect he holds with our membership. Chuck designated the fund to benefit students wanting to attend Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) in the summer months.


Since its establishment in 2003 this scholarship has provided 32 full-tuition scholarships for students to attend a POE, an intense 4 to 5 day experience in studying and hearing and learning. Our students have attended POEs from Massachusetts to California and everywhere in between.


 Applications for the 2019 Yocum Scholarships to attend a Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) are due March 15.

POE events tend to fill up quickly so be sure to register for the event you want to attend.

Guidelines and an application form are at the following link: Yocum Guidelines.

Visit the National website for up-to-date information on POE.


Please help us continue to make this scholarship possible. See below for information on how to donate to this outreach to young organists.



Throne Scholarship


In 2011 a gift was given to the Harrisburg Chapter AGO from Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Churchtown from a bequest of Ida Enck Throne who served that congregation as organist. The money was given to help train organists. The Harrisburg Chapter earmarked this fund to promote adult education.

For complete information on this opportunity, click the following link: Throne Guidelines

How can you help?


If you know of a student who would benefit from either attending a Pipe Organ Encounter or having reduced cost organ lessons, please print the application for them or contact our Chapter Dean.


Financial donations are always appreciated.  Please contact our Chapter Dean for more information.