In 1978 a small group of concerned members of the Organ Historical Society breathed life into an idea. Why not set up a scholarship or program enabling students to attend the now well-established annual conventions of the Society? With a few seed gifts, the E. Power Biggs Fellowship was born. The National Council at the time had two members who had become interested in the Society after being brought to a convention by friends.
The goal is simple: After experiencing a week-long exposure to 35 or so pipe organs of various periods, we hope that we capture the interest of an individual, that they will become future advocates for the survival of the pipe organ, and that they remain active members. The retention rate has been enormous (about 70%!) and the Biggs Fellowship has produced numerous National Officers and Councilors.
Tastes in pipe organs and musical styles fluctuate, changing and evolving over the years, but the basic tenets are the same. Interest in the pipe organ as a musical instrument and a variety of styles of organ building broaden perspectives of recipients.
Paul R. Marchesano