The E. Power Biggs Fellowship of the Organ Historical Society is awarded to outstanding applicants with a developing interest in the American pipe organ. The intent of the Fellowship is to introduce people to the historic pipe organ through conventions of the Organ Historical Society.
Benefits. The award provides financial support for attending a convention, covering registration, travel within the continental US, and lodging and meals during the convention. Some expenses, such as registration and lodging, are paid directly by Society; others are reimbursed after the convention
Application requirements. The OHS welcomes and encourages applications from performers, builders, organ enthusiasts, clergy, educators, composers, and virtually anyone who expresses and demonstrates an interest in the historic pipe organ in the US. There is no age restriction, but preference will be given to applicants between the ages of 18 and 24, to full-time undergraduate and graduate students, and to applicants who have never attended an OHS convention. Financial need will also be considered. Previous Biggs Fellows are ineligible for further awards.
2012 E. Power Biggs Fellows
Morelia, Michoacán, MexicoLaura is an award-winning organist currently studying at the University of North Texas.
You can hear her play with the Trio Morelia, and find her as a soloist on Warner's release of a CD of Miguel Bernal's Concertino for Organ and Orchestra.
Boise, IdahoJonathan has a Bachelor's degree from North Idaho College and is studying journalism and organ at the University of Idaho.
Jonathan will join the Biggs Selection Committee this year.
Phoenix, ArizonaA graduate of St. John's Univeristy in Minnesota, Jonathan is a doctoral student at Arizona State Universiey, studying with Kimberly Marshall.
He is alo organist of First Uniter Methodist Church in Phoenix.
Cactus Sam Harris
Paso Robles, CaliforniaCactus is a music education major studying organ at California State University (Fresno), where he is also drum major for the marching Band.
He is also organist of University Presbyterian Church and Holy Familly Episcopal Church in Fresno.
A graduate of Ferris University, Yokohama, Mayu has a strong interest in organ histry, having written her theses on the first organ in Japan-an 1871 Jardine & Son.
She has worked with Steven Dieck of C.B. Fisk and is in the organ technology progra at the University of Oklahoma.
A performer on both violin and organ, Robert has been a counselor for several summer camps, including most recently the St. Louis POE.
He is currently working towards a degree in sacred music at the University of Indianapolis, where he studies organ with Marko Petricic.
Josh is currently enrolled at Three Rivers Community College, with experience as organist in a variety of churches.
He has worked with S.L. Huntington & Co., and plans to beome an organbuilder and an organist.
If you are a regular at OHS Conventions, please spread the word and encourage people to apply for an E. Power Biggs Fellowship.
If you have never attended a Convention, by all means apply today!
We hope to see you in Vermont.
James H. Cook
Deadline: February 28
The deadline has passed and applications for the Biggs Fellowship 2013 have been removed from the web site.
New application forms for 2014 Fellowships will be posted in November 2013