BOEF Scholarship Program
The Knoxville Chapter of the AGO established the Brock Organ Education Fund (BOEF) in honor of our colleague John Brock, long-time member and professor of organ at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We award two scholarships each academic year to students in the Knoxville area, one to a high school student and one to an undergraduate in an area college that offers organ instruction. Scholarship awards are determined on the basis of the student's stated goals for studying organ, his or her GPA, and recommendations submitted by the student's current or former teachers.
Our 2017–2018 BOEF Scholarship Winners
The KAGO Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce we have awarded two scholarships for the 2017–2018 academic year.
Our college scholarship recipient is Chase Benefiel, a freshman at Carson-Newman College, where he is majoring in sacred music and organ. He is an organ student of John Brock. Chase began studying organ with John while still in high school—which meant a two-hour commute from his home in Pineville, Kentucky. He is currently the organist at Fountain City Presbyterian Church.
Our high school scholarship goes to Nicholas Stigall, a junior at Berean Christian School. Nicholas has studied piano since the age of three and currently studies with David Brunell. He began organ studies with Edie Johnson last summer. Nicholas also attended the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts last summer. He is the accompanist for the Carol Choir at his church, Concord United Methodist.
Our congratulations to both Chase and Nicholas!
Carolyn Moser, Eileen Rudd, and Freddie Brabson
KAGO Scholarship Committee