Building the Next Generation: The Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter Scholarship Program

Linda Mack

With the goal of developing future organists, the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists offers scholarships for organ lessons to talented young high school and middle school students each summer.  Scholarship recipients study with experienced AGO teachers with most performing in a festive recital on the “King of Instruments” in September. This workshop offers a brief history of the development of the program and practical information on how to organize, promote, and administer this popular educational outreach.

Linda Mack, former Scholarship Program Coordinator and current Sub-Dean the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter has a life-long commitment to educational activities. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where she began her life as a church organist and teacher at age 15. After completing Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from Andrews University in Michigan, Linda moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she expanded her career as a teacher, performer, and producer of a weekly radio program of organ music, Te Deum Laudamus. During her time in Utah, she served as Dean of the Salt Lake City Chapter of AGO. In 1987, Linda completed a Master of Library Science and returned to Michigan to join the Andrews University Library Faculty as Music Librarian. She continued an active performing career, serving as keyboardist and program annotator for the Andrews University Orchestras, directing the university’s Early Music Ensemble, and was music director for Episcopal churches in southwest Michigan. As a founding member of the Southwest Michigan’s Twin Cities Organ Concert Series, she developed an educational program “Blast from the Past” that introduced the organ, harpsichord, and early music to thousands of elementary children in Southwest Michigan. Since moving to Colorado In 2012 Linda is active in the musical community as organist, singer, and concert organizer