The AGO New Organist Fund was established in 1993 to support Guild programs dedicated to developing a new generation of organists. Inaugural contributions to this fund were made in honor of three extraordinary leaders of the Guild: M. Searle Wright, FAGO; Roberta Bitgood, FAGO, ChM; and Leslie P. Spelman, FAGO. Today, the New Organist Fund shelters both permanently restricted gifts to named scholarships, and restricted gifts for the support and development of new organists. Each year, this fund provides scholarship assistance for talented Pipe Organ Encounters participants. Many young, aspiring organists benefit from this fund each year, some who otherwise would be unable to attend a Pipe Organ Encounters.
The Michael Cohen Scholarship fund was established in 2008 by Michael's partner Carl Brown, his family and his many, many friends.
Michael was a music educator, organist and choir director over the past 55 years in Orlando/Apopka and Lake City, Florida. The AGO Central Florida Chapter referred to Michael as "the tour de force in making our Chapter vibrant, active and one of the most influential professional groups in the Central Florida area."
Michael was a mentor, friend and musician extraordinaire and will be deeply missed. May his love for music, mentoring and teaching live on through this scholarship fund. The scholarship will be activated once the minimum balance threshold of $10,000 is achieved. Contributions in memory of Michael Cohen can be made online (agohq.org/contributions) or to:
AGO National Headquarters
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260
New York, NY 10115-1260
Attn: Michael Cohen Scholarship Fund
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