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Young Organist Initative



The mission of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (BAGO) Young Organist Initiative (YOI) is to encourage and support young people in learning to play the pipe organ.


The purpose of the YOI is to promote interest in the organ within the younger generation to ensure a body of trained musicians and appreciation in the pipe organ for the future. In doing so, YOI raises funds from donors to provide scholarships for keyboard students in grades 6-12, study organ performance, perform in year-end recitals, become members of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (BAGO), participate in Pedals Pipes and Pizza, attend organ recitals and workshops and Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) when these programs are available.


The YOI is a program designed to encourage and educate the next generation of organists. We rely heavily upon generous donations to YOI to fund our scholarships and programs. All (100%) of our donations are spent on scholarships and promotion of the program. 

The YOI has former students who have gone through prestigious conservatory organ programs won major competitions and are some of the most highlighted organists both in the United States and abroad.


Who is eligible? Students may apply for the YOI scholarship if they will be in grades 6-12 in the year of their audition, have a minimum of two years’ piano or organ lessons, read music, and are able to play equally with both hands.  Each Fall we audition students who have applied to the program.  Former scholarship winners are not eligible to receive scholarships but are encouraged to be active participants in the YOI programs and BAGO.

Where do lessons happen?  Those who are accepted are paired with organists who teach near where the students live. Students practice at their home churches or are helped to find other alternatives.

We also give students opportunities for further exposure to the pipe organ by arranging field trips.  We have included visits to local organ builders’ workshops and Pedals, Pipe and Pizza events.  We arrange recitals for our students including a recital where we honor graduating seniors, both current and former scholarship winners.

How much does this cost? Accepted students receive a 100% scholarship ($600) for their first year of lessons (YOI pays teachers directly),  a year’s membership in the BAGO, one year’s subscription to The American Organist, and a $100 award following concluding recital.

Please contact YOI Chair Mitchell Crawford for more information.