Andrew J. Kotylo, a doctor of music student, is the 2005 winner of the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship. Mr. Kotylo studies organ with Dr. Christopher Young at Indiana University School of Music. He has also studied with Dr. Larry Smith, Indiana University, and M. Searle Wright and Carolyn Albaugh in Binghamton, N.Y.
Kotylo, a native of Binghamton, began his career as assistant organist at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in his hometown. During his undergraduate studies at Indiana University, he was assistant organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis and then a music intern at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Ind. He was full-time organist at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Tex., and assistant organist-choirmaster at St. Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y. Currently, he is music director and organist at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Indianapolis.
Scholarship applicants were required to submit an unedited recording of a major prelude and fugue of J.S. Bach, a shorter Romantic work, and a hymn prepared for a service, including an improvisation of the hymn and a varied accompaniment of the hymn tune.
The hymn tune for the 2005 applicants was "Abbot's Leigh." Kotylo's application CD included Bach's "Prelude and Fugue in B minor," BWV 544, William Bolcom's "Free Fantasia on ‘How Firm a Foundation' and ‘O Zion, Haste,'" Charles-Marie Widor's "Allegro" from "Symphonie VI" and the hymn tune improvisations and variations.
The Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship is awarded annually to an organ student preparing for a career as a church musician. It was established by Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn., to honor the contributions of both Paul and Ruth Manz during their 37 years of service to the congregation.
Requirements for the $1,500 scholarship are announced each fall by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where Paul Manz served as artist-in-residence.