Anne Kirk Laver, a student at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., is the 2007 winner of the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship. She studies organ with Hans Davidsson and harpsichord with Dr. William Porter.
Ms. Kirk Laver's other recent awards include the National Religious Music Week Alliance Scholarship and a scholarship to the Summer Institute for French Organ Studies. She was chosen to play at the January 2007 student concert at Central Synagogue in New York City.
With Hans Davidsson, Ms. Kirk Laver has published "Organo Pleno: Winning Hearts and Minds," in Choir and Organ 13 no. 6 (November/December 2005): 55-58.
Ms. Laver hopes to one day run a music program for all ages at a mid-sized parish while developing an after-school or summer outreach program for the community.
Scholarship applicants were required to submit an unedited recording of a major prelude and fugue of J.S. Bach, a shorter Romantic work from Vierne, Dupre, Langlais, Widor or Peeters, and a short contemporary American Work. The hymn tune for the 2007 applicants was "There in God's Garden" - Shades Mountain. Laver's application CD included Bach's "Fantasia and Fugue in G minor," BWV 542, Dan Locklair's "Rubrics: A Liturgical Suite for Organ 4" - The Peace may be exchanged, and Charles-Marie Widor's "Symphonie Romane" from Movement I: Moederato.
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.
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