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Ruth & Paul Manz Organ Scholarship

Organ students are encouraged to apply for the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to honor the contributions of both Paul and Ruth Manz to the congregation over the 37 years of their service there.

This annual scholarship is a testimony to the witness of Paul and Ruth Manz to Jesus Christ through the ministry of music and many other expressions of their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ and His Church. The scholarship is intended to be an encouragement to organ students who are preparing for careers as church musicians. The winner will receive $3,000.00.

Application Requirements

Applicants must not have reached their 28th birthday by January 1, 2016.

Applicants must submit together and by the deadline date of July 1, 2016 the application form, two letters of recommendation, and an unedited compact disc (CD) to:

Ruth and Paul Manz Scholarship
c/o Karen Bartz
House of Prayer Lutheran Church
7625 Chicago Avenue South
Richfield, MN  55423

Please include information about the organ played for the recording (builder, date, number of ranks) and the place of the recording.

The CD shall include:

  • A major prelude and fugue of J. S. Bach
  • A shorter work (6 minutes maximum length) by Vierne, Dupré, Widor, Langlais or Peeters
  • A shorter (6 minutes maximum length) contemporary American work (living composer)
  • Hymn, ELW 729, The Church of Christ, in Every Age (WAREHAM). Utilizing the competition specified hymn tune, improvise a suitable introduction (in the manner of a festive or contemplative chorale-prelude or meditation) and follow with a full performance of an unaltered verse, plus an original altered-harmonization setting of the hymn tune, keeping in mind the text/character of the hymn

The CD used must be of the highest quality designed for recording music and must contain an unedited 'take' of each of the individual segments listed above.

All materials must be postmarked
no later than July 1, 2016.

Support the Scholarship

Friends may also make gifts to fund this scholarship directly online. In the Gift Purpose section at the bottom of the form, please enter the purpose of your gift to be "Ruth and Paul Manz Scholarship Fund."


Those with questions about this program may also contact the President's Office of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago at 773-256-0728 or at this address:
Patti DeBias
Assistant to the President
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

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