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There are so many ways to support the Rockford Chapter, and every donation goes a long way. Scroll down for a list of giving opportunities.

Kay Hotchkiss Scholarship Fund

This scholarship program honors long-time Rockford Chapter AGO member, Kay Hotchkiss. Since it began in 2002, with over $20,000 having been awarded, this program has benefited over 26 organ students: high school or college students, or adult pianists learning the organ. Preference is given to applicants living, working, or studying with an organ teacher within a 60-mile radius of Rockford

The Scholarship Fund provides students with resources to pay for lessons, music, and equipment necessary for their success. Each year, the Chapter provides numerous scholarships to worthy students. Past recipients have gone on to post-graduate programs; some go on to become music directors in local congregations; still more take the lessons they learned and use them to teach the next generation of musicians.

The Program Fund

Giving to the General Program Fund allows you to support annual programming and other short-term goals for the Chapter. We rely on these gifts each year to provide quality events and professional development opportunities (e.g. concerts, workshops, festivals, etc.) for members of the Chapter and for the larger community.

•How to Practice at the Organ
•Pipe Organ Registration
•Organ Improvisation Exploration
•Hymn & Choral Accompaniment
•Developing Positive Relationships
with Administrative Clergy

•Fall Potluck Kickoff
•Spring Banquet

•Pipe Organ Building & Design
•Continuing Education event
•Organ Literature Review


•Guest Recital & Master Class
•Pipe Organ Encounter Plus –
a week of adult education: organists fine tuning their skills; pianists learning the organ
•Pipe Spectacular – a member recital
•Progressive Organ Concert
◊ one afternoon ◊ several organists
◊ consecutive mini-recitals
◊ different venues

Rockford AGO
Endowment Fund

• The Rockford Chapter has its

Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL).

• Once a year the CFNIL notifies the chapter of the amount available to be spent. The chapter may choose to put the money to use in special programming or reinvest it back into the fund to continue to earn money for the chapter.

• Donations may be made to the chapter’s Endowment Fund at any time, either through CFNIL or the chapter.

• Rockford AGO being a 501 c (3) non-profit organization encourages donations because of the tax benefits. Benefits to the Chapter

• long-term financial stability

• encourages a saving culture for the Guild

• supports the guild’s core mission both now and in years to come.

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