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Monsignor Henry S. Kawalec Memorial Organ Scholarship

The Church Musicians Guild has a long tradition of supporting fledging organists in their training. This monetary award is given to applicants demonstrating talent for organ playing and commitment to music ministry in the church. The winner of this scholarship will receive a $500 prize and all applicants will receive a one year membership to the guild, free of charge. If interested, please contact Bill at or call 761-359-0334.


2018 Scholarship Auditions Set for May 7, 2018

On Monday, May 7, 2018, the Guild will host auditions for the 2018 Kawalec Organ Scholarship at St. Benedict Church in Eggertsville. Joanne Jasinski and Jeanne Suski are the Scholarship chairpersons.

The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a successful organist who is committed to music ministry within the diocese of Buffalo. Previous winners may audition a second time and musicians who are primarily pianists will be considered.

The audition will comprise three parts: an interview, demonstration of hymn playing on the organ and performance of one major piece of literature for either the piano or organ.

Please contact the guild director for application forms.

Bill Fay -or- 716-873-0180



Guild Annouces 2015 Scholarship Winner - Maria Chomicka!

Maria Chomicka won the Msgr. Kawalec organ scholarship for 2015.The young musician graduated from Williamsville East High School in 2010. Maria originally went to the University of Dallas to study theology. When she realized that she wanted to study music full time, she transferred to the University at Buffalo and the rest, they say, is history, Maria majored in piano performance, studying with Eric Huebner. Maria is currently studying organ with Patrick Barrett and sings with the Fourteen Holy Helpers Choir. She also teaches piano at Nardin Academy in the after school program.

Maria is very interested in traditional sacred music and believes that beauty is a powerful tool of evangelization. She believes that many people encounter something transcendent in music.

We think she is well on her way to sharing beauty in the churches of western New York.



Past Winners


2012 scholarship winner Nick DelBello

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