Now Accepting Applications for Scholarship Auditions

The Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarships is accepting applications. Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. Deadline for applications is on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

This scholarship was established in 1911 to provide financial aid “in the musical education of such pupil or pupils, of marked musical ability.” According to the terms of the trust, preference is to be given to promising students of the organ. If no such promising student is found, the trust states that the award “….may be used in aid of students of marked music ability in piano, violin, other musical instruments or voice culture.”

Auditions are open to students age 10-18 (grades 4-12), and age 19-25, in the greater Portland area studying organ, piano, voice, and all orchestral instruments.

Originally limited to residents of Portland, the terms of the Trust were amended to include students from “the greater Portland area” so as to include young people who are students of the organ but do not live within the Portland city limits.

FOKO’s Board of Trustees has kept the scholarship running annually and its outreach has motivated and rewarded dozens of young musicians in the greater Portland area. As a continued goal to enhance the educational benefits of the scholarship, the auditions are meant to be encouraging for participants, performances are evaluated based on age (auditions are open to students ages 12-25) and skill level, and judges’ comments are shared with the students in order to foster a better understanding of their performance strengths and weaknesses through constructive criticism.

If you have, or know of, students of marked musical ability, between the ages of 10 and 25, who are residents of the greater Portland area, please encourage them to audition. We wish to acknowledge the musical talent of our youth and to assist them in furthering their musical education.

Rules and Application can be found here.

Please direct any inquiries to us, at 207-553-4363, or email