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Cyrus D'Arcy 2020 Wins the Roberta Bitgood 1924 Organ Scholarship
Posted 03/05/2017 06:51PM

Cyrus D'Arcy has been recognized by the New London County Chapter of the American Guild Organists with the Roberta Bitgood Organ Scholarship. Awarded each year, the scholarship supports "...pianists and beginning organists who would like to study the organ in depth..."

Cyrus had to perform two pieces before an esteemed panel of judges, and he chose to play Toccata in D minor and Fugue in F major by J.S. Bach. Cyrus commented that the organ at the Christ Episcopal Church in Norwich, CT was very grand, and it was a fun experience.

What makes this award extra special is Roberta Bitgood is a 1924 graduate of The Williams School (formerly known as Williams Memorial Institute.) While at Williams she was known for her musical talents, especially on the violin. The 1924 yearbook states her ambition was to be an orchestra leader, and her class voted her as "Most Musical." Roberta is the first woman to serve as the national president of the American Guild of Organists!

For the last two years our community has been treated to Cyrus's organ playing at our annual Winterfest Concert at Harkness Chapel on the campus of Connecticut College. You can view this year's performance at www.williamsschool.org/winterfest16 around 8:48.

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