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Manchester student, 13, receives UUC scholarship

July 10. 2013 6:55PM

MANCHESTER — Rory Cunningham, who has been playing the Unitarian Universalist Church organ for two years, has been awarded a scholarship by the Young Organist Collaborative.

The collaborative is an organization that awards scholarships to a limited number of young organists living in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts. Cunningham was awarded a scholarship to study organ with a certified organ teacher. Lessons begin in the fall.

Cunningham, 13, will be going into the 7th grade in Manchester. This past year he attended Hillside Middle School but because of the zoning restrictions he’ll be going to McLaughlin School in September.

He also plays the cello in his school orchestra.

Cunningham will play the organ during worship services at 10 a.m. on Aug. 4. He will play Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J. S. Bach. This is the piece he played for the Young Organist Collaborative that won him the scholarship.

His teacher, Mark St. Hilaire said, “Apparently, the jury was impressed enough with his rendition of the Bach Toccata to award him a scholarship, even though we both felt it was not his best performance. It was certainly good enough to be accepted into the program.” Cunningham will also play three other pieces during the services on Aug. 4.

For more information, contact The Young Organist Collaborative, P.O. Box 24, Portsmouth, 03802; call 436-8283 or email

For more information about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, visit the web site

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