Callens Receives Scholarship

Maria Callens, the daughter of Joe and Jean Callens of Minneota, was awarded a SSOO Organ Scholarship for her performance in the Pipedreams Scholarship Audition October 1-4 sponsored by the American Guild of Organists in Wayzata, MN.

Callens' performance included the "Gigue Fugue" by J.S. Bach, "Toccata" by Eugene Gigout and the hymn "lmmaculate Mary" accompanying the congregation in church in two different styles.

She also was required to sight read a hymn — one she had not seen before. Her audition concluded with a personal interview.

Callens, 18, is an organist in St. Leo Parish in St. Leo.

She also is the organist at the Minneota Manor and occasionally, in other neighboring parishes.

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