Marilyn Ballantine P.O.E Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Board is setting up a scholarship fund in memory of our beloved colleague, Marilyn Ballantine to defray P.O.E. expenses for deserving students of the organ. Click here to learn more about Marilyn and how you can contribute.


AGO Membership

Membership in Fairfield-West AGO includes some of the country's leading church and synagogue musicians, performing/recording artists, conductors, published composers/authors, teachers/professors, and clinicians. To join the Fairfield-West AGO Chapter please click here.

Contributions to the Marilyn Ballantine Scholarship fund may be sent to:

Andrew Gordon, Treasurer
23 Sullivan Dr.
West Redding CT 06896

Checks should be made out to: Fairfield West AGO, with the notation, "Ballantine Fund"

The Scholarship is to provide funds for students who wish to participate in a Pipe Organ Encounter. A POE is a 4-5 day event organized by a local AGO chapter that introduces participants aged 13-18 to the world of the pipe organ.

About Marilyn Ballantine

Marilyn Jane Ballantine, born September 29, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died suddenly Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at Norwalk Hospital. She was a resident of South Salem, New York for over 44 years, and was the daughter of the late Emil M. Alm and Freda Johnson Alm. Marilyn was the wife of the late George Allan Ballantine. 

She received a Bachelor of Music Education from MacPhail College of Music in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1947 and a Master of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1967. She trained professionally with Rupert Sircom, Carl Weinrich, Robert S. Baker, Alec Wyton, Louise L. Jenkins, Rosalie Snyder, Earl Berg, Byron Hardin and Seymour Lipkin. 

Marilyn was the Minister of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan for 40 years from 1958 to 1998. Joining the church a year after its inception in 1957, she grew the choir from a handful of singers in the beginning to over 70 members. Under Marilyn’s leadership, the music program grew as an important aspect of the weekly worship experience and instituted the well-known annual choir concerts. She was instrumental in the acquisition of the English Handbells, learning how to play them and teaching others the joy of ringing these special bells. Along with her husband, Marilyn organized and led four European tours for the choir, the first in 1983 to Scotland and England, in 1986 to England, Wales and Scotland, in 1989 to the Netherlands and Germany and a final tour in 1992 to Switzerland and Austria. Since her retirement in 1998, she has been a substitute organist for many of the surrounding churches in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and Treasurer of the American Guild of Organists Fairfield West Chapter. Marilyn is survived by her loving daughter Jane Cascioli and her two grandchildren Matthew and Sam of South Salem, New York, as well as many nieces and nephews.