Jacob Gruss, the 2022-2023 winner of the chapter's Robert and Nancy Powell Scholarship, performs a recital at Christ Church.
Mr. Gruss is a second-year undergraduate at the Juilliard School in New York City, studying in the studio of Paul Jacobs. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Jacob was fortunate to develop his musical interest through generous teachers and prominent church music positions. In high school, Jacob was Director of Music at Otterbein United Methodist Church (Greensburg), Assistant Organist at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral (Greensburg), and Sacred Music Intern at St. Bernard Church (Mt. Lebanon).
Jacob recently completed a two-year music intern position at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, NY. In fall of 2023, he was named Organ Scholar at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
A scholarship fund was established in 2022 to honor Robert Powell, FAGO, organist and composer of hundreds of choral and organ service pieces of published music, along with his wife, Nancy Powell, AAGO, also a consummate organist. They have served the Greenville community for decades as leaders and role models for the organists and church musicians of this community. For more information or to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, contact Donald Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org or contribute online.