AGO 2000 RISING STARS
TO BE FEATURED ON PIPEDREAMS
NEW YORK CITY The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS (AGO) is proud to announce that the nine RISING STARS recitals recorded during the Seattle 2000 AGO National Convention will be featured on an upcoming broadcast of Minnesota Public Radios Pipedreams. The performers include Michael Costello, Cara Dye, Svetlana Fehretdinov, Todd Fickley, Grace Renaud, Jeeyen Son, Frederick Teardo, Tom Trenney, and Paul Weber. The program will be aired nationally the week of January 21. Please consult local listings and <www.pipedreams.org> for further information.
AGO RISING STARS recitals provide a showcase for the First Prize winners in each of the nine AGO Regional Competitions for Young Organists. The Regional Competitions for Young Organists (RCYO) are designed for organists under the age of 23. Participants compete in two levels, beginning at the chapter level and ending at the regional level. The winners of each chapter competition advance to the regional finals, which are held in conjunction with AGO regional conventions in odd-numbered years. First Prize winners of the regional level competition receive a cash award of $1,000 and are presented as Rising Stars at the AGO national convention the following year. Major funding for AGO RCYO and Rising Stars is provided by Michael Quimby, president, Quimby Pipe Organs Inc.
The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, the AGO seeks to set and maintain high musical standards and to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The mission of the AGO is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members. The Guild currently serves more than 20,000 members in 343 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad.
This information is submitted by F. Anthony Thurman, Director of Development and Communications at the National Headquarters of the American Guild of Organists and The American Organist Magazine. For further information, please contact Dr. Thurman by TEL (212) 870-2310, FAX (212) 870-2163 or E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org.