AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS SELECTS
COMPETITORS FOR THE 20032004
NATIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION
IN ORGAN PERFORMANCE
NEW YORK CITY The American Guild of Organists (AGO), is pleased to announce the names of the twenty-five official competitors in the 20032004 NATIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION IN ORGAN PERFORMANCE. These competitors were selected based application, letters of recommendation, and a recording of a live, solo performance:
Jeremy S. Bruns, CAGO (Somerville, Mass.), Thomas J. Fielding (Bloomington, Ind.), Lisa H. Ham (Lynnwood, Wash.), Robert C. Horton (Glencoe, Ill.), Su-Ryeon Ji (Montrose, Calif.), Jon Johnson (Webster, N.Y.), Inwha Kim (Bloomington, Ind.), Sonia Kim (Cincinnati, Ohio), Andrew J. Kotylo, CAGO (Binghamton, N.Y.), Christian Lane (Rochester, N.Y.), Sanghwa Lee (Rochester, N.Y.), Seoyoung E. Lee (Columbia, Md.), Elizabeth Lenti (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Se-Eun Lim (Glendale, Calif.), Yoon-Mi Lim (Bloomington, Ind.), Renée Anne Louprette (France), Michelle Rae Martin (Rochester, N.Y.), Mariko Morita (Bloomington, Ind.), Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (Lithuania), Jonathan Oldengarm (Canada), Hyun Jung Park (Korea), Dong-Ill Shin (Newton, Mass.), Frederick Teardo (Waterbury, Conn.), Sujin Yoon (Lawrence, Kans.), and Jacqueline Yost (Boca Raton, Fla.). Full biographies and photographs will be published in the September issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine, pp. 97101.
The AGO NATIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION IN ORGAN PERFORMANCE (NYACOP) promotes the highest level of organ performance. The competition serves as a springboard for emerging young organists, allowing them to develop their performance ability by participating in the various demanding stages of this competition. The winner receives a monetary prize, the opportunity to record a compact disc for Naxos, and two years of career management by Karen McFarlane Artists. Monetary prizes for Second Place, Third Place, and Audience Choice are also awarded. Established in 1950 and held biennially, the competition is open to organists between the ages of 22 and 32.
The 20032004 NYACOP will continue in three performance rounds: (1) A recorded-performance round will narrow the list of competitors to seven; (2) the seven semifinalists will compete in the semifinal round at Rice University in Houston, Tex. on May 24, 2004, and three finalists will be chosen; (3) the three finalists will compete in the final round of the competition in Los Angeles, Calif. in conjunction with the AGO National Convention, July 49, 2004. Complete rules for the 20032004 NYACOP were published in the August 2002 issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine, pp. 3738.
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, it sets and maintains high musical standards and promotes the under-standing and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The purpose 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 more than 340 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad. THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine, the official journal of the AGO, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, reaches an audience of more than 24,000 each month.
This information is submitted by F. Anthony Thurman, Director of Development and Communications. For further information, please contact Dr. Thurman at AGO National Headquarters. This press release is available on the Internet at <www.agohq.org/bulletin>.