July 19, 2004
NEW YORK CITY—The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is pleased to announce the names of prizewinners in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP). The 2003–2004 competition began with a taped round with twenty-five competitors. Seven competitors were chosen to advance to the semifinal round, hosted by the Houston (Tex.) AGO Chapter at Rice University on May 24. Three were chosen to participate in the final round on July 5 at St. James Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, in conjunction with the AGO National Convention. The following competition prizes were awarded at the convention banquet on Wednesday, July 7:
The Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize: $2,000 cash award and career development assistance provided by Karen McFarlane Artists; and CD recording
$2,000 cash award provided by John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders
$1,000 cash award provided by the Noack Organ Company
Audience Choice Prize
$500 cash award provided by the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company
YOON-MI LIM, from Seoul, Korea, is a doctoral student at Indiana University, where she studies organ performance and literature with Christopher Young. She received her bachelor and master of music degrees from Yonsei University in Seoul. While studying organ at Yonsei, she also pursued piano study, winning first prize in the Korean Piano Duo Competition. Recently, Lim won first prize in the 2003 John Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition and second prize in the 2003 Arthur Poister Organ Competition. Her former teachers were Tong-Soon Kwak and Kyung-Hee Jung. She is organist at Fairview United Methodist Church in Bloomington and a faculty member in the Young Pianist Program at Indiana University. She performed the NYACOP Winner’s Recital on July 7 during the AGO National Convention.
CHRISTIAN LANE is a student at the Eastman School of Music, studying with David Higgs and William Porter. He has performed throughout the United States, and has won first prize in the Arthur Poister, Augustana Arts/Reuter, AGO Region III, and Albert Schweitzer competitions. Lane recently succeeded David Craighead as organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester, N.Y. Previously assistant organist at the Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, he toured England with the choir, performed on National Public Radio, and released a CD recording.
DONG-ILL SHIN studied organ at Yonsei University in Seoul with Tong-Soon Kwak. He has studied in France at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and privately with Marie-Claire Alain. Shin has been a prizewinner in international organ competitions in Tokyo, Prague, and St. Albans. He has played recitals throughout Europe, northeast Asia, and the United States, and was a featured artist for KBS Radio in Korea, NHK Satellite TV in Japan, and Mezzo TV in France. Shin is a candidate for an artist diploma at the Boston Conservatory, where he studies with James David Christie. He is associate organist at Marsh Chapel, Boston University.
The NATIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION IN ORGAN PERFORMANCE promotes the highest level of organ performance. The competition serves as a springboard for emerging young organists, allowing them to continue 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, 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. Judges for the semifinal round were Shirley King, John Mitchener, and Michael Velting. Judges for the final round were Craig Cramer, Bruce Neswick, and Katharine Pardee. Support for the 2003–2004 NYACOP was provided by the AGO Nita Akin Fund. #
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 understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The mission of the AGO is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. The Guild currently serves approximately 19,000 members in more than 300 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The American Organist Magazine, the official journal of the AGO and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, reaches an audience of more than 20,000 readers each month.
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 email@example.com.