Organ Competition Announcements

 Taylor Organ Competition–AGO Atlanta Chapter

Award: $10,000 First Prize/$5000 Second Prize. Saturday, April 18, 2015.  Open to organists born after June 1, 1992. The application deadline is October 15, 2014.  For information including repertoire see www.taylororgancompetition.com

 Ninth Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition

Award:  $5000 First Prize/$3000 Second Prize/$2000 Third Prize.  Competition is open to organists born not earlier than January 1, 1981. The application deadline for the Kansas round is Feb.15, 2015.  For more information: www.organcompetition.ru

 

The competitions below are closed to new entries/submissions or are inactive.
2016 AGO/MARILYN MASON AWARD IN ORGAN COMPOSITION

Award: $2,000 cash prize provided by Marilyn Mason, publication by Hinshaw Music Inc., and performance at the 2016 AGO National Convention. Submission deadline is July 1, 2014. More information here.

2016 AGO/ECS PUBLISHING AWARD IN CHORAL COMPOSITION

Award: $2,000 cash prize provided by ECS Publishing, publication by ECS Publishing, and premier performance at the AGO National Convention. Submission deadline is July 1, 2014. More information here.

 The University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition

Award: First Prize $3000, Second Prize $2000, Third Prize $1000. Application deadline is July 1, 2014. Final round is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. More information on the University of Michigan website.

Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Competition

Award:  $3000 First Prize.  The application deadline is June 10, 2014, and the competition dates are September 5-7, 2014.  For information and application contact First Church of Christ in Wethersfield CT, www.firstchurch.org/asof or music@firstchurch.org

2015 AGO/RCYO

The AGO Regional Competitions for Young Organists were last held in 2013. Rules and application for the 2015 cycle will appear in late spring in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST. Prizes: Chapter level varies. Regional: First place – $1,000; Second – $500. Additional information may be requested from National Headquarters by email, fax, mail or telephone.
The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

2014 AGO/NYACOP

The  2014 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance is now in progress.  The 2014 semifinal round will be held in Columbus Ga. on May 22, 2014. The final round will be held at the AGO National Convention in Boston, June 23, 2014.  Prizes: First Place – $3,000, the Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize, funded by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc., plus career development assistance from Karen McFarlane Artists Inc. and a CD recording on the Pro Organo label; Second Place – $3,000, funded by John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders; Third Place – $2,000, funded by Kegg Pipe Organ Builders; Audience Prize – $1000, funded by Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company Inc.

2014 AGO/NCOI

The 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation is now in progress. The 2014 semifinal round will be held in Boston on June 23, 2014, and the final round will be held on June 26, 2014.  Prizes: First Place – $3,000, funded by McNeil Robinson; Second Place – $2,000, funded by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders; Third Place – $1,500, funded by Pamela and Steven Ruiter-Feenstra; Audience prize – $1000, funded by David and Robin Arcus. Further details are published in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST. You may also request information from National Headquarters by email, fax, mail or phone.

2014 Schoenstein Competition in Hymn Playing

Award: $3,000 First Prize/$1000 Second Prize. Applications and Recorded Round Deadline:  March 20, 2014. Final Round: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM at Christ Church, Cambridge, Mass.  For rules and applications see www.hymnplayingcompetition.org or contact Dr. Stuart Forster at stuartforster@aya.yale.edu.

All Saints Church Composition Competition

All Saints Church in Northampton England has a proud tradition of commissioning new music for the church. Be a part of that tradition by submitting an anthem for SATB choir and organ, setting a text by John Clare. Award: £1000. Deadline for submission is March 21, 2014. Visit our website for more details: www.allsaintsnorthampton.co.uk

West Chester University Fourteenth Annual Organ Competition

Awards for ages 15 to 18: First Place/$600 and Second Place/$300 and for ages 19-25: First Place/$1500 and Second Place $750. The deadline for applications is April 11, 2014.  For repertoire and application see our website: http://www.wcupa.edu/cvpa/pdf/2014OrganCompetition.pdf.

ARP-Schnitger Festival Organ Competition in Germany

The first round takes place from August 18 to August 25 at the historical organs in Altenbruch, Cappel and Lüdingworth. The final round follows on the organs of Arp Schnitger in Hamburg at the St. Jacobi and St. Katharinen churches. Application deadline is May 1, 2014.  Visit the website for the official requirements and download an application.

The L. Cameron Johnson Memorial Organ Competition for High School Students

Award: First Prize $1500, Second Prize $750, Third Prize $300. The application deadline is March 31, 2014. More information on the Northeastern Connecticut Chapter website.

 

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