Competitions for new music are an important part of the Guild's commitment to the future of organ and choral music. The following competitions are conducted biennially in cooperation with the AGO New Music Committee and the donors as approved by the National Council:
Award: $2,000 cash prize provided by Marilyn Mason, publication by Hinshaw Music Inc., and performance at the AGO National Convention. Details are published in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine in even-numbered years. You may also request information from National Headquarters by email, fax, mail or phone.
Award: $2,000 cash prize provided by ECS Publishing, publication by ECS Publishing, and premier performance at the AGO National Convention. Details are published in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine in even-numbered years. You may also request information from National Headquarters by email, fax, mail or phone.
Held in alternate years, the competition seeks outstanding compositions for SATB chorus and organ in which the organ plays a distinctive and significant role. Other requirements vary for each competition.
Ivan Bozicevic has been named the winner of the 2014 AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition for his piece, Kyrie eleison. Thirty-five composers submitted pieces to the fourteenth biennial competition. The competition was judged by Carol Barnett, David Carrier, and Steven Sametz. The 2014 competition called for an original setting of the Kyrie (in Greek or English), no longer than 8 minutes in duration. Kyrie eleison will be premiered on June 27, 2014 at the AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass. Ivan Bozicevic lives in Croatia and is a composer, organist, pianist, arranger, and jazz musician. He studied composition at the Belgrade Faculty of Music and organ at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. He has worked at the Belgrade Faculty of Music and the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad as a professor of counterpoint, analysis and harmony. Since 2002 Mr. Bozcevic has worked in Split, Croatia, as a free-lance artist. He is one of the founding members of the Splithesis ensemble for new music in Split, Croatia. As organ recitalist, he has performed in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Serbia and Croatia. http://www.ivanbozicevic.com <http://www.ivanbozicevic.com/>
Click here to listen to the winning compositions from past competitions.
New Music Committee
Eileen Hunt, DMA, AAGO, Director
195 Taunton Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
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Randall Harlow, DMA
Department of Music
Lincoln Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
President and CEO
American Composers Forum
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E145
Saint Paul, MN 55101
April 17, 2013