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:
2014 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 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 or phone: email@example.com or 212-870-2311, ext. 4318.
2014 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. Details are published in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine in even-numbered years. You may also request information from National Headquarters by email or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-870-2311, ext. 4318.
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. ivanbozicevic.com
The Councillor for Competitions & New Music coordinates the work of the Guild in the areas of competitions. Committees under this Councillor’s aegis include New Music, National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP), Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO), and National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI).
New Music Committee
Eileen Hunt, DMA, AAGO, Director
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Fairfield, CT 06824
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Randall Harlow, DMA
University of Northern Iowa
School of Music
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Cedar Falls, IA 50614
President and CEO
American Composers Forum
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Saint Paul, MN 55101