The National Competition in Organ Improvisation seeks to further the art of improvisation by recognizing and rewarding superior performance in the field. A flourishing tradition of improvisation is fundamental to a truly vital musical culture.
The competition is open to all organists regardless of age or citizenship. First-place winners of a previous NCOI are not eligible. The NCOI occurs biennially. The competition commences with a recorded Preliminary Round in the autumn of odd years. The Semifinal and Final Rounds take place during the summer of even years, in conjunction with the AGO National Convention.
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.
The five organists below have been chosen as semifinalists in the 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI). The semifinals will be held Monday, June 23, from 9am to 1pm at the First Lutheran Church in Boston as part of the AGO National Convention. Up to three finalists will advance from the semifinal round and compete in the final round, to be held Thursday, June 26, at St. Cecilia’s Church in Boston.
Download the 2014 NCOI Application and Rules:
Christian Lane, MM
The Memorial Church
One Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
Revised on June 11, 2013