The American Guild of Organists promotes the highest level of organ performance through its National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. The Competition is intended to serve as a springboard for emerging organists to develop their performance ability by participating in the various demanding stages of this Competition. Underwriting of expenses is provided in part by the Nita Akin Competition Fund.

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.

The NYACOP Committee encourages all eligible organists to seek ever-higher levels of excellence by competing in the 2014 cycle. Repertoire for the new round is posted below. The Official Rules and application form appeared in the September 2012 issue of The American Organist Magazine and can be found in electronic form below.

The seven organists below have been selected as the 2014 NYACOP semifinalists. The Recorded Round was conducted in strict anonymity. The musical selections, which were prescribed in the 2014 rules, included pieces by Louis Marchand, J.S. Bach, Max Reger, and Rachel Laurin.  The 2014 Semifinal Round will be held in Columbus, Georgia on Thursday, May 22, 2014 on the 2001 Jordan Concert Organ at Columbus State University. The semifinalists will travel to Columbus to practice on the two days preceding the Semifinal Round itself. The 2014 round will be hosted by the Columbus chapter in partnership with the Columbus State University Jordan Organ Endowment. It will be the first of a ten year partnership with the Endowment which will support both NYACOP and Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) for youth in the Southeastern States. The three finalists selected in Columbus will compete at the Final Round held at the Harvard Memorial Church in Cambridge, Mass., June 23, 2014.


Margaret  Harper


Patrick  Parker


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Jonathan  Rudy


HyeHyun  Sung


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Official Application Form

NYACOP 2012 2012 NYACOP winner Daryl Robinson:


Competitions Committee

Jay Peterson, DMA, SPC
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Professor of Music Emeritus and Chair
MacMurray College
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Christian Lane, MM
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