Meet the winners of the 2014 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance!


Jonathan Rudy 1st Place & Audience Prize

Jonathan Rudy
1st Place & Audience Prize

HyeHyun Sung 2nd Place

HyeHyun Sung
2nd Place

Kirk Rich 3rd Place

Kirk Rich
3rd Place









The 2014 Semifinal Round was held in Columbus, Georgia on Thursday, May 22, 2014 on the 2001 Jordan Concert Organ at Columbus State University. The three finalists above were chosen to compete at the Final Round at the Harvard Memorial Church in Cambridge, Mass. On June 23, 2014, all three finalists gave inspired performances before  an enthusiastic audience of  AGO National Convention attendees. Jonathan Rudy received the First Place Prize and the Audience Prize,  Hyehyun Sung the Second Place Prize, and Kirk Rich received the Third Place Prize. The judges for the final round were Michael Barone,  Diane Meredith Belcher, and Peter Sykes.

Contact information for any of these talented recitalists can be found in the March, 2014 issue of The American Organist. You can also contact AGO Headquarters.

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 2014 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.


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Prize Winners Chart

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Official Application Form

2012 NYACOP winner Daryl Robinson:

Competitions Committee

Jay Peterson, DMA, SPC – NYACOP Director
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