RCYO

This competition, held in odd-numbered years, is sponsored and administered by the nine regions of the American Guild of Organists. Competitors must be under 24 years of age as of August 1 of the year the competition is held. Membership in the AGO is not required. The first round of competition begins at the chapter level. Competitors may compete in any chapter competition held within the AGO region of their home or school. Only one chapter competition may be entered. A registration fee is required for participation in a chapter-level competition. The final round is held concurrent with the Regional Conventions. Required repertoire is published with the official rules in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST.

RYCO Rules and Locations

Prizes: Chapter level varies. Regional: First place – $1,000; Second – $500. Additional information may be requested from National Headquarters by email, fax, mail or telephone. The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

This year, 88 competitors competed in 35 chapter level competitions held in early 2013.  The 9 first place winners from each region are presented below.  AGO chapters are encouraged to support these young artists further by involving them in programming and inviting them to perform. The first place winners will perform as “Rising Stars” this year at the AGO 2014 National Convention in Boston.

Jennifer McPherson

Jennifer McPherson, I

Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy, II

Nicholas Capozzoli

Nicholas Capozzoli, III

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Craig, IV

Carolyn Craig, IV

Nicholas Quardokus, V

Nicholas Quardokus, V

Jessica Park, VI

Jessica Park, VI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcee Chriss, VII

Alcee Chriss, VII

Paul Lim, VIII

Paul Lim, VIII

Chinar Merjanian, IX

Chinar Merjanian, IX

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memberology 101: Meet the Rising Stars!

Experience our new generations of organists in this engaging panel workshop and hear what this year’s Rising Stars have to offer the AGO at both the chapter and national levels. Are you looking for outreach ideas to young organists for your church, studio, or chapter? Now is the time to ask! Our panelists will speak from their personal experiences as young musicians and offer insights that can help you foster the new generation of organists. Presented by the Committe on Membership and Chapter Support on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the 2012 AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Presenter: Russell Weismann.

RCYO Committee

Mary Newton
3930 Lancaster Lane #220
Plymouth, MN 55441
H: 763-546-1307
W: 612-581-3106
mayanewton@yahoo.com

Chelsea Chen
117-09 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Cell: 858-405-2665
chelsealeachen@gmail.com

Harold Calhoun, Staff