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.
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.
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.
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