Meet the 2015 NCOI Semifinalists

In December, 2014, twelve organists entered the 2015 competition. Working with a proctor, each competitor created a CD recording in January which was returned to AGO Headquarters in accordance with the procedure outlined in the rules. A panel of three judges, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Emma Lou Diemer, and Jason Roberts, reviewed the recordings (which remained anonymous) and selected five semifinalists. The upcoming semifinal round will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Southeast AGO Regional Convention in Charlotte on July 1, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. By showcasing the art of improvisation at a regional convention, the NCOI committee hopes to build interest throughout the Guild for this … [Read more...]

AGO 2015 Southeast Regional Convention Features French Connections

The AGO's 2015 Southeast Regional Convention will showcase fine organs played by artists of who are protégés of the great French organists of the last century. Featured organs and venues include: Fisk Organ Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (Charlotte, NC) AEolian-Skinner Organ Covenant Presbyterian Church (Charlotte) Schlueter Organ Covenant Presbyterian Church (Charlotte) Ruffatti Organ Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (Charlotte) AEolian-Skinner Organ Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC) AEolian-Skinner Organ Myers Park Baptist Church (Charlotte) Letourneau Organ Saint John's Baptist Church (Charlotte) Moller Organ First United Methodist Church (Charlotte) Commissioned artists include Ned Rorem, David … [Read more...]