AGO/Marilyn Mason Award in Organ Composition

The AGO/Marilyn Mason Award in Organ Composition is held every two years. Originally known as the AGO/Holtkamp Award, the competition began in partnership with the Holtkamp Organ Company in 1984. In 2012, Marilyn Mason became the new sponsor. The winner of this competition receives a $2,000 prize, publication of the piece by Hinshaw Music, Inc., and a world premiere performance at the AGO National Convention.  The present procedure is to call for proposals for the commission of an organ solo work. Rather than prescribed criteria, the competition encourages proposals that reflect a composer’s particular strengths and interests. This competition is biennial and calls for a work for organ solo; the specific requirements vary each year the competition is held.

Award: $2,000 cash prize provided by Marilyn Mason, publication by Hinshaw Music Inc., and a premiere performance at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, Texas. Listen to awarded compositions from past competitions. The 2018 competition guidelines were published in the April, 2016 issue of The American Organist; the application deadline was July 1st, 2016.

2016 AGO/Marilyn Mason Award in Organ Composition
Ivan Headshot at organ

Ivan Božičević

Ivan Božičević was awarded the 2016 Marilyn Mason Award in Organ Composition! In 2015, more than 50 composers submitted proposals for the commission of a new organ piece as described in the 2016 competition rules. Ivan’s proposal was selected by the judges and his recenty composed piece, The Moonpiper, was delivered to AGO Headquarters in April, 2015 and was premiered in conjunction with the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, Texas.

Listen to The Moonpiper premiered at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, Texas.

AGO/Marilyn Mason award winning pieces available from Hinshaw Publishing

2016 AGO/Marilyn Mason Award—The Moonpiper, by Ivan Božičević
2014 No prize was awarded
2012 AGO/Marilyn Mason Award—Festive Voluntary, Hinshaw Music #0191, by Nicholas O’Neill
2010 AGO Award—Theme and Variations on Le P’ing, Hinshaw Music #0190, by Michael Bedford
2008 AGO/Holtkamp Award—Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, Hinshaw Music #0187, by Rachel Laurin
2006 AGO/Holtkamp Award—Six Sketches on Children’s Hymns, Hinshaw Music #0183, by Barrie Cabena
2004 AGO/Holtkamp Award—A Sweet for Mother Goose, Hinshaw Music HPO3009, By George Akerley
2002 AGO/Holtkamp Award—What Wondrous Love Is This, O My Soul?, Hinshaw Music HMO179, by Emily Porter
2000 AGO/Holtkamp Award—Song of Ruth and Naomi, Hinshaw  Music HMV116, by David Arcus
1998 AGO/Holtkamp Award—Confitemini Domino, Hinshaw Music HMO175, by Carlyle Sharpe
1996 AGO/Holtkamp Award—Fantasia and Fugue on St. Theodulph, Hinshaw Music HMO173, by Aaron Hunt & Three Spirituals for Palm Sunday, Hinshaw Music HMO174, by Robert Greenlee
1994 AGO/Holtkamp Award—Variations Sur Un Vieux Noel, Hinshaw Music HMO171, by Timothy Tikker
1992 AGO/Holtkamp Award—That Line Which Is Earth’s Shadow, Hinshaw Music HPO3008, by Ellen Harrison
1990 AGO/Holtkamp Award—A Practical Progam for Monks, by Frank Ferko
1988 AGO/Holtkamp Award—Variations for Organ and Percussion, by Martin Matalon
1986 AGO/Holtkamp Award—Perceptions of Antiquity, Hinshaw Music HMO153, by Timothy Kramer
1984 AGO/Hotkamp Award—What Seraphs Are Afoot, Hinshaw Music HMO148, by Ingrid Arauco

Committee on New Music
Randall Harlow, Director, DMA (3) Email
Louise Mundinger (1) Email
David Hurd Email