Organ Competition Announcements

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2017 Annual High School Organ Festival and Competition – Winston-Salem Chapter

Awards: First Prize, $2,000, Second Prize $1,000, Third Prize $500, Hymn Prize $350. Application deadline is December 15, 2017. January 26-28, 2018. More information.

2018 Young Organist Competition – AGO Greater Columbia SC Chapter

March 10, 2018. Open to students in grades 8-12. Prizes: first place $1,500; second place $1,000; third place $750; best Bach performance $250; hymn playing award $250. Application deadline is February 3, 2018. Rules and application available on the the Greater Columbia Chapter websiteEmail

2018 AGO/National Competition in Organ Improvisation

The 2018 National Competition in Organ Improvisation is now in progress; application deadline was January 1, 2017. Prizes: First Place – $3,000, funded by McNeil Robinson; Second Place – $2,000, funded by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders; Third Place – $1,500, funded by Pamela and Steven Ruiter-Feenstra; Audience prize – $1500, funded by David and Robin Arcus.

Taylor Organ Competition–AGO Atlanta Chapter

Awards: $10,000 First Prize, $5,000 Second Prize. Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Open to organists born after June 1, 1995. The application deadline is October 14, 2017.  More information including repertoire.

Fox Valley Chapter Second Annual Young Organist Scholarship Competition

Awards: $1,500 First Prize, $1,000 Second Prize, $500 Third Prize. Open to organists between the ages of 13 and 28. The application deadline is January 10, 2018. More Information.


Other (non-AGO) Competitions
2018 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford

Prizes: first place $7,500; second place $2,500; third place $1,000; audience prize $250; David Spicer Hymn Playing Prize $1,000. The 2018 festival features the high school division competition, open to students who are in grades 9-12 at the time of application. Application deadline is June 1, 2018. More Information.

Hymn Contest

Award: $500. Macalaster Plymouth United Church. Submission deadline is December 31, 2017.

First Presbyterian Church National Organ Playing Competition

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2018. More information.

2018 East Carolina University Young Artists’ Competition in Organ Performance

Awards: First Prize, $1,500, Second Prize, $750., Third Prize $300, Bach Prize, $100, Hymn Prize $100. Open to organists from 13-18 years old. March 15–17, 2018 in Greenville, North Carolina. Application deadline is Feb. 14, 2018. More information.

Grand Prix de Chartres

Awards: First Prize €4,000, Second Prize €2,500, Audience Prize €1,000, Interpretation of a work by Thomas Lacôte, €1,000. The application deadline is April 15,  2018. More information.



The competitions below are closed to new entries/submissions or are inactive.

2017 L. Cameron Johnson Memorial Organ Competition – AGO Northeastern Connecticut and Hartford Chapters

Open to High School students. Prizes: first place $1,500; second place $750; third place $300. Date: May 20, 2017; application deadline was March 24, 2017. More information. Email.

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Award: $1,000. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir announces its eighth annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition. Submitted works must be original, unpublished,  between 3 and 5 minutes long, and written for SATB choir. Submission deadline is August 31, 2017.

New England Carol Contest

ChoralArt of Portland, Maine announces its 4th annual New England Carol Contest. ChoralArt seeks new carols from composers with a New England connection, i.e. born in, current resident of, or composer currently studying at a college, university, or conservatory in one of the six New England states. Prize: $750. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm EDT.  More information.

2017 AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists

The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists have a chapter and regional level. Application deadline was January 15, 2017.  Prizes: Chapter level varies. Regional: First place – $1,000; Second – $500. The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

The University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition

Award: First Prize $3,000, Second Prize $2,000, Third Prize $1,000. Application deadline is July 1, 2017. Final round is September 30, 2017.  University of Michigan

Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Competition

There is a High School Competition and a Young Professional Competition. The competition dates are September 29-October 1, 2017. The application deadline is July 1, 2017.

Organ Competition Dudelange -Luxembourg

Awards: First Prize €5000, Second Prize €2500, Third Prize €1250, Public Prize €750. Application deadline: July 15, 2017. More information.

Wilmslow Parish Church Organ Composition Contest

Awards: First Place £150, Second Place (£100, Third Place £50; application deadline July 31, 2017.
St. Bartholomew’s Church, Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK announces an Organ Composition Contest for composers of all ages and nationalities to celebrate the renewal and augmentation of the church organ, by York Pipe Organs. Email

Académie Andre Marchal  and Asssociation Gaston Litaize International Organ Competition

The competition is held  in three churches in or near Paris, Ocotber 24 to 28, 2017. Application deadline: July 8, 2017. Prizes: First Prize – 3,000 Euros, Second Prize – 2,000 Euros, Third Prize – 1,000 Euros. More information; Email.

Sursa American Organ Competition

Awards: First Prize – $3,500, Second Prize – $1,500, Audience Prize – $500. Application deadline is June 15, 2017. First and second prize winners will advance to the second round of the V International A.F. Goedicke Organ Competition at the Moscow Conservatory in September, 2018. More information.

2017 Asia Organ Competition

Awards: First Place – $3,000, Second Place – $2,000, Third Place – $1000, Audience – $500. Organized by the Taiwan Chapter. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to perform a winner’s recital in China. The application deadline was December 31, 2016; the competition will be held on July 19, 2017. Rules and application available on the Taiwan Chapter website and email.

2017 First Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Organ Competition

Awards: First Place $6,000, Second Place $4,000, Third Place $3,000, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Place $1,000. The two final rounds will be held from September 14 to September 15, 2017 at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the Shanghai Music Conservatory. Application deadline is May 19, 2017.

Tenth Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition
:  $5,000 First Prize, $3,000 Second Prize, $2,000 Third Prize.  Competition is open to organists born not earlier than January 1, 1981. The application deadline for the Kansas round is March 1, 2017.  For more information see Facebook and website.

Canadian International Organ Competition
Awards: $115,000 CAD in cash and other prizes. The competition is triennial. The next competition is in 2017. Application deadline is January 30, 2017.

Organs of the National Palace of Mafra International Composition Award The competition is divided into two categories, one regarding the composition of an original work, and another concerning the transcription for the six organs. The value of the award is 10,000 Euros and 5,000 Euros, respectively. Application deadline is February 28, 2017.  More information.

Eighth International Organ Competition  Musashino-Tokyo
: First Place – 1,200,000 yen. Application deadline January 20, 2017; finals are September 17, 2017. More information.

International Composition Award
Awards: €10,000 and €5,000. The competition is divided into two categories: 1) the composition of an original work, 2) a transcription for our six organs. Application deadline, February 28, 2017. More information.

Southern Methodist University Undergraduate Scholarship (competition)
Awards: First Prize full tuition and fees scholarship to SMU for BMU in organ performance; Second Prize minimum of half tuition and fees scholarship to SMU for BM in organ performance. January 21, 2017. More information.

West Chester University Fourteenth Annual Organ Competition

Awards for ages 15 to 18: First Place/$600 and Second Place/$300 and for ages 19-25: First Place/$1500 and Second Place $750. The postmark deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.

Longwood Gardens International Competition
First prize is $40,000, Second Prize $15,000, Third Prize $5,000, Audience Choice Prize $1,000. Deadline for 2016 applications is November 2, 2015. More information.

International Organ Competition
Open to entrants of any nationality without age limit. First Prize: 1500 Euro, Second Prize 1000 Euro, Prix de Neuilly 800 Euro, Prix de Trouville 500 Euro. Application deadline March 1, 2016. Contact Festival de la Musique at

International Organ Competition Herford
Awards: First Prize 5000 Euro, Second Prize 4000 Euro, Third Prize 300 Euro. Application deadline is January 15, 2016. See our website.

2016 Miami International Organ Competition
First prize $5,000, sponsored by Fratelli Ruffatti. The competition is held February 26, 2016 at the Church of the Epiphany, Miami. Application deadline is December 7, 2015.  For more information see or

First Baptist Church Anthem Competition
For composers under 40; Prize is $1,600. Submission deadline is February 3, 2016.  More information.

Odoyevsky International Organ Competition
Open to entrants of any nationality between 17-33 years of age. Awards: First Prize 3000 Euro, Second Prize 2000 Euro, and Third Prize 1000 Euro. Application deadline September 20, 2015. See our website.

Grand Prix Bach de Lausanne, Fifth International Organ Competition
Grand Prix CHF 5000, Second Prize CHF 3000, Third Prize CHF 1500, Audience Prize CHF 500. Application deadline is August 14, 2015. For more information see our website

Buxtehude Organ Competition
Awards: First Prize 8000 Euro, Second Prize 5000 Euro, Third Prize 3000 Euro. the application deadline is May 15, 2015. Buxtehude Competition website.

Breda International Organ Competition
The interpretation competition is open to professional organists born after November 1, 1980. The repertoire includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Olivier Messiaen, Jehan Alain, Jean Langlais and Petr Eben. The application deadline is March 1, 2015. Breda Competition website.

DC AGO Young Organists Competition
The DC AGO Young Organists Competition will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 4 pm at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC.  First place – $1,500; Second – $1,000; Third – $500. The application deadline is February 1, 2015. More information on the DC chapter website.

French Organ Music Seminar Composition Competition
Students attending the French Organ Music Seminar in 2015 under the age of 28 are invited to submit a composition. Application deadline is January 1, 2015.

2014 Schoenstein Competition in Hymn Playing
: $3,000 First Prize/$1000 Second Prize. Applications and Recorded Round Deadline:  March 20, 2014. Final Round: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM at Christ Church, Cambridge, Mass.  For rules and applications see or contact Dr. Stuart Forster at

All Saints Church Composition Competition
All Saints Church in Northampton England has a proud tradition of commissioning new music for the church. Be a part of that tradition by submitting an anthem for SATB choir and organ, setting a text by John Clare. Award: £1000. Deadline for submission is March 21, 2014. Visit our website for more details:

ARP-Schnitger Festival Organ Competition in Germany
The first round takes place from August 18 to August 25 at the historical organs in Altenbruch, Cappel and Lüdingworth. The final round follows on the organs of Arp Schnitger in Hamburg at the St. Jacobi and St. Katharinen churches. Application deadline is May 1, 2014.  Visit the website for the official requirements and download an application.

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Music Search
The competition calls for a SATB anthem with keyboard accompaniment that expresses the meaning of celebration of Easter from a theologically liberal viewpoint. Award is $1,500. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2015. More information on the Pullen Memorial Church website.

2015 Twin Cities Composition Competition
: $1,500. An unpublished, newly composed (2012 or later) work for pipe organ and instrument(s) of any combination. TCAGO. Submission deadline is May 1, 2016.