2018 NCOI Semifinal Round to be Held July 5, 2017

Five semi-finalists have been selected for the NCOI semifinal round. The semifinal round will be held July 5, 2017 at the Northeast Regional Convention in Montreal, Quebec. The semi-finalists are Skye Hart, Robert Horton, Kalle Toivio, Juan Andres Mesa, and Douglas Murray. … [Read more...]

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 Names Prizewinners in National Organ Competitions

The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is pleased to announce the results of its National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and the National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI). Competition prizewinners were recognized at the 52nd biennial AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass. The following competition prizes were awarded: NATIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION IN ORGAN PERFORMANCE First Prize—Jonathan Rudy The Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize: $3,000 cash award and career development assistance provided by Karen McFarlane Artists; a CD recording by Pro Organo; and a performance at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, TX. Second Prize—HyeHyun Sung $3,000 cash award provided by John-Paul Buzard Pipe … [Read more...]