AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation
The National Competition in Organ Improvisation seeks to further the art of improvisation by recognizing and rewarding superior performance in the field. A flourishing tradition of improvisation is fundamental to a truly vital musical culture.
The competition is open to all organists regardless of age or citizenship. First-place winners of a previous NCOI are not eligible. The NCOI occurs biennially and commences with a recorded Preliminary Round. The Semifinal Round will be held at the AGO Regional Convention in Charlotte, NC (2015); the Final Round will be held in conjunction with the AGO 2016 National Convention in Houston.
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. The 2016 NCOI Rules were published in the October-14 issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST. You may also request information from AGO Headquarters, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCOI Semifinals at the 2015 SE Regional Convention in Charlotte, NC
The 2016 NCOI semifinals will be held concurrently with the upcoming Charlotte SE Regional Convention. The five organists below will travel to Charlotte for the semifinal round to be held July 1, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte.