NCOI

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,  competitions@agohq.org.

NCOI Semifinals at the 2015 SE Regional Convention in Charlotte, NC

The 2015 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.

Matt Gender

Matt Gender

David McCarthy

David McCarthy

Thomas Dahl

Thomas Dahl

William James Ross

William James Ross

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Kalle Toivio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the 2014 NCOI Winner!
Patrick Scott 2014 NCOI 1st Place and Audience Prize

Patrick Scott
2014 NCOI 1st Place and Audience Prize

Patrick A. Scott is Assistant Organist-Choirmaster at Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia. As a student of Drs. Judith and Gerre Hancock, Patrick earned the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance, both from The University of Texas at Austin. His other major teachers have included Betty Polk and Kathy Vail. Dr. Scott was awarded the audience prize as well as the second prize in the American Guild of Organists 2012 National Competition in Organ Improvisation; he will also be teaching improvisation for the 2015 American Guild of Organists Region IV Convention. pscott@stphilipscathedral.org

 

Past NCOI Winners

2012 Robert Nicholls First Place
2010 David Baskeyfield First Place and Audience Prize
2008 Jason Roberts First Place
2006 Tom Trenney First Place and Audience Prize
2004 Luke Mayernik First Place
2002 Peter Krasinski First Place
2000 Justin Bischof First Place
1998 John Schwandt First Place
1996 NOT AWARDED
1994 Jeffrey Brillhart First Place
1992 Ronald Stolk First Place
1990 Bruce Neswick First Place

NCOI Committee
Cindy Lindeen-Martin, NCOI Director clmaugustana@gmail.com
Jason Roberts roberts@stbarts.org
Mary Newton mayanewton@yahoo.com