The American Guild of Organists promotes the highest level of organ performance through its National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. The Competition is intended to serve as a springboard for emerging organists to develop their performance ability by participating in the various demanding stages of this Competition. Underwriting of expenses is provided in part by the Nita Akin Competition Fund. The NYACOP Committee encourages all eligible organists to seek ever-higher levels of excellence by competing in the 2016 competition!
First Place – The Lilian Murtagh Memorial Prize, funded by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc., Cleveland Ohio; includes a $3,000 cash award, career development assistance from Karen McFarlane Artists Inc. between September 2016 and June 2018, including publicity materials and advertising. The Jordan Prize, funded by the Jordan Organ Endowment; $10,000 to be awarded in conjunction with a Gala Solo Recital on the Jordan Family Organ in Columbus, Georgia. Additionally, a performance during the 2018 AGO National Convention, a CD recording on the Pro Organo label, and a selection of Recital Awards throughout the United States.
Second Place – $5,000, funded by Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, Hartville, Ohio. At least one Recital Award. Four 1/6-page print advertisements in The American Organist (TAO) (design costs not included).
Third Place – $3,000, funded by John-Paul Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, Champaign, Illinois. At least one Recital Award. Four 1/6-page print advertisements in The American Organist (TAO) (design costs not included).
Audience Prize – $1,000, funded by Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company Inc., St. Louis, Missouri.
The 2016 Official Rules were published in the April 2015 issue of The American Organist Magazine.
The 2016 National Competition in Organ Performance is now in progress! Last fall, 46 young organists submitted recordings for the preliminary application round. Nine semifinalists were selected and will compete at the seminfinal round to be held Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas, Texas. Five finalists will in turn be selected and will play at the final round Saturday, June 18, 2016 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. The NYACOP Committee hopes to see you at either event.
Meet the 2014 NYACOP Winner!
Jonathan D. Rudy is the 2014 1st place and Audience Prize winner of the NYACOP competition, held in conjunction with the AGO National Convention in Boston, Mass. He is pursuing his Doctorate at Indiana University, studying with Janette Fishell and Bruce Neswick. He holds degrees from IU and Valparaiso University studying with Lorraine Brugh and Karel Paukert. An Organist at Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, Indiana, he is proud to fulfill a vocation in sacred music. Mr. Rudy is available through Karen McFarlane Artists. His new CD, Three Halls, is available in the AGO online store in the Organ Music/Essays/Catalogs section.
Past Prize Winners
2014 Jonathan Rudy – First Prize and Audience Prize – Three Halls CD
2012 Daryl Robinson – First Prize and Audience Prize – Sempre Organo CD
2010 Dongho Lee – First Prize and Audience Prize – Modal Inspiration CD
2008 Michael Unger – First Prize and Audience Prize – Universe of Poetry CD
2006 Scott Montgomery – First Prize and Audience Prize – Water and Light CD
2004 Yoon-Mi Lim – First Prize
2002 Timothy Olsen – First Prize
2000 Ji-yoen Choi – First Prize
1998 Ann Elise Smoot – First Prize
1996 Heather Hinton – First Prize
1994 Douglas Cleveland – First Prize
1992 Martin Jean – First Prize
1990 Matthew Dirst – First Prize
1988 Christopher Young – First Prize
1986 Michael Farris – First Prize
1984 Mark Laubach – First Prize
1982 Brett Wolgast – First Prize
1980 Jeffrey Walker – First Prize