AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists
The AGO regional competitions began with the 1992-1994 cycle as an offshoot of the AGO NYACOP. Prior to 1992, younger players were able to enter NYACOP, however, as NYACOP became more demanding, it was apparent that a separate competition was needed for younger players. Since 2002, Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. has generously supported the regional competitions.
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 RCYO competitions are held in odd-numbered years, in two separate stages. The competitions are sponsored and administered by the seven regions of the American Guild of Organists.
2021 Regional Competition Winners
In 2021, an initial chapter competition was held at the local level by an AGO chapter, February 13 – April 18, 2021. Each chapter winner then advanced to a regional competition, and seven regional winners were awarded. The regional winners – now AGO Rising stars – will perform this summer in conjunction with the AGO National Convention in Seattle, Washington.