AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists

This competition, held in odd-numbered years, is sponsored and administered by the seven regions of the American Guild of Organists. Competitors must be under 24 years of age as of August 1 of the year the competition is held. Membership in the AGO is not required. The first round of competition begins at the chapter level. Competitors may compete in any chapter competition held within the AGO region of their home or school. Only one chapter competition may be entered. A registration fee is required for participation in a chapter-level competition. The final round is at the regional level, and it is held concurrent with one of the 2017 Regional Conventions. The official rules for 2017 were published in the September-16 issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST. Now Available – Download the 2017 Rules

Prizes: Chapter level varies. Regional: First place – $1,000; Second – $500. Additional information may be requested from National Headquarters, competitions@agohq.org. The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

Chapter Application Form to host a 2017 chapter competition

Chapter documents for hosting a 2017 chapter competition

Meet the 2015 Rising Stars!

75 competitors competed in 28 chapter level competitions held in early 2015.  Chapter winners in turn performed at the 2015 AGO Regional Conventions where the seven organists below were awarded First Place prizes. AGO chapters are encouraged to support these young artists by inviting them to perform at chapter meetings or events. Contact information can be found in the October-15 issue of The American Organist Magazine, or by contacting AGO Headquarters. Each of the seven Rising Stars below performed at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston, Texas.

Colin MacKnight Northeast

Colin MacKnight
Northeast Region

Jeremy Jelinek Mid-Atlantic Region 1st Place

Jeremy Jelinek
Mid-Atlantic Region

Chase Loomer Southeast Region 1st Place

Chase Loomer
Southeast Region







Madelaine Woodworth Great Lakes Region 1st Place

Madeleine Woodworth
Great Lakes Region

David Ball North Central Region 1st Place

David Ball
North Central Region

Monica Czausz Southwest Region 1st Place

Monica Czausz
Southwest Region







Tyler Boehmer Far West Region 1st Place

Tyler Boehmer
Far West Region