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.
In 2021, an initial chapter competition was held at the local level by an AGO chapter, February 13 – April 18, 2021. Each chapter winner was then advanced to a regional competition, where the seven regional winners will be awarded. Due to the pandemic, both the chapter and regional competitions were conducted by recordings.
2021 AGO/Quimby RCYO – Regional Rounds
The seven regional competition dates extended from late April into early May.
Northeast Regional Competition – May 8, 2021 Cecily DeMarco 1st Place, Marshall Joos 2nd Place
Mid-Atlantic – May 10, 2021 Andy Brown 1st Place
Southeast – May 10, 2021 David Stultz 1st Place
Great Lakes – May 13, 2021 Katherine Jolliff 1st Place, Clayton Farmer 2nd Place
North Central – May 8, 2021 Sarah Palmer 1st Place, Aidan Hill 2nd Place
Southwest – May 8, 2021 David Preston 1st Place, Nhat Tong 2nd Place
West – May 8, 2021 Paul Oftedahl 1st Place, Grant Smith 2nd Place