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. Applicants who do not reside in the U.S. are responsible for understanding and complying with U.S. visa requirements as well as travel costs where applicable.

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. Download the 2017 Rules and the hymns: Mit Freuden zart, Lobe den Herren, and In Babilone. 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.

2017 RCYO Chapter Competitions
29 chapters will host chapter competitions between February 15 and April 15, 2017. The chapter list below is subject to change and will be updated as the competition dates become available. For more information, contact the chapter or AGO Headquarters.

Suggestions for finding music scores

Greater Bridgeport—February 18, 2017
Boston—March 18, 2017
Buffalo—February 18, 2017
New York City—March 11, 2017

Pittsburgh—March 18, 2017
Philadelphia—March 25, 2017
Harrisburg—February 25, 2017
Tidewater——March 18, 2017
Potomac, NOVA, District of Columbia—March 11, 2017

Knoxville—April 1, 2017
Atlanta—March 4, 2017
Charlotte—March 18, 2017

Great Lakes
Cleveland—April 1, 2017
Columbus—March 11, 2017
Grand Rapids—April 24, 2017
Indianapolis—April 1, 2017
Chicago—April 1, 2017

North Central
Milwaukee—March 4, 2017
Twin Cities—March 25, 2017
Lincoln—March 11, 2017
Wichita—March 25, 2017

Denver—March 18, 2017
Tulsa—March 11, 2017
Fort Worth—February 18, 2017
Baylor—April 8, 2017

Eastern Idaho—February 25, 2017
Salt Lake City—March 9, 2017
Salem—March 25, 2017
San Francisco—April 9, 2017
Los Angeles—April 1, 2017

 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







Contact AGO Headquarters
Chapter Documents for Hosting a 2017 RCYO Chapter Competition