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.
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.