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. 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 Regional Competitions

29 chapters hosted chapter competitions between February 15 and April 15, 2017. The first place winners from those events will in turn compete at the regional convention. Competitors at the regional conventions will perform one of three hymns and lead the audience in the singing of all verses; see the RCYO rules for more details: Nicaea, Lasst uns erfreuen, and Nun danket.

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Documents for Hosting a 2017 RCYO Regional Competition