RCYO

AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists

The AGO RCYO began with the 1992-1994 cycle and  is an offshoot of NYACOP. Prior to 1992, younger players were able to enter NYACOP, however, as NYACOP became more and 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.

2019 RCYO rules

The competitions are held in odd-numbered years, in two separate stages. An initial competition is held at the local level by an AGO chapter. Each chapter winner advances to a regional competition, where a regional winner is awarded. The competition cycle culminates the following year when the regional competition winners – now AGO Rising Stars – perform at the Rising Star recitals at the AGO National Convention. The competitions are sponsored and administered by the seven regions of the American Guild of Organists. Applicants must be under 22 years of age as of July 1, 2019, to be eligible for the 2019 competitions, . Young organists over the age of 22 should consider NYACOP. 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.

Submit an application to a 2019 chapter competition!

Download the hymns for the 2019 chapter competitions: Coronation, Royal Oak, Crucifer. The first round of the 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. Chapter competitions will be held between February 1 and April 13, 2019; there is a registration fee ($50). The second and final round will be held at the regional level in conjunction with one of the seven 2019 AGO Regional Conventions. The official rules for 2019 were published in the June, 2018 issue of The American Organist. 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.

2019 AGO Chapters Holding RCYO Chapter Competitions with contacts

Each of the chapters listed below will host a chapter competition on the indicated date below. For more details, contact the chapter coordinator or AGO Headquarters.

Boston, March 16 – Email
New Haven, April 6
Rochester, February 2 – Email
NYC, March 30 – Email
Philadelphia, March 2 – Email
Lehigh Valley, April 6 – Email
Potomac, March 9 – Email
Harrisburg, March 2 – Email
Central NC,  April – 6 Email
Atlanta, March 2 – Email
Birmingham, April 6 – Email
Chattanooga, March 30 – Email
Cleveland, February 23 – Email
Rockford, March 2 – Email
Grand Rapids, April 8 – Email
Indianapolis, March 9 – Email
St. Louis, March 23 – Email
Twin Cities, March 9 – Email
Wichita, March 16 – Email
Oklahoma City, February 16 – Email
Dallas, April 6 – Email
Houston, March 30 – Email
Utah Valley,  February 26 – Email
Eastern Idaho. February 23 – Email
Palo Alto, March 16 – Email

Chapters: submit an application to host a 2019 chapter competition
Chapter documents for hosting a chapter competition

RCYO Committee
Vivienne McKay, Director Email
Sarah Martin Email
Ann Posey Email
For more information, contact AGO Headquarters.