AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists

The AGO RCYO began with the 1992-1994 cycle. It is 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.
2019 AGO/Quimby RCYO rules. The 2021 Quimby/RCYO rules will appear in the June, 2020 issue of The American Organist Magazine.
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 competitions are held in odd-numbered years, in two separate stages. In 2019, an initial competition was held at the local level by an AGO chapter. Each chapter winner advanced to a regional competition, where the regional winners were awarded. The competition cycle culminates next year when the regional competition winners – now AGO Rising Stars – will perform at the Rising Star recitals at the AGO National Convention in Atlanta. The competitions are sponsored and administered by the seven regions of the American Guild of Organists.

2019 AGO/Quimby RCYO Winners

In the summer of 2019, each of the AGO’s seven regions hosted an AGO/Quimby Regional Competition. The First and Second Place Winners appear below. The First Place winners will perform at the 2020 AGO National Convention in Atlanta as AGO Rising Stars.


Eddie Zheng – 1st Place

Marshall Joos – 2nd Place











Luke Brennan – 1st Place

Rachel Schulz – 2nd Place











Nicholas Stigall – 1st Place

Elena Baquerizo – 2nd Place










Great Lakes

Noah Klein – 1st Place

Emily Amos – 2nd Place










North Central

Michael Caraher – 1st Place

Aidan Hill – 2nd Place










Martin Jones – 1st Place

David Preston – 2nd Place











Amber Dahlberg – 1st Place

Ryan Chi – 2nd Place











2019 RCYO Committee
Vivienne McKay, Director Email
Sarah Martin Email
Ann Posey Email
For more information, contact AGO Headquarters.

Documents for hosting a 2019 AGO/Regional Competition for Young Organists