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. 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 held concurrent with the Regional Conventions. Required repertoire was published with the official rules in the October-14 issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST.

2015 RCYO Rules and Locations

Prizes: Chapter level varies. Regional: First place – $1,000; Second – $500. Additional information may be requested from National Headquarters by email, fax, mail or telephone. The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

Meet the 2015 Chapter winners!

Approximately 75 competitors are scheduled to compete in 33 chapter level competitions held in early 2015.  Meet some of the chapter winners below. AGO chapters are encouraged to support these young artists further by involving them in programming and inviting them to perform. The chapter winners will now advance to the regional level and play at the RCYO/Quimby events scheduled for the 2015 regional conventions.


Jennifer Shin Seattle

Jennifer Shi

Mary Pan Fairfield West

Mary Pan
Fairfield West

Joshua Ridenour  Dallas Chapter

Joshua Ridenour







Janet Yieh Northern Virginia Chapter

Janet Yieh
Potomac/N. Virginia

Owen Reid Tulsa Chapter

Owen Reid

Matthew Buller Dallas

Matthew Buller
Dallas Chapter








Caroline Robinson Greenville Chapter

Caroline Robinson

Colin MacKnight New York City Chapter

Colin MacKnight
New York City

Garret Law Cleveland Chapter

Garret Law







Jacob Reed Central North Carolina Chapter

Jacob Reed
Central North Carolina

Emily Caitlin Dowling Macon Chapter

Emily Caitlin Dowling

Tyler Boehmer Utah Valley - Salt Lake City Chapters

Tyler Boehmer
Utah Valley – Salt Lake City







Chase Loomer Sarasota - Manatee

Chase Loomer
Sarasota – Manatee