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 RCYO Chapter winners!

75 competitors competed in 28 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.

Jennifer Shin Seattle

Jennifer Shin

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







Caroline Robinson Greenville Chapter

Caroline Robinson

Colin MacKnight New York City Chapter

Colin MacKnight
New York City

Garret Law Cleveland Chapter

Garrett 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







Jillian Gardner Albany

Jillian Gardner

David Anderson Twin Cities

David Anderson
Twin Cities

Laura Hedstrom Lincoln

Laura Hedstrom







David Ball Wichita

David Ball

Abraham Ross Boston

Abraham Ross

Aaron Patterson Philadelphia

Aaron Patterson







Jeremy Jelinek Pittsburgh

Jeremy Jelinek

Grant Wareham Grand Rapids

Grant Wareham
Grand Rapids

Matt Bicket Columbus

Matt Bickett







Mitchell Won San Diego

Mitchell Won
San Diego

Monica Czausz Oklahoma City

Monica Czausz
Oklahoma City

Christopher Blake Henley Knoxville Chapter

Christopher Blake Henley







Meg Cutting Salem

Meg Cutting

Chase Loomer Sarasota - Manatee Chapter

Chase Loomer
Sarasota – Manatee

Madelaine Woodworth

Madeleine Woodworth