The Pogorzelski-Yankee Annual Competition owes its existence to the generosity of two individuals, Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee. 2023 Guidelines. The annual competition calls for a new work composed for and performed on their R. J. Brunner & Company tracker house organ shown here in its former music room setting. The organ is now located at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. See the specifications (N.B. on the Great division, the Gemshorn 8′ has been replaced by the Principal 8′.)
Award: $10,000 cash prize; premiere performance on the Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Organ at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, usually in the spring of each year.
Aaron David Miller composed Oceanic Vision for the 2021 Pogorzelski-Yankee annual award. The premiere performance had been planned for an event earlier this year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was performed July 1, 2021 on the AGO OrganFest 2021. Oceanic Vision is a programmatic work depicting three impressions of the ocean environment: waves, sea life, and the horizon. The musical material is derived from the letters of each entitled section producing musical themes. Purchase Oceanic Vision.
Oceanic Vision from OrganFest 2021
It’s About Time (2020) by Henry Martin
2020 Composer, Henry Martin – It’s About Time
2019 Composer, Frederick Hohman – Listen to The Organ Icons and a discussion with Frederick Hohman.
2018 Composer, Chris LaRosa – Listen to Monument and discussion with Dr. LaRosa.
Listen to Monument in an orchestral version!
2017 Composer, Christopher Adler – Listen to Construct: for organ and a discussion with Professor Adler.
2016 Composer, Claude Baker – Listen to Sept Hommages and a half-hour interview with Dr. John Levey.
M. Jonathan Ryan, Councillor for Competitions and New Music Email