The Pogorzelski-Yankee Annual Competition owes its existence to the generosity of two individuals, Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee. 2024 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 See the specifications (N.B. on the Great division, the Gemshorn 8′ has been replaced by the Principal 8′.)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.
2022 Pogorzelski-Yankee Award Winner
Rachel Laurin has been named the 2022 Pogorzelski-Yankee awarded composer. Her piece, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, will be premiered at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on October 30, 2022. The event will start at 3:30 pm with a pre-concert talk, followed by the performance of Laurin’s composition with special guest Michael Barone, dancers from the studio of Joan Van Dyke, and illustrations by Cathy Fischer. After the performance, there will be an Orgelkids demonstration, featuring organ literature by Rachel Laurin and Vincent Ryan.
Rachel leads a dual international career as a concert organist and a very prolific composer. She has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and has made more than twelve recordings, including two CDs devoted to her own compositions.
2023 Pogorzelski-Yankee Award Winner
Karim Al-Zand has been named the 2023 Pogorzelski-Yankee awarded composer.
Al-Zand is a founding and artistic board member of Musiqa, Houston’s premier contemporary music group, which presents concerts featuring new and classic repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In his scholarly work, he has pursued several diverse areas of music theory, including topics in jazz, counterpoint, and improvisation (both jazz and 18th century extemporization). Al-Zand was born in Tunis, Tunisia, raised in Ottawa, Canada and educated in Montreal (McGill University, BMus 1993) and Cambridge (Harvard University, PhD 2000). Since 2000 he has taught composition and music theory in Houston at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.
2021 Composer, Aaron David Miller – Oceanic Vision
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.
Committee on New Music
Louise Mundinger, MM, Director Email
David J. Hurd, Jr., MusD Email
Carol Feather Martin, MM Email
Alexander Meszler, DMA Email
M. Jonathan Ryan, Councillor for Competitions and New Music Email
AGO Headquarters Email