Chapter Competition Results:

The chapter’s 2017 competition for young organists was held on April 8 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Ashmont. We are very grateful to the host organist, Andrew Sheranian, and the parish Rector, the Rev. Michael Godderz, for their support. The competition feeds into the Regional Competition. The purpose of these competitions is to encourage younger organists to pursue excellence, to gain performance experience, and to receive recognition for their achievements. These competitions begin at the Chapter level and conclude at the seven Regional Conventions. The winner of each Regional Competition will be invited to perform as a Rising Star at the 2018 National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs Inc.

There were two competitors:  Sarah Johnson, and Christian Copeley.  Both played a Bach work; a work written after 1750; a hymn; and Frank Ferko’s “Mass for Dedication“.

Sarah Johnson is a graduate of Vassar College where she studied organ with Gail Archer. She is currently working towards a Master of Sacred Music at Boston University, studying with Peter Sykes. A native of Garland, ME, Sarah began her organ lessons with Kevin Birch, music director at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bangor,where she was featured in the 23rd Summer Organ Concert Series. During the summers of 2015 and 2016 she was Resident Organ Intern at the Chapel on Squirrel Island, ME, and since moving to Boston has worked as Organ Scholar at the Church of the Holy Name in West Roxbury. Aside from the Ferko, Sarah performed Bach’s “St. Anne” Prelude and Fugue, and the Reger Introduction and Passacaglia.  Her hymn was Mit Freuden Zart.

Christian Copeley has been studying piano from age eleven to the present, and he started studying organ in his freshman year of high school. Throughout his four years of high school, he studied organ with Edgar Kuklowsky.  Now he is studying with Dr. Michelle Graveline at Assumption College as the organ scholar. His experience as a musician includes participating in piano competitions and accompanying for Masses and other services at various churches in New Hampshire.  Aside from the Ferko, he performed Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D and Alain’s Litanies.  His hymn was Lobe den Herrn.

The judges for the competition were Brian Jones; Lee Ridgway; and Dr. Janet Hunt.  Eric Huennneke was an alternate judge. We are grateful to them for their support of this program, and the time they spent with each competitor afterwards.

The winner of the competition was Mr. Copeley – congratulations!  From here, he goes to compete at the regional competition in Montreal this summer.  We hope – nay, expect – to hear great things from both of these excellent musicians!

David Baker, Competition Coordinator


The AGO Organ Library, housed in the School of Theology at Boston University, has lots of used organ music for sale at relatively inexpensive prices. At the moment our supply is large, and we are offering discounts on Bach Scores, especially if you are a student. The Library is physically open only on Sunday afternoons, but it’s much easier (for you and for us) if you shop online anyway, so visit our website and click on “Music Sales” in the menu along the right side of the picture. There are various categories to look in (individual composers; collections; method books; books about organ music.) Then send us an email with your order (don’t try to call on the phone); We’ll email you back with the total and the shipping cost. We’re not fast (our staff is very tiny, often only 1 person) but we are cheap, very knowledgeable about the repertoire, and only charge necessary shipping costs. Our email is orglib@bu.edu. (Please also note that we will not be open on Easter Day – we will reopen for sales on Sunday 4/23/2017, at which time our computer upgrades should be accomplished.)

Happy music hunting,
Carl Klein, DMA
AGO Organ Library Administrator
www.organlibrary.org – orglib@bu.edu


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