Competitions

For many years, this chapter has hosted a competition for young organists, which is a part of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists. They are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. In 2013, our competition has been schedule for next spring on April 6. The location will be determined after the competitor’s application deadline passes. If you have a student that would like to compete, or you know a young organist that might, please pass this information along. You can go to the Guild’s website for a copy of the rules and repertoire. Click on , then click on RYCO Rules and Locations on the right of the page.

The Boston Chapter’s 2013 biennial competition for young organists was held at Old South Church, Copley Square.  The competitors were Timothy Davis; Laura Gullett; Alexander Pattavina; and Jennifer McPherson.  Thanks to them for an exciting afternoon of organ playing, and special thanks to Harry Huff and George Sargeant, the resident musicians at Old South, and the clergy and staff of Old South, who were very gracious hosts.

Jennifer McPherson took first place; congratulations!  She played Messaien (Dieu parmi nous); Bonnal (La Vallée du Béhorléguy, Au Matin); Bach (Prelude & Fugue in E major, BWV 566); and a hymn (What wondrous love is this).  Jennifer is a student of James David Christie and is the organ scholar at Holy Cross College in Worcester.  Second place went to Alexander Pattavina, a student of Phillip Jones in Brockton and organ scholar at St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge.  This is Jennifer’s second win; she took first place in 2011, also.  Alex also competed in 2011 and took 3rd place then.  Jennifer will represent the chapter at the regional competition later this spring in Hartford, Connecticut.

We are particularly grateful to the judges – Peter Krasinski; Diane Meredith Belcher; and Michelle Graveline – for taking the time to serve and for spending time with the competitors afterwards.  The competition is part of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists, which are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

David Baker
Competition Coordinator

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