Chapter Competition:

For many years, the Boston Chapter has sponsored an organ playing competition for young people for many years.  The chapter competition feeds into the Regional Competition; the AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

We have two competitors for our February 18 competition.   I am pleased to advise that the competition will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, Ashmont, starting at 2 p.m.   Click here for information on the Gallery Organ and directions to the church.   

Part of the competition requires the competitors to play a hymn as if a large, enthusiastic congregation were singing.  It would be wonderful to actually have a large, enthusiastic congregation present!   Please come.  Make a full day of organ events:  attend Faythe Freese’s masterclass in the morning, then come to Ashmont!

We are very grateful to the host organist, Andrew Sheranian,
and the Rector, the Rev. Michael Godderz.

David Baker
Competition Coordinator

2016-2017 YOI Scholarship Winners

October 15, 2016, we held the YOI Scholarship Auditions at Marsh Chapel, Boston University. We are pleased to report this year we had more candidates apply for the scholarship than ever before and we are pleased to announce the YOI program awarded scholarships to the following seven students:

Owen Carter, 17 of Concord
Savannah Curro, 15 of Arlington
James Delaney, 12 of Milton
Jo Ellen Lindeman, 12 of Belmont
Mathilde Sundaram, 16 of Concord
Zachary Todd, 11 of Wayland
Max Zuo, 15 of Sudbury

Each student will each receive private lessons with BAGO instructors, Boston Chapter AGO memberships as well as gift certificates from Spectrum Music.

Additionally, we will be featuring a YOI Scholarship student or two each month in Pipings as well as on the website. We will learn more about each of these students, their interests and see how they grow in their organ studies through the year.

The interest in the organ appears to be growing and thriving based upon the interest in and auditions this month and we look forward to this trend continuing and hope you will all support this effort. You can do so by welcoming them at BAGO events and supporting them in their recital at King’s Chapel, Tuesday June 27th at 12:15.

A heartfelt thank you to the following without whom this program and initiative would not have been possible:

Heinrich Christensen and King’s Chapel
Scott Jarrett, Justin Blackwell and Marsh Chapel
YOI Committee

Christine Hogan

Chair, Young Organists Initiative

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