One important program of the Guild is its competitions. One of these is the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO). It is for younger organists (mostly college age), starting at the local level, and concluding at the regional level. This event occurs every two years in conjunction with the Regional convention with a performance by the winner at the Regional Convention and at the National Convention as a Rising Star the following summer. Jonathan Hehn was the 2007 winner for Region IV.
Local chapters have an oppotunity to be involved. It is not an enormous amount of work to host a local competition, and it is extremely rewarding. My goal is to have eight chapters in our region to host a chapter competition. Please visit http://www.agohq.org/competitions/index.html to view additional information and to download the chapter application form. Please note that applications must be postmarked no later than October 18, 2008, for listing in the January 2009 issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST Magazine. No applications will be accepted after December 1, 2008. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Region IV of the American Guild of Organists covers the Southeastern United States and Bermuda, including the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. There are seven districts, 58 local chapters, and over 3,000 members. Our work supports the mission of the Guild: To promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of Guild members.