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.

June 9, 2009

Eight Young Organists to Compete June 17

The 2009 Quimby/Regional Competition for Young Organists for Region IV will be hosted by the Sarasota Chapter on Wednesday, June 17. The competition will take place at Christ Church, Bradenton, FL. The public is invited to attend.

The purpose of the RCYO 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 nine regional conventions. The winner of each Regional Competition will be invited to perform as a Rising Star at the 2010 National Convention in Washington, D.C. The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs. The eight organists competing on June 17 in Bradenton have won their respective local competitions in Atlanta, Charlotte, East Carolina, Jackson, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Nashville and Winston-Salem. The winner of the regional competition will also perform a recital during the regional convention in Sarasota, January 17-20, 2010.

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