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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 22, 2009

RCYO winners


The Region IV AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists announces the results of the competition, held on June 17, 2009 at Christ Church Episcopal Church, Bradenton, FL and hosted by the Sarasota/Bradenton Chapter. The judges were Bonnie Wolfgram, Dr. Robert Parrish and Dwight Thomas.

Pictured are competitors Kenneth Miller, Josiah Armes, Catherine Elliott, Kevin Neel and Christin Baker. (Not pictured are Justin Maxey, Christopher Ray and Nathan Stewart.)

The First Prize winner is Josiah Armes, of Lakeland Florida, representing the Jacksonville Chapter. Josiah is a graduate of Stetson University and is currently a graduate student at Yale University, studying with Thomas Murray. Josiah will perform a recital during the regional convention, to be held in Sarasota January 17-20, 2010. He will also perform as a Rising Star at the National Convention in Washington, DC next summer.

Second prize was awarded to Catherine Elliott, who had won the Nashville Chapter competition. Catherine is a student of Dr. Janette Fishell at Indiana University.

The other competitors were Christin Baker, (East Carolina Chapter), a student of Colin Andrews at East Carolina University; Justin Maxey (Atlanta Chapter), who studies with Dr. Peter Dewitt at Shorter College; Kenneth Miller (Charlotte Chapter), a student of Dr. Florence Jowers at Lenoir-Ryne University; Kevin Neel, an Indiana University student studying with Janette Fishell; Christopher Ray (Jackson Chapter), a student of Dr. Robert Knupp at Mississippi College; and Nathan Stewart (Knoxville Chapter), a student of Dr. John Brock at the University of Tennessee.

All of these young organists are to be congratulated for their achievements in this competition. Chapters are encouraged to feature these fine artists in upcoming programs. For information on how to contact any of these competitors for a recital, please contact Sarah Hawbecker.

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