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.

February 23, 2010

Fourth Annual Young Artist Competition for Pre-College Organists

East Carolina University
April 16-17, 2010

The East Carolina University Young Artist Competition for Pre-College Organists is an innovative outreach program designed to inspire young musicians in our region to strive for the highest level of musicianship and technical accomplishment piano and organ performance. The competition is open to any pre-college student in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia,
Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. In addition to generous monetary prizes, the first place winner will also receive invitations to return to perform at East Carolina University in the 2010-2011 season.

The competition will be staged in two rounds. From the recorded application round three finalists will be chosen to compete live on April 17. All three will receive prizes and will be considered for two special prizes: The Bach Prize and the Hymn-Playing Prize. Organists chosen for the Final Round arrive for practice on Friday, April 16 and may elect to attend The Marriage of Figaro, staged by ECU Opera Theatre at the School of Music at 7:00 PM.

The organ competition will take place in the afternoon of Saturday, the 17th, on the Perkins and Wells Memorial Organ, C.B. Fisk, Opus 126, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which borders the ECU campus. The weekend will conclude with the awarding of prizes. All recitals, master classes and competitions are free and open to the public. All entrants should complete the application form and submit it by March 15, 2010. For full organ competition details and the application form, please contact Professor Andrew Scanlon at scanlona@ecu.edu.

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