Ago National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance 2005-2006

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Ago National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance 2005-2006


Fishell, Janette, Bell, Joby, Edwards, Carla G., Rich, Karen A., The American Organist


SEMIFINALISTS

As a result of a rigorous application process that focused upon a recording of a live performance, 25 contestants gained entry into the National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance. In December 2005, the seven persons pictured here were selected as competitors in the Semifinal Competition, sponsored by the Central Iowa AGO Chapter, to be held May 20 at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Des Moines, Iowa. Please consult the September 2005 issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST for complete biographical information for these contestants. The NYACOP Final Round will take place at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Chicago on Sunday, July 2, as part of the 2006 AGO National Convention. A Winner's Recital will be presented at the convention on July 5, 2006.

The American Guild of Organists expresses its appreciation to the panel of judges for the Recorded Performance Round of the competition: John Brock, Ann Labounsky, and Shelly Moorman-Stahlman.

John Brock, professor of music at the University of Tennessee, has been a featured performer at conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society. He has also concertized on historic and modern organs in Europe, and frequently performs as a harpsichordist. He is the author of a widely used organ method, Introduction to Organ Playing in 17th and 18th Century Style [Wayne Leupold Editions), now in its second edition, and has to his credit three compact discs, A Tennessee Organ Tour and A Tennessee Organ Tour, Vol. II (Raven), and the highly acclaimed Hugo Distler: Complete Organ Works (Calcante). He holds degrees from the University of Alabama, where he was an organ student of Warren Hutton.

Ann Labounsky, FAGO, is the author of Jean Langlais: the Man and His Music, and has completed recording the complete organ works of Jean Langlais for the Musical Heritage Society. …

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