Magazine article The American Organist

Ago Chapter News

Magazine article The American Organist

Ago Chapter News

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REGION INEW ENGLAND Northeastern Connecticut.

May 18, the 20th annual L. Cameron Johnson Memorial Organ Competition for High School Students was held at Storrs Congregational Church on the campus of the University of Connecticut. The church offers its C.B. Fisk organ to the chapter each year. First-prize winner David Heinze is a student at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studies organ with Thomas Bara. He has studied organ with Sophia Witte and Marilyn Ossentjuk. He was the organist and pianist of the Latvian Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids from 2009 to 2011. He also served as Organ Scholar at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids from January 2011 to May 2012. He will study for a BMus degree in organ performance with Huw Lewis at Hope College this fall. The first prize of $1,500 was awarded to Heinze by Storrs Congregational Church. Second-prize winner Anna Pan lives in Burlington, Conn., and has studied organ with John Rose and Joseph Ripka. She is a two-time recipient of the Roberta Bitgood Scholarship and received second prize in the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition. She is pianist and organist at the Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford. The second-place prize of $750 was donated by the Greater Hartford and Northeastern Connecticut chapters. Third-prize winner Henry Webb is a ninth-grader from Dallas, Tex. He began his musical education in October 2010 with Christina Harmon and won first prize at the Oklahoma City Competition in January 2012. This past summer he studied with the organist of Reims Cathedral and attended the French Organ Music Seminar. His third-place prize of $300 was donated by the Johannus Organ Company. Judges for the competition were John Anthony, Christian Lane, and Christa Rakich.

-Lida Miller

Boston, Mass. June 25, scholarship winners from the Young Organists Initiative (YOI) and the Young Organists Collaborative played the Fisk organ at their King's Chapel recital. Pictured are Kasey Mann (student of Abbey Siegfried), Alex Tambunan (student of Joshua Slater), Richard Gress (student of Bruce Adami), and Hyei-In Yoo (student of Heinrich Christensen).

-Claire DeCusati

Springfield, Mass. June 23, the chapter held its annual meeting at All Saints Episcopal Church in South Hadley. In addition to Dean Donald Hooten's annual report, student chapter member Justin Murphy-Mancini performed. A reception followed in the church hall. Justin was a fellow at the Sommerakademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, this past summer. He is now studying historical keyboards at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

-Mary Jeanne Tash


Metropolitan New Jersey. June 10, the chapter's annual meeting and year-end soirée was held at the home of Joel Ramseyer in Randolph. …

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