The Montréal Organ Festival is proud to host three major RCCO and AGO competitions: the semifinals and finals of the RCCO playing competition, the finals of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO) for the Northeast Region, and the semifinal round of the AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI).
RCCO Playing Competition
To encourage and reward a high standard of organ playing, the College holds playing competitions. Every two years the National Competition takes place, coincident with the annual College Festival. In addition, some Centres organise local Competitions.
The next National competition will be held June 29 and July 1, 2017 in Montréal. The competition is open to Canadian organists, and non-Canadian organists studying toward a degree or diploma in Canada under the age of 30 who are members of the RCCO or joint members with the AGO. Previous first prize winners are not eligible. Rules and regulations (including repertoire lists) are available here.
AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists
This competition, held in odd-numbered years, is sponsored and administered by the seven regions of the American Guild of Organists. Competitors must be under 24 years of age as of August 1 of the year the competition is held. Membership in the AGO is not required. Applicants who do not reside in the U.S. are responsible for understanding and complying with U.S. visa requirements as well as travel costs where applicable.
The first round of competition begins at the chapter level. Competitors may compete in any chapter competition held within the AGO region of their home or school. Only one chapter competition may be entered. A registration fee is required for participation in a chapter-level competition. The final round is at the regional level, and it is held concurrent with one of the 2017 Regional Conventions. The official rules for 2017 were published in the September-16 issue of The American Organist. Download the 2017 Rules. Prizes: Chapter level varies. Regional: First place – $1,000; Second – $500. The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.
AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation
The National Competition in Organ Improvisation seeks to further the art of improvisation by recognizing and rewarding superior performance in the field. A flourishing tradition of improvisation is fundamental to a truly vital musical culture.
The competition is open to all organists regardless of age or citizenship; it is also open to non-AGO members. Applicants who do not reside in the U.S. are responsible for understanding and complying with U.S. visa requirements as well as travel costs where applicable. First-place winners of a previous NCOI are not eligible. The NCOI occurs biennially and commences with a recorded Application Round followed by a semifinal and final round. Prizes: First Place – $3,000, funded by McNeil Robinson, a CD recording on the Pro Organo label; Second Place – $2,000, funded by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders; Third Place – $1,500, funded by Pamela and Steven Ruiter-Feenstra; Audience prize – $1,500, funded by David and Robin Arcus.
1er au 7 juillet 2017
July 1 - 7, 2017
l'AGO région du Nord-Est, le CRCO et le CIOC
RCCO, & CIOC