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Organ Improvisation Competition

Co-sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, Ann Arbor Chapter

First Prize $3,000

Second Prize $2,000

Third Prize $1,000

Deadline for Applications: July 1, 2015

Final Round: October 4, 2015

Final Round Judges:

Dr. Huw Lewis, Hope College, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Detroit, MI

Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Author of Bach and the Art of Improvisation, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Scott Hyslop, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, MI


The University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition seeks to identify and reward superior ability to improvise, particularly as it is relevant to sacred worship services from various traditions.


The competition is open to persons of any age, and is not limited to citizens of the United States. A first-place winner of a U-MOIC is not eligible to compete the following year.


Up to five persons will be selected to compete in the final round of the competition at the 55th Conference on Organ Music in Ann Arbor October 4, 2015.


The criteria for judging will be thematic development, musical form, stylistic consistency, control of harmonic language, rhythmic interest and effective use of the instrument.


Competition Guidelines

Application form

Contact information: Dr. Kola Owolabi


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