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Organ Improvisation Competition


Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists,
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor

First Prize $3,000

Second Prize $2,000

Third Prize $1,000

Deadline for Applications: July 1, 2016

Deadline for Submitted Recordings: July 8, 2016

Final Round: October 2, 2016

Final Round Judges:

Christian Bischof, Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Germany
Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Author of Bach and the Art of Improvisation, Ann Arbor, MI
Erik Santos, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Ann Arbor, 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.

Three persons will be selected to compete in the final round of the competition at the 56th Conference on Organ Music in Ann Arbor October 2, 2016.

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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