main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

main menu

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 Application: received by July 1, 2014

Final Round: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Final Round Judges:

Dr. Jörg Abbing, Hochschule für Musik, Saarbrücken, Germany

Dr. Ronald Prowse, Wayne State University and Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit

Dr. Larry Visser, Calvin College and LaGrave Ave. Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids


The University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition seeks to identify and reward superior ability to improvise, particularly as it is found in the setting of liturgical, church and synagogue music.


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 54th Conference on Organ Music in Ann Arbor, September 30, 2014.


The criteria for judging will be thematic development, musical form, stylistic consistency, rhythmic interest, effective use of the instrumen, and effective leadership of congregational singing.


Application form

Competition Guidelines

For additional information, contact Dr. Michele Johns at

main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower