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Final Round – Saturday, April 21, 2018
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Atlanta, GA
The competition is open to individuals born on or after June 1, 1995. A competitor must be enrolled in a school in the United States or must be a legal resident of the United States. The competitor will send 4 copies of a CD to the address on the application form, postmarked by October 14, 2017. The recording must contain only the unedited playing of the competitor. A completed and signed application must accompany the CDs along with a $50 non-refundable registration fee and a photocopy of an official document with proof of the competitor's date of birth. Competitors failing to meet these requirements will not be considered. The preliminary round is anonymous; therefore, the recording should not be labeled with any information about the competitor.

Schmücke dich, o liebe seele, BWV 654 by J.S. Bach

2. Any one of the 12 Noëls by Louis-Claude Daquin
3. Any one of the Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122 by Johannes Brahms

Choose one of the following:

a. Litanies by Jehan Alain
b. Final Variation from Choral varié sue le theme du 'Veni Creator' Op. 4 by Maurice Duruflé
c. Tu es Petra (Esquisses Byzantines) by Henri Mulet
1. A Prelude (or Toccata or Fantasy) and Fugue by J. S. Bach
2. Choose a work by César Franck from the following collections:
a. Six Pièces, Op. 16-21
b. Trois Pièces
c. Trois Chorals
3. A work composed after 1900. A single movement of a larger work is acceptable.
4. A 6-8 minute work by Pamela Decker commissioned for the competition
The commissioned piece will be mailed to the finalists as soon as they are notified of their status as finalists. The total performance time must no exceed 50 minutes.
A maximum of five finalists will be chosen from the preliminary CD round. Competitors will be notified of the judging decision no later than December 1, 2017. If chosen as a finalist, the competitors must be able to compete in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Each of the finalists will receive assistance for transportation. Travel expenses to and from Atlanta will be reimbursed up to $500. Hotel lodging and per diem in Atlanta will be provided.


Each finalist will be allotted a maximum of five hours of practice time on the competition instrument.


Each finalist will receive 30 minutes of warm-up time on the morning of the competition. An experienced page turner will be provided if needed. The competition is open to the public and applause is permitted. Competitors will be visible to both the audience and the judges.


All finalists will attend the awards ceremony immediately following the competition. First Prize is $10,000 and a solo recital in Atlanta during the 2018-19 program year of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Second Prize is $5,000.


Both the CD round and Final Round will be judged by a set of three judges (different judges for each round). The decision of the judges is final without discussion or further action of any sort, and the judges reserve the right to withhold any and all prizes.


Competition Contact: Dr. Timothy Wissler: or 404-267-3685