The competition is open to individuals born on or after June 1, 1998. 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 upload mp3 files of each of the required repertoire for the recorded round to the website and fill out the application form certifying that the recording contains only the unedited playing of the competitor. He or she will also upload a file containing a scan of the competitor’s drivers’ license or birth certificate with proof of the competitor’s date of birth and will pay the $55.00 entry fee via the PayPal link. The application deadline is midnight, October 15th, 2020. Competitors failing to meet these requirements will not be considered.
REPERTOIRE FOR CD ROUND
A Prelude (or Toccata or Fantasy) and Fugue by J. S. Bach
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, Op. 122, no. 10 by Johannes Brahms
Choose one of the following:
Toccata from Suite gothique by Leon Boëllmann
Toccata by Eugene Gigout
Toccata from Symphony V by C. M. Widor
Carillon de Westminster by Louis Vierne
REPERTOIRE FOR THE FINAL ROUND
The same Prelude and Fugue by J. S. Bach recorded in the first round
Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhauser by Richard Wagner, arr. Franz Liszt
A work composed between 1930 and the present. A single movement of a larger work is acceptable.
A commissioned work by Aaron David Miller. The commissioned work will be available for preview at www.aarondavidmiller.com after September 1, 2020.
The total performance time must not exceed 50 minutes. Other than the Bach, works submitted in the first round may not be repeated in the final round.
A maximum of five finalists will be chosen from the preliminary recorded round. Competitors will be notified of the judging decision no later than December 1, 2020. If chosen as a finalist, the competitor must be able to compete in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING
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 2021-22 program year of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Second Prize is $5,000.
Both the recorded 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.