The American Guild of Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation (NCOI) seeks to further the art of improvisation by recognizing and rewarding superior performance in the field. A flourishing tradition of improvisation is fundamental to a truly vital musical culture. The five semi-finalists below will play on Monday, June 23, 2014. Up to three finalists will advance from the Semi-final Round and compete in the Final Round, to be held Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Prizes – First Place: $3,000, funded by McNeil Robinson; Second Place: $2,000, funded by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders; Third Place: $1,500, funded by Pamela and Steven Ruiter-Feenstra; Audience prize: $1,500, funded by David and Robin Arcus.