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AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists


The AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO), held in odd-numbered years, is sponsored and administered by the nine regions of the American Guild of Organists. Competitors must be under 24 years of age as of August 1 of the year the competition is held. Membership in the AGO is not required. The first round of competition begins at the chapter level. Competitors may compete in any chapter competition held within the AGO region of their home or school. Only one chapter competition may be entered. A registration fee is required for participation in a chapter-level competition. The final round is held concurrent with the Regional Conventions. Required repertoire is published with the official rules in THE AMERICAN ORGANIST.


First place - $1,000; Second place - $500. Additional information may be requested from National Headquarters by email, fax, mail or telephone.


The AGO/Quimby Regional Competitions for Young Organists are made possible by a generous grant from Michael Quimby, President, Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.


Saturday, June 29

1 PM


Winner's Recital – Nicholas Quardokus

Monday, July 1

2 - 2:45 PM


Competition Venue

The First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo, whose striking Gothic structure with large rose window offers an impressive presence across from Bronson Park, is pleased to host the Regional Competition for Young Organists and the winner's recital on the 1970 Casavant Frères pipe organ, Opus 3067, III/63.

Competition Coordinator

All regional competitions are operated under the national auspices of the American Guild of Organists. David Lamb is the Regional Councillor for Region V, and Karl Schrock is the Competition Coordinator for the convention.

Competition Winners Update

A wonderful afternoon of great music was experienced on Saturday 29 June from six well-prepared and energetic performers. Congratulations to the winners of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists. First place was awarded to Nicholas Quardokus who had previously won the Indianapolis Chapter competition. Second place was awarded to Katie Minion who had previously won the Fox Valley Chapter competition. Honorable mention was awarded to Mitchell Miller who had previously won the Cleveland Chapter competition.


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Katie Minion (2nd) with Nicholas Quardokus (1st)
Katie Minion & Nicholas Quardokus with judges
AGO/Quimby RCYO Winners
Yun Kyong Kim, Susan De Kam, and Huw Lewis

Mitchell Miller, Katie Minion, Morgan Ingleright

Nicholas Quardokus, Rachel Bennett and Joe Russell

Katie Minion, Janette Fishell and

Nicholas Quardokus

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