College of Fine Arts and Communication
Organ Performance & Sacred Music Studies
Note: The contact person for the organ competition is Prof. Andrew Scanlon ( firstname.lastname@example.org, 252-328-1261). Please direct any inquiries accordingly. For information on the piano competition, please contact Dr. Kerry Carlin ( email@example.com, 252-752-4749)
The East Carolina University Young Artists Competition for Pre-College Organists is an innovative outreach program designed to inspire young musicians to strive for the highest level of musicianship and technical accomplishment in organ performance. The competition is open to any pre-college organ student in the United States. In addition to generous monetary prizes, the competitors will also compete for the two additional prizes in Hymn playing and Bach interpretation. The competition will be staged in two rounds. From the recorded application round, three finalists will be chosen to compete live on March 17, 2018. All three will receive prizes and will be considered for the two special prizes mentioned above.
Organists chosen for the Final Round arrive for practice on Thursday and/or Friday, and attend the 7:30 p.m. recital by previous competition winner, Katherine Johnson. The organ competition will take place on the following afternoon, on the Perkins and Wells Memorial Organ, C.B. Fisk, Opus 126, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, which borders the ECU campus. The competition will conclude with the awarding of prizes. Competitors and their families are welcome to come early or stay on in Greenville for the purposes of observing lessons and classes in the organ/sacred music area. The organ faculty will also be available to offer private lessons to competitors following the competition. All recitals, masterclasses, and the competition itself are free and open to the public. Full organ competition details can be found below. Click below for an application and to view the organ specifications:
Download organ competition application (PDF file)
Eligibility: The competition is open to pre-college students between the ages of 13-18 who are residents of the United States of America. Current students of the judges and previous first place winners are ineligible to compete.
Application Procedure and Repertoire Requirements: Competitors must submit the application form along with three copies of a CD (repertoire described below) postmarked no later than February 15, 2018. The recordings must contain no speaking, and each piece must be continuous and unedited; recordings must not be marked with the name of the competitor.
Total performance time of the repertoire should not exceed forty (40) minutes. Contact Prof. Scanlon with repertoire concerns or questions.
Final Round: Not more than three persons will be chosen for live competition. Each will receive an equal amount of practice the days before and of the competition. All attempts will be made to notify competitors of their competition status in a timely manner, in order that arrangements can be made for travel to Greenville.
Compositions to be performed at the final round are to be the same as those on the recording with the following addition: All finalists will be sent a competition hymn packet, and candidates should be prepared to play an introduction and designated stanzas of all the indicated hymns. Upon arrival, all finalists will be notified of one appointed hymn, and all will play the same, single hymn as part of the final round on the competition day. Performance from memory is optional.
Teachers or other assistants provided by the competitor may help with registration choices and turn pages; however, each competitor must accomplish his or her own registration changes (i.e. piston changes) during the competition. Both the preliminary recorded round and final competition will be judged with complete anonymity and judges' comments will be given to each competitor. Performers must use legal scores. The judge's decisions will be final. The competition will be open to the public.
All finalists will be awarded a compact disc of their performance.
Logistical Information: Any contestant who requires an overnight stay in Greenville in order to participate in the competition may access http://visitgreenvillenc.com/places-to-stay/ or visit any of the many online hotel booking services.