The Utah Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), jointly with the Salt Lake City chapter, hosted a chapter-level competition in the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO) on February 26, 2019. Amber Dahlberg was awarded first place, and Riley Palmer received second place. Amber will compete as a chapter winner at the 2019 West Region AGO Convention in Orange County, California, this summer.

Held at The Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City on the Bigelow Opus 35, a 3-manual, 33-voice, 40-rank organ, judges for the competition were Dr. Clay Christiansen, Dr. Gabriele Terrone, and Dr. Kenneth Udy. Jennifer Morgan of the Utah Valley chapter and Heidi Alley of the Salt Lake City chapter served as competition coordinators.

In this competition Dahlberg performed “CORONATION” as a hymn accompaniment; “Trio Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, Largo and Allegro” by J. S. Bach (BWV 526); “King David’s Dance” by Stephen Paulus; and “Variations de Concert” by Joseph Bonnet. Dahlberg is a junior at Brigham Young University (BYU), where she studies organ performance with Dr. Don Cook. In April of 2018 she joined other organ students and faculty members from BYU, along with a handful of local organ enthusiasts, in an organ tour of France, where she had the opportunity to play thirteen notable organs. She is a carillonneur for BYU’s Centennial Carillon Tower, where she plays weekly recitals and for graduations. With her love of music, Dahlberg looks forward to continuing her performing, teaching organ and piano, and having a studio of her own in the future. She also enjoys working with show jumping horses and spending time outdoors with her family.

Riley Palmer performed “CORONATION” as a hymn accompaniment; “Suite Gothique, Opus 25, Movement II” by Léon Boëllmann; “Three Pieces for Organ, Movement II” by Calvin Hampton; and “Prelude and Fugue in D Major” by J. S. Bach (BWV 532). Born in 1998, Riley Palmer is currently an organ student of Dr. Daniel Kerr at BYU-Idaho. He has studied in the past with Julie Eberhard and Dr. Linda S. Margetts, and has been a student of music for years. He has performed many personal recitals, accompanied and sung in a number of choirs, and has also performed with the Young Artist Chamber Players orchestra. Currently on an off semester, he is teaching beginning organ lessons in his hometown of Farmington, Utah.

The Utah Valley and Salt Lake City chapters will present Dahlberg in recital prior to her competing at the regional convention this summer. More information regarding this recital will be forthcoming.

 

The deadline for the Youth Scholarship Audition has been cancelled.
Please let youth pianists or organists know that the deadline for the Youth Scholarship Audition is February 10, 2017. It will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017. Rules and application forms were sent with this newsletter. For more information, please contact Lori Serr. ljzserr at yahoo.com

The Utah Valley AGO chapter is pleased to announce a Youth Scholarship audition for organists and pianists who are 18 years old and younger.

Organists will be auditioning for free organ lessons and an invitation to play in a Winners Recital sponsored by the UVAGO.

Pianists will be auditioning for introductory organ lessons with a qualified AGO instructor. Pianists may only receive an award once for participation on piano. To be eligible for an award in the second year, participation must be on the organ. Memorization is not required.

More detailed information is available in the following documents:

2017 AGO Youth Scholarship Repertoire List
2017 Scholarship Audition Form
2017 UVAGO Scholarship Auditions, Rules and Policies

The application deadline, including a $25 entry fee, is January 25, 2017. The auditions will be held at the Spanish Fork Stake Center on Saturday, February 25, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Serr, Utah Valley AGO Education Chair, at 801-489-8222 or moc.d1558602431uolci1558602431@rres1558602431.irol1558602431.

UPDATE:

The deadline for the Youth Scholarship Audition has been extended! Please let youth pianists or organists know that the deadline for the Youth Scholarship Audition is February 10, 2017. It will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017. Rules and application forms were sent with this newsletter. For more information, please contact Lori Serr. ljzserr at yahoo.com

 

 

The Utah Valley AGO chapter is pleased to announce a Youth Scholarship audition for organists and pianists who are 18 years old and younger.

Organists will audition for free organ lessons (if not currently studying with a teacher) or a master class performance (if currently studying with a teacher). Participants receiving the top score from each level will play in a winners recital sponsored by the Utah Valley AGO. A scholarship worth $450 will be awarded to the top winner to attend a Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) to be held in Salt Lake City in July 2016. POE is an AGO nationally sponsored 4-5 day event, which introduces participants to the pipe organ.

Pianists who are 18 years old and younger may apply to play one original piece (no transcriptions or reductions) of their choice from the works of non-American composers. Pianists will audition for introductory organ lessons with a qualified AGO instructor.

More detailed information is available in the following documents:

Scholarship Auditions – Rules and Policies
Scholarship Application Form
Scholarship Repertoire List

The application deadline, including a $25 entry fee, is January 15, 2016. The auditions will be held at the Orem Sharon Stake Center on Saturday, February 20, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Serr, Utah Valley AGO Education Chair, at 801-489-8222 or moc.d1558602431uolci1558602431@rres1558602431.irol1558602431.

AGO Youth Scholarship Repertoire List
2015-16 Scholarship Audition Form 
Utah Valley AGO Scholarship Auditions 2016 Rules and Policies

Congratulations to Tyler Boehmer for taking first place in the Utah Valley/Salt Lake City Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (RYCO). The competition was held on March 14, 2015, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Salt Lake City. Tyler will compete at the Regional Convention in San Diego, in June, 2015.

Tyler began his musical studies on the piano at the age of four, quickly becoming proficient. He began studying organ at 14, and fell in love with the complexity of the instrument. Tyler currently studies organ performance at Brigham Young University, where he has excelled under Dr. Don Cook and serves as organist for the BYU Men’s Chorus. He performed his first solo organ recital just one year ago. Tyler says that someday he wants to become a university professor.

The RYCO competition, held in odd-numbered years, is sponsored and administered by the seven 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. The final round is held concurrent with regional conventions.