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2015 Rodgers Organ Competition Auditions Open

Colin won first place  in the 2014 Rodgers Organ competition and is already on his way as a recitalist, while continuing his studies with Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School.

Colin MacKnight won first place in the 2014 Rodgers Organ competition and is already on his way as a recitalist, while continuing his studies with Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School.

Rodgers Instruments Corporation is pleased to announce that the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition has been revamped and will have a new focus on young performers starting with the 2015 competition.

When the competition began in 2011, it was open to organists up to the age of 35. Now, with the spectacular performances that the judges have seen from younger musicians during the past several years, it will become an event exclusively for 14- to 22-year-olds.

Audition recordings for the 2015 competition are being accepted now. The deadline to submit audition recordings is January 5, 2015. Judges will select finalists based on the recordings, and the winners will be determined after a final round of performances on May 5, 2015.

Download the official rules and entry form

Equally exciting is the change to a new venue for the competition. Finalists will perform in the Music Theater of the stunning Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. MIM is dedicated to offering a shared experience of the history of musical instruments throughout the world to visitors who tour its 200,000 square feet of exhibit space displaying instruments from 200 countries and regions.

Rodgers also announced the first place award in the competition will be named in honor of Dr. Frederick Swann. “Dr. Swann stands as an incredible example of lifelong dedication to excellence in artistry as well as organist education through his work with the AGO,” said Rodgers President Duane Kuhn. “It’s appropriate to recognize his vision and leadership by presenting the highest award in this competition in his honor.”

Cash awards for competition winners are $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second and $1,500 for third. Winners of past competitions have gone on to appear as recitalists around the United States.

For the first round of the competition, applicants will submit recordings of the following required repertoire:

  • J.S. Bach:  The “Little” Fugue in g minor, BWV 578.
  • A romantic style work (composed 1850-1950). This may be a single movement, or it may be an excerpt from a multi-movement work.
  • A selection of the performer’s choice, not longer than 10 minutes.

Finalists chosen by the judging panel will be invited to the final round of the competition in Phoenix.

 

Rodgers Instruments Corporation is a premier builder of classical digital and pipe combination organs with church, home and performance installations that span the globe. Rodgers is a member of the Roland Group, headed by Roland Corporation, a world leader in electronic musical instrument technologies and electronic musical instrument sales and manufacturing.

Rodgers Royal 5 News

The beautiful hall where the organ is housed. The organ speakers are located inside the walls.  Photos by Rodgers engineer Paul Bergmann.

The beautiful hall where the organ is housed. The organ speakers are located inside the walls. Photos by Rodgers engineer Paul Bergmann.

One of the world’s amazing works of architecture is Meishusama Hall of the Shinji Shumeikai in Minsono, Japan. For nearly 30 years, it has been the home of the Royal 5, a massive Rodgers organ built as the sister instrument to the five-manual organ that Rodgers installed in Carnegie Hall in 1974.

Virgil Fox designed the specifications of both organs, and when he died the Royal 5 was played at his funeral at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. The console was in service at the Crystal Cathedral until the completion of its famous Ruffatti pipe organ installation.

Members of Rodgers engineering department paid a visit to the Royal 5 in September 2014 to work on plans for upgrading its speaker system. The last major project for the organ was in 2004 when Dan Miller and Dr. McNeill Robinson accomplished a software upgrade and updated the tonal specification.

Students get "hands on" with the Roland C-330 Classic organ.

Students get “hands on” with the Roland C-330 Classic organ.

Church Keyboard Center in Pasadena is pleased to support the cultural arts program at the Shumei America center, just around the corner from the Rodgers organ showroom.  Shumei America is the administrative headquarters of Shumei America Centers and a spiritual home for all Shumei’s members throughout North America, in addition to being a western hub for all Shumei’s international activities.

The annual series of cultural outreach programs at the Shumei America center include an organ concert for elementary school-aged children bussed from area public and private schools.  The 2013 program featured organist Dr. Christoph Bull performing on a Roland C-330 Classic organ.

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