Student Competition

The Twin Cities AGO is pleased to announce the winners of the AGO 2021 Quimby Competition

First Place Winner: Sarah Palmer


Junior, St. Olaf College, and Student of Cathy Rodland

Sarah is a junior at St. Olaf College studying with Catherine Rodland. She began studying the organ two years ago. During the summer of 2019, she attended the Jacobs Organ Academy at Indiana University and studied with Christopher Young. She has transcribed many pieces for the organ and is currently focused on music for concert band. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, exercising, and playing the piano and trumpet.


Second Place Winner: Katie Gunn


photo credit: Grace Alexander

Sophomore, St Olaf College, and Student of Cathy Rodland

Katie Gunn is a sophomore at St. Olaf College pursuing a B.M. in Church Music/Organ. She is a student of Dr. Catherine Rodland and Organ Scholar at Colonial Church of Edina, MN. Katie studied with Carol Rosenthal and Dr. Mattilda Middleton prior to her time at St. Olaf. Growing up in Indianapolis, she sang in the choir of Christ Church Cathedral from 2007-2019. She has attended numerous RSCM courses: the Carolina Course in 2015 and 2017-2019 and the Washington, D.C. Course in 2016. In the summer of 2020, Katie was an intern at the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation in Indianapolis.

Congratulations to both!


For more information contact:

Dr. Mary Newton, Competition Coordinator

3930 Lancaster Lane, #220

Plymouth, MN 55441

Cell: 612-581-3106

e-mail: Mayanewton@yahoo.com




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