Student Competition

2018 Student Scholarship Competition

General information and repertoire requirements (PDF)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Augustana Lutheran Church
1400 Robert St S
West St Paul, Minnesota

1ST PRIZE: $2,000 - provided by the Schubert Club

2ND PRIZE: $1,000 - provided by Phil Asgian, TCAGO member


Glatter-Götz/Rosales 2005, 2 manuals, 39 stops, mechanical key action, electric stop action

Link to the stop list:


The competition is open to organists under 24 years of age as of August 1, 2018.

Competitors must reside (either home or school) in the North Central Region (formerly known as Region VI): Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Previous First Prize winners are not eligible to compete in this competition.


A completed official registration form, registration fee of $50 made payable to TCAGO and an official proof of age must be sent to the competition coordinator and postmarked no later than Monday January 29, 2018. See the rules and registration form (both as PDFs), below.


  1. A prelude and fugue OR two contrasting movements of a Trio Sonata by J.S. Bach. BWV 582 is acceptable; BWV 553-560 and 572 are not acceptable.
  2. A work by a composer born between 1800 and 1890 (a single movement of a larger work is acceptable).
  3. A work by a composer born after 1890 (a single movement of a larger work is acceptable.) The works in categories 2 and 3 must be contrasting in mood.
  4. Hymn (choose one):

Ein feste Burg

Lasst uns erfreuen

Lobe den Herren

The competitor will introduce the hymn and play two stanzas as if accompanying a congregation. One stanza must be played in a standard four-part setting. Published or improvised arrangements may be used for the introduction and/or other stanza.

The registration deadline is Monday, January 29, 2018

To register, you will need to print out:

2018 Student Competition Rules

Registration Form

For more information contact:

Dr. Mary Newton, Competition Coordinator

3930 Lancaster Lane, #220

Plymouth, MN 55441

Cell: 612-581-3106


Results of the 2017 AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists

Congratulations to first place winner Ben Kerswell of St. Olaf College!
Ben is a student of Dr. Cathy Rodland.

Ben Kerswell, a junior at St. Olaf College, is majoring in organ performance. Before studying at St. Olaf with Dr. Catherine Rodland, Ben studied in New Jersey with Joanne Rodland for five years. Ben has performed solo recitals at The Church of St. Louis, King of France in St. Paul, MN; Central Synagogue in New York City; and West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, NJ. For the past three summers, he has held organist positions at Pompton Valley Presbyterian Church in NJ and Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church in Pequannock, NJ. He now serves as organist at All Saints Episcopal Church in Northfield, MN.

The First Prize of $2,000 is generously provided by the Schubert Club in collaboration
with its Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition.

Winner Ben Kerswell with judges (Chad Winterfeldt, Laura Edman and Tom Ferry); his teacher,
Cathy Rodland; and other competition attendees.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Newton, Competition Coordinator, or visit

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