Student Competition

CANCELLED: 2020 TCAGO Student Scholarship Competition

The well-being of our performers, audiences, and judges is important to us. As a preemptive response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2019 student competition at Mt. Olive has been cancelled. A determination on rescheduling will be made at a later date.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9:30 am to Noon.

Location: Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Repertoire and Eligibility Requirements: 2020 TCAGO Student Scholarship Competition 

Official Rules: 2020 TCAGO Student Scholarship Official Rules

Application: Please print out the Student Scholarship Competition Registration Form and mail, postmarked no later than Monday, January 27, 2020.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Newton at

2019 TCAGO Student Competition Results

by Mary Newton

Congratulations to Michael Caraher who will advance to the regional competition in Milwaukee in June. Michael attends St. Olaf College and is a student of Cathy Rodland. The event was held at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth on Saturday, March 9, and the judges were David Jenkins, Allan Mahnke, and Jungjoo Park.

A native of the San Francisco bay area, Michael Terry Caraher is a junior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He is currently the organ student of Dr. Catherine Rodland pursuing his B.M. in Church Music, as well as a B.A. in American Studies. Before coming to St. Olaf, Michael attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan as an organ major studying with Mr. Thomas Bara. Dr. Susan Jane Matthews was Michael’s first organ teacher and encouraged him to pursue his studies at Interlochen. At St. Olaf, Michael studies voice with Dr. Anton Armstrong and sings in the St. Olaf Cantorei under the direction of Prof. James Bobb. Additionally, he is the organ scholar at the Church of St. Louis King of France in St. Paul, under the direction of music director Brian Carson. When not practicing or studying, Michael can be found with his friends around campus or in the Twin Cities.

Jungjoo Park, David Jenkins, Michael Caraher, and Allan Mahnke

For more information contact:

Dr. Mary Newton, Competition Coordinator

3930 Lancaster Lane, #220

Plymouth, MN 55441

Cell: 612-581-3106


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