Oklahoma City University News
Storm Prompts Cancellation of OCU Pipe Organ Competition
Icy travel conditions have prompted Oklahoma City University to cancel its 2010 Junior/Senior High School Organ Competition, co-sponsored by OCU's Bass School of Music and the American Guild of Organists' Oklahoma City Chapter. The event, now in its fifth year, was to have been held in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on the OCU campus Jan. 30.
"We have competitors and judges scheduled to arrive from out of state, and we don't want them to risk travel in icy conditions," said Mark Parker, dean of the Bass School of Music, on Jan. 28.
The competition, featuring more than $3,000 in prize money for teen organists, will be rescheduled for 2011. The event is open to any organ student who has not completed 12th grade or previously won the OCU/AGO competition. Complete details are at www.okcu.edu/music/organ/competition.aspx . For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, university organist, at firstname.lastname@example.org; 405.208.5013.
Last year, musicians from 11 states competed in the daylong event. Bryan Anderson, a high school junior from Stockbridge, Ga., won the $1,500 Wanda L. Bass First Prize and the $300 Antone Godding Hymn Prize. Janet Yieh, a sophomore from Alexandria, Va., took the $750 AGO second place. Jacob Taylor, a senor from Deschler, Ohio, was awarded third prize, worth $500.