Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition 2022
The first Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition has announced the requirements and two panels of judges for the competition, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church on June 15, 16, and 17, 2022. First prize for the competition is $12,000, with second prize set at $6,000 and third at $3,000.
The competition is open to any organist 32 years and younger as of June 15, 2022. Applications for the competition open Monday, January 10, 2022 and may be submitted through February 25, 2022. The first round of judging will be based on recorded submissions from competitors, must not exceed 30 minutes, and will consist of the following:
- The final movement from any one of J.S. Bach’s Trio Sonatas BWV 525-530.
- Cantabile – Franck (in recognition of the 200th anniversary of his birth).
- A virtuosic work from the Twentieth or Twenty-first century.
- An option of a free choice work, depending on the duration of pieces 1-3.
Candidates may record their submission at any time, but applications will not be accepted before January 10, the first day the applications go live on the website www.prumc.org/organ-competition. Each submission should include an MP3 file of the recorded performance with the application form and two references.
The final round of the competition will be performed live in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church on the Great Organ.
The Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition was founded by the family of the late Elizabeth B. Stephens, who was a champion of all organists throughout the world. She played in many churches around the world and served as the assistant organist at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, playing Chapel services for more than twenty-five years before retiring in 1999. She remained a staunch advocate of the Music & Arts Program at PRUMC, as well as many other arts organizations in Atlanta, until her death in 2020.
- Application Deadline Date: February 25, 2022