Quimby Competition 2019:  Carrie Groenewold, Joseph Mutone, Huw Lewis, Craig Cramer, Emily Amos, Owen Tellinghuisen

Rotman Competition 2019: Richard Rotman, Nicholas Rozendaal, Carrie Groenewold, Grayson Owens, Huw Lewis, Bethany Dame, Craig Cramer, Susanne Boot, Annamae Rotman

The Annamae Rotman Young Organist Competition was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Rotman in honor of his mother and is an annual competition.  We thank him for his generous support of young organists.

•   Eligibility – A competitor must be 24 years of age or under as of August 1 of the competition year and be a resident of Kent County, MI or any county adjacent to Kent County and/or a resident student attending a junior high school, senior high school, college, or university in Kent County or any county adjacent to Kent County (Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry, or Allegan Counties)

•   Competition Date – Canceled for this year

•    Application Date – Due by February 15, 2022. A maximum of four applications will be accepted based on date of receipt.
If only one application is received, the competition will be cancelled. Application will be available January 14, 2022

•   Previous first place winners of this competition are eligible to compete in this competition again in two years.

•   Venue – Grand Rapids area pipe organ of high quality and versatility, varied from year to year

•    Application Fee – $50 (nonrefundable)
Applications are closed for this year

•   Repertoire – Two or more pieces of contrasting styles and representing different time periods and congregational songs.

Required selections:

  1. Baroque style – J. S. Bach (can include the Eight Preludes and Fugues – Bach/Krebs), Trio Sonatas, and/or Chorale Preludes.  One work or any combination of two works by J. S. Bach for a minimum of 7 minutes.
  2. A contrasting work(s) of the competitor’s choice – Examples are Brahms, Duprè, Widor, Franck, Hindemith, or others from the 19th, 20th, or 21st century eras for a minimum of 7 minutes.
  3. Congregational songs to be chosen from these selections which may be downloaded below:
    Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
    How Great Thou Art
    In Christ Alone
    Let All Things Now Living

Performance Time – 25 minutes maximum for all selections, hymn, and console preparation; memorization is not required and will not influence the judges’ decisions.

Awards – Cash prizes of $1000 first place, $500 second place, and $250 for the best high school student or younger who does not win first or second prize.

Judges – Three judges will be paid for their services plus a travel allowance.  The judges may be local but may not be nor have been a teacher of any of the competitors.

2022 Venue – Canceled for 2022

Practice Details – Each competitor will work out practice times with the chapter coordinator, Peter Kurdziel, and will be assigned memory levels.  Each competitor should receive equal practice time, should not use the competition instrument regularly, and should practice alone with a chapter monitor.  A minimum of three hours practice time will be allowed.  Page turners will be provided.

For competition details not covered in these rules, consult the AGO/Quimby competition rules.

Note:  AGO/Quimby vs Rotman competitions in odd-numbered years – Young organists are encouraged to enter either the AGO/Quimby competition for more advanced young organists or the Rotman competition for less advanced organists.  If both competitions are entered, the repertoire including the hymn must be entirely different for each competition.

2022 Contacts:  Peter Kurdziel,
                          Rebecca Snippe,