Ronald G. Pogorzelski and Lester D. Yankee Annual Competition Deadline is August 31, 2016

The 2018 competition rules call for a proposal for a commission of a piece 10-12 minutes in length playable on the Pogorzelski-Yankee Organ; there are no restrictions in regard to compositional style.

The application deadline is August 31st, 2016.

The winning composition will be given its world premier performance in a formal recital at Indiana University of Pennsylvania by an internationally recognized organist.

The 2016 winning piece, Claude Baker’s Sept Hommages, was premiered Sunday March 13, 2016. Before the recital, Dr. Baker participated in a half-hour interview with Dr. John Levey, who teaches composition at IUP. He spoke about his music, commented on the composition of Sept Hommages, and took questions from the audience.

2018 Composition Rules
Listen to Claude Baker’s Sept Hommages


  1. Betty Steele says:

    i would like to enquire about a pipe organist that i used to see on TV in Fresno, California. i am sure she was globally acclaimed, but I don’t see her anymore. I don’t know where she was from. Every Sunday morning I used to watch her. I do play a bit of piano. if you could call me at 559.243.9131 and let me know if you know anything about her. I am in Fresno Ca. This would be greatly appreciated.

    Betty Steele

    • Bill Valentine says:


      Someone in your local AGO chapter would be the best person to ask. Here is the email address for the dean of the San Joaquin Valley chapter: His name is Michael Varlas.

      Good luck.

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