Elizabeth Stephens Organ Competition

June 15-17, 2022

1st prize – $12,000
2nd prize – $6,000
3rd prize – $3,000


David Briggs (Chair)
David Higgs
Alan Morrison
Carole Terry
Jean-Baptiste Robin


For more information, e-mail competition@prumc.org.

Learn more about Betty Stephens here.

This competition is open to anyone who will be 32 years old and younger on June 15, 2022.  
Details of the required repertoire are as follows:

Recorded Round

(maximum 30 minutes)

1. Final movement from any one of J.S. Bach’s Trio Sonatas BWV 525-530.

2. Cantabile – Franck (in recognition of the 200’s anniversary of his birth).

3. A virtuosic work from the twentieth/twenty-first century.

4. An option of a free choice work, depending on the duration of pieces 1-3. The total length of the whole recording should not exceed 30 minutes.

Final Round

(maximum 50 minutes)

Candidates should present a free-choice recital not exceeding 50 minutes in length. They will be judged not only on their playing, but on the overall presentation of their recital. If they wish, candidates may choose to include an improvisation on a submitted theme (lasting no more than 12 minutes). The theme for this will be given to them at the start of their recital.

Candidates may record their recorded round repertoire at any time, although applications will not be accepted until Monday, January 10, 2022. At that time, individual MP3 files will be accepted, along with the application form and two references. The application form will be published on Monday, January 10, 2022.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 25, 2022.

Candidates will be notified of the result of the recorded round (which will be judged anonymously) on Monday, March 14, 2022.

6 finalists will be invited to Atlanta (all expenses paid) for the final of the competition which will take place on June 15-17, 2022.

Recorded round jury

David Briggs (chair)
Jens Korndörfer
Oliver Brett

Final Round Jury

David Briggs (Chair)
David Higgs
Alan Morrison
Carole Terry
Jean-Baptiste Robin