Stephens Organ Competition

The Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition
June 15, 16, 17, 2022

The Music and Arts Program is excited to announce the first Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition taking place June 15-17, 2022.  The competition will be a biennial event held in June.  Six organists will be invited to Atlanta to compete for prize money totaling $21,000. The competition will be judged by a jury of five of the world’s finest performers. This new competition was founded by the family of the late Elizabeth B. Stephens, who was a great supporter of the arts at PRUMC and throughout the city of Atlanta. It is with great admiration and pride that the Stephens family brings this competition to Peachtree Road.

The Finalists

We are thrilled to announce the finalists for The Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition. The standard of skill from the applicants was remarkably high and we appreciate the incredible talent of the over 70 organists who entered. After careful consideration, the finalists for the Final Round selected are:  Krzysztof Augustyn, Poland; Ilaria Centorrino, Italy; Quentin du Verdier, France; Alex Jones, United Kingdom; Minjun Lee, South Korea; and Tom Rioult, France.

PRESS RELEASE

Finalist Recitals
Friday, June 17, 2022

1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 6:00, 7:00, & 8:00 pm, Sanctuary & Livestream
All are welcome to attend the finalist recitals and enjoy the astounding talents of these young organists. The announcement of the winners and a reception will take place later that evening.

Stephens Organ Competition

Prizes

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

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

Inquiries

Contact 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

  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 combined length of the four separate mp3 recordings should not exceed 30 minutes.

Final Round

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, 5 p.m. Eastern (Standard) Time.

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.

Applications were due on Friday, February 25, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern (Standard) Time, and the portal is now closed.  If you would like to contact an administrator, please email competition@prumc.org.

Requirements via Link to a Cloud Folder

In addition to completing the online application (available starting Monday, January 10, 2022), and application fee payment, candidates are requested to provide the following:

  • Recordings of the required repertoire – each piece should be sent as a separate MP3 file.  Links to downloadable files on file-sharing websites such as Dropbox are acceptable.  The file name on the recordings should be the name of the piece/composer only and should not include the candidate’s name.  The combined length of the four separate mp3 recordings should not exceed 30 minutes.
  • Two (2) images of two separate documents providing proof of age/birthdate.  Acceptable documents are a driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate.
  • A publicity photo of at least 8.5 x 11 inches at a resolution of 300 dpi.
  • A resume of the candidate’s organ career to date.
  • A signed affidavit by a professional musician certifying that the competitor is indeed the performer of the works recorded and that each work was recorded in one complete, unedited take.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional musicians

Payment

An online payment of $75 entry fee should be made at EITHER:

  • https://www.paypal.com, search EBSIOC, or
  • https://pushpay.com/g/prumcatlanta

If paying via Pushpay, please make the following selections:
Gift type:  Give one time
Fund: MUSIC GIFTS
Memo Line: The Elizabeth B. Stephens International Organ Competition Fee
Date: Select the date you are submitting your application

Rules and Regulations

  • All contestants agree to waive their rights to performance fees, and will have no further rights to their submitted recordings and to the recordings made of the final round performances.
  • The jurors’ decisions in this competition will be final and without any kind of recourse, legal or otherwise.