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Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, 2016

by Various Artists

Every three years, the organ world's brightest young talents are invited to compete for the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize, the largest cash prize of any organ competition, now enjoy the musical selections from the competitions finalists.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Comes Autumn Time (Live)
Joshua Stafford
6:29 album only
2. Symphonic Dances, Op. 45: I. Non allegro (Live)
Alcee Chriss III
12:22 album only
3. Etude Heroique, Op. 38 (Live)
Colin MacKnight
8:20 album only
4. Seven Pastels from the Lake of Constance, Op. 96: I. The Soul of the Lake (Live)
Greg Zelek
6:33 album only
5. Piano Trio, M. 67: III. Passacaille (Live)
Michael Hey
6:52 album only
6. Symphony No. 4, Op. 32: IV. Romance (Live)
Joshua Stafford
6:56 album only
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Album Notes
Every three years, the organ world’s brightest young talents are invited to compete for the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize, the largest cash prize of any organ competition, in the picturesque setting of Longwood Gardens. The 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition was open to organists between the ages of 18 and 30, and began with a qualification round that featured applicants from four different countries. An audition jury comprising six esteemed members of the organ community anonymously evaluated the competitors’ audition recordings and selected 10 of the organ world’s brightest young talents to compete live before a panel of renowned judges in a quest for the top prize. Joshua Stafford was awarded the
Pierre S. du Pont First Prize on June 18, 2016.

Meet the 2016 Finalists

Joshua Stafford,
Pierre S. du Pont First Prize
In demand as a recitalist and improviser, Joshua Stafford is the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey, where he conducts multiple choirs. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music, he was a student of Alan Morrison, Thomas Murray, and Jeffrey Brillhart.

Alcee Chriss III,
Firmin Swinnen Second Prize
Winner of top prizes at international and national competitions, Alcee Chriss III has performed throughout the United States and France as an emerging young concert artist of virtuosity and versatility. An alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he is pursuing a doctorate degree at McGill University in Montreal.

Colin MacKnight,
Clarence Snyder Third Prize
Organ scholar at New York City’s Church of the Resurrection, Colin MacKnight is in his final year of the Accelerated Bachelor/Master Degree Program at The Juilliard School studying with Paul Jacobs.

Greg Zelek, Finalist and Audience Choice Prize Recipient
A graduate organ student of Paul Jacobs at The Juilliard School, Greg Zelek is the Music Director and Organist at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy in New York City.

Michael Hey, Finalist
A 2014 graduate of The Juilliard School, Michael Thomas Crisostomo Hey is the Assistant Director of Music and Organist of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.



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Fantastic,except the room acoustics
Leo Sowerby's "Come Autumn Time" may be the most familiar piece on this compilation and Joshua Stafford gives a rousing performance,as does Colin MacKnight with the "Etude Heroique, Op. 38 " All the artists are first-rate and I'm sure it was difficult to pick the winners. Having been to hear this organ in person,I was disappointed the room was so small making this huge 10,000+ pipe organ sound constrained. It's too bad the length of this album is less than 50 minutes,also.