Young Professional Competition 2019

Saturday, September 28 

Trinity College Chapel

The Young Professional Division Competition is open to undergraduate students through young professionals aged 26. Applicants submitted recordings which included: 

  1. The applicant’s choice of three works by J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543;  Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532; or Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542.

  2. Andante Sostenuto, from Symphonie Gothiqueby Ch. M. Widor.

  3. A major work of the applicant’s choice, written after 1937. 

  4. ‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling’ set to the tune Hyfrydol as it appears in The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal Church Publishing). Recordings should include a creative introduction and all verses, demonstrating sensitivity to the text.

Local judges — James Barry, Christopher Houlihan and Benjamin Straley — chose the three finalists, who were invited to compete before a live audience at Trinity College Chapel. Each contestant will play a 45-minute recital, open to the public, on the Austin Organ in the Chapel.

Each of three finalists will perform a 45 minute recital with repertoire of their choosing which must include a Bach Trio Sonata and a Franck Chorale. The performance order is:

10:00 a.m. Elena Baquerizo (New York, NY)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Sonata in C minor, op. 65 no. 2

J. S. Bach (1685-1750): Trio Sonata No. 4, BWV 528

César Franck (1822-1890): Chorale No. 3 in A minor, FWV 40

John Weaver (b. 1937): Fantasia for Organ

11:00 a.m. Alexander Pattavina (New York, NY)

Reger (1873-1916): Toccata & Fugue

J. S. Bach (1685-1750): C Minor Trio Sonata

César Franck (1822-1890): E Major Chorale

John Ireland (1879-1962): Capriccio


12:45 p.m. Joseph Russell (Houston, TX)

Basil Harwood (1859-1949): Allegro Maestoso from Sonata No. 1, Op. 5

César Franck (1822-1890): Chorale No. 1 in E Major

J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530

William Grant Still (1895-1978): Reverie

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986): Toccata from Suite, Op. 5

For the hymn-playing competition, each finalist has been assigned a hymn from the The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal Church Publishing) as follows: 

Alex Pattavina (368 REGENT SQUARE) 

Joe Russell (388 HANOVER) 

Elena Baquerizo (518 WESTMINSTER ABBEY) 

The competition will be judged by renowned organists Diane Meredith Belcher, Thomas Murray, and John Rose. Members of the public may choose to attend any or all of the recitals. 

First Prize: $15,000

Second Prize: $7,500

Third Prize: $3,500

David Spicer Hymn Playing Award: $2,500