The 2014 Schoenstein Competition in Hymn Playing

First Prize $3000
Second Prize $1000
Applications and Recorded Round deadline: March 20, 2014
Final Round: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
(one day before the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, in Boston)
Christ Church, Cambridge, MA: III/43 2006 Schoenstein Organ

Rules (PDF) and Application Forms (PDF)

or contact Dr. Stuart Forster at



Hymn Playing by Dr. Stuart Forster

Christ Church Cambridge

To promote the value of excellence in hymn playing, the 2014 Schoenstein Competition in Hymn Playing has just been announced to coincide with the release by MorningStar Music Publishers of the book Hymn Playing: A Modern Colloquium by Stuart Forster. Organists born on or after March 20, 1981, are invited to apply. The application should include live recordings of the applicant playing hymns with a congregation singing, and must be received by March 20, 2014. The final round will be held at Christ Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014, the day before the National Convention begins in Boston for the American Guild of Organists. The public is invited to sing in the congregation during the final round. Finalists will play the 2006 III/43 Schoenstein organ at Christ Church, Cambridge, MA. First prize will be $3000 and second prize will be $1000.