From those successful in the semi-final round selection, up to three finalists will be chosen by April 30 in the competition year to compete in the Final Round Competition. In 2024, this final round will be held on Wednesday July 10th, 7:30pm at St George’s Anglican Church, Oshawa.
The competition program will consist of:
- J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 531 (any edition)
- a Canadian organ composition of difficulty comparable to Level 10 or ARCT (Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto)
- leading the singing of a hymn that will be provided to finalists. Note that this portion of the competition will also require accompaniment of a cantor and limited liturgical improvisation.
Finalists will be notified by April 30 and provided with the specifications of the final round organ, as well as a copy of the hymn/service playing selections. Each finalist will be provided with three hours’ practice time on the competition organ, to take place in up to two separate sessions on July 9 and/or 10.
Upon notification of finalist status, and by May 15th at the latest, finalists will:
- Accept or decline the invitation to participate in the final round competition
- Provide a photograph and one-paragraph biography for publication
- Provide the title(s), and three temporary copies of their “own-choice” selection(s) for the final round program
- Provide an up-to-date resumé, including past teachers and colleagues – N.B. This information is used in assembling an impartial jury for the final competition round. It will NOT be used in the selection of finalists; no one referred to will be contacted by SICM, and no information will be published.
The candidate alone will be responsible for registration, but a page turner will be provided.
A jury of three adjudicators chaired by the visiting organ instructor of that year’s session of the Summer Institute of Church Music will decide how (and if) to award the prizes.
The decision of the jury is final; the right to withhold awarding prizes is reserved if the jury feels that adequate standards are not maintained.