National Competition in Organ Accompaniment in January 2022
David Heinze, left, won first place in the Jan. 8 National Competition in Organ Accompaniment sponsored by our chapter. Jerrick Cavagnaro, right, won second place.
Other finalists chosen for the live competiton were Jordan Prescott, second from left, and Rees Roberts.
Heinze is associate director of music at Grace Church in Providence, RI. Cavagnaro serves as assistant director of music and organist at Christ Church in Charlotte, NC.
The competition at St. Paul’s K Street was organized by chapter treasurer Rob Church and St. Paul's music director, Dr. Jeffrey Smith.
Most organ competitions focus on solo organ repertoire and not on what most organists do on Sunday mornings-- which is to accompany a choir and play hymns.
An eight-member professional choir was engaged for the program. Judges were professor Thomas Murray, Dr. John Walker and Michael McCarthy of the National Cathedral.