2015 Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the second Taylor Organ Competition that took place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Final Round Judges were Joan Lippincott, Alan Morrison, and Christopher Young. Judges for the CD Round were Joby Bell, Roberta Gary, and Martin Jean.

 

FIRST PRIZE
Nicholas Capozzoli
$10,000 award and a solo recital in Atlanta

Nicholas Capozzoli  
Nicholas Capozzoli  

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Nicholas Capozzoli is a fourth-year student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studies organ with James David Christie and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins. Nicholas also studied with distinguished visiting professor of organ, Marie-Louise Langlais in the Fall Semester of 2012. He received his initial organ training through the Pittsburgh Organ Academy of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the AGO (American Guild of Organists) and studied under the tutelage of Richard Pinkerton. He is the first-place winner of several competitions including the 2013 Region III AGO/Quimby Competition, Pittsburgh Concert Society Audition for Young Organists, and Carol Tetti Memorial Organ Competition. Nicholas is the recipient of various scholarships, including the M. Louise Miller Scholarship and numerous NPM (National Association of Pastoral Musicians) scholarships. He has participated in organ and harpsichord masterclasses conducted by Jane Parker-Smith, Davitt Moroney, Robert Hill, and Ton Koopman and has performed in several esteemed venues including St. Paul Cathedral (Pittsburgh, PA), Heinz Chapel (Pittsburgh, PA), St. Peter Cathedral (Erie, PA), St. Patrick Catholic Church (Washington, DC), Church of the Covenant (Cleveland, OH), Old South Church (Boston, MA), and the Musée des Augustins (Toulouse, France). Nicholas presented recitals at the 2013 NPM Convention in Washington, DC and the 2014 AGO National Convention in Boston, MA as a “Rising Star.” He was also a featured recitalist in the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival “L’Organo Series” in Charleston, SC. In January 2014, Nicholas joined Oberlin’s organ department in a tour of major churches and pipe organs in Bordeaux, Paris, and Toulouse. As an aspiring church musician, Nicholas was selected as the Sacred Music Intern at the prestigious Brick Presbyterian Church (New York, NY) and the highly regarded Ss. Peter and Paul Church (Naperville, IL), working under the direction of Keith Tóth and Matthew Sprinkle, respectively. He currently serves as organist at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village, OH. Nicholas is an increasingly active harpsichordist and continuo player, and in his fifth year at Oberlin, he will pursue a Master of Music in Historical Performance.

 

SECOND PRIZE
Alcee Chriss III
$5,000 award

Alcee Chriss III  
Alcee Chriss III  

Alcee Chriss III has performed throughout the United States and France and is emerging as an outstanding young concert artist of virtuosity and versatility. He has won top prizes at international and national competitions, receiving First Prize and Audience Prize in the Miami International Organ Competition, 2014; he also took top prize in the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition 2013, held in Wethersfield Connecticut. Winner of the 2013 Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organist in Austin, Texas, Mr. Chriss will perform as a “Rising Star” at the AGO National Convention in Boston, MA during the summer of 2014. Alcee spent January 2014 in France studying historic organs and repertoire and performed in a concert at the Musée des Augustins.
     Alcee is a student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he is pursuing a bachelor of music degree in organ performance and a masters degree in historical keyboard. At Oberlin, he has studied organ with James David Christie, Olivier Latry, and has had studies in improvisation with Marie-Louise Langlais. He has studied harpsichord and continuo playing with Webb Wiggins and Hank Knox. He served as the 2011 Organ Scholar at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas, TX, where he studied church music under Joel Martinson. He has performed in such venues as the Myerson Symphony Center, Kennedy Center, Cathedral Shrine de Guadalupe, Caruth Auditorium, and St. Paul’s Lutheran in Austin TX among others. He currently serves as minister of music at the historic Euclid Avenue Congregational Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
     In addition to his organ and harpsichord studies, Alcee is active as a continuo player, conductor and jazz pianist.