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Georgia Teen Wins 4th Annual OCU Organ Competition
A high school organist from Georgia won first place in Oklahoma City University’s fourth annual organ competition. A record 14 competitors from 11 states competed in the daylong event, co-sponsored by OCU’s Bass School of Music and by the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Guild of Organists. "The competition was an enormous success thanks to the hard work and preparation of the competitors,” said Timothy Olsen, university organist,. “Their dedication to their preparation and the support of their families are vital to the success of a competition such as this.” Bryan Anderson, a junior from Stockbridge, Ga., won the Wanda L. Bass First Prize and the Antone Godding Hymn Prize. In addition to $!,800 in prize money, Anderson played a recital with Olsen in OCU’s Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on the evening of his victory. He is a student of Sarah L. Martin. Janet Yieh, a sophomore from Alexandria, Va., took second place. She is a student of Dr. John Walker. Jacob Taylor, a senor from Deschler, Ohio, was awarded third. He is a student of Randolph Currie. The competition went all day Saturday. The winner of the hymn prize and First prize played on recital with Olsen. Judges were Timothy Marek, professor of organ at Southern Nazarene University, and organ doctoral candidates Craig Sproat, from University of Oklahoma, and So-Jung Park, of University of North Texas. “It was also wonderful to see the original goal of the competition -- to establish camaraderie and friendships among young organists - come to fruition,” Olsen said. “The competitors were very supportive of and complimentary to each other."