2021 Candidates

Hyeyeon Ahn, South Korea

Hyeyeon Ahn received her master’s degree from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, where she is now pursuing her Konzertexamen under professor Helmut Deutsch. She is the organist at the Schlosskapelle Solitude in Stuttgart.

  • First Prize, Kukmin-Yonungsan Organ Competition (2016)

Bryan Anderson, USA

Bryan Anderson completed his Master’s in organ performance at Rice University in 2018, studying with Ken Cowan. He is currently Director of Music at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Houston, TX.

  • 2nd Prize, Winner of the Firmin Swinnen at the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition (2019)

Ben Bloor, U.K.

Ben Bloor received his music degree with First Class Honours from Oxford, and is currently the organist of the London Oratory Church.

  • First Prize, Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (2012)
  • Second Prize, Boston Bach International Organ Competition (2018)
  • Prize-winning fellow of the Royal College of Organists (2013)

Tyler Boehmer, Canada

Tyler Boehmer is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas, and is the Director of Music at Leavenworth First United Methodist Church. He has future plans to become a university professor.

  • 1st Prize, Miami International Organ Competition (2019)
  • 2nd Prize, Sydney International Organ Competition (2018)
  • 3rd Prize, Shanghai International Organ Competition (2019)
  • Diploma prize at the Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (2017)

Hina Ikawa, Japan

Hina Ikawa holds a master’s degree from the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse, and completed her Konzertexamen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.

  • 1st Prize, Cavaille-Coll International Organ Competition (2016)
  • 1st Audience Prize, Cavaille-Coll International Organ Competition (2016)
  • Audience Prize, Jean-Louis Florentz International Organ Competition (2016)
  • Contemporary Prize at the Gaston Litaize International Organ Competition (2017)

Jeremy Jelinek, USA

Jeremy Jelinek studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, under Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, and Thierry Escaich. He is Principal Organist at St. Dominic Church and Assistant Organist at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

  • 1st Prize, RCYO Quimby Mid-Atlantic Region Competition (2015)
  • 1st Prize, Carol Teti Memorial Organ Competition (2013)

Anastasia Stahl, Russia

Anastasia Stahl studied music at a variety of institutions, most recently the Basel Academy of Music in Switzerland. She performs regularly as a soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician throughout Europe.

  • 1st Prize, International Organ Competition in Dudelange (2019)
  • 2nd Prize, Shanghai International Organ Competition (2019)
  • 3rd Prize, Petr Eben Organ Competition (2018)

Jocelyn Lafond, Canada (Québec)

Jocelyn Lafond is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organ Performance from McGill University. He is the Titular Organist at the Cathedral in his hometown, Saint-Hyacinthe.

  • 1st Prize, Lynwood Farnam Organ Competition (2013)
  • 2nd Prize, Royal Canadian College of Organists National Competition (2019)

Alex Little, U.K

Alex Little is a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, studying with David Higgs. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Merton College, Oxford, where he was organ scholar then assistant organist. He is currently assistant organist at Christ Church Episcopal, Rochester.

  • 3rd Prize, Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (2018)
  • Bach Prize at the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (2018)

Andrew Morris, USA

Andrew Morris is pursuing a Masters in Organ Performance under James Higdon at the University of Kansas. He is the organist at the Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • 3rd Prize, Tariverdiev International Organ Competition (2019)

Seona Mun, South Korea

Seona Mun is pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Detmold Hochschule für Musik in Germany, under Prof. Dr. Martin Sander.

  • 1st Prize, Second Organ Competition of The Korean Association of Organists (2012)
  • 1st Prize, Fourth Kikmin Ilbo & Youngsan Art Hall Organ Competition (2011)

Justin Murphy-Mancini, USA

Justin Murphy-Mancini is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, and holds a Ph.D. in Composition from UC San Diego. He is the Director of Music for the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, in Newburyport Massachusetts.

  • 2nd Prize, Arthur Poister Organ Competition (2011)

Tom Rioult, France

Tom Rioult is co-titular organist at the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre in Lisieux, where he also teaches organ at the conservatory.

  • 1st Prize, Kurt Bossler International Organ Competition (2016)
  • 2nd Prize, St. Alban’s International Organ Competition (2017)
  • 2nd Prize, Northern Ireland International Organ Competition (2017)

Brandon Santini, USA

Brandon Santini is the Director of Music at the Parish of St. Theresa of Avila in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, and is on the piano faculty at the South Short Conservatory in Hingham, MA. He currently studies with Christian Lane.

  • 2nd Prize, Boston Chapter AGO Organ Competition (2007)
  • 3rd Prize, Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (2010)

Aaron Tan, Canada / Philippines

Aaron Tan is currently studying at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, and is the Organ Scholar at the Church of the Resurrection, New York City. He also holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Michigan.

  • 1st Prize, AGO National Young Artists competition (2018)

Piao Zhen, China

Zhen Piao is a third-year DMA student at the Eastman School of Music, studying under William Porter. He enjoys working with and promoting new music for the organ.

  • 1st Prize, Lynwood Farnam Organ Competition (2019)
  • 2nd Prize, Shanghai International Organ Competition (2017)