Schweitzer Organ Festival 2016

2016 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Competition Winners

By Phillip Truckenbrod

Colin MacKnight, a doctoral student at The Juilliard School, won the top prize in this year’s Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford organ performance competition in the Young Professional division. He also won the Prize of the Audience for that division.

Winner of the festival’s High School division of the competition was Katherine Johnson of North Carolina, age 16. The Audience Prize for the High School division went to Martin Jones, a student at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

The 19th annual season of the Festival’s performance competition in organ took place at Trinity College in Hartford. Judges were Isabelle Demers, Organ Professor at Baylor University in Texas, Faythe Freese, Organ Professor at the University of Alabama, and Christopher Houlihan, a widely known concert artist.