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Organ student Samuel Gaskin wins first Schoenstein Competition in Organ Accompaniment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- On Wednesday, May 4, the IU Jacobs School of Music hosted the first Schoenstein Competition in Organ Accompaniment, an event designed to promote the knowledge, appreciation and performance of the organ's role in vocal accompaniment.

Organ Competition Winners 2011
Left to right are Samuel Gaskin, Marko Petricic (competition judge, University of Indianapolis), IU Professor Jeffrey Smith and Matthew Middleton
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The first-place winner, awarded $1,000, is freshman Samuel Gaskin, who studies with Professor Christopher Young. The second-place award of $500 went to graduate student Matthew Middleton, who studies with Professor Janette Fishell.

The competition featured the Fisk-built organ in Auer Hall and the organ department choir under the direction of Visiting Associate Professor Jeffrey Smith, who also coordinated the competition. The performance included works by Purcell, Stanford and Vaughan Williams, along with an Anglican chant, German Chorale and 19th-century hymns.

Dr. Marko Petricic of the University of Indianapolis served as competition judge.

Two prizes were sponsored by the Schoenstein and Co. Organ Builders, San Francisco.