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Jacobs Scholar Katie Minion wins national competition for organists

April 5, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Congratulations to undergraduate Jacobs Scholar Katie Minion, winner of the Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing, a prestigious national competition for organists under the age of 30. Minion is a student of Professor Janette Fishell, chair of the Jacobs School Organ Department.

One of the leading competitions in the United States, the competition was created in 1976 in honor of Poister's many years of teaching on the collegiate level. Poister was one of the leading organ pedagogues of his day, teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music for nearly twenty years and later at Syracuse University. The competition, held annually in Syracuse, NY, is sponsored by the Syracuse chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

"To have won the Poister competition is a great honor," said Minion. "I'm thankful for the abilities God has given me and the opportunity I have to develop as a musician here at the Jacobs School of Music. Learning from so many great musicians at IU and being around the other music students has been and continues to be an inspiration to me."

"It is a special thrill to experience this kind of success so early in one's study and the entire JSoM Organ Department is happy for Katie," said Fishell. "She works consistently hard and always takes the initiative in her learning. She will be a fine representative of the Poister Competition's lofty goals."

Previous first-place winners include Jacobs School of Music Professor Chris Young, Alan Morrison (Curtis faculty), and David Enlow (Juilliard faculty). Minion is one of only a few undergraduates ever to have won the competition in its nearly 40 year history. The prize includes a cash award and a recital in Syracuse this fall.

About Katie Minion

From Bolingbrook, Ill. and a recipient of numerous awards, Minion was the first winner of the George Williams Scholarship for Organ at the Music Institute of Chicago. She was selected as one of five national finalists in the Cameron Johnson Memorial High School Organ Competition, and was a first-place winner in the Bob Jones University High School Fine Arts Festival Organ Competition. Also an accomplished violinist, violist and harpsichordist, Minion was concertmaster for the Great Lakes Festival Symphony Orchestra.