I would like to welcome and thank the 20 new young members who joined the Hong Kong Chapter in the last year. You have helped us win the prize of US$1,000 in the Year of the Young Organists initiative set out by the Headquarters. We came first in the small chapters category.
While the Executive Committee is working on organizing events for the coming season, we would like to “meet” with you all (both new and returning, young and not-as-young members) in a zoom gathering. It is just for social purposes. We sincerely hope that you would join us on this occasion, and for our upcoming in-person events.
Looking forward: Saturday, October 1, 2022, 9:30 pm
As part of the Year of the Young Organist initiative, the worldwide network of AGO held a contest for which chapters attracted the most new young organist members. Our Hong Kong chapter came first in the small size chapter category, with 20 new young members joining this year.
This influx of young organists is surely encouraging, not only to us as part of the AGO, but to the wider organ playing scene in Hong Kong as well. Here’s to a bright future to the King of Instruments in the city of Hong Kong.
The “Organ Academy for Adults” is a summer program for keyboard players over the age of 18 who want to learn to play the organ, or for those who already have some acquaintances on the instrument. It is designed for those who have achieved at least an intermediate level of keyboard proficiency. Previous organ study is not required; beginners are welcome. This month-long summer organ academy will include:
One-to-one individual lessons (60 mins x 4) on pipe organs
Practice sessions on pipe organs
Workshops on a variety of topics, including an introduction to the mechanism of a pipe organ
Two site visits to venues with pipe organs
Final Students’ Recital
Instructors: Ryan Chan, Chere Ko, Helon Kwan, Anne Lam, Andy Ng, Elizabeth H. Wong
Program Fee: HKD 5,800 (with a refund of HKD1,800 for participants who maintain a minimum of 80% attendances of lessons, workshops and site visits)
2022 marks the 200th anniversary of Franck’s birth. To celebrate, the Hong Kong Chapter, American Guild of Organists will be organizing a virtual performance of Franck’s Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18. Participating members will play and record a short section of the piece, and the combined result we be uploaded to AGOHK’s social media pages. This project is currently opened to AGOHK members only.
Sign up now! The deadline for signing up will be 20 Feb 2022. Once we have the list of performers finalized, we will draw up a list of who will play which set of bars and contact each participant regarding the details.
Hong Kong Chapter, The American Guild of Organists, is proud to announce the prize winners of the “2021 Young Organist Competition”. The prize winners are,
✷ First Prize (HK$5,000): Carlos Li ✷ Second Prize (HK$3,000): Zoe Lei ✷ Third Prize (HK$2,000): Ivan Leung
The three finalists played stunningly in the Final Round, which was held in the evening of August 1st, 2021 (Sunday) at the Concert Hall of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The venue was filled with enthusiastic and supportive audiences for the night. Program and snapshots of the Final Round are available at the following links,
The Hong Kong Chapter is deeply grateful for the adjudicators of the Final Round of the competition. Judges for the Final Round were Professor David Gwilt (Emeritus Professor of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Dr. Chiu Siu Ling (Former Instructor of Organ, The Chinese University of Hong Kong & Hong Kong Baptist University).
In addition, the Chapter is also extremely appreciative of the tremendous support from the donors of the “2021 Young Organist Competition”. Our donors include,
Ms. Alice Chan Professor Johnny Poon Mrs. Deborah Serianni
C.B. Fisk, Inc. – First Prize (HK$5,000) Ms. L.K. Chan – Second Prize (HK$3,000) Mr. & Mrs. Roger Lee – Third Prize (HK$2,000)
The Competition Committee would like to congratulate all prize winners and extend a warm thank you to those who have participated in this competition. We look forward to seeing you in the next “Young Organist Competition” in 2024!
Competition Committee, Hong Kong Chapter, The American Guild of Organists