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KU Hosts Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition

April 18, 2012

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University hosts the second Annual Level 2 Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition on Friday, April 27, at 9 a.m. in the Georgian Room of Old Main with assistance from KU music professor and legendary organists, Dr. Ina Slater Grapenthin, Dr. Robert Tall and Dan Miller. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

In the morning, the eight finalists will play a 20-minute program of their own choosing. At 12:30 p.m., the top three participants will be announced. Later that evening, at 7 p.m., these three will compete for the title. Finalists will be competing for prizes ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 as well as additional performance opportunities throughout the United States.

Winner of the Level 1 competition, 15-year old Jennifer Shin, of Newport Beach, California, will be in attendance and will perform for the audience.

In March, the finalists from the level 1 competition were invited to compete and perform with more advanced organ students in the level 2 competition. This is the first year the organization had two levels of competition with the hope that they can encourage younger organists to compete.

Rodgers established the competition in 2011 to identify and encourage the next generation emerging organists.

The seven participants include Joshua Dumbleton, 33, of Raleigh, NC; Jung Jin Kim, 32, of Austin, TX;  Samuel Nelson, 24, of Lynn, MA; Brenda Portman, 31, of Cincinnati, OH; HyoJin Song, 31, of Austin, Texas; YangSun Yu, 34, of Fort Worth, TX; and Gregory Zelek, 20, of New York.

This event is free and public is encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact University Relations at 610-683-4180.