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Friday, September 11 — 7:30 p.m.
A Celebration Concert opens the festival, featuring the three judges for the competition, who will play selections of their choosing, along with the glorious sounds of the Festival Choir—all under the direction of David Spicer, Minister of Music, and co-founder of the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival. A delightful reception will be held following the concert, and childcare is provided.
Saturday, September 12
High School Division — 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Finalists (competing in random order) are:
Elena Baquerizo of Miami, Florida
Adrian Binkley of Madison, Wisconsin
Aaron Patterson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Young Professional Division — 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.
Monica Czausz of Houston, Texas
Robin Ericksen of Macon, Georgia
Mary Pan of Burlington, Connecticut
Sunday, September 13 — 9:00 a.m. traditional service.
Finalists will participate in the morning’s traditional worship service. They will provide the Prelude, Offertory and Postlude. Finalists will also participate in other area worship services (TBD).
Sunday, September 13 — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
All finalists in both divisions will participate in a masterclass with the judges and awards will be presented.
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) — Dr. Schweitzer was a physician, theologian, musician and philosopher. His writings on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) have been an invaluable resource and inspiration for organists and musicologists. The Nobel Peace Laureate’s ethic of Reverence for Life emphasizes each human being’s responsibility to all forms of life on our planet. This philosophy is the foundation of the programs of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, located at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.