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Friday, September 5— 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.
An offering will be received. Childcare is available for ages 8 and under.
A reception will follow.
Saturday, September 6
High School Division — 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
First Place - Clara Gerdes of Davidson, North Carolina
Second Place - Alexander Pattavina of Stoughton, Massachusetts
Third Place - Richard Gress of Newmarket, New Hampshire
Young Professional Division — 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.
First Place - Nicholas Quardokus of Bridgman, Michigan
Second Place - Brian Glikes of Rochester, New York
Third Place - Evan Cogswell of Glastonbury, Connecticut
David Spicer Hymn Playing Award
Winner - Nicholas Quardokus of Bridgman, Michigan Honorable Mention - Evan Cogswell of Glastonbury, Connecticut
Sunday, September 7 — 8:45 a.m. traditional service.
Finalists will participate in the morning’s traditional worship service. They will provide the Prelude, Offertory and Postlude.
Sunday, September 7 — 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
All finalists in both divisions will participate in a masterclass with the judges in the Meetinghouse of First Church of Christ, 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.