Our 21st Annual L. Cameron Johnson Memorial Organ Competition for High School Students,was held on May 17, 2014 at Storrs Congregational Church on the campus of the University of Connecticut.
FIRST PLACE WINNER ALEXANDER PATTAVINA is a 2010 graduate of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School where he began his organ studies with John Dunn under the Young Organists Initiative Scholarship. He has continued his organ studies with Philip Jones. In 2011, Alex earned his AGO Service Playing Certificate and in 2013, his AGO Colleague Certificate. Last fall, he was awarded second place in the national 2013 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition. He received second place in the 2013 Boston Chapter AGO Quimby Competition and finished third in 2011. He placed third in our Northeastern Connecticut Chapter AGO L. Cameron Johnson Competition in 2012.
Alex was appointed Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Church,Harvard Square, in 2011 and Assistant Organist at St. Joseph Parish,Needham,Massachusetts in 2013. Alex is included in recital series featuring premiere organists of Boston and Southeastern Massachusetts and he performs piano concerts at assisted living facilities and other venues. He is also a singer and accompanist for the AP Harmony division of Boston City Singers.
Alex is a senior at Thayer Academy in Braintree and resides in Stoughton, Massachusetts. In the fall, he will begin organ studies at The Juilliard School with Paul Jacobs.
The First Prize of $1500.00 was awarded to Alex by the Storrs Congregational Church.
THE SECOND PRIZE WINNER IS RICHARD GRESS. The Second Place Prize of $750.00 was donated by The Greater Hartford and Northeastern Connecticut Chapters of the AGO.
THE THIRD PRIZE WINNER IS JULIAN PETRALLIA. His Third Place Prize of $300.00 was donated by Johannus Organ Company.
Judges for the competition were Andrew Kotylo, Anne Laver and Matthew Provost. Andrew is the 1995 winner of our competition.
2000 - Thatcher Lyman
2001 - No prize awarded
2002 - No prize awarded
2003 - Malcolm Ross Matthews
2011 - Mary Pan
2012 - Monica Czausz
2013 - David Heinze
2014- Alexander Pattavina
Storrs Congregational Church
C.B. Fisk, Opus 81
2014 - L. Cameron Johnson Competition Winners & Judges
Left to right: Back Row: Andrew Kotylo, Anne Laver, Matthew Provost. Front Row: Alexander Pattavina, Julian Petrallia, Richard Gress.
Application information for the 2015 competition is available from Patricia Snyder by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to Storrs Congregational Church, 2 N. Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06268, Attn: Patricia Snyder.