Czausz Wins National Organ Competition
January 29 at Oklahoma City University, there was a
national competition for high-school-aged organ students. By unanimous
decision of the judges, the
winner was Monica Czausz of Chicopee, a student of Peter Beardsley.
She played the Bach G-Major Trio Sonata (complete), the first movement of Vierne III, and
the hymn Lobet den
Herren with an elaborate introduction, modulation, and free
accompaniment. She is pictured
here at the 1968 Holtkamp organ in the chapel at Oklahoma City
A junior at Chicopee High School, Monica is also the Organist and
Choir Director at St. Paul's
Church in Holyoke. She is a member of Springfield Symphony Chorus
and the Springfield Chapter AGO, and is involved in many other
musical activities both in and out of school.
Because of airport delays due to weather, Monica arrived in Oklahoma
in the middle of the night. The next day, she won the competition
and, that evening, presented the winner's recital in the University
Chapel, on which she also played the Duruflé Veni
Creator. There was a substantial cash prize for the winner, and the
promise of a scholarship should Monica decide to attend college
Monica played the first in a series of recitals dedicating the
renovated Austin organ of Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, on
7:30 Friday evening, February 25.