Dordt College News

Horton claims prizes in national organ competition

July 11, 2006


Dr. Robert Horton was awarded two prizes for his performance in the final round of an organ competition held at the American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Convention in Chicago July 2–6. Horton was awarded third prize in AGO’s Young Artist Competition, and was also awarded The Reger Prize, for the best performance of music by composer Max Reger.

Horton, Sioux Center, is an assistant professor of music at Dordt College, where he teaches organ, church music, music history and aural skills. He was selected as a national finalist at a regional competition held in Des Moines last May.

Dr. Horton earned his D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) in organ study at the University of Kansas. A Fulbright Scholar at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, he earned his Master of Music in organ/organ study at Cornell University. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies-Organ and harpsichord study at Stanford Japan Center, Kyoto, Japan.

The American Guild of Organists is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. The purpose of the AGO is to promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles, to encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music, and to provide a forum for mutual support, inspiration, education, and certification of guild members.

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