Dordt College News

Horton wins international organ competition

September 20, 2007


Dordt College’s director of keyboard studies, Dr. Robert Horton, was the winner of this year’s Mikhail Tariverdiev International Organ Competition, held recently in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Dr. Horton was awarded both first place and the audience award in the international competition. As the top organist, he was presented cash prizes, a trophy crafted from the Baltic amber mined in that region, a handcrafted model ship, and a prestigious invitation to present solo concerts this year at the Siberian International Organ Festival, the St. Jacobi Lirche in Lubeck, and Moscow’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Horton qualified for the finals in this worldwide competition after being the only U.S. organist selected to participate in a preliminary round of 12 competitors at Worcester, MA. A Canadian organist and Horton were selected at that time to advance to the finals in Kaliningrad, Russia, in September.


Dr. Horton was also invited in June of this year to participate in the Seventh International Schnitger Organ Competition on the two famous organs of the Grote Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar, the Netherlands.

In 2004, he placed second in Gruenstein competition, and third in the 2004 international Orgelconcours Nijmegen. In 2001, he placed first in the John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition, the Arthur Poister Competition in Organ Playing, and the AGO Greater Kansas City Chapter Divisional Competition.

As a professor of music at Dordt College, Dr. Horton is the director of keyboard studies and teaches church music, music history and aural skills. He earned his D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) in organ study at the University of Kansas; his Master of Music in organ at Northwestern University; and his Bachelor of Arts in Eastern Asian Studies at Cornell University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Conservatoire National de Region de Toulouse, and studied Japanese language and culture at Stanford Kyoto Japan Center.

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