Experience the sound of the Theatre Pipe Organ

To encourage continuing interest and experience in creating music suited to the theatre pipe organ, GSTOS is sponsoring a musical composition competition among our members.

The theme is The Grandeur of the Theatre Pipe Organ

Any GSTOS member is eligible to participate by presenting an original musical composition which would run 3-5 minutes when played. The style is a piece which could be played as a curtain riser or finale. No recording of the piece is required. No lyrics are needed. Anyone who is not currently a member can become one by joining the Garden State Theatre Organ Society on www.gstos.org.

There will be two categories:  Students and Non-Students.

Three judges from outside the GSTOS membership will review the materials submitted and decide on a winning composition from each of the categories, both student and non-student.

The winner in each category will receive a $1000 award.

In addition the piece will be played by the composer or, if he/she so prefers, by another organist, as part of a public or private event, when conditions allow for a gathering. The composer will receive additional compensation for that performance. 

The composers retain the rights to their compositions, with the exception that GSTOS may use the winning composition at any future event without cost.

1)   Register to enter by sending your name by email or mail to Cathy Martin at cathymartin2424@gmail.com or 225 S. New Jersey Ave., Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849.

2)   You will be assigned a code which you will attach to your composition when you submit it for review. No name is to be attached to the composition.

3)   Submit the composition to Cathy Martin who will then forward it without any personal identifiers, other than your code, to the judges.

4)   All submissions must be received by Cathy Martin by mail or email by October 31, 2020.

5)   Judges will review the compositions and give GSTOS officers their conclusions. The winners will be announced by December 10. Judges decision is final.