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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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IU Jacobs School of Music student wins national organ competition

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July 21, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Dongho Lee, a doctoral student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the biennial National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance July 6 in Washington, D.C.

The competition is sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.

In addition to the $3,000 and $1,000 cash prizes, respectively, Lee will record a CD on the Pro Organo label and will receive concert management from Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. for two years. She already has eight recitals scheduled in the coming year.

"Dongho played with tremendous poise, control and an abundance of energy," said IU Professor of Music Christopher Young, her current teacher. "She excelled in the lyrical aspects of organ playing, and her vivacious personality was evident throughout. Her reading of Hermann Berlinski's Burning Bush was brilliant, visceral and stunningly virtuosic from stem to stern. Dongho is a terrific performer and will captivate and engage audiences everywhere."

Lee submitted a live recording for acceptance into the NYACOP then was one of seven contestants selected nationally based on a recorded round. She was selected as one of three finalists based on a live semi-final round performance held at Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka, Ill., where the seven semi-finalists played on a new Martin Pasi mechanical (tracker) action organ.

The music for each round was prescribed by the competition, with each contestant playing the same repertoire.

Lee is the second student of Christopher Young's to win the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance in six years; Yoon-Mi Lim won the competition in 2004.

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