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  James David Christie, organist
2017 International Performer of the Year Award winner

We are delighted to announce that James David Christie has been chosen by the membership to be the winner of the 2017 International Performer of the Year Award. We had a superb slate of finalists and the race was extremely close. It also saw the highest level of participation from the Chapter, which is always encouraging. Jim will be the twenty-first winner of the coveted award, which was created in 1978 to recognize excellence in organ performance and to increase public awareness of the organ and its performers. The award is considered by many to be the highest honor given to organists by a professional musicians' guild in the United States.

Jim is well known to many of us in the AGO and the national and international organ scenes. He has performed, literally, around the world with symphony orchestras and period instrument ensembles as well as in solo recitals. He was the 1979 First Prize winner of the Bruges (Belgium) International Organ Competition and was the first American to win First Prize in this prestigious competition as well as the first person in the competition’s eighteen-year history to win both the First Prize and the Prize of the Audience.

Dr. Christie was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the New England School of Law for his outstanding contributions to the musical life of Boston and the New England Conservatory honored him with their Outstanding Alumni Award. He has served on international organ competition juries in Paris, St. Omer-Wasquehal, Chartres, Biarritz, Béthune, St. Albans, Amsterdam, Lübeck, Bordeaux, Dublin, Worcester, Calgary, Montréal, Columbus, Dallas, Leipzig, Erfurt, Weimar, Merseburg, Speyer, Tokyo, Moscow, Kaliningrad, Astana, Lausanne, Pistoia, Boston, Bruges and several others.

He holds positions as Chair and Professor of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio, Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., and serves as College Organist at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.. He has served as organist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1978. He has previously held positions at Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, M.I.T. and Boston University.

Dr. Christie will be presented in recital at a future date.


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