International Performer of the Year Award

The NYCAGO International Performer of the Year Award was created in 1978 to recognize excellence in organ performance and to increase public awareness of the organ and its performers. Robert Noehren was the first recipient (in 1978) of the award, which has continued for most but not all years following. The award is considered by many to be the highest honor given to organists by a professional musicians’ guild in the United States.

Click on the names below to view biographical information and programs.

RecipientRecital Venue
1978Robert NoehrenAlice Tully Hall
1979Catharine CrozierAlice Tully Hall
1981Gillian WeirAlice Tully Hall
1982Jean GuillouThe Riverside Church
1983David CraigheadTrinity Church, Wall Street
1984Marie-Claire AlainSaint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
1985Luigi F. TagliaviniSaint Michael's Church (Episcopal)
1986Thomas MurrayCathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
1987Simon PrestonAlice Tully Hall
1988Marilyn MasonThe Riverside Church
1997Robert GlasgowChurch of the Holy Family (Roman Catholic)
1998John ScottChurch of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal)
1999Jon GillockThe Riverside Church
2002Frederick SwannThe Riverside Church
2005John WeaverSaint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
2009Olivier LatryChurch of Saint Ignatius Loyola
2010Gerre Hancock
2011Stephen TharpChurch of Saint Mary the Virgin
2012Thomas TrotterThe Riverside Church
2015Daniel RothChurch of St. Francis Xavier
2019Joan Lippincott
2021Paul Jacobs
2023Philippe Lefebvre
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Distinguished Career Award

The NYCAGO Distinguished Career Award was created in 2016 to honor people for exemplary service to the organ, choral music, and related fields.

Click on the name below to view biographical information and programs.

RecipientPresentation Venue
2016Diane BishMarble Collegiate Church
2018Steven Lawson
2020Lawrence Trupiano
2022Wilma JensenThe Actor's Chapel
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