March 23, 2004

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KU sophomore wins $2,000 second prize in national student organist competition

LAWRENCE -- Jared Ostermann, University of Kansas sophomore in organ performance from Lawrence, won the $2,000 second prize at the fourth annual Augustana Arts/Reuter National Undergraduate Organ Competiton. Winners of the three-day contest, held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, were announced at a winner's concert and hymn festival March 14 at the church.

The competition offered more than $8,000 in prizes provided by Reuter Organ Co. of Lawrence with promotional assistance from the Denver chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Ostermann was one of four student organists who were selected from among 18 entrants who submitted tapes or CDs and were flown to Denver for the March 12 through 14 event. Winner of the $5,000 first prize was Jeffrey Wood, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. Two honorable mention $500 prize winners were Chelsea Chen, Juilliard School in New York City, N.Y., and Eric Gunderson, Utah State University at Logan.

Students played four selections each, two required and two of their choosing, a romantic or contemporary work and a Bach work. Required numbers were Handel's Concerto in B-flat Major, Op. 4, No. 2, and a hymn, "Glories of Your Name Are Spoken." Ostermann chose to play Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major and the First Movement from Vierne's Symphony No. 2.

Ostermann, who was home schooled, is the son of Charlotte and Russell Ostermann. Russell Ostermann is a KU associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering. Jared Ostermann has studied with Michael J. Bauer, KU professor of organ and church music, for the past three years and is assistant organist at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at KU. Ostermann plans to study abroad next year in Austria with Peter Planyavsky, professor of organ and improvisation at the University for Music and Drama at Vienna, and later to do graduate work in organ performance and church music.

He will perform the Bach and Vierne pieces from the Denver competition in addition to other selections at a student organ recital at 7:30 p.m. May 7 at Bales Organ Recital Hall at KU. The program is free and open to the public.


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