Now in its 23rd season, the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford brings some of the world’s best young organists to Hartford to perform – and compete – on the renowned 4,429-pipe Austin organ at Trinity College Chapel. The Festival includes two concerts by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra on September 27 & 29, and a professional competition on September 28 in which finalists compete for $28,500 in prize money. All events take place at Trinity College Chapel, 300 Summit Street, Hartford. Complete Festival and parking details are at

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Young Professional Organ Competition and Choral Evensong

All events on Saturday, September 28 are free and open to the public. An enthusiastic audience makes the competition all the more exciting!

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Young Professional Competition: Each of 3 finalists, chosen from a pool of international applicants, performs a 45-minute solo recital, competing for $26,000 in prize money. 

10:00 a.m., Elena Baquerizo 

11:00 a.m., Alexander Pattavina

12:45 p.m., Joseph Russell.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Winner's Recital: The First Prize winner plays a solo recital.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Choral Evensong - All are welcome. The Festival Choir, directed by Vaughn Mauren and Scott Lamlein, presents music from the English cathedral tradition, accompanied by organist the Rev. Benjamin Straley. Choral music by Radcliffe, Stanford, and Gardiner.

6:00 p.m. – Hymn Playing Competition: The three finalists compete for the $2500 David Spicer Hymn Playing Award. 


  • Occurs Saturday, September 28th, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm


Trinity College Chapel

300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106


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