I was three years out of grad school when the 1986 Ninth Organ-Playing Competition of the Ruth and Clarence Mader Foundation was announced.
The required repertoire was intriguing — all music from the 20th century. All competitors were to learn the new Sonata en trio by Jean Guillou, one of the most technically-demanding works I have every learned. And then there were three other groupings of pieces, from which the competitors could choose the rest of their repertoire.
I remember learning the pieces for a May 1986 faculty recital at Occidental College. With pieces from that recording, I entered the preliminary round of the competition.
That fall, as the final competition drew near, Cherry Rhodes and I talked and came to the prudent conclusion that it would be advantageous for me to have a few coaching sessions with her. The final competition had three finalists perform the repertoire as a formal evening concert at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. It was thrilling to be named First Place Winner.
at 7:00 PM
- James Walker, 1st Place
- Mickey Thomas Terry, 2nd Place
- Charles A. Sundquist, 3rd Place
- Judges for the Finals
- Jean Guillou
- James Hopkins
- Leonard Raver
- Judges for the Preliminary Round
- Catharine Crozier
- Norberto Guinaldo
- Paul Sifler
- James Walker program
- Johann Nepomuk DavidChoralwerk no. 31, volume 5: “Wach auf, wach auf, du deutsches Land”
- Jean GuillouSonata en trio
- Maurice DurufléSicilienne from Suite, opus 5
- Calvin HamptonConcerto for Organ Solo