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Pipe Dreams

The Rochester chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) is proud to present Pipe Dreams: a documentary that follows five young organists as they compete in Canada’s prestigious International Organ Competition (CIOC). As one of the largest organ competitions in the world, Montreal-based movie director Stacey Tenenbaum set out to document the relationship between organ and organist as each competitor pushes themselves over the course of several rounds to achieve their own peak musical and technical perfection.

Pipe Dreams has close ties to the Rochester area in that multiple organists from the Eastman organ department have competed (and won) in the CIOC competition in past years. Eastman doctoral candidate and organist Thomas Gaynor, who competed in the competition at the time of the filming, will be available after the movie for a brief Q+A session.

More information on the organ competition can be found here: