Colin MacKnight is a second year C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where he also received his Bachelorís and Masterís degrees. He studies with Paul Jacobs, Grammy award winner and chair of the organ department. Colin also serves as Assistant Organist at New York Cityís Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue. In addition to his work for the church, Colin is responsible for the music theory program at Saint Thomas Choir School. Before St. Thomas, Colin worked at New York Cityís Church of the Resurrection for four years, first as Organ Scholar and then as Assistant Organist.
A frequent competition prize-winner, Colinís first prizes and scholarships include the 2017 West Chester University International Organ Competition, 2016 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition, 2016 Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition, M. Louise Miller Scholarship from the Greater Bridgeport Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the 2013 Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition, and the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ Scholarship. He also won the New York City AGO Competition and advanced to the Northeast Regional Competition and won first place. As winner of the regional competition, he gave a ďRising StarĒ recital at the AGO National Convention in Houston in June 2016. In October, Colin will be competing in the Canadian International Organ Competition.
Colin also received the Clarence Snyder Third Prize in the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, second place in the 2014 John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition, second place in the 2013 New York City AGO competition, and was a finalist in the 2016 First Presbyterian National Organ Competition in Fort Wayne and the 2015 Taylor Organ Competition in Atlanta. In December of 2016, Colin and composer Jon Cziner were selected for an AGO Student Commissioning Project grant, resulting in Jonís work Fantasy Chorale which Colin premiered in 2017. Colin also received the Fellow Certification from the AGO at the age of 23 and the Associate certification at the age of 20.
Updated July 31, 2017 Portrait Photograph by Andrew McKeon.