Dexter Kennedy: Grand Prix de Chartres

Dexter Kennedy has won the Grand Prize of Interpretation in the 24th International Organ Competition Grand Prix de Chartres. Arguably the most prestigious organ competition in the world, the competition was in held in Paris on the organs of the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Regional, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique, and the final round was held on the great organ of Notre Dame Cathedral. Over 60 organists of 20 various nationalities submitted application tapes for this competition, and 22 were accepted to compete in the live rounds. The Grand Prix de Chartres carries a cash prize, but more importantly 30+ recital engagements all over Europe, including appearances in France, Spain, Germany, Iceland, Russia, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. Dexter Kennedy is the first American organist to win this award since 1996.

New Appointment at The College of Wooster

Dexter Kennedy is excited to announce his appointment as Instructor of Organ (Adjunct) at the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. The college is a small liberal arts school with a vibrant music department, offering the degrees Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and a Bachelor in Music Education in Music Therapy. Kennedy will teach predominantly secondary organ students, both from inside and outside of the music department.

New Happenings

Dexter Kennedy has been given a full scholarship to return to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music to pursue an Artist Diploma. Additionally, he has been appointed the Assistant Organist of Christ Church Grosse Pointe, where he will serve as the principal accompanist for three Sunday Choral liturgies and teach the novice boy and girl choristers. His appointment at Christ Church begins with the Choir of Men and Boys’ July tour to England and Wales.

Kennedy Takes Third Prize at the Westfield International Organ Competition


Dexter Kennedy recently was awarded the Third Prize at the 2013 Westfield International Organ Competition. The competition consisted of a tape pre-selection, from which 12 competitors were selected to compete in three live rounds. The organists of the live rounds hailed from seven different countries. The competition was held in Rochester and Ithaca, NY, and was sponsored by the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Instruments.

New Website Launched

Dexter Kennedy is pleased to announce the launch of his new website. Thanks go to John Allen at Fermata Web Design for his skills and flexibility!