Alcee Chriss III is the winner of the Firmin Swinnen Silver Medal at the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition 2016, where Choir and Organ magazine wrote, “Chriss stole the show.” He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” (Journal Assist News, Albuquerque) and has performed throughout the United States and France. He has won top prizes at several major competitions, receiving First Prize and Audience Prize in the Miami International Organ Competition (2014), the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition (2016), the Albert Schweitzer National Organ Competition in Wethersfield, CT (2013), and the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in Austin, TX (2013). Alcee was also selected as one of five finalists for the final round of the Taylor Organ Competition in Atlanta, GA (2015), and won the $5,000 second prize. In addition to being a “Rising Star” performer at the AGO national convention in Boston, MA (2014), he also received a grant from Oberlin Conservatory to spend January 2014 in France studying historic organs and repertoire. Alcee returned to France in April 2016 and March 2017 to perform solo recitals as a part of the Festival Myrelingues in Lyon and continues to do international volunteer work as the parrain of a music immersion course in Lyon’s district. He is regularly featured at various organ festivals, including the Atlanta International Organ Festival, and various AGO conventions.
An alumnus of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Alcee received the Master’s degree in historical keyboard and a Bachelor’s degree in Organ. At Oberlin, he studied organ with James David Christie, Olivier Latry, and has had studies in improvisation with Marie-Louise Langlais. He has studied harpsichord and continuo playing with Webb Wiggins and Hank Knox. In the fall of 2015, Alcee began his doctorate degree at McGill University where he studies with Hans-Ola Ericsson.
He has performed in such notable venues as the Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, TX), John F. Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, Caruth Auditorium, and St. Olaf’s Catholic Church, Minneapolis MN, among others. In addition to his organ and harpsichord studies, Alcee is active as a conductor and jazz pianist.