Bruce Xu

SOUTHEAST REGION

Bruce​ ​Xu​​ ​is​ ​15​ ​years​ ​old,​ ​a​ ​rising​ ​junior​ ​at​ ​the​ ​high​ ​school​ ​program​ ​of​ ​University​ ​of North​ ​Carolina​ ​School​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Arts,​ ​studying​ ​organ​ ​performance​ ​with​ ​Dr.​ ​Timothy Olsen.​ ​Bruce​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​Music​ ​Intern​ ​at​ ​Augsburg​ ​Lutheran​ ​Church​ ​in Winston-Salem,​ ​NC.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​also​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Cantata​ ​Singers​ ​of​ ​UNCSA.

He​ ​is​ ​from​ ​Sloatsburg,​ ​NY​ ​and​ ​was​ ​introduced​ ​to​ ​the​ ​organ​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Protestant Church​ ​in​ ​his​ ​local​ ​Sloatsburg​ ​UMC,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​began​ ​hymn​ ​playing,​ ​and​ ​became Christian;​ ​he​ ​also​ ​got​ ​baptized​ ​there.​ ​Within​ ​a​ ​month,​ ​he​ ​began​ ​organ​ ​lessons with​ ​Jimrae​ ​Lenser​ ​at​ ​age​ ​9,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​went​ ​on​ ​to​ ​study​ ​with​ ​Craig​ ​Williams.​ ​Since then,​ ​Bruce​ ​uncovered​ ​his​ ​passion​ ​in​ ​playing​ ​the​ ​pipe​ ​organ,​ ​and​ ​credits​ ​God​ ​for giving​ ​him​ ​the​ ​gift​ ​of​ ​being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​play​ ​the​ ​organ.

In​ ​the​ ​Spring/Summer​ ​of​ ​2017,​ ​Bruce​ ​won​ ​1st​ ​prize​ ​in​ ​​six ​organ​ ​competitions: UNCSA/Salem​ ​College​ ​High​ ​School​ ​Organ​ ​Festival​ ​&​ ​Competition;​ ​Greater Columbia​ ​AGO​ ​Chapter​ ​Young​ ​Organist​ ​Competition;​ ​East​ ​Carolina​ ​University Young​ ​Artist​ ​Organ​ ​Competition;​ ​L.​ ​Cameron​ ​Johnson​ ​Memorial​ ​Organ Competition;​ ​AGO​ ​Quimby/RCYO​ ​Chapter​ ​Competition​ ​Atlanta,​ ​GA;​ ​and​ ​AGO Quimby/RCYO​ ​Regional​ ​Competition​ ​Jacksonville,​ ​FL.

Bruce​ ​has​ ​a​ ​twin​ ​brother​ ​Reilly​ ​who​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​studying​ ​in​ ​The​ ​Juilliard​ ​School’s Pre-College​ ​program;​ ​a​ ​fine​ ​organist​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​Aside​ ​from​ ​organ,​ ​Bruce​ ​enjoys playing​ ​soccer.

Bruce​ ​is​ ​thankful​ ​for​ ​his​ ​parents,​ ​all​ ​types​ ​of​ ​supporters,​ ​and​ ​God.

Bruce Xu