Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Upcoming Events

2012-13 Organ Department

2012-13 Organ Department

  • Sunday, April 6, 2:00 p.m.
    Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series presents:
    Alan Morrison 
    Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m.
    Bryan Holten
    DMA II Recital
    Christ Church, East Avenue

  • Thursday, April 10, 8:00 p.m.
    Silent Film:  The Passion of Joan of Arc
    Improvised accompaniment by Edoardo Bellotti, Stephen Kennedy, and the Christ Church Schola Cantorum
    Tickets $10, Free with ESM ID
    Christ Church, East Avenue

Joan of Arc

  • Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
    Eastman Organists’ Day
    Slee Hall, University of Buffalo


    The Department of Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

    The tradition of organ study at Eastman has been extraordinary since the founding of the school. Many of our organ alumni are leaders of the organ world, holding a large number of the country’s important church and university positions. Today, organ students are prepared rigorously for multifaceted careers as church musicians, teachers, and concert performers through a wide array of offerings such as classes and lessons in healthy keyboard technique, organ maintenance, organ literature, organ pedagogy, conducting, keyboard skills, jazz improvisation, organ improvisation, harpsichord, continuo, sacred music skills, and a weekly colloquium featuring guest lecturers, workshops, and discussions pertaining to the diverse requirements of our profession. BM, MM, and DMA degrees are offered, along with a Sacred Music Diploma. The DMA may include a wide variety of minor fields, such as sacred music, theory, music history, or conducting.

    Eastman organ majors have regular daytime access to a broad range of exceptional instruments by such builders as Aeolian, Andover, Austin, Aeolian-Skinner, Boehler, Brombaugh, Casavant, Fisk, Flentrop, Fritts, Holtkamp, Hook and Hastings, Hope-Jones, Moller, Schlicker, E.M. Skinner, Steere, Taylor and Boody, Wangerin-Weichardt, and Wurlitzer, in addition to harpsichords by Dowd, Ross, Hertz, Kingston and Dupree; an original Parisian art-harmonium by Mustel; a pedal clavichord built by Joel Speerstra after Gerstenberg (1766); a 19th-century Derdeyn/Erard pedal-piano from France; Eastman’s renowned Italian baroque organ; and the re-creation of a magnificent late baroque organ by Casparini.