Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Announcements

Mark your calendars! We will be hosting our next Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival from October 26-28, 2016. Click HERE for the latest updates!

 

 

April 3rd concert poster

Weekly Concerts

Going for Baroque
Sundays, 1pm and 3pm
Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
20-minute demonstration of Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ. Free with gallery admission.

TuesdayPipes_lgoTuesday Pipes
Tuesdays, 12:10pm
Christ Church, 141 East Avenue
Free, 25-minute lunchtime recitals featuring the Craighead-Saunders and Hook & Hastings organs.

Upcoming Events

2015-16 Organ Department

  • Thursday, January 21, 7:30pm
    Third Thursday
     Concert Series
    Organ & Viol w/Lorenzo & Vittorio Ghielmi

    Memorial Art Gallery
    500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
    Free with Gallery admission
  • Friday, January 22, 3pm
    Organ Masterclass with Lorenzo & Vittorio Ghielmi

    Christ Church
    141 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
    Free admission
  • Thursday, February 11, 7pm
    Harpsichord and Chamber Music
    Students of Edoardo Bellotti*
    Christ Church
    141 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
    Free admission
  • Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm
    Third Thursday Concert Series
    Publick Musick: “Adventurous Italians”
    Memorial Art Gallery
    500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
    Free with Gallery admission
  • Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm
    Third Thursday Concert Series
    Organ and Saxophone: Sights and Sounds
    Memorial Art Gallery
    500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
    Free with Gallery admission
  • Sunday, April 3, 8pm (Compline will follow at 9pm)
    From Death to Life: Organ and Choral Music from St. Mary’s in Lübeck
    Christ Church
    141 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
    The Christ Church Schola Cantorum and the Eastman Organ Faculty will perform music from St. Mary’s in Lübeck with themes from Tenebrae to Easter. Professor Kerala J. Snyder, Professor Emerita of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, is the architect of this program.
  • Sunday, April 10, 3:30pm
    Eastman Faculty Artist Series
    Carol and Catherine Rodland, viola & organ
    Third Presbyterian Church
    4 Meigs St, Rochester, NY 14607
    $10 General Admission. Free for series subscribers and UR ID holders.
  • Thursday, April 21, 7:30pm
    Third Thursday Concert Series
    Pipedreams Live! with Michael Barone
    Francesco Cera (Italy)
    **Featuring a pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm in the Gallery auditorium**
    Memorial Art Gallery
    500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
    Free with Gallery admission
  • Friday, April 22, 8pm
    Pipedreams Live! with Michael Barone
    Students of the Eastman Organ Department
    Christ Church
    141 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
  • Saturday, April 23, 8pm
    Pipedreams Live! with Michael Barone
    Students of the Eastman Organ Department
    Sacred Heart Cathedral
    296 Flower City Park, Rochester, NY 14615
  • Sunday, April 24, 2:30pm
    Pipedreams Live! with Michael Barone
    Students of the Eastman Organ Department
    Rochester Auditorium Theatre
    885 East Main St, Rochester, NY 14605

*Denotes Eastman faculty

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.