Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Weekly Concerts

  • Sundays, 1:00pm and 3:00pm
    Going for Baroque” at the Memorial Art Gallery, University Avenue
    20-minute demonstrations of Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ
    Free with gallery admission
  • Tuesdays, 12:10pm
    Tuesday Pipes” at Christ Church, 141 East Avenue
    25-minute lunchtime recitals featuring the Craighead-Saunders and Hook & Hastings organs
    Free admission

Upcoming Events

2014-15 Organ Department

  • Thursday, December 18, 7:30pm
    Third Thursday at MAG
    Heinrich Schütz: The Christmas Story
    Thatcher Lyman, tenor; Adelaide Boedecker, soprano;
    singers and baroque instrumentalists from the Eastman School of Music

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.