Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Upcoming Events

2012-13 Organ Department

2012-13 Organ Department

  • Tuesday, September 16, 7:00pm
    Thomas Gaynor
    MM Recital
    Christ Church, East Ave
  • Thursday, September 18, 7:30pm
    Nathan Laube
    Organ Music of Spain, England, and Italy
    Memorial Art Gallery, University Ave
  • Tuesday, September 30, 1:00pm
    Samuel Holmberg
    MM Recital
    Christ Church, East Ave
  • Sunday, November 2, 4:00pm
    Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series
    Stefan Engels
    St. Anne Church, Mt. Hope Ave
  • Monday, November 3, 7:00pm
    Masterclass with Stefan Engels
    Christ Church, East Ave

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.