Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI)

The Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative presents

EROI Festival 2016: October 26-28, 2016

The Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) will hold its 2016 EROI Festival October 26–28 at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. EROI 2016 will focus on the role of the organ in congregational song. While supporting congregational singing is perhaps the most ubiquitous of roles for the organ, comparatively little scholarly attention has been devoted to this aspect of the organ art. EROI 2016 will consider conceptual, historical, and practical aspects of the organ and congregational song. Among conceptual aspects we include consideration of the cognitive and psychological benefits of group singing within religious communities. Among historical topics we will consider repertories of chant, chorales, metrical psalms, and hymns—with the organ as the central focus—in Western Europe and North America, from the sixteenth century to the present. Practical applications of accompanying congregational song will be illustrated through lecture demonstrations and master classes involving Eastman organ students and nationally recognized organists who have developed special artistry in techniques of hymn-based improvisation. The opening keynote lecture on Wednesday, October 26, will be given by Robin A. Leaver (Emeritus Professor, Westminster Choir College), with a hymn festival to follow, featuring a festival choir comprised of Rochester-area church choirs, all led by James E. Bobb (St. Olaf College) and Aaron David Miller (House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, MN). Further details and a full schedule are forthcoming in 2016.