Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Weekly Concerts 

In response to the COVID-19 concerns and in keeping with the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music’s decision to cancel all public performances and events for the remainder of the semester, we are sorry to announce that our March and April concerts have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.

We understand that these and the numerous other recent event cancellations are a disappointment, but we value the safety and health of our community and wish to take the precautions outlined by our university to minimize any risks of exposure. 

To read more about the University of Rochester’s decision, please follow this link.


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.

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

Community Concert Recital Series
Held monthly at churches in the Rochester area. Click the link for the full listing.
Free with a retiring collection benefitting the Eastman Organ Department Student Travel Fund

2019-2020 Eastman Organ Department

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.