Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

We would like to welcome you to the EROI Festival in October!

Beyond the Stops: Finding the Organ’s Voices
Find out more here! We hope to see you there.

Register for the EROI Festival


Eastman Organ Plus Electronics Project

Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:00pm
Christ Church
141 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604
Premieres of works by Nicolas Chuaqui, Oliver Schneller, Jasmine Thomasian, and Ivan Bosnar
Performances by Ivan Bosnar, Martin Herchenroeder, Margaret-Mary Owens, and Zhen Piao, organ

Rochester Celebrity Organ Series (RCORS)

Each year, the American Guild of Organists, Rochester Chapter and the Eastman Organ Department present three acclaimed concert organists in recital. Click here to read more.

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.

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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

2016–17 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.