Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards


Don’t miss a special Third Thursday Concert this week, featuring the Eastman organ faculty! The event is part of the Utech Hymnody Symposium and Festival—see the event listings below for more details.

Save the Date: The next EROI Festival will take place October 24-26, 2018. Stay tuned for more details!


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.

TuesdayPipes_lgoTuesday Pipes
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

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, November 16, 7:30pm
    Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ
    Eastman organ department faculty
    Te decet hymnus
    Memorial Art Gallery
    500 University Ave
    Free with Gallery admission; free to student ID holders
    Presented in conjunction with the Utech Hymnody Festival
  • Friday, December 1st, 8:00pm
    Rochester Celebrity Organ Series
    Stephen Tharp
    Third Presbyterian Church
    4 Meigs St, Rochester, NY, 14607
  • Saturday, December 2nd, 9:30am – 12:30pm
    Masterclass with Stephen Tharp
    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
    25 Westminster Rd, Rochester, NY, 14607
  • Thursday, December 21, 7:30pm
    Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ
    Eastman students, faculty, and friends
    “An Italian Baroque Christmas”
    Memorial Art Gallery
    500 University Ave
    Free with Gallery admission; free to student ID holders

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.