Summer Academy for High School Organists
Presented through Summer@Eastman
August 3-7, 2015 / Monday-Friday
Caroline Robinson, coordinator
The Summer Academy was a great success!
The first ever Summer Academy for High School Organists was a week full of learning, discovery, and music-making for the twelve young organists who ventured to Rochester in the first week of August. Coming from six different states and parts of Canada and ranging in ages 13-17, the students had daily lessons with the five faculty and had ample practice time throughout the day. They participated in sessions on hymn-playing, improvisation, and anthem accompaniment. The group had a class on the Italian Baroque organ at the Memorial Art Gallery, and they even ventured to Auditorium Theater to give the Wurlitzer a whirl. Each evening, the faculty played alongside current Eastman organ students in joint recitals for the academy participants and members of the community. A trip to the Parsons Organ Company in Canandaigua shed light on the craft of building an organ, and of course we had to stop for ice cream on the lake before heading back to Rochester.
The week culminated in two recitals given by the students: one at Christ Church and the other at Third Presbyterian, just down East Avenue. The students presented a vast range of repertoire and gave truly musical, heartfelt, and virtuosic performances. Most impressive was how quickly the students took to the different organs and their ability to adapt to the suggestions of their teachers. We hope that the experience was for them as rich as it was for us here at Eastman. We look forward to hosting the next Summer Academy in the summer of 2017. Be sure to spread the word!
-Caroline Robinson, coordinator
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Eastman Summer Session Office & Eastman Community Music School
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604
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$575 / noncredit
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