Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards


The Eastman School of Music supports a variety of student, faculty, and guest artist performances, which help to create a rich organ culture in the greater Rochester area. Scroll through the list of events below to see what events are happening this month.

Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series (RCORS)

Eastman’s Department of Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards teams with the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, as well as local churches, to bring world-famous concert organists to Rochester for recitals and master classes several times each year.

February 1, 7:30 PM
Nathan Laube
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
25 Westminster Road,
Rochester, NY
April 12, 7:30 PM
Nathan Laube
Christ Church
141 East Ave.
Rochester, NY

Tuesday Pipes

TuesdayPipes_lgoEvery Tuesday, Eastman students, faculty, and alumni present a 25-minute lunchtime concert at Christ Church. Performances feature the Craighead-Saunders Organ and Hook & Hastings Organ. Each free program begins at 12:10 p.m. Click here to view a list of upcoming performers.


Going For Baroque

Every Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., an Eastman organ student demonstrates the sounds of the Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery in a brief mini-recital. These demonstrations are free with gallery admission.

Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery

On the third Thursday of each month, from September through May, the Eastman School of Music and the Memorial Art Gallery present varied concert programs by faculty and guest artists featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ. These programs are free with Gallery admission and are made possible by the Rippey Endowed Trust. All concerts begin at 7:30pm.

Organ and Opera
Nov. 15, 7:30pm
Our November concert will feature vocalists and organists from the Eastman School of Music in a program showcasing the close relationship between organ music and opera in 19th century Italy.
An Italian Baroque Christmas
Dec. 20, 7:30
Please join us for our Third Thursday concert special as Eastman organ faculty perform with our students to present a program of traditional holiday music from the Baroque tradition.

Candlelight Concerts

Concerts at Christ Church preceding Compline on the first Sunday of the month, October-April. Concerts begin at 8:30pm, with Compline at 9:00pm. A reception follows Compline on these first Sundays.

Evan Ritter, Pianist
Sunday, November 4, 8:30pm                                                                                                 

Isaac Drewes, Organist
Sunday, December 2, 8:30pm

Community Concert Recital Series

Eastman students present hour-long recitals at local churches in Rochester and nearby towns. These monthly concerts are open to the public, and a free-will offering will benefit the Eastman Organ Department student travel fund.

Please click here for a full listing of concert dates and locations.