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.

Friday, December 1st, 8:00 pm
Stephen Tharp
Third Presbyterian Church
Saturday, December 2nd, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Masterclass with Stephen Tharp
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
25 Westminster Rd, Rochester, NY, 14607

Friday, February 2nd, 7:30 pm
Edoardo Bellotti
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Monday, April 9th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Masterclass with Bine Bryndorf
Christ Church
141 East Ave, Rochester, NY, 14604

Tuesday, April 10th, 7:30pm
Bine Bryndorf
Christ Church

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.

Orpheus’s Journey
Edoardo Bellotti, organ
Paul O’Dette, lute
September 21

A rare opportunity to hear these renowned early music performers in concert together! Music from 17th-century Italy, including works by Frescobaldi and Monteverdi.

“Music in Secret”: Early Italian Convent Music
Schola Antiqua of Chicago
Naomi Gregory, organ
October 26

This program explores the “secret” cloistered world of early Italian convent music. Selections include medieval chant, Renaissance choral music, and Baroque vocal and organ solos. Schola Antiqua of Chicago (director: Michael Alan Anderson) is a professional early music ensemble dedicated to the performance of pre-17th-century music. *Please note that this concert falls on the fourth Thursday of October.

Te decet hymnus
Eastman School of Music organ faculty
November 16

Eastman’s internationally acclaimed organ faculty play a varied program of works inspired by the Catholic hymn tradition across the ages. Music from Italy, France, and Germany. Presented in conjunction with the 2017 Utech Hymnody Festival.

An Italian Baroque Christmas
Eastman School of Music students, faculty, and friends
December 21

Our traditional festive concert, with a varied program of seasonal Baroque music for voices, instruments, and organ. A favorite with our audiences!

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.