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.

Strings and Pipes
Eastman harpsichord and organ students
January 18

Christ Church Schola Cantorum
Voices and period instruments
Directed by Stephen Kennedy
February 15

Scordatura Violin
Publick Musick
March 15

18th-Century Organ Concertos
Eastman students and special guests
April 19

Baroque Brass
Ben David Aronson (sackbut) and special guests
May 17

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.