Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards
Summer Organ Academy
Due to Covid restrictions and insufficient interest, Summer@Eastman and the Department of Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards decided to cancel the 2020 and 2021 Summer Organ Academy. We look forward to offering an in-person summer organ academy in 2022, as University of Rochester and Eastman policies allow and pending the development of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For those interested in learning more about our instruments in Rochester, please visit our Instruments page
Eastman’s Summer Organ Academy is open to pre-college and undergraduate students. Each day includes private and group instruction from world-renowned performers and pedagogues, as well as daily access to a great variety of instruments. Participants have the opportunity to perform in masterclasses focusing on repertoire, sacred music skills, improvisation, and technique. Pre-college and undergraduate students typically enjoy combined and separate activities to provide the student with a more individualized program of study. Doctoral students are often available outside Eastman’s practice rooms to serve as teaching assistants during practice sessions and classes.
Use this time to meet friends and establish valuable networks with colleagues who share your passion, and to discover the rich organ community at the Eastman School of Music and in downtown Rochester. This is a great opportunity to visit Eastman and meet the professors as you consider next steps in your education, or as a chance to simply experience the rich organ culture that exists here. The program includes social activities, excursions, and final student performances, which are open to the public.
Locations often include but are not limited to: ESM Schmitt Organ Recital Hall, Asbury First United Methodist Church, Christ Church, Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, Memorial Art Gallery, Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Church, St. Paul’s Church, Third Presbyterian Church, and the Parsons Organ Company.
Campers often stay at the Student Living Center across the street from Eastman, but commuting or other housing options are possible.
For inquiries into the summer organ academy, please contact Academy Coordinator Margaret-Mary Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locations: ESM Schmitt Organ Recital Hall, Asbury First United Methodist Church, Christ Church, Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, Memorial Art Gallery, Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Church, St. Paul’s Church, Third Presbyterian Church
Each organ listed above has a link to a detailed description on the Instruments Page.
Attendance is by audition only; audition recordings will be accepted once registration opens. Please check back for requirements and deadlines.
Participants from the 2018 Academy pictured above
Visit the page from the 2018 camp to get a preview of the Summer Organ Academy experience!