Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Summer Organ Academy: Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for the Summer Academy?

We’re sorry to say that our 2021 virtual workshop has been cancelled due to the lack of applications necessary to make the camp possible. Please visit https://summer.esm.rochester.edu/ for information on the 2022 Summer Organ Academy.

What other materials are required along with the application?

Audition Recording:
A recording of two contrasting pieces, uploaded online and shared to Andrea Schuler through the Summer@Eastman website. Details on the format will be shared on the application form. Please email the coordinator (mowens9@u.rochester.edu) with any questions or need for assistance.

Letter(s) of Recommendation:
1-2 recommendations from organ teacher and/or musical mentors.

Does the Academy offer private and/or group lessons?

The Summer Organ Academy offers both experiences for registered students. Visiting organists will have an opportunity to study one-on-one with renowned Eastman faculty, and they will also participate in group lessons and masterclasses in which they can observe how others perform and learn. The week-long Academy is designed to provide students with as many educational and musical experiences as possible.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants should be high school organists seeking to expand their understanding of organ performance, organ literature, and “real world” musicianship skills. All high school organists are invited to apply.

Are transportation and meals included?

All transportation during the Academy is included in the tuition cost. Students are responsible for bringing themselves to the Eastman campus. During the week, students will walk as a group to several nearby churches and performance locations. For more distant venues, busing will be provided.

Students have the option to stay in the Student Living Center (please visit the Summer@Eastman website for 2022 cost). The housing fee covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the dorms for the duration of the Academy. On select days, lunch and dinner will be hosted at performance venues.

Where will students live during the Academy?

Tuition costs do not cover residence, but the Student Living Center will house students. The Living Center is located just across the street from the Eastman school.

How much does the Academy cost?

Full tuition covers the entire week of lessons, events, and transportation. The dormitory fee can be selected for an additional fee, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Please visit the Summer@Eastman website for costs on the 2022 program.