Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Summer Organ Academy: Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Organ Academy Frequently Asked Questions 

When is the application deadline for the 2017 Summer Academy?

Interested applicants should mail their registration form, along with a music résumé, to the Summer@Eastman office. Applications should be postmarked by May 1st, 2017. For more information on registration, including links to the application form, visit the Registration Page.

What other materials are required along with the application?

Audition Recording:
A recording of two contrasting pieces, uploaded online and shared with the coordinator ( The sharing platforms could be Dropbox, Google Drive, or (for shorter sound files), mp3s attached to an email. We will not accept CDs this year. Please email the coordinator 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 in August. 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 for $77/day. This fee will cover 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 for $77/day. The Living Center is located just across the street from the Eastman school.

How much does the Academy cost?

Full tuition is $575, which covers the entire week of lessons, events, and transportation. The dormitory fee is $77/day, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.