Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music

Department of Organ

Designed for students who wish to work in performance, church music, or teaching. Those who wish to teach in elementary or secondary schools should pursue a curriculum within the Department of Music Education. Applicants should have a secure grasp of technique and musicianship from piano study.


The Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is 75% within SMTD and 25% within the liberal arts. SMTD coursework to include:

  • Private organ lessons
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Ensemble participation
  • Piano
  • Conducting
  • Organ Literature
  • Sacred Music
  • Early Music

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Minimum Repertory Requirements for Graduation

At least three works by German baroque composers before Bach; one French baroque suite or selected movements from several works that would be equivalent to a six to eight-movement suite; two works by Italian, English, or Iberian composers before 1750; works of J.S. Bach including at least four smaller chorale preludes (Orgelbüchlein, Neumeister Collection or similar), two larger chorale preludes (Clavierübung III, Leipzig Chorales, Schübler Chorales or similar), one trio sonata, and four free works (prelude and fugue, toccata and fugue, etc.); one work by an 18th-c. composer after 1750; three works by 19th-c. German composers such as Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Rheinberger; one work of Franck; three additional works by French symphonic composers such as Widor, Guilmant or Vierne; eight works by 20th and 21st-c. composers. Sacred music classes include additional requirements in hymn-playing, accompaniment and improvisation. Repertoire should include works by American composers, women composers, living composers and composers outside the European tradition, as well as works for organ and other instruments or voice. Substitutions may be made in any category with the approval of the faculty. Works performed for juries and the degree recital are to be memorized, with the exception of ensemble works and works in challenging contemporary idioms.

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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James Kibbie Chair, University Organist
Joseph Gascho harpsichord, early music, Dir. of Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments
Darlene Kuperus, organ, sacred music
Tiffany Ng carillon, University Carillonist
Jeremy David Tarrant, organ