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Department of Organ

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Organ, harpsichord, carillon and sacred music

The faculty of the Department of Organ, eminent performers and scholars with a broad range of specializations, share a profound commitment to teaching. The department is rich in resources to prepare gifted musicians for professional careers as organists, church musicians, harpsichordists and carillonneurs. This well-rounded career preparation includes development of artistry, technique, scholarly research, and the ability to play music of all periods with integrity and knowledge of specific performance practices. The Department of Organ is internationally known for developing talent - a reputation evidenced by the number of its graduates now enjoying careers as recitalists, university professors, and music directors of large churches.

 

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Studies in improvisation enable students to develop their personal voices as musicians and add breadth to their work as church musicians and performers. A graded curriculum in church music exposes students to many musical genres reflecting diverse cultures and liturgical traditions.

Both solo and continuo playing are emphasized for harpsichord students, who will also build a strong foundation in historical performance practice. Other early music opportunities include Renaissance choir, Baroque chamber orchestra and a wide variety of chamber music experiences.

Carillon students explore the many and various purposes of bells while preparing for regular performances on the two carillons on the U-M campus.

 

faculty

James Kibbie (Chair, University Organist)

Kola Owolabi (organ, improvisation, sacred music)

Joseph Gascho (harpsichord, early music)

Tiffany Ng (carillon, University Carillonneur)

 

Associated Faculty

Jerroll Adams (University Organ Technician)

 

news

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Big Data and Music: U-M Projects Explore the Connections

Four U-M research teams are using modern big data techniques to transform how we understand, create, and interact with music. more

From L to R: Kavitha Lobo, Rachel Epperly, and Logan Frewen
Carillon Music for an Inclusive Soundscape Winners Announced

Winners for the Carillon Music for an Inclusive Soundscape are Rachel Epperly, Kavitha Lobo, and Logan Frewen.  more

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Photo, left to right: Kaelan Hansson and James Renfer
U-M Organ Students Win AGO Award

Organ students Kaelan Hansson and James Fenfer win American Guild of Organists award.  more

 

events

image for SMTD CommencementSMTD Commencement

Friday, April 27 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventHistorical Keyboard Society of North America Masterclass: Edward Parmentier

Wednesday, May 9 - 1:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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SMTD logo for eventHistorical Keyboard Society of North America: SMTD Faculty Recital

Wednesday, May 9 - 7:30pm
Off-Campus Location, First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor- 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventHistorical Keyboard Society of North America Student Carillon Recital

Thursday, May 10 - 12:00pm
Lurie Ann & Robert H. Tower,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventHistorical Keyboard Society of North America: All-Beethoven Recital

Thursday, May 10 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
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SMTD logo for eventHistorical Keyboard Society of North America Recital: Tiffany Ng, carillon

Friday, May 11 - 12:00pm
Lurie Ann & Robert H. Tower,
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SMTD logo for eventHistorical Keyboard Society of North America Harpsichord/Organ Recital

Friday, May 11 - 8:00pm
Off-Campus Location, First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor- 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventHistorical Keyboard Society of North America Harpsichord Recital

Saturday, May 12 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ, Hill Auditorium
Fisk organ, Blanche Anderson Moore HallL├ętourneau organ, Community RoomOrgan studio 2102Organ Studio 2110Hill Auditorium consoleItalian positiv, Stearns CollectionLurie Tower bell chamberFranco-Flemish harpsichord after Ruckers by William Dowd
"The U of M Organ Department encourages each organist to pursue the music which sparks her or his musical passion, offering scholarly guidance and access to the great resources only provided by a world-renowned performing faculty."
Joseph Balistreri, Master of Music student in Organ Performance, 2011

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