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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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Regents appoint Melody Racine as interim dean of SMTD

Melody Racine, senior associate dean for academic, faculty, and student affairs at SMTD will step in as interim dean of the school, effective Aug. 16. more

(left to right) Stephanie Nofar-Kelly, Scott Hanoian and Dr. Huw Lewis; contestants: Meghan Meloy Ness, Sarah Simko (1st Prize), Annelisa Crabtree and Dean Robinson (2nd Prize)
Winners of the 2017 Schoenstein Competition Announced

Winners of the 2017 Schoenstein Competition in the Art of Organ Accompaninment were announced on March 29. more

events

image for Virginia Howard Stearns Collection Lecture: Matt Dane, viola d’amoreVirginia Howard Stearns Collection Lecture: Matt Dane, viola d’amore

Tuesday, September 26 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Brown Bag Recital SeriesBrown Bag Recital Series

Sept. 27. Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 29
Thomas Francis Jr. School of Public Health Building, Community Room
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image for Faculty/Guest Recital: Joseph Gascho, harpsichord and Matt Dane, viola Faculty/Guest Recital: Joseph Gascho, harpsichord and Matt Dane, viola

Wednesday, September 27 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Bicentennial Carillon Recital: Spencer Harney and Karl RonneburgBicentennial Carillon Recital: Spencer Harney and Karl Ronneburg

Saturday, September 30 - 12:00pm
Burton Memorial Tower
Free - no tickets required
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image for 6th Annual Organ Improvisation Competition6th Annual Organ Improvisation Competition

Saturday, September 30 - 7:00pm
Off-Campus Location, First Presbyterian Church- 1432 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Guest/Student Organ Recital57th Annual Organ Conference Guest/Student Organ Recital

Sunday, October 1 - 4:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Guest Recital: Dr. Martin Jean57th Annual Organ Conference Guest Recital: Dr. Martin Jean

Sunday, October 1 - 7:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Guest Recital: Dr. Jason Alden, organ57th Annual Organ Conference Guest Recital: Dr. Jason Alden, organ

Monday, October 2 - 2:00pm
Off-Campus Location, First Presbyterian Church- 1432 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Recital: Dr. Jeremy Chesman, carillon 57th Annual Organ Conference Recital: Dr. Jeremy Chesman, carillon

Monday, October 2 - 7:00pm
Burton Memorial Tower
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Faculty Recital: James Kibbie & Kola Owolabi57th Annual Organ Conference Faculty Recital: James Kibbie & Kola Owolabi

Monday, October 2 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Student Recital: Sarah Simko57th Annual Organ Conference Student Recital: Sarah Simko

Tuesday, October 3 - 10:00am
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Student Recital57th Annual Organ Conference Student Recital

Tuesday, October 3 - 1:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Chamber Recital57th Annual Organ Conference Chamber Recital

Tuesday, October 3 - 4:30pm
Off-Campus Location, First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 120 S. State St., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Faculty Recital: Tiffany Ng, carillon57th Annual Organ Conference Faculty Recital: Tiffany Ng, carillon

Tuesday, October 3 - 7:00pm
Burton Memorial Tower
Free - no tickets required
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image for 57th Annual Organ Conference Guest Recital: Vincent DuBois57th Annual Organ Conference Guest Recital: Vincent DuBois

Tuesday, October 3 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Virginia Howard Stearns Collection Lecture: Caroline Ross Giassi, baroque oboeVirginia Howard Stearns Collection Lecture: Caroline Ross Giassi, baroque oboe

Saturday, October 7 - 11:00am
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for SMTD Early Music Alumni ConcertSMTD Early Music Alumni Concert

Sunday, October 8 - 3:00pm
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 HallLétourneau 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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U-M Photo Services

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David Smith

Glen Behring

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