Organ Conference

Call for proposals: 2019 Organ Conference


The 58th Annual Organ Conference:

TRAILBLAZERS: Women’s Impact on Organ, Harpsichord, Carillon & Sacred Music

September 29 – October 2, 2018
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It’s a pleasure to invite you to the University of Michigan’s 58th Annual Organ Conference, September 29 – October 2, 2018. This year we celebrate women’s contributions as performers, composers, educators, and builders of the organ, harpsichord, and carillon. Distinguished guest artists and lecturers from North America and Europe will join University of Michigan faculty, students and alumni in presenting an impressive range of events, beginning with our annual Improvisation Competition and concluding with the restaging of three choreographies by the American Modern Dance pioneer, Doris Humphrey, set to the music of J.S. Bach. We’re deeply grateful to our sponsors and community partners for making this exceptional event possible.

2018 Organ Conference Schedule and Bios

Printable 2018 Registration Form

Marilyn Mason, organ

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, harpsichord

Florence Price, composer











Performances & Presentations by
Michael Barone, Host, Pipedreams, American Public Media
Elgin Clingaman
Tom Curry
Dr. Christina Scott Edelen, Anglican Church in The Hague, The Netherlands
Ana Elias, CICO – International Center for the Carillon and the Organ, Constância, Portugal
Dr. Sara Elias, University of Victoria, Canada
Dr. Scott Hyslop, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, MI
Dr. Joseph Gascho, University of Michigan
Dr. Calvert Johnson, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA
Jillian Hopper, University of Michigan
Dr. James Kibbie, University of Michigan
Dr. Darlene Kuperus, First United Methodist Church, Plymouth, MI
Dr. Anne Laver, Syracuse University
Christian Matijas-Mecca, University of Michigan
Rev. Kendra Mohn, Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, TX
Dr. Tiffany Ng, University of Michigan
Dr. Kola Owolabi, University of Michigan
Margaret Pan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Letizia Romiti, Alessandria Conservatory, Italy
Sylvia Wall, University of Michigan
Students of Dr. James Kibbie & Dr. Kola Owolabi
Faculty and Students in the Department of Dance
University of Michigan’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra

This year’s conference is sponsored by: SMTD Faculty Research Fund; SMTD Office of Diversity and Inclusion; University of Michigan Office of Research; The American Center of Church Music, Dr. Timothy Huth, Director; Dr. James Hammann; Dr. Barbara Furin Sloat; The Armbruster Fund at the University of Michigan

Special Thanks to: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor; First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor; Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Would you, your church, university or business like to become a sponsor for the 58th Annual Conference on Organ Music?
Contact Colin Knapp at for more information.

The Organ Department
Credit courses are offered in the University of Michigan Department of Organ toward the degrees of Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music, Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music with Teacher Certification, Bachelor of Musical Arts, Master of Music (Organ Performance, Harpsichord Performance, Carillon Performance, Sacred Music or Early Keyboard instruments), and Doctor of Musical Arts (Organ Performance, Harpsichord Performance or Sacred Music).