Organ Conference

61st Annual Organ Conference

Passions and Visions

October 3-6, 2021
Free to the public

Distinguished guests, Organ Department faculty and student performers share their inspired passions and visions for the future of organ, harpsichord, carillon, and sacred music


Lecture: Out of Their Minds – the Forward-thinking Creativity of Organists – CANCELLED

Recital: The Complete Organ Works of Nicolaus Bruhns Merrill PROGRAM

Jackson Merrill,
Graduate Student in Organ Performance, University of Michigan

Recital:  Works of Charles Tournemire and Improvisations Based on Gregorian Chant
Joseph Balistreri, Musician in Residence, Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI


Recital: Works of Beethoven, Demessieux, Cochereau, and Dupré Hand PROGRAM
Gregory Hand, Associate Professor of Organ, University of Iowa
Recital on the German Romantic-influenced Klais organ in the Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa. He will be joined by Dr. Scott Conklin, Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Iowa.

Faculty Lecture-Recital: “New” Bach Organ Works
James Kibbie, Professor and Chair, Department of Organ, University of Michigan


Lecture: Recent Polish Carillon Music – New Artistic Approaches to Historical Instruments
Monika Kaźmierczak, City Carillonist, Gdańsk, Poland


Recital: Works of Franck, Vierne, Dupré and Duruflé
Clayton Farmer, Cecilia Kowara, Zoe Lei, Brian Manzo, and Mi Zhou – Students in the Organ Department, University of Michigan
Honoring Jerroll Adams for his 28 years of service as University Organ Technician


Recital: Music of Today for Solo Organ, and Organ plus Instruments Edgington PROGRAM
Rhonda Sider Edgington, Hope Church, Holland, MI & Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI
Works by living composers, including Fujin Raijin by Japanese composer Tokuhide Niimi for organ and Taiko drummer, and Gridwork by Carson Cooman for organ, marimba, and Taiko drummer.

Lecture: “Voices of Vitality: Inspiring Stories from Michigan Organ Alumni and their Students
Darlene Kuperus, Director of Music & Worship, Nardin Park United Methodist Church, Farmington Hills; Visiting Faculty Member in Organ and Sacred Music, University of Michigan, 2020-21

Lecture: ORIGEN – early music and flamenco dance inspired in ancient dances, painting a bridge that connects both worlds
Ignacio Prego, Concert Harpsichordist and Master Teacher, Madrid, Spain with Joseph Gascho

Faculty recital: “Not Sighted, but Visionary: Music by Blind Carillonist-Composers” Ng PROGRAM
Tiffany Ng, Associate Professor of Carillon and Sile O’Modhrain, Associate Professor of Performing Arts Technology, University of Michigan
Performance by Ng with and introduction of “The Holy Braille” by O’Modhrain

Faculty Recital: Works of Widor, Hancock, Bizet, Conte, and Reubke Wilson PROGRAM
Todd Wilson, Visiting Professor of Organ and Sacred Music, University of Michigan


Lecture-Demonstration: The Restored Barton Organ in the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor
David Hufford, Renaissance Pipe Organ Co., & Henry B. Aldridge, Staff Organist,Michigan Theatre


Lecture: Using Cognitive Accessibility to Improve Clear Communication for All
Laura Marie Rueslåtten, Carillonist at Oslo City Hall and Uranienborg kirke, Oslo, Norway


Lecture-recital: “Woman of the Apocalypse Crowned with Stars” – The Organ Works of Jiří Teml
Marijim Thoene, Organist-Choirmaster, First Presbyterian Church, Ypsilanti, MI

Recital: Solo and Chamber Works of Arne, Handel, and Purcell, with SMTD faculty and student collaborators, featuring harpsichords from the Charles Wilson Collection Gascho PROGRAM
Joseph Gascho, Associate Professor of Harpsichord and Early Music, University of Michigan

2020 Organ Conference Schedule


“Dissension” for trombone and organ (premiere)
Kaelan Hansson, graduate organ student and PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering, composer
Prof. David Jackson, University of Michigan, trombone

Dr. James Kibbie, University of Michigan, organ
High Tech and Low Tech: Ways to Preserve the Church Choir During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Jackson Merrill, graduate student in Organ Performance

Leading in Times of Vast Change: Courage to Lead Congregations through Times of Tumult
Dr. Darlene Kuperus, University of Michigan
Sarah Hescheles, Restoring Waters Consulting


Chris DeBlasio, Serenade for organ and violin
Jeremy David Tarrant, University of Michigan, organ
Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos, violin


Organists as Innovators
Michael Barone, Pipedreams, American Public Media

Michael Barone Presentation Playlist 10-6-2020


Music for Soprano and Organ
Katharine Meagher, guest artist, soprano
Andrew Meagher, Organ Department staff, organ
Living Voices: Sharon Willis and Harriet Tubman
Sarah Simko, Doctoral candidate in Organ Performance


Music and Message: A Case Study in Spiritual Programming for College Students
Dr. José “Peppie” Calvar, Syracuse University
Rev. Brian Konkol, Syracuse University
Dr. Anne Laver, Syracuse University


Carillon Collaboration
Joey Brink, University of Chicago

Visualizing Collaborative Sound
Ryan Mueller, Dobson Pipe Organ Builders


Challenging Conventions: Student Perspectives on Collaboration on the Carillon
University of Michigan carillon students Anthony DiBello, Michelle Lam, Isaac Levine, Kavitha Lobo, and Jenna Moon
Taking Turns: Ascanio Mayone and His Collaborators
Kaelan Hansson, graduate organ student and PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering

Audience Collaboration in 18th-Century Keyboard Improvisation
Dr. John Mortensen, Cedarville University


“Cetus: Life After Life” for carillon and amplified whale song recordings (Michigan premiere)
Dr. Tiffany Ng, University of Michigan, carillon
Annie Lewandowski, Cornell University, composer
Katy Payne, Cornell University, acoustic biologist
co-hosted by the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Keyboard Improvisation in Collaborative Musical Settings
A roundtable discussion with musical performances featuring Matthew Bengtson, fortepiano/piano, Alcée Chriss, organ, Joseph Gascho, harpsichord, Andy Milne, piano, and Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, harpsichord/organ.For collaborative keyboard musicians in many musical worlds, improvisation provides a spontaneity, an adaptability, and an expressiveness that inspires and builds artistic communication and connection. Coming from a variety of musical backgrounds and experiences, five keyboard players will discuss the role of improvisation in their collaborative music-making. The webinar will also feature recorded performances.