Organ Conference

60th Annual Organ Conference

Creative Collaborations in a Time of Change

October 5-10, 2020
Free to the public

An online offering of organ, harpsichord, carillon and sacred music performances and interactive lectures by faculty, students, and guests

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.