Although residence and fee hour requirements must be satisfied, the doctoral degree is not awarded on the basis of a specified number of credit hours but rather on the basis of demonstrated competence. Completion of the program normally requires six terms of full-time study beyond the master's degree. Students are expected to attain candidacy effective at the beginning of the sixth term.
In addition, students elect at least three courses in organ literature or early music from the following:
Students are expected to attain candidacy effective at the beginning of the sixth term.
At least one academic year of full-time residence is required.
Repertoire before 1800:
Germany: At least six works by composers before Bach, representing composers from Northern, Central and Southern Germany;
France: Two suites or the equivalent made up of selected movements from several works;
Italy: at least one toccata and one polyphonic work;
Spain & Portugal: two works by Iberian composers;
England: two representative works
Works of J.S. Bach including at least eight smaller chorale preludes (Orgelbüchlein, Neumeister Collection or similar), five larger chorale preludes (Clavierübung III, Leipzig Chorales, Schübler Chorales or similar), three trio sonatas, and seven free works (prelude and fugue, toccata and fugue, etc.)
Repertoire after 1800:
Five works by 19th-c. German composers such as Brahms, Mendelssohn, or Rheinberger; two English or American works written in a Romantic or early 20th century idiom; six French symphonic works written between 1850-1920, by composers such as Franck, Widor, Guilmant or Vierne; three works written after 1920 by French composers such as Dupré, Duruflé, Alain and Langlais ; three works or movements by Olivier Messiaen; eight additional works by 20th and 21st-c. composers.
Sacred music classes include additional requirements in hymn-playing, accompaniment and improvisation. Repertoire should include works by American composers, women composers, living composers and composers outside the European tradition, as well as works for organ and other instruments or voice. Substitutions may be made in any category with the approval of the faculty. Works performed for juries and the degree recital are to be memorized, with the exception of ensemble works and works in challenging contemporary idioms.
Substitutions may be made in any category with the approval of the advisor.
Candidacy will be conferred upon completion of these requirements and examinations. A dissertation committee must have been appointed by the time candidacy is achieved.
In lieu of a written dissertation, the student will be required to present two public recitals of major organ works performed from memory and one public recital (performance with scores allowed) selected from the following options: a lecture recital, a collaborative recital, a harpsichord recital or a carillon recital. An additional memorized organ recital is presented prior to achieving candidacy as the performance preliminary examination (see above). The three dissertation recitals will be given after achieving candidacy.
A scholarly essay of approximately 5,000 words on the music performed or a research paper of comparable length dealing with a particular aspect of organ literature will be required. The document must be submitted to the dissertation committee prior to the performance of the second of the three dissertation recitals.
An abstract listing the music performed for the dissertation recitals and, if space permits, providing program notes and commentary is also required.
A final oral examination concerned primarily with the field of specialization will be conducted by the dissertation committee after all of the other requirements have been completed.
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