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Department of Organ


The organ and harpsichord faculty, eminent performers and scholars with a broad and diverse range of specializations, share a profound commitment to teaching.


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The department is rich in resources to prepare gifted organists for professional careers. This well-rounded career preparation includes development of technique, scholarly research, and the ability to play music of all periods with integrity and knowledge of specific performance practices. The Organ Department 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



James Kibbie (Chair, University Organist)

Joseph Gascho (harpsichord, early music; beginning Fall 2014)

Marilyn Mason (emerita)

Kola Owolabi (organ, church music; beginning Fall 2014)

Edward Parmentier (harpsichord, early music; retirement furlough)


Associated Faculty

Jerroll Adams (University Organ Technician)


Leon Fleisher (photo by Chris Hartlove)
Spring Brings Celebrated Guest Artists to SMTD

Musical artists from across the country and around the world will perform free recitals and/or teach SMTD master classes in coming weeks. more


SMTD logo for eventBrown Bag Recital Series

Wednesday, September 24 - 12:15pm
School of Public Health, Community Room
Free - no tickets required

Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ, Hill Auditorium
Fisk organ, Blanche Anderson Moore HallL├ętourneau organ, Community RoomOrgan studio 2102Organ studio 2110Hill Auditorium consoleItalian positiv, Stearns Collection
"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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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower