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Department of Organ

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Organ, harpsichord, carillon and sacred music

The faculty of the Department of Organ, eminent performers and scholars with a broad range of specializations, share a profound commitment to teaching. The department is rich in resources to prepare gifted musicians for professional careers as organists, church musicians, harpsichordists and carillonneurs. This well-rounded career preparation includes development of artistry, technique, scholarly research, and the ability to play music of all periods with integrity and knowledge of specific performance practices. The Department of Organ 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.

 

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Studies in improvisation enable students to develop their personal voices as musicians and add breadth to their work as church musicians and performers. A graded curriculum in church music exposes students to many musical genres reflecting diverse cultures and liturgical traditions.

Both solo and continuo playing are emphasized for harpsichord students, who will also build a strong foundation in historical performance practice. Other early music opportunities include Renaissance choir, Baroque chamber orchestra and a wide variety of chamber music experiences.

Carillon students explore the many and various purposes of bells while preparing for regular performances on the two carillons on the U-M campus.

 

faculty

 

James Kibbie (Chair, University Organist; sabbatical leave, Fall Term, 2016)

Kola Owolabi (organ, improvisation, sacred music; Interim Chair, Fall Term, 2016)

Joseph Gascho (harpsichord, early music)

Tiffany Ng (carillon, University Carillonneur)

 

Associated Faculty

Jerroll Adams (University Organ Technician)

Joseph Balistreri (Visiting Faculty, Fall Term, 2016)

Darlene Kuperus (Visiting Faculty, Fall Term, 2016)

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Carillon Concert Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

As part of the University of Michigan's Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, on January 16, University Carillonist Tiffany Ng and students will perform works by African American composers on the Baird Carillon. more

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Interlochen Arts Academy Students Visit SMTD for Master Classes

High school organists from the Interlochen Arts Academy recently spent a weekend at SMTD for masterclasses with Professor James Kibbie.   more

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Always Inspirational, Forever Valiant: A Bicentennial Appreciation for the Performing Arts at Michigan

The University of Michigan Bicentennial marks 200 years of extraordinary research, education, and public service.  more

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Hack The Bells Submission Deadline Approaching

SMTD is delighted to announce a call for works for student installations, site-specific projects, and other creative proposals and performances involving either the bells of Burton or Lurie Tower. more

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2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition: Accepting Applications

M-Prize, offering an unprecedented grand prize of $100,000, is now accepting applications, with a deadline of February, 1, 2017. more

 

events

SMTD logo for eventSMTD Presidential Bicentennial Colloquia (SOLD OUT/WAITLIST AVAILABLE)

Monday, January 30 - 5:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - registration required
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Showcase

Feb. 2, Feb. 9
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventEn Espa├▒ol: Sounds of the Hispanosphere Festival Early Music Ensemble

Saturday, February 4 - 2:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ, Hill Auditorium
Fisk organ, Blanche Anderson Moore HallL├ętourneau organ, Community RoomOrgan studio 2102Organ Studio 2110Hill Auditorium consoleItalian positiv, Stearns CollectionLurie Tower bell chamberFranco-Flemish harpsichord after Ruckers by William Dowd
"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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