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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)

Kola Owolabi (organ, improvisation, sacred music)

Joseph Gascho (harpsichord, early music)

Tiffany Ng (carillon, University Carillonneur)

 

Associated Faculty

Vincent Dubois (Continuing Visiting Artist)
Jerroll Adams (University Organ Technician)

news

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Visiting Artist in Organ Appointed Titular Organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral

Vincent Dubois, visiting artist in organ, was appointed the newest of three titular organists of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.  more

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Recent Organ Student Featured on American Public Media

Josh Boyd (BM '15, organ and sacred music) was featured on the Pipedreams radio program for the week of January 11, 2016. more

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SMTD’s Collage Concert XXXIX

The most anticipated SMTD event of every year, the Collage Concert is a non-stop evening of virtuosity, featuring students from every performance discipline in a riveting display of talent, made even more exciting by unique ensembles, exhilarating repertoire, and unexpected juxtapositions of acts. more

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U-M Announces International Chamber Music Competition with Grand Prize of $100,000

M-Prize, U-M's new international chamber arts competition, will feature the largest cash award of any competition of its kind as it seeks to raise the profile of chamber arts. more

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NY Philharmonic Residency Details Announced

SMTD, UMS, and the New York Philharmonic announce the full details of the upcoming New York Philharmonic Residency in October.  more

Moore Building's new Brehm Pavilion (photo: Michigan Photography, Eric Bronson)
E.V. Moore Building reopens following $29.5 million renovation and expansion

SMTD's Earl V. Moore Building reopens, introduces brand new Brehm Pavilion. more

SMTD logo for newsSMTD Welcomes New Faculty

New SMTD Faculty includes David Daniels, John Granzow, Kathleen Kelly, Nathan Martin, Tiffany Ng, John Pasquale, Scott Pingel, René Rusch, Oriol Sans, and Kathryn Votapek. more

 

events

image for Faculty Recital: Tiffany Ng, carillonFaculty Recital: Tiffany Ng, carillon

Monday, February 8 - 12:00pm
Burton Memorial Tower, 10th Floor
Free - no tickets required
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image for Brown Bag Recital Series: Jonathan Sils, flute & Timothy Huth, organBrown Bag Recital Series: Jonathan Sils, flute & Timothy Huth, organ

Wednesday, February 10 - 12:15pm
Thomas Francis Jr. School of Public Health Building, Community Room
Free - no tickets required
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Thursday, February 11 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Recital: Bach Sonatas

Sunday, February 14 - 5:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Master Class: Vincent DuBois, organGuest Master Class: Vincent DuBois, organ

Friday, February 19 - 3:30pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Recital, Vincent DuBois, organGuest Recital, Vincent DuBois, organ

Sunday, February 21 - 3:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Brown Bag Organ Recital Series: U-M Baroque Music Chamber EnsembleBrown Bag Organ Recital Series: U-M Baroque Music Chamber Ensemble

February 24 - March 23
Thomas Francis Jr. School of Public Health Building, Community Room
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventGuest Recital: Ensemble Nevermind

Wednesday, February 24 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventEarly Music Master Class: Ensemble Nevermind

Thursday, February 25 - 5:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Brown Bag Organ Recital Series: U-M Department of Organ StudentsBrown Bag Organ Recital Series: U-M Department of Organ Students

March 9 - April 6
Thomas Francis Jr. School of Public Health Building, Community Room
Free - no tickets required
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Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner organ, Hill Auditorium
Fisk organ, Blanche Anderson Moore HallLétourneau 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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