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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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The Koinonia Trio (Hye-Jin Cho, piano; Christine Harada Li, violin; Nathaniel Pierce, cello)
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Isaac Levine (left), Mary Jo Disler (center), and Joseph Daniel (right)
Three alumni featured at Yale University carillon congress

Two SMTD alumni won the 2016 Yale University Twilight Concert and Competition Contest.  more

events

image for Faculty/Guest Recital: Joseph Gascho, harpsichord and Julie Andrijeski, violinFaculty/Guest Recital: Joseph Gascho, harpsichord and Julie Andrijeski, violin

Saturday, October 1 - 2:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for 56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Recital: Scott Dettra56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Recital: Scott Dettra

Sunday, October 2 - 4:00pm
Off-Campus Location, First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, 517 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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image for Final Round of the Fifth Annual Organ Improvisation CompetitionFinal Round of the Fifth Annual Organ Improvisation Competition

Sunday, October 2 - 7:00pm
Off-Campus Location, First Presbyterian Church- 1432 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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image for 56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Recital: Department of Organ students56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Recital: Department of Organ students

Monday, October 3 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for 56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Carillon Recital: Kimberly Schafer56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Carillon Recital: Kimberly Schafer

Monday, October 3 - 7:00pm
Burton Memorial Tower
Free - no tickets required

image for 56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Faculty Recital: Kola Owolabi56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Faculty Recital: Kola Owolabi

Monday, October 3 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Faculty Harpsichord Dedication Recital: Joseph GaschoFaculty Harpsichord Dedication Recital: Joseph Gascho

Tuesday, October 4 - 9:00am
Earl V. Moore Building, Blanche Anderson Moore Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for 56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Recital: Department of Organ Students56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Recital: Department of Organ Students

Tuesday, October 4 - 10:30am
Earl V. Moore Building, Blanche Anderson Moore Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Faculty Organ Chamber Music Concert: Joseph Gascho, organFaculty Organ Chamber Music Concert: Joseph Gascho, organ

Tuesday, October 4 - 4:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Blanche Anderson Moore Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for 56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Carillon Recital: Prof. Tiffany Ng56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Carillon Recital: Prof. Tiffany Ng

Tuesday, October 4 - 7:00pm
Burton Memorial Tower
Free - no tickets required

image for 56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Recital: Christian Bischoff56th Annual Conference on Organ Music Recital: Christian Bischoff

Tuesday, October 4 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

image for Brown Bag Recital SeriesBrown Bag Recital Series

Sep. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Nov. 30, Dec. 7
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 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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Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

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