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Department of Organ

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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

 

faculty

James Kibbie (Chair, University Organist)

Joseph Gascho (harpsichord, early music)

Marilyn Mason (emerita)

Kola Owolabi (organ, improvisation, church music)

Edward Parmentier (harpsichord, early music; retirement furlough)

 

Associated Faculty

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

news

SMTD logo for news54th Annual Conference on Organ Music Honors Professor Michele Johns

Professor Michele Johns, who retired in April, will be honored at the 54th Annual Conference on Organ Music. more

SMTD logo for newsSMTD Welcomes New Faculty

Meet Danielle Belen. Jason DeBord, Joseph Gascho, Benny Green, Tim McAllister, Kola Owolabi, and Courtney Snyder. more

events

SMTD logo for eventBrown Bag Recital Series: Glenn Tucker

Wednesday, September 24 - 12:15pm
School of Public Health, Community Room
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Recital: Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, carillonGuest Recital: Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, carillon

Sunday, September 28 - 7:30pm
Burton Memorial Tower
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Recital: Jörg Abbing, St. Ingbert, Germany, organGuest Recital: Jörg Abbing, St. Ingbert, Germany, organ

Sunday, September 28 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSenior Recital: Joshua Boyd, organ

Monday, September 29 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventOrgan Alumni Recital

Monday, September 29 - 8:00pm
Off-Campus Location, First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, 608 E. William Street, Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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image for Faculty Recital: Yizhak Schotten, viola and Joseph Gascho, harpsichordFaculty Recital: Yizhak Schotten, viola and Joseph Gascho, harpsichord

Monday, September 29 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventOrgan Improvisation Competition

Tuesday, September 30 - 2:00pm
Off-Campus Location, First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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image for Faculty recital: Kola Owolabi, organFaculty recital: Kola Owolabi, organ

Tuesday, September 30 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for “Expect Respect: Flip the Script” Lecture: Dr. Christopher Kilmartin“Expect Respect: Flip the Script” Lecture: Dr. Christopher Kilmartin

Oct. 1-2
Rackham, Amphitheatre
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventBrown Bag Recital Series: Tome Strode, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Wednesday, October 8 - 12:15pm
School of Public Health, Community Room
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventBrown Bag Recital Series: James Wagner, First Congregational Church

Wednesday, October 22 - 12:15pm
School of Public Health, 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 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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