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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

Jerroll Adams (University Organ Technician)

 

news

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Dean Dworkin's statement on proposed elimination of NEA and NEH

In a letter to all SMTD constituents, Aaron Dworkin lays out the importance of the NEA and NEH to our nation and to the future success of our students.  more

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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 eventThe Schoenstein Competition in the Art of Organ Accompaniment

Wednesday, March 29 - 3:30pm
Off-Campus Location, First Presbyterian Church- 1432 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventCarillon Symposium Opening Talk: Jeffrey Treviño, Cal State Monterey Bay

Friday, March 31 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required
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image for Carillon Symposium: Panel DiscussionCarillon Symposium: Panel Discussion

Saturday, April 1 - 9:30am
Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.), West Conference Room
Free - no tickets required
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image for Carillon Symposium: RecitalCarillon Symposium: Recital

Saturday, April 1 - 12:00pm
Burton Memorial Tower
Free - no tickets required
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Saturday, April 1 - 1:30pm
Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.), West Conference Room
Free - no tickets required
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image for Carillon Symposium Keynote Speaker: Steven Feld, University of New MexicoCarillon Symposium Keynote Speaker: Steven Feld, University of New Mexico

Saturday, April 1 - 4:00pm
North Quad, Erlicher Room
Free - no tickets required
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image for Carillon Symposium ConcertCarillon Symposium Concert

Saturday, April 1 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required
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Sunday, April 2 - 9:00am
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for Carillon Symposium: Closing RoundtableCarillon Symposium: Closing Roundtable

Sunday, April 2 - 10:45am
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
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image for Brown Bag Recital SeriesBrown Bag Recital Series

Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, Mar. 8, Mar. 22, Apr. 5
Thomas Francis Jr. School of Public Health Building, Community Room
Free - no tickets required
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image for True Blue! A Tribute to MichiganTrue Blue! A Tribute to Michigan

Saturday, April 8 - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating -$50/$30/$25 and $20/$15 with Student ID
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SMTD logo for eventBaroque Chamber Orchestra and Early Music Choir Concert

Wednesday, April 12 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventHarpsichord Recital

Thursday, April 20 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
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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