Summer Academy for High School Organists

C150806_ESM_Master Organ class

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Summer Academy for High School Organists
Application deadline has been extended to June 1st!

July 24-28, 2017 / Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Caroline Robinson, coordinator                                                                                                              

Locations: ESM Schmitt Organ Recital Hall, Asbury First United Methodist Church, Christ Church, Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, Memorial Art Gallery, Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Church, St. Paul’s Church, Third Presbyterian Church

Faculty: David Higgs, Nathan Laube, Edoardo Bellotti, William Porter, Stephen Kennedy

Come and experience the thriving pipe organ culture at Eastman in this five-day intensive workshop for high school students. Each day will include private and group instruction from world-renowned performers and pedagogues, as well as daily access to a wide variety of instruments. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in master classes focusing on repertoire, sacred music skills, improvisation, and technique. Use this time to meet friends and colleagues that share in your passion, and see just how much there is to discover and learn within the organ community here in downtown Rochester. The program includes social activities and excursions and a final student performance open to the public.

Audition requirements:

  • Audition Recording:
    • A recording of two contrasting pieces, uploaded online and shared with the coordinator ( The sharing platforms could be Dropbox, Google Drive, or (for shorter sound files), mp3s attached to an email. We will not accept CDs this year. Please email the coordinator with any questions or need for assistance.
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation:
    • 1-2 recommendations from organ teacher and/or musical mentors.

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Orientation, Monday, July 24 at 9 a.m. in Schmitt Organ Hall
Last scheduled activities: Participant Concerts, Friday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. (Christ Church) and 1:30 p.m. (Third Presbyterian Church)

$575 / noncredit     CRN 21031

“A very memorable week filled with many wonderful experiences. I would highly recommend it to any high school organist.” – 2015 participant

For a glimpse of the 2015 Summer Academy for High School Organists, click here!

Click HERE to apply