Summer Academy for High School Organists

C150806_ESM_Master Organ class

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Summer Academy for High School Organists
July 23-27, 2018 / Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., plus some evening activities and concerts
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. 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.

For more information, including a schedule and a list of instruments used for study, please visit:

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.

Orientation: Monday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m. in Christ Church
Participant Concerts: Friday, July 27 (morning and afternoon) at Christ Church and Third Presbyterian Church

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Orientation, Monday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m. in Christ Church
Last scheduled activities: Participant Concerts, Friday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. (Christ Church) and 1:30 p.m. (Third Presbyterian Church)

$585 / noncredit             CRN 19085

“I truly enjoyed trying the organs in Rochester. I also quite liked the concerts/recitals that I heard throughout the week. The faculty is simply amazing.” – 2017 participant

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

Click HERE to apply

Read our blog: Introducing the Eastman Organ Experience: Summer at Eastman’s High School Organ Academy