Summer Organ Academy

C150806_ESM_Master Organ class

Now also open to undergraduate collegiate organists!
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Summer Organ Academy
July 15-19, 2019 / Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., plus some evening activities and concerts
Caroline Robinson, coordinator
Margaret-Mary Owens, assistant 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, William Porter, Stephen Kennedy
Teaching assistants: Caroline Robinson, Malcolm Matthews, Amanda Mole

Come and experience the thriving pipe organ culture at Eastman in this five-day intensive workshop for young organists. 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 two culminating student performances open to the public. Undergraduate organists are also welcome to apply.

For more information, including a schedule and a list of instruments used for study, please visit: Attendance is by audition only.

Audition requirements:
Please send your biography, résumé, repertoire list, letter(s) of recommendation, and recording(s) by May 1, 2019.

  • Short Biography
    • One or two paragraphs about your solo and ensemble experience, awards, honors, etc.
  • A current copy of your music résumé and repertoire list
  • 1-2 letters of recommendation from an organ teacher and/or musical mentor(s)
  • Audition Recording
    • YouTube link(s), mp3 or mp4 file(s) including two contrasting pieces.

Click here to upload audition materials to the secure Summer@Eastman dropbox. Documents may also be emailed to the Summer@Eastman office at To submit audition videos using links, email the links to

There is no fee to audition for this institute. Auditions will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Orientation: Monday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m. in Christ Church
Participant Concerts: Friday, July 19 (morning and afternoon) at Christ Church and Third Presbyterian Church (Rochester, NY)

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Orientation, Monday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m. in Christ Church
Last scheduled activities: Participant Concerts, Friday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m. (Christ Church) and 1:30 p.m. (Third Presbyterian Church)

$595 / noncredit     CRN 19155

“This program exceeded my expectations. The faculty were some of the finest I’ve ever worked with.” – 2018 participant

Click HERE to apply

Visit the page from the 2018 camp to get a preview of the Summer Organ Academy experience!

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