Summer Organ Online Workshop

WKS 432
Summer Organ Online Workshop

UPDATE (May 7, 2021): This course has been cancelled for Summer 2021.
July 7-9, 2021 / Wednesday-Friday, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EDT
Margaret-Mary Owens, coordinator

Faculty: David Higgs, Stephen Kennedy, Anne Laver, William Porter

Join us online for this three-day workshop for young organists exploring the fascinating landscape of the organ in the United States. Eastman faculty and students will introduce this topic utilizing Rochester’s impressive collection of instruments as case studies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in panel discussions with faculty, receive feedback on prerecorded performances and improvisations in a masterclass setting, and gain access to materials for further study. The course is open to both pre-college and undergraduate organists.

Performer participants will be chosen by audition. Please submit two recordings (using the Audition link below) to be considered for inclusion in the masterclass portion of the program. One recording from each selected performer will be used for masterclass; for the other recording, students will receive written comments from the faculty. Recordings can be of a performance of repertoire or an improvisation. Each recording should be a link to a YouTube video or in mp4 format and should not exceed 10 minutes in length. Please include the name and builder of the instrument used and a stoplist. Recordings are due May 1, 2021

The workshop is also available to auditors, who will have access to all group sessions but will not perform in masterclasses or receive faculty comments. No audition is required to attend as an auditor; auditors can register directly using the registration link at the bottom of this page.

Enrollment is limited to 8 performers (no auditor limit). Candidates who audition but are not selected as performers are welcome to attend as auditors. Decisions will be announced after the May 1 deadline.

Performers: $350 / noncredit     WKS 432-1
Auditors: $150 / noncredit     WKS 432-2

“This program exceeded my expectations. The faculty were some of the finest I’ve ever worked with.” – 2019 participant


  • A current copy of your music résumé
  • Audition Recording
    • Two pieces of your choice (can be a repertoire performance or an improvisation)
    • Please limit each recording to 10 minutes or less
    • When sending links, please also include information about the name and builder of the instrument used and a stoplist

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to use our online Audition Form.

Audition video instructions:

All applicants must submit separate links for each piece on the audition list; mp4 files are acceptable if video links are not available.

All videos must conform to the following format:

  • Camera 5-15 feet from student, clearly showing you and your instrument
  • Uploaded to YouTube for ease of transmitting (unlisted links suggested; public links okay; private links don’t work)

Please send video (or mp4) links together in one Word document as shown in the example template below (do not forward individual files to the Summer@Eastman office). Links should be “active” so that videos can be viewed directly from your document; you may wish to test this before submitting your audition.

Application material templates:

You may use an existing résumé if you already have one set up; these templates are provided in case you need help putting information together.

Audition Video Links

Please follow this format (or very similar) for your application materials. This will help us get to know you as thoroughly as possible through your application!

There is no fee to audition for this workshop. Auditions will be reviewed after the May 1 deadline.

Audition deadline: Please send your résumé and recordings by May 1, 2021.

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