Degrees and Requirements
Organs at Yale
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School of Music
Great Organ Music at Yale
Program in Organ
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The major in organ prepares students for careers as informed church musicians, soloists, and teachers, and for doctoral-level programs. The departmental seminar is devoted to a comprehensive survey of organ literature from the seventeenth century to the present. For one week each year the department invites a visiting artist/teacher to be in residence. These have included Daniel Roth, Marie-Claire Alain, Catharine Crozier, Peter Planyavsky, Martin Haselböck, Thomas Trotter, Naji Hakim, David Craighead, Olivier Latry, Susan Landale, Ludger Lohmann, Jon Gillock, Michael Gailit, Karel Paukert, Thomas Trotter, Hans-Ola Ericcson, Jon Laukvik, Dame Gillian Weir, Rachel Laurin, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, and Simon Preston. Typically, they teach a week of individual lessons and an organ seminar and perform an organ recital. The visiting artist-in-residence in 2012–2013 will be Vincent Dubois, and Francesco Cera, Isabelle Demers, and Yale faculty will also perform in the annual Great Organ Music at Yale series.
Students have the opportunity for practice and performance on the
extensive collection of fine instruments at the University: the
H. Frank Bozyan Memorial Organ in Dwight Memorial Chapel (Rudolph
von Beckerath, three manuals, 1971); the organ in Battell Chapel
(Walter Holtkamp, Sr., three manuals, 1951); the organ in Marquand
Chapel at the Divinity School (E. M. Skinner, three manuals, 1932);
and the Newberry Memorial Organ in Woolsey Hall (E. M. Skinner,
four manuals, 1928), one of the most famous romantic organs in the
world. The 2007-2008 academic year saw the inauguration of the new Krigbaum Organ (Taylor & Boody, three manuals, meantone temperament, 2007) in Marquand Chapel. The Institute also possesses a Taylor and Boody continuo organ (2004). A new instrument by Martin Pasi was installed in 2011 in the Organ Studio. Two-manual practice
instruments by Flentrop, Holtkamp, Casavant, and others are located
in Woolsey Hall and at the Institute of Sacred Music, which also
houses five Steinway grand pianos, a C. B. Fisk positive, a Dowd
harpsichord, a two-manual Richard Kingston harpsichord, and the new two-manual organ by Martin Pasi.
Further curricular expectations for ISM students are listed here.
(Updated July 5, 2012)