Organ

Focus your studies on the organ

For the past seven decades, our organ and sacred music students have consistently emerged from our program as players and scholars of the highest caliber. You can find them throughout the world, in integral roles at churches and academic settings, or experiencing success in the concert field.

As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to take courses in applied organ, organ literature, sacred music, organ construction and design, and improvisation. Many organ majors participate in our Sacred Music Practicum, a laboratory environment in which you are able to gain experience in a wide variety of areas related to sacred music, including choral conducting, console conducting, anthem accompaniment, vocal and rehearsal techniques, and improvisation. 

In addition to academic coursework, applied lessons, and ensemble participation, you will have the chance to engage in professional activities. The Bloomington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists—an affiliate of the largest professional organization for organists in the United States and Canada—is comprised primarily of students.

Perform on a regular basis

The Jacobs community puts on more than 1,100 performances each academic year—and you’ll be among the players. Musicians have traveled from all around the globe to play the outstanding instruments available to you here.

I’m indebted to my faculty mentors and colleagues here at Jacobs for a plethora of opportunities to pursue all my varied musical interests—playing the organ, singing, directing, teaching, and composing. I’m confident these experiences will help prepare me for a multifaceted career that reflects the musical diversity of my upbringing.

Katie Burk, D.M. Organ Performance

Discover our summer programs

Every summer, we offer exciting, deep learning opportunities for youth and professional sacred musicians. Our Organ Academy is designed for inquisitive and motivated pre-college and college organists who want to engage with artist-faculty and the resources and instrumental collections we offer.

Our Sacred Music Intensive offers continuing education enrichment to church musicians, ages 18 and older, who seek a supportive and stimulating environment in which to sharpen skills and engage new concepts and repertoire.

Learn more about our summer programs

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