Organ and Harpsichord

Programs in the Organ and Harpsichord Division at the University of Illinois School of Music are designed to develop excellence in solo performance and to encourage knowledge of different national styles and schools within a wide range of repertoire. The degrees offered include the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts. The organ and harpsichord faculty is dedicated to historical keyboard practices, offering courses in historical performance practice; basso continuo accompaniment; tuning and temperament; organ history and design; organ literature; and ensemble performance. In addition to private instruction and courses directly related to organ and harpsichord, the curriculum includes study in history and theory, composition, choral conducting, and pedagogy. A number of ensemble performance opportunities are available to students, including choral groups and a period instrument group. Our students have won top prizes in organ and harpsichord competitions, such as national competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and the Jurow Competition sponsored by the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society.