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Oberlin Conservatory Assistant Professor of Organ Jonathan Moyer AD ’12 plays the organ in Finney Chapel. Photo credit: Walter Novak
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The Organ Program is designed to help students develop excellence in performance and an understanding of a broad range of repertoire. Long recognized as one of the world’s leading centers for organ education, students will have coursework that includes keyboard skills and organ improvisation, and organ literature, history, and design. Private instruction and a range of performance opportunities enrich the experience in this program.

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James David Christie

Professor of Organ
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Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant (440) 775-8198
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Oberlin Conservatory organ majors perform at midnight in Finney Chapel as part of the recurring Friday Night Organ Pump. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Friday Night Organ Pump

If pipe organs conjure images of Sunday services, you’ll want to be sure to go out on a Friday. At the stroke of midnight on the final Friday of the month, conservatory organ students present Organ Pump at Finney Chapel. The event is an unpredictable mix of musicianship and mayhem that attracts community members and students alike, especially Halloween weekend. For the final piece, the audience is invited to sprawl out on the stage to feel the thunder when the Fisk Opus 116 rattles the floorboards. 

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“One of the great joys about teaching at Oberlin is working with the extraordinary organists who come here to study. Our Oberlin students keep us thinking all the time, and they always challenge us to be better teachers.”

James David Christie , Professor of Organ
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