Summer Programs

Organ Academy

picture of four organs of Oberlin in three different concert spaces on campus
Organs of Oberlin (l-r): Fairchild Chapel's Brombaugh Op. 25, Finney Chapel's C.B. Fisk, and Warner Concert Hall's Flentrop and Harrold organs.
Photo credit: David Kazimir and Julie Gulenko

Sunday, July 9-Saturday, July 15, 2023


Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until April 25.  Those applying earlier will have a greater chance of being admitted.


This intensive, residential program offered to organists ages 13 - 25 (students under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent and live off-campus).

Sessions of daily lessons, master classes, sacred music skills, improvisation, harpsichord, clavichord, and preparation for college auditions and competitions are included in this week. Midweek the group tours organs and other sites in Cleveland, then off to Sandusky to Cedar Point Amusement Park!

Please note: All summer programs are subject to the College's public health and Obiesafe policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All participants agree to adhere to all College policy while participating in a summer program.

Jonathan Moyer.Jonathan William Moyer specializes in a vast repertoire from the Renaissance to the 21st century and has performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Japan.  professor of organ at Oberlin, Moyer also serves as organist of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland and has been a visiting lecturer in organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Lübeck, Germany. Recent concerts include Bachkirche (Arnstadt), St. Jakobikirche (Lübeck), Ludgerikirche (Norden), Laurenskerk (Alkmaar), Marktkirchethe (Hannover), the National Convention of the American Organ Historical Society (Rochester, N.Y.), the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.), St. Sulpice (Paris), Notre Dame de Bergerac, and J.S. Bach’s complete Clavierübung III at the German Reformed Church in Budapest. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Oberlin Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Quire Cleveland, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the Handel Choir of Baltimore.

photo of David KazimirDavid Kazimir has performed in major churches and cathedrals in Boston, Cleveland, New York, and Washington, D.C., and overseas in Cambridge, England; Rhonda, Wales; Lausanne, Switzerland; and at St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. A member of the staff of the C.B. Fisk organ-building firm from 2001 to 2010, Kazimir was involved in the construction of more than 20 instruments, including Fisk’s magnum opus at the Cathedral in Lausanne, Switzerland—the first American organ in a European cathedral. From 2010 to 2015, he served as curator of organs and carillons and lecturer in music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He currently serves as curator of organs at Oberlin Conservatory.


Photo of Kirk RichKirk Michael Rich is the Director of Music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where he plays the organ, oversees a growing program of adult choirs, and administers a concert series. A laureate of several organ competitions, Kirk has performed as a concert organist in venues such as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D. C.), St. Thomas Church, 5th Avenue (NYC), and for three national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. As a harpsichordist and continuo player, he has performed with the Houston Bach Society, Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined, and in period instrument orchestras under the direction of Stanley Ritchie and Nigel North, among others.

Kirk holds organ degrees from Oberlin College (BMus), the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (MM), and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston (DMA). Additional study in Europe has been with Francesco Cera and Ludger Lohmann. Kirk continues to study an historical approach to composition and improvising with Dr. Derek Remeš (Die Hochschule Luzern).

1-3pm   Registration and moving in
4pm      Conservatory and Campus Tour
5:30pm Dinner at the dining hall

10am   Participant Concert
Noon   Lunch

Priority Registration Deadline: March 1
If space allows, final registration deadline: April 25

Program notification will occur after these two deadlines.



Application fee: $55

On-Campus attendees 15-17
Program fee, including air-conditioned dormitory room with linens and all-you-can-eat meals at the dining hall:

Double, shared room: $1,370
Single, private room: $1,420
Bathroom facilities with private shower and toilet stalls on each floor.

Program fee: $750
Lunch and Dinner card: $200 (optional)

Please note that all fees paid are nonrefundable.

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