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

SUMMER INSTITUTE
Sunday, June 19-Saturday, June 25, 2022

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.


This intensive, residential program offered to organists ages 13 and up (middle-school students 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!


Registration will remain open until program is filled.

ORGAN SUMMER INSTITUTE REGISTRATION

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 Angela Cross KraftAngela Kraft Cross, San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Organ Performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University, where she subsequently completed her residency in ophthalmology. 

Dr. Kraft Cross has performed extensively on both organ and piano, having given over five hundred concerts across the United States, in Canada, England, Holland, France, Russia, Finland, Hungary, Korea, Lesotho and Guam, including such venues as Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Sulpice and the Madeleine in Paris, Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas Church in New York City, Methuen Memorial Music Hall and Trinity Church in Boston, E. Power Biggs’ organ at Harvard, and Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral in London. She has been featured soloist with local Bay Area ensembles. In October 2017, Viva la Musica performed her composition Exsultate Deo on their international tour to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia.

She has released eight solo CD albums, recorded locally in California as well as in Paris, Lyon and London.  Three of her organ albums have received critical acclaim in The American Organist magazine.  She has served as the organist of the Congregational Church of San Mateo since 1993, and is currently the Artist in Residence.  She is also a regular organ recitalist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor as well as at St. Mary’s Cathedral and Mission Dolores in San Francisco.

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.
 

Christa Rakich.Christa Rakich has performed widely throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. A prize winner in numerous international organ competitions, she has earned particular acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach. With keyboardist Peter Sykes, she performed a complete cycle of Bach’s keyboard works in a series of 34 concerts named "Tuesdays with Sebastian," which raised $20,000 for Boston-area charities. Rakich is a founding performer of the Big Moose Bach Festival, which presents Bach cantatas, chamber music, and keyboard music each year in rural Berlin, New Hampshire. She also pursues an active interest in the clavichord and serves as vice president of the Boston Clavichord Society.

 

OPENING EVENTS ON SUNDAY, JUNE 19
1-3pm   Registration and moving in
4pm      Conservatory and Campus Tour
5:30pm Dinner at the dining hall

CLOSING EVENTS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 25
10am   Participant Concert
Noon   Lunch at the dining hall

ORGAN SUMMER INSTITUTE REGISTRATION FORM
This form will remain open until program is filled.

Application fee: $55

Program fee, including dormitory room with linens and all-you-can-eat meals at the dining hall: $1,225

Please note that all fees paid are nonrefundable

Payment deadlines:

$200 deposit due one week after acceptance

You may make an electronic payment, or to send a check, please make the check payable to Oberlin College and mail to:

Summer Organ Institute
Conservatory of Music
77 West College St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

Please feel free to email:   summer@oberlin.edu