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

Sweelinck Studies: June 14-18, 2021

Summer Institute: June 20-25, 2021

 REGISTER  Registrations received until program is filled.


We are excited to offer two virtual programs this year for every level of organ instruction: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

Open to those in middle school and older! Yes, adults too!


Sweelinck Studies: Observing the 400th Anniversary of the death of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

5-day Zoom Course (daily from 10:00am-12:00noon)
    Full course - $685
    Masterclasses: $125 per session (observation only)
    Zoom Course: $100 per course

Session I: Life and Legacy
Session II: Performance Practice Then and Now
Session III: Variation Forms, Secular and Sacred
Session IV: Toccatas
Session V: Fantasias and Other Works

Zoom Masterclasses
Three 90-minute masterclasses offer opportunities for full-course students to submit recorded performances for critique. Up to 9 performers will be selected based on the application and pre-submitted recording of any keyboard work by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck on organ, harpsichord, or clavichord.



Summer Institute June 20-25, 2021

Two package programs and options for single events offer a variety of choices for each student and every budget, including private lessons, academic classes, community events, virtual tours, and organ demonstrations.

The Institute will culminate in a live-streamed concert on Oberlin's renowned concert organs. Even though we can't be together in person, we can still connect.

Join us this summer in Oberlin....wherever you are!


Register for the level of your choice...

     Level One ($285) - All Institute events, including three private lessons
     Level Two ($135) - One lesson, one class, organ demonstrations, and community events
     Level Three - Single Event Registration, and community events
          Lessons: $75
          Classes: $75
          Organ Demonstrations: $50

     Level Four - Community Events
          Introduction to Oberlin and Virtual Tour of the Organ Collection
          Live-streamed faculty recital
          Q & A with Faculty, Staff, and Students


Program Detail

Private Lessons
50-minute lessons will include individualized instruction via the Zoom platform. Lessons will consist of evaluation of submitted recordings from the student and consultation on topics such as educational resources, practice techniques, using the piano to develop organ technique, and other areas of inquiry. Consultations with the student's local private teacher are also possible. Other lessons will include introduction to the harpsichord, clavichord, and improvisation.

Classes and Demos (50 minutes)
Organ Literature - One session will provide an overview of the development of the organ from antiquity to the present day, along with resources for study and listening.

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
This class will explore the remarkable life and legacy of one of the most remarkable keyboard performers and instructors of the 17th century, whose influence continues beyond the 400 years since his death in 1621.

Organ Construction and Design
An overview of the mechanical design and development of the organ across the centuries, including a tutorial on the rudiments of tuning and temperament.

The Sacred Musician
This class examines the profession of the sacred musician from both a historical and contemporary perspective, with guidance on how to prepare for a lifetime of creative work that both inspires and "pays the rent."

Hymnody
A rousing game of "Name that Tune" with discussion of hymns everyone should know and where they came from. Whether you were raised in one denomination, or several or none, a church job is likely to become part of your life.

Our Siblings
This session explores the clavichords, harpsichords, and pedal piano in the Oberlin collection, with particular focus on music of the baroque, how our ancestors composed for "keyboard," and the level of versatility expected of a musician in the 18th century.

Beginning Improvisation
Why do some students "latch on" to improvisation techniques and become serious improvisers quickly, while others struggle? What are the basic skills everyone needs to have in order to advance with ease and joy? We will discuss the basics of music theory and experiment with exercises to implant a harmonic vocabulary into your hands, so that techniques and patterns become "automatic." Students will need zoom access at a keyboard.

The Oberlin Community
Introduction to Oberlin and Virtual Tour of the Organ Collection - Even though you can't be on campus, come with us on this live guided tour of the campus and its amazing instrument collection.

Organ Demonstrations
In-depth examinations and performances on our most famous instruments, including the Fisk organ in Finney Chapel (French Romantic style), the Flentrop and Harrold organs in Warner Concert Hall (North German and Spanish style), the Brombaugh organs in Fairchild Chapel, and the Bozeman-Gibson organ in Peace Church (Silbermann style).

Q & A with Faculty, Staff, and Students
This session allows students to ask questions about all things in Oberlin—auditions, student life, lessons, practice rooms, social activities—the sky's the limit.

Live-streamed Faculty Concert
Live from Finney Chapel, Fairchild Chapel, and Warner Concert Hall, played by Oberlin Faculty.

Virtual Student Concert
Recorded performances by participants of the 2021 Summer Institute will be presented in a Youtube premier concert event.

Jonathan W. Moyer, David S. Boe chair and assistant professor of organ
Christa Rakich, visiting professor of organ
David Kazimir, curator of organs

Zweelinck Studies Schedule

5-day Zoom Course (daily from 10:00am-12:00noon)

Session I: Life and Legacy
Session II: Performance Practice Then and Now
Session III: Variation Forms, Secular and Sacred
Session IV: Toccatas
Session V: Fantasias and Other Works

Zoom Masterclasses:
Three 90-minute masterclasses offer opportunities for students to submit recorded performances for critique. Up to 9 performers will be selected based on the application and pre-submitted recording of any keyboard work by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck on organ, harpsichord, or clavichord.

Time listed - Eastern Daylight Time
Subject to change

Oberlin Summer Institute 2021 Schedule

Sunday, June 20
4:00pm                        Introductory Meet and Greet Zoom Session
5:00pm                        Video Presentation: The Oberlin Community
6:00pm                        Live Q&A at the Organs

Monday, June 21
8:30am                        Morning check-in Email and Zoom
9:00am-12:00noon Zoom Lessons
12:00noon                  Break
1:00pm-3:00pm        Zoom Lessons
3:30pm                        Class: Organ Construction and Design
5:30pm                        Our Siblings

Tuesday, June 22
8:30am                        Morning check-in Email and Zoom
9:00am-12:00noon Zoom Lessons
12:00noon                  Break
1:00pm-3:00pm       Zoom Lessons
3:30pm                        Class: Organ Literature
5:30pm                        Beginning Improvisation

Wednesday, June 23
8:30am                        Morning check-in Email and Zoom
9:00am-12:00noon Zoom Lessons
12:00noon                  Break
1:00pm-3:00pm       Zoom Lessons
3:30pm                        Class: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
5:30pm                        Faculty Q&A

Thursday, June 24
8:30am                        Morning check-in Email and Zoom
9:00am-12:00noon Zoom Lessons
12:00noon                  Break
1:00pm-3:00pm       Zoom Lessons
3:30pm                        Class: Hymnody
5:30pm                        Zoom Masterclass

Friday, June 25
8:30am                        Morning check-in Email and Zoom
9:00am-12:00noon Zoom Lessons
12:00noon                  Break
1:00pm-3:00pm       Zoom Lessons
3:30pm                       Class: The Sacred Musician
7:30pm                        Live-Streamed Faculty Organ Concert

There is one registration form for both workshops. Each workshop requests that you include your current repertoire (5), and other musical experience, along with contact information and teacher's name and email address.

Full payment for one or both programs is due one week after you receive your confirmation letter.

Summer Institute
Please complete the registration form.

Sweelink Studies
Please complete the registration form.
Space available on the registration form to upload a link to your performance of a Sweelinck piece should you wish to be considered for critique in a master class.

REGISTER

Full payment for one or both programs is due one week after you receive your confirmation letter.

Sweelinck Studies
Full Course: $685
Individual Sessions:
     Masterclasses: $125 per session
     Zoom Course: $100 per session

Summer Institute
Level One: $285 - Full participation
Level Two: $135 - One lesson, one class, organ demos, and community events
Level Three - Single Event Registration
     Lessons and Classes - each $75
     Organ Demonstrations - each $50
Level 4: Community Events - free

You may make an electronic payment  with a credit card, or if you prefer to send a check, please make the check payable to Oberlin College and mail to:

Summer Organ Workshops
Conservatory of Music
77 W. College St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop, or tablet to the internet using an ethernet cable, a strong, stable wi-fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your wi-fi at speedtest.net; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio.

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality. 

Explore Zoom's new High-Fidelity Music Mode, which has made a huge difference for lessons and master classes.