Join Matthew Lewis, acclaimed organ faculty member at Westminster Choir College and the Pre-College Division of Julliard; with Princeton University Organist Eric Plutz and Alan Morrison, Coordinator of Organ Studies at Westminster and Chair of Organ Studies at Curtis Institute of Music for a two-week Institute for High School organists.
The experience includes private lessons, participation in Philadelphia Organ Month and the opportunity to hear and play the famed Wanamaker organ. There will be organ crawls to major churches in both New York City and Philadelphia, master classes, and sessions on various organ related topics. The Institute ends with a student recital where all the participants perform.
One of the premier schools for organ study in the United States, Westminster features a collection of 15 pipe organs by major builders, including recital instruments by Aeolian-Skinner, Casavant and Fisk, as well as practice instruments by Noack, Beckerath, Flentrop, Holtkamp, Möller, Phelps and Schantz.
When is this program offered?
July 6 - July 19, 2014
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$1850 (includes room and board)
- Two or more programs - $100 discount off each program
- Family discount - Families sending more than one student receive a $100 discount per program
Enrollment is open to students ages 14-18 years old. There is no application deadline for this program, however it is advisable to register early to reserve your place in this popular class.
- Multiple private lessons and master classes with the organ faculty
- Attend classes in musical style, technique, history, literature and registration
- Classes in liturgical organ playing and improvisation
- Daily choral experience; Perform in the Final Vocal Institute concert
- Learn effective techniques for practicing, performance anxiety and memorization
- Learn how to prepare for auditions and college applications
- Built-in practice time
- Trip to New York or Philadelphia to hear and play some of the region’s most noted organs
- Two performances! Students will perform in a final organ recital on the Westminster campus Friday, July 18, 2014 and in the final choral concert with Vocal Institute on Saturday, July 19, 2014
The daily schedule includes morning and afternoon sessions on varying topics including organ literature, hymn playing and improvisation, master classes, and participate daily in the Vocal Institute full choir. Private lessons are offered weekdays except when off campus. Free time for practice on Westminster’s many pipe organs completes this rich experience. Evening and weekend activities will feature special presentations, social events and recitals.
Westminster Office of Continuing Education