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The organ program prepares students for careers as soloists, informed teachers, and church musicians, and for doctoral-level studies. The departmental seminar is devoted to a comprehensive survey of organ literature from all musical periods. In addition to individual coaching from the resident faculty, majors receive individual lessons from renowned visiting artists who come to Yale for one week each year. In recent years the visiting artists have included Daniel Roth, Marie-Claire Alain, Martin Haselböck, Peter Planyavsky, and Dame Gillian Weir.
Students have the opportunity to practice and perform on Yale’s extensive collection of fine instruments: the H. Frank Bozyan Memorial Organ in Dwight Memorial Chapel (von Beckerath, three manuals, 1971); the organ in Battell Chapel (Walter Holtkamp Sr., three manuals, 1951); Marquand Chapel at the Divinity School (E. M. Skinner, three manuals, 1931); and the Newberry Memorial Organ in Woolsey Hall (E. M. Skinner, four manuals, 1928), one of the most renowned Romantic organs in the world. Two-manual practice instruments by Flentrop, Holtkamp, Casavant, and other builders are located both in Woolsey Hall and at the Institute of Sacred Music, which also houses five Steinway grand pianos, a C.B. Fisk positive, and a Dowd harpsichord.
Organ majors may enroll in the School of Music through the Insitute of Sacred Music for all degree programs: M.M., Artist Diploma, and D.M.A. The Institute also offers an employment placement service for organ students at Yale.