Organ

There are two ways to study organ at BYU-Idaho: the group class and individual studio instruction (known as "Applied Music Lessons"). Group organ instruction (Music 106) is offered for beginning organ students each semester for credit. 

About

Students may enroll in applied organ lessons for credit. There are four options for private lessons:

  • Enroll in Music 158B for individual instruction in organ as  a non-music major.
  • Study organ as part of a music cluster.
  • Minor in music with an emphasis in organ.
  • Earn the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Organ.

Scholarship assistance is available. Please contact Dr. Daniel Kerr with any additional questions.

Student performance opportunities include:

  • Providing music for the weekly Devotionals in the BYU-Idaho Center
  • Student organ recitals during Forum hour (Thursdays at 2pm)
  • Performances with various vocal and instrumental ensembles
  • Providing music at graduation ceremonies, new student convocations, etc.
  • Semester projects (Organ Festival, Hymn Festival, Study tours of instruments)

In addition, the organ faculty and outside artists present recitals and masterclasses throughout the year.

The campus is home to four fine pipe organs:

  • A four-manual, 67-rank Ruffatti organ* in the Barrus Concert Hall of the Snow Performing Arts Center.
  • A three-manual, 24 rank Wicks organ* in the Married Student Stake Center.
  • A three manual, 9-rank Rodgers organ* in Taylor Chapel.
  • A one-manual, 3-rank Bigelow continuo organ* for use with early music ensembles.
  • A two-manual, 6-rank Bigelow Practice organ*.

Additional electronic instruments are located in the BYU-Idaho Center*, Hart Auditorium, Hinckley Chapel, the teaching studio, and three additional practice rooms.

Auditions

Organ majors (like most music majors) are required to participate in an ensemble each semester (eight credits total). Usually organists participate in a choral ensemble (in fact, at least 4 credits of choral ensembles are required for organ majors). However, if the student is proficient in an orchestral or band instrument, some of the ensemble credits can be earned in instrumental ensembles. Organ majors should follow audition information for the ensemble they wish to join (singing for the choral faculty or playing for the instrumental faculty). Some ensembles (both choral and instrumental) are non-auditioned; if you desire to participate in one of these, simply sign up and then attend the first day of class. 

Organ students do have opportunities to accompany choirs on the organ. However, these opportunities are assigned on an as-needed basis during the semester. There are very few opportunities to earn ensemble credit by playing the organ in the ensemble. These are limited to accompanying a choral ensemble (as rehearsal pianist, with some organ accompaniment) or playing keyboard for the Baroque Ensemble (harpsichord and organ). Students interested in these options should speak directly with Dr. Kerr and then the specific ensemble director to determine the possibility of participating in these ensembles at the keyboard for credit.

Organ Faculty

Girl playing organ
Man playing organ
Large organ in chapel