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.
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 weekly Devotionals in the BYU-Idaho Center
- student organ recitals during Forum hour (Thursdays at 2)
- 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's 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
- Gedackt 8'
- Rohrflöte 4'
- Praestant 2'
- 51-note manual compass
- 25-note pedal compass
- Pull-down manual to pedal coupler
Additional electronic instruments are located in the BYU-Idaho Center, Hart Auditorium, Hinckley Chapel, the teaching studio, and 4 practice rooms.