The University of Michigan’s 60th Annual Organ Conference will be in an online format this year, from October 5-10, 2020.  The focus of the conference will be how we as organists, harpsichordists, carillonists, and sacred musicians can use our art to come together, build community, and support, comfort and heal.  We've created a series of live-streamed lectures and pre-recorded performances that address these important and immediate issues which you may access easily through the Organ Conference website during the conference week and later through the university archives.  All events may be viewed free of charge. Please join us throughout the week of October 5-10 at 12:00 noon and 8:00 pm EDT!


Monday, October 5

12:00 Noon EDT:

“Dissension” for trombone and organ (premiere)

Kaelan Hansson, graduate organ student and PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering, composer / Prof. David Jackson, University of Michigan, trombone / Dr. James Kibbie, University of Michigan, organ

High Tech and Low Tech: Ways to Preserve the Church Choir During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Jackson Merrill, graduate student in Organ Performance


8:00 pm EDT:

Leading in Times of Vast Change: Courage to Lead Congregations through Times of Tumult

Dr. Darlene Kuperus, University of Michigan

Sarah Hescheles, Restoring Waters Consulting


Tuesday, October 6

12:00 Noon EDT:

Chris DeBlasio, Serenade for organ and violin

Jeremy David Tarrant, University of Michigan, organ

Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos, violin

Planning the Ecumenical Service with African American Organ Literature

Sylvia Wall, graduate student in Sacred Music


8:00 pm EDT:

Organists as Innovators

Michael Barone, Pipedreams, American Public Media


Wednesday, October 7

12:00 Noon EDT:

Music for Soprano and Organ

Katharine Ball Meagher, guest artist, soprano

Dr. Andrew Meagher, Organ Department staff, organ

Living Voices: Sharon Willis and Harriet Tubman

Sarah Simko, Doctoral candidate in Organ Performance


8:00 pm EDT:

Music and Message:

A Case Study in Spiritual Programing for College Students

Dr. José “Peppie” Calvar, Syracuse University

Rev. Brian Konkol, Syracuse University

Dr. Anne Laver, Syracuse University


Thursday, October 8

12:00 Noon EDT:

Carillon Collaboration

Joey Brink, University of Chicago

8:00 pm EDT:

Visualizing Collaborative Sound

Ryan Mueller, Dobson Pipe Organ Builders


Friday, October 9

12:00 Noon EDT:

Challenging Conventions:

Student Perspectives on Collaboration on the Carillon

University of Michigan carillon students Anthony DiBello, Michelle Lam,

Isaac Levine, Kavitha Lobo, and Jenna Moon

Taking Turns: Ascanio Mayone and His Collaborators

Kaelan Hansson, graduate organ student and PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering

8:00 pm EDT:

Audience Collaboration in 18th-Century Keyboard Improvisation

Dr. John Mortensen, Cedarville University


Saturday, October 10

12:00 Noon EDT:

“Cetus: Life After Life” for carillon

and amplified whale song recordings (Michigan premiere)

Dr. Tiffany Ng, University of Michigan, carillon

Annie Lewandowski, Cornell University, composer

Katy Payne, Cornell University, acoustic biologist

8:00 pm EDT:

Closing Concert

Dr. Joseph Gascho, University of Michigan, harpsichord

University of Michigan ensemble players