Organ at Arts Academy


Why Study Organ at Interlochen

The modern organ captures a place beyond its traditional role in church music. Here, you’ll explore its tremendous potential and master its complex mechanics in the context of a rich and diverse artistic environment. Immerse yourself in your craft alongside passionate artists of all disciplines.

What You’ll Learn

At Interlochen, you'll find a nurturing and inspiring environment in which you can focus on your goals while working side by side with other musicians.

Your schedule will include a mix of private lessons and studio classes fit to your skill set. You'll have the chance to interact daily with our renowned faculty, who will guide you through organ, piano, theory, and choral training. Develop a daily practice, and learn how to identify and address the gaps in your technique. Choose one of six programs that best aligns with your interest.

Audition Requirements

Core Curriculum

Meet the Faculty

Thomas Bara

Chair of Piano, Organ, Harp, & Percussion; Instructor of Organ

All Faculty

Guest Artists

  • Ken Cowan, Professor of Organ, Rice University
  • Isabelle Demers, The Joyce Bowden Chair in Organ, Baylor University
  • Nichole Keller, Lecturer in Organ, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory
  • James Kibbie, University of Michigan
  • Huw Lewis, Chair of the Organ Department, Hope College
  • Jonathan Moyer, Oberlin Conservatory
  • Catherine Rodland, St. Olaf College
  • Todd Wilson, Cleveland Institute of Music

Program Highlights

Performance Opportunities

You'll have opportunities to perform in large ensembles and chamber groups, both on- and off-campus. Learn more in our Explore Ensemble section below. Students will also have practical experience playing for local congregations and churches.

Organ Tours

Organ students tour both regionally and nationally during the academic year. Past tours include: First Congregational Church, Los Angeles; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; National City Christian Church, Washington, D.C; and Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City.

Beyond the Organ

In addition to continued piano study, you'll have many music electives to choose from to broaden your musicianship. Electives may include: composition, music production and engineering, and more.

Interdisciplinary Projects

Work with students in other artistic disciplines. You'll have the opportunity to work on improvisation with the dance accompanying faculty using live dance classes as a laboratory.

A girl playing organ

I've learned so much in three months. I went from playing small pedal etudes to now expressing Dupre, Bach, and Dello Joio. I'm amazed at what this school has helped me accomplish and discover. In my three months here, I have been the happiest I have ever been. I love seeing my peers with such passion and joy for what they do, and I love being able to express myself in front of them. I love that they understand and listen.

Elizabeth, Music

A smiling man

From curiosity to career

Learn more about Arts Academy and Arts Camp alumnus Bryan Dunnewald and his organ career path.

Read Bryan's story

College Matriculation

Recent Interlochen Arts Academy Music Division students have continued their education at the following institutions and beyond.

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Indiana University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • New England Conservatory
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory
  • Rice University
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University