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Degrees in Organ & Church Music


Organ & Church Music Undergraduate Degree Options

Students new to KU in Fall 2013 (and all semesters thereafter) must follow the degree requirement check sheets posted here, which include the KU Core. Students who were admitted to their current degree at KU prior to Fall 2013, please continue to follow the requirements in place when you began. In some instances, students who began prior to Fall 2013 can elect to change to the new degree requirements that include the KU Core. Please contact Rita Riley in the School of Music Student Services Office, Room 450 Murphy Hall, if you have any questions.

Organ & Church Music Graduate Degree Options


Organ & Church Music Course Offerings

Specialized work in the organ curricula includes courses in the history of organ literature and design, organ pedagogy, and seminars on repertory, performance, practice, the history of organ building, and related topics. Specialized work in the church music curricula includes courses in service playing, the history of liturgy, anthem literature, children's choirs, bell choirs, the church and the arts, theological aesthetics, the history of church music, and hymnology.

Undergraduate Courses in Organ & Church Music
CHUR 222 Bales Chorale
A choral ensemble directed by student conductors in the Division of Organ and Church Music under the supervision of faculty. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
ACT Bauer,Michael J.
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM MUR 328 - LAWRENCE
0-1 18214
CHUR 622 Bales Chorale
A choral ensemble directed by student conductors in the Division of Organ and Church Music under the supervision of faculty. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
ACT Bauer,Michael J.
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM MUR 328 - LAWRENCE
0-1 18215
ORGN 100 Organ
Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Emmerich,Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13777
ORGN 121 Organ
Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13778
IND Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13779
ORGN 221 Organ
Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors).
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13780
IND Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13781
ORGN 300 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Emmerich,Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13783
ORGN 320 Studio Class in Organ - Lab
Studio performance of works prepared under individual instruction. May be repeated.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Mojica Martinez,Andres
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
0 16960
ORGN 321 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13784
IND Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13785
ORGN 421 Organ
Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13786
IND Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13787
ORGN 422 Organ
Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13788
IND Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-2 13789
ORGN 502 Master Class in Organ - Lab
A class in the performance of advanced organ repertoire. For organ majors only or by consent of instructor. May be repeated.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Higdon,James M.
F 01:00-01:50 PM BRH 107 - LAWRENCE
0 13790
ORGN 603 Institute for Organ and Church Music
A one-week intensive study program in performance, practice, and literature, advanced pedagogy, and church music. Normally offered during the summer session. May be repeated for credit. Graded S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 608 Organ Pedagogy
For seniors and graduate students majoring in organ or by permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Materials and methods of pedagogy. Lectures, discussion, demonstration teaching, planning, and evaluation. One beginning or lower level organ student assigned to each class member with teaching done under supervision of class instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 622 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13791
IND Emmerich,Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 21024
IND Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13792
Graduate Courses in Organ & Church Music
CHUR 622 Bales Chorale
A choral ensemble directed by student conductors in the Division of Organ and Church Music under the supervision of faculty. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
ACT Bauer,Michael J.
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM MUR 328 - LAWRENCE
0-1 18215
CHUR 801 Church Music Seminar I
History of Jewish music; history of church music and the thought about church music through the Middle Ages.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 25540
CHUR 802 Church Music Seminar II
History of church music and the thought about church music from the period of the Renaissance/Reformations through the Baroque era with special emphasis on hymnology, and anthem literature.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 803 Church Music Seminar III
History of church music and the thought about church music from the 19th century to the present with special emphasis on hymnology, and anthem literature.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 804 Church Music Seminar IV
A survey of sacred choral literature focusing on the development of the motet, the mass, and the cantata. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 805 Selected Topics in Church Music: _____
Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vogt,Kevin C
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 21691
CHUR 806 Service Playing and Improvisation I
Hymn playing, service playing techniques, anthem accompaniment, conducting from the console and improvisation. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 807 Service Playing and Improvisation II
Continuation of CHUR 806. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 808 History of Liturgy
The history of liturgy in Jewish and Christian traditions as well as historical criticism and interpretation of liturgy.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 809 The Judeo-Christian Tradition and the Arts
Readings, discussion and projects concerning architecture, visual art, literature, drama, poetry, dance, and film as they have developed in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 810 Religion and the Arts
Issues in the relationship between religion and the arts.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 821 Church Music Colloquium I: Anthem Literature
A survey of significant anthem literature. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 822 Church Music Colloquium II: Handbells
Handbell history, literature, performance, and rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 823 Church Music Colloquium III: Children's Choirs
A study of the history and literature of children's choirs, vocal characteristics of children, and rehearsal procedures with the children's choir. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 824 Church Music Colloquium IV: Hymnology
A study of the historical development of hymnody. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

CHUR 962 Improvisation
Applied study in improvisation at the organ. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 622 Organ
Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13791
IND Emmerich,Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 21024
IND Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-5 13792
ORGN 702 Master Class in Organ - Lab
A class in the performance of advanced organ repertoire. For organ majors only or by consent of instructor. May be repeated.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LAB Higdon,James M.
F 01:00-01:50 PM BRH 107 - LAWRENCE
0 16196
ORGN 711 Organ
For graduate students not majoring in organ. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13793
IND Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 13794
ORGN 720 Studio Class in Organ-Lab
Studio performance of works prepared under individual instruction. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Myeong,Anna
M 01:00-01:50 PM BRH 107 - LAWRENCE
0 16207
ORGN 800 Organ Building and Design
Acoustics; design, construction, and maintenance of organs; organ consulting, examination of organs.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vogt,Kevin C
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 25563
ORGN 801 History of Organ Literature and Organ Design I
Organ literature and organ design from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Spanish, Italian, and English Baroque.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 802 History of Organ Literature and Organ Design II
Organ literature and organ design in the Dutch and German Baroque with special emphasis on J.S. Bach. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 803 History of Organ Literature and Organ Design III
French organ literature and organ design from the 17th century to the present.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 804 History of Organ Literature and Organ Design IV
German, North American, British, Scandinavian and Eastern European organ literature and organ design from the Classic era to the present. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 805 Selected Topics in Organ
An exploration of selected topics in organ design and literature. Topics change by semester. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 16964
LEC Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 25564
ORGN 806 Organ Pedagogy
Philosophy, methods, and materials of organ pedagogy. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 807 Organ Study Tour
Study of European or North American organs through reading and site visits to instruments.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 811 Organ
For graduate students majoring in organ. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13795
IND Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13796
ORGN 921 Seminar in Performance: _____
A detailed study of organ repertoire, performance practice, the history of organ building as it affects the performance of a particular body of literature, liturgical or other extra-musical contexts, and other influences on musical style. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

ORGN 961 Directed Performance
Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. program in organ. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13797
RSH Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13798
ORGN 965 Doctoral Recitals
Maximum credit, seven hours. May be repeated for credit.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
0-3 13799
THE Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
0-3 13800
ORGN 970 D.M.A. Lecture-Recital
A lecture-recital and scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13801
RSH Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13802
ORGN 972 D.M.A. Document
A scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance and conducting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Bauer,Michael J.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13803
THE Higdon,James M.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-6 13804

Pipedreams Radio Broadcast 2013

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Bales Artist Series

Marie Rubis Bauer
Saint Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha
October 18, 2013

Christian Lane
Harvard University
Winner Canadian International Organ Competition
November 8, 2013

David Higgs
Eastman School of Music
April 11, 2014

Mark Steinbach
​Brown University
May 2, 2014

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