Facilities & Organs
To offer quality programs in organ and church music, an institution must make an extraordinary commitment to secure facilities, instruments, and equipment for students' regular use. The University of Kansas has made that commitment and offers exceptional opportunities to those who pursue study in these areas.
For many years, the program has utilized a two-manual mechanical action organ built by Andover, located in the beautiful St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center.
Other instruments and facilities include:
1. A two-manual, 7-stop mechanical action organ by Paul Fritts located in Professor Higdon’s studio at the Bales Organ Recital Hall
2. A two manual, 3-stop practice organ by Juget-Sinclair, located in the Green Room at the Bales Organ Recital Hall
3. A two-manual, 7-stop mechanical action organ by Casavant is located in an organ teaching studio in Murphy Hall. This facility also serves as the primary classroom for organ and church music courses.
4. A two-manual, 3-stop mechanical action instrument made by Daniel Jaeckel, located in a practice room in Murphy Hall
5. A 4-stop mechanical action Casavant portative organ used in many performances on and off campus
6. A 7-stop, three manual practice organ built by Daniel Jaeckel that is located in a practice room in Murphy Hall
7. An additional 7-stop practice organ built by Daniel Jaeckel that is located in a practice room in Murphy Hall
The Bales Recital Hall contains recording equipment for the production of professional recordings. This is equipment is available for use by all organ and church music majors.
Organists are often interested in study and performance on harpsichord. The University owns two-manual harpsichords made by Willard Martin, and Oliver Finney. Instruction and performance opportunities are available to all students.