“The UA Organ Department was such a great place to belong when I was a grad student! Dr. Freese is of course a PHENOMENAL teacher–if you want to dig into performance practice and historical organ technique, she’s your lady. The Holtkamp organ in the concert hall, along with the practice organs, were also some of my other “teachers” as well. I also really enjoyed learning alongside the other musicians in my studio, meeting for studio classes and planning concerts and educational outreach programs, like the Pedals, Pipes, and PIzza we hosted in 2015. I am proud to call these people my colleagues. As I write this, with a glass of sweet tea next to me here in California, I find myself missing y’all bunches.*-Katherine Ou (Loudermilk)M.M., Organ Performance, Class of 2016
Prospective students should apply to the University before submitting an audition request. Visit the undergraduate admissions website for information about the general freshman and transfer application process. To inquire about late admission, contact Skip Snead, director of the School of Music.
To audition, students must submit an online audition request here. The request must be received two weeks before the audition date to guarantee a place. Undergraduate students should prepare a piece by J.S. Bach and a piece of contrasting style for the organ audition. Sight-reading a hymn and a major scale will also be expected. Applicants who are interested in a church position should inform Dr. Faythe Freese at the interview.
Graduate applicants must complete both an audition and an interview. Applicants for the MM and DMA in organ performance should prepare three works of contrasting style for the audition. One of the three works should be a major Bach work such as a prelude and fugue or a trio sonata. Sight-reading will also be tested. Applicants who are interested in a church position should inform Dr. Faythe Freese at the interview.
Visit the Graduate School’s Prospective Students page for general information about admissions.