The organ department is comprised of approximately 40 students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. In addition to academic coursework, applied lessons, and ensemble participation (required by the JSoM of all undergraduate and masters students), organ students are afforded many opportunities for engagement in professional activities.
Sacred Music Practicum
Coordinated and led by Associate Professor Bruce Neswick, Sacred Music Practicum (hereafter referred to as "SMP") is a department-wide effort that involves all students enrolled in Q400 or Q900 (i.e., it is a requirement) in a given semester. Meeting each Wednesday afternoon, SMP functions as a laboratory environment where students gain experience in choral conducting, console conducting, anthem accompaniment, vocal and rehearsal techniques, ideas for improvisation, and more. Students enrolled in sacred music courses use SMP as a "testing ground" for their assignments and projects. SMP also includes presentations by guest lecturers and performers, demonstrations by current faculty, and the premiere of original hymn tunes and compositions by current students.
Bloomington Chapter, American Guild of Organists
Comprised primarily of students, the Bloomington Chapter, AGO is an affiliate of the largest professional organization for organists in the United States and Canada. In recent years, the chapter's primary events have included annual Pipes Spooktacular concerts in the fall, Choralfests in the winter, and the Pipe Organ Encounter-Advanced (POE-A) workshops in the summer. See the Chapter website here.