Jacobs Organ Academy

Jacobs Organ Academy

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Applicant Eligibility: Who is ready?

The Jacobs Organ Academy is designed for Pre-College students between the ages of 13-17 and Collegiate students, ages 18+, who have an interest in furthering their knowledge of the pipe organ, and improving their performance on that instrument. While we expect the majority of applicants will have already begun organ study, the pianist who has little or no prior experience on the organ is also welcome to apply. Pre-College attendees should be mature enough to engage in a daily schedule of lessons, classes and practice, both supervised by university student “mentors” and unsupervised.

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Online Registration for Summer 2020 will be available soon!

To make changes to your account including adding tuition or housing charges, or to make a payment, please see the directions HERE.

All registrations must be completed online; there is no paper format of this application.

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Application Materials
Pre-College Organ Track Application Materials

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation from music professionals, including one from the primary organ or piano instructor that attests to the applicant’s general level of ability and accomplishment.

  • List of repertoire (citing composer, complete title, and edition/publisher), noting which pieces are performance ready and those still in progress. Please include any organ technique books you own. 

  • Recording for Diagnostic Purposes only (No audition required): applicant should send one audio or video recording (CD, mp3, Youtube link or DVD) of two contrasting works (pianists without organ experience should send recordings or piano performances)

Ways to submit include:

Office of Pre-College and Summer Programs
IU Jacobs School of Music
1201 E. 3rd St. Merrill Hall 006
Bloomington, IN 47405

*Please note:

  • If applicant has no background in organ study, letters of recommendation and the repertoire list should give a clear picture of accomplishment on the piano, including technical studies, in order for faculty to assess how best to evaluate the application.
  • Attendees may be asked to purchase appropriate music and organ shoes in advance of the Academy so as to best take advantage of the instructional opportunities offered.
 
Collegiate Organ Track Application Materials
Applicants should submit the following:
  • One audio (CD or mp3 file) or video (DVD or YouTube link) recording of two contrasting works, one Baroque and another composed after 1750 in a contrasting style. Memorization is not required for the audition or in any Academy activities. 
  • One letter of recommendation from the primary organ instructor that attests to the applicant's general level of ability and accomplishment.
  • List of organ repertoire (citing composer, complete title, and edition/publisher), noting which pieces are performance ready and those still in progress. Please include any organ technique books you own and indicate the repertoire you wish to study and perform at the Academy.

Ways to submit include:

  • E-mail: musicsp@indiana.edu
  • Fax: (812) 855-4936
  • Mail: 
    Office of Pre-College and Summer Programs
    IU Jacobs School of Music
    1201 E. 3rd St. Merrill Hall 006
    Bloomington, IN 47405

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Fees
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee: $70
  • Participant Tuition: $525
  • Returning Participant Tuition: $500
  • Youth (17 and Under) Room and Board: $435
  • Adult (18+) Room and Board: $450
  • Adult Room Only (no meal card): $300

*There are no financial aid awards available for this program.

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Deadlines
  • Application Deadline: June 1, 2020
  • Acceptance Confirmation: No later than June 2, 2020
  • Total Fees and Required Forms Deadline: June 15, 2020

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Check-In

Check-in will be Monday, July 20, 4:00pm - 6:00 pm in Read Dormitory near the center desk. 

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Waitlist

In the event that the course is oversubscribed, waitlisted applicants will be notified if a space becomes available; however, being on the waitlist does not guarantee a space in the program.

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Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing to the Director, cc' the Office of Special Programs, and are subject to the following deadlines and fees;

-Cancellations prior to 5 days before arrival incur a $200 cancellation penalty (this includes the $70 non-refundable registration fee plus processing fees). Any remaining fees paid (minus the $200 cancellation charge) will be refunded.

-Cancellations less than 5 days prior to arrival will not receive a refund except in the case of a documented emergency.

-No refunds will be offered for dismissal due to violation of Jacobs Organ Academy, Indiana University, state, or federal rules, early departure due to homesickness; voluntary withdrawal or temporary absence.

When circumstances necessitating withdrawal are beyond the student’s control (e.g., serious illness, or death in the student’s family), exceptions to the above policy may be made on the recommendation of the Directors.


Please Note:
  • The application fee of $70.00 is non-refundable and not part of tuition.
  • Only full payment will secure your position.
  • No scholarships or financial aid awards are available for this program.
  • Late applications will be accepted on the basis of available space.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • When do I have to be there?

    Students need to arrive between 4:00-6:00pm on Monday night, July 20. Student orientation and dinner will begin at 6:00pm. Classes begin Monday morning, and the closing program is Friday night. Students may depart after this should they wish. Dormitory residents must check out by 10:00am on Sunday, July 26.

  • Who is ready?
    The  Organ Academy is designed for students between the ages of 13-17 and college age individuals, on a separate track, who have an interest in furthering their knowledge of the pipe organ, and improving their performance on that instrument. While we expect the majority of applicants will have already begun organ study, the pianist who has little or no prior experience on the organ is also welcome to apply. Attendees who are minors should be mature enough to engage in a daily schedule of lessons, classes and practice, both supervised by university student “mentors” and unsupervised.
  • Rules for minors
    Rules and regulations are very clearly stated in the general information packets and are explained during the first meeting of students. Rules include prohibition of smoking, drugs, and alcohol, and infraction results in immediate dismissal. Other rules pertain to practice assignments, curfew, and self-conduct, both in the dormitory and on campus. In serious cases, parents are called and students are dismissed from the Academy.
  • Is the dorm air-conditioned?
    The individual rooms are air-conditioned. Should bring a sweater or warm sweat shirt.
  • Are minor students supervised at all times?
    Yes. Counselors and/or teachers available at all times. For the younger students, university students help with practicing.
  • Who picks the counselors?
    The Director of the Academy.
  • What kind of clothes should you bring?
    Concert attire for females is nice dresses or long pants and a suitable top; males should bring nice pants and shirt, with an optional tie. Also note, all students must have proper organ shoes in advance of the academy.
  • Will there be close supervision of my child's medications?
    Yes, counselors will supervise medications if necessary.
  • Are minor students allowed off-campus unsupervised?
    No, students are required to stay on campus.
  • Cell Phones
    Minor students can bring cell phones in order to speak with parents. Cell phones are not allowed in the School of Music. They can be used at the dorm after planned activities. If these regulations are not adhered to, the student's cell phone will be taken away for the week. Cell phones are collected before all concerts and classes.
  • How do I get in touch with my child in case of an emergency?
    Either by telephoning the child's room or by contacting the child's counselor. In today's world, most students have cell phones.
  • Do I get the application fee back if not accepted?
    The application fee is non-refundable.
  • Is the application fee included in the price listed for the Academy?
    No.

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The Jacobs School of Music reserves the right to cancel a workshop if enrollment is not met. Participants will be informed 2 weeks before the start of the workshop and receive a full refund.

Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.
Indiana University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Students who believe that they are eligible for an accommodation should contact Disabled Student Services at 812-855-7578. TDD, 812-855-7654