- The organ faculty aim to offer support to all students as they plan future careers, teaching them skills to support multiple areas of the profession, including church music, concert work or related fields.
- We understand that each student has specific interests beyond core degree requirements in the major. We also appreciate that many organists will be working in organ/sacred music in their future careers alongside complementary fields.
- Graduate placements:
- Jonathan Hehn, DM FSU
- Choral Program Director and Organist, Assistant Director of Liturgical Choir, Director of Basilica Schola at Notre Dame
- Holds MSM in Theology from Notre Dame
- Editor of Sacramental Life (quarterly theological magazine)
- Active performer in Indiana and just performed a Kinetic Organ Recital (10/22/21) of organ music for audience to participate in by executing kinetic movements along with his live organ music
- Has won prizes at both regional and national competitions in organ performance
- Presents his scholarly work at national and international conferences
- Written work has appeared in many periodicals such as The American Organist, The Hymn, These Days, Call to Worship, Doxology, and others
- Jonathan Hehn, DM FSU
- Performing and teaching internships and fellowships
- Full-time and adjunct academic faculty positions in piano performance, piano pedagogy, collaborative piano, vocal coaching, opera directing, and related fields, at university-level and precollege level institutions
- Artist-faculty and collaborative pianist-performer positions at summer music festivals and ensembles in the U.S. and abroad
- Graduate placements:
- André Golbert, DM 2021 FSU: accepted to Artist Diploma program with top scholarship award, studying with Paul Roberts at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Fall 2021. https://andregolbert.com
- Dominic Muzzi, BM FSU: accepted to Indiana University for MM and DM degrees, studying with concert pianist Roberto Plano, has won over a dozen top prizes in domestic and international competitions including First Prize in the 2019 MTNA National Young Artist Piano Competition
- Johnny Shaw, MM FSU: accepted to DMA program at University of Maryland with Tuition Waiver and TA award in Class Piano
- Cholong Park, MM FSU: Adjunct faculty at George Fox University; Director of International affairs at DMZ International Music Festival in South Korea. https://bluepantsarts.org/cholong-park/
- Mark Franklin, DM 2021 FSU: Assistant Professor of Music at Oklahoma Baptist University (appointed July 2021); Third Prize in the 2020 American Prize National Competition Ernst Bacon Award for the Performance of American Music, https://www.okbu.edu/directory/mark-franklin.html
Engaged Learning & Learning Opportunities
- Local organs build by Fisk, Holtkamp, Juget-Sinclair, Taylor and Boody.
- The College of Music owns nearly two-hundred fifty pianos, with a stunning variety of concert instruments in our five performance halls including a Fazioli, a Blüthner, two recently purchased Hamburg Steinways and additional Steinways from both New York and Hamburg. Five recently purchased seven-foot Hamburg Steinways reside in five of the piano faculty teaching studios where weekly applied lessons take place. Our instruments are maintained at the highest concert standards by our nationally preeminent Piano Technology faculty and staff.
- Tallahassee has a very active AGO chapter and FSU students regularly give chapter presentations.
- The College’s Warren D. Allen Music Library has an especially comprehensive collection of organ music.
- Weekly applied lessons and studio performance classes with piano faculty; frequent piano area seminar recitals; many opportunities for off-campus community performances.
- Teaching experience through piano pedagogy studies, teaching practicums, and supervised teaching
- Collaborative studies in chamber music, accompanying, duo piano classes, New Music ensemble
- Research opportunities in performance, pedagogy, keyboard literature and related fields
- Competitive opportunities include the Carnegie Hall performance competition, two yearly concerto competitions, the Annual Competitive Festival for Pianists featuring yearly repertoire themes, the Rockwood Solo Competition for Graduate Pianists, and the annual Presser Award competition for advanced scholarship.
- Frequent guest master classes and workshops by leading artists in the field.
- Recent organ master classes and workshops: Bail Archer (Barnard College, Vassar College), Jonathan Hehn (University of Notre Dame), James Kibble (University of Michigan), Kimberly Marshall (Arizona State University) and William Porter (Eastman School of Music)
- Guest artists for 2021-2022: Colin Andrews, concert organist; Nathaniel Gumbs, Yale University; Alan Morrison, Curtis Institute of Music; Eric Plutz, Princeton University
- Recent piano guest artists: Richard Goode, Jeremy Denk, Ursula Oppens, Sergei Babayan, Paul Lewis, Ann Schein, Boris Berman, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Logan Skelton, Lang Lang, Midori Koga, James Kibbie, Caroline Hong, James Douglass, Kimberly Marshall 2021-2022 guest artists: Boris Giltburg, Yi-Yang Chen, Thomas Rosenkranz, Derek Parsons
- In addition to degree recitals, students also participate in studio recitals, including recent performances of the complete organ works of Brahms and Bruhns, Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur, Bach’s Trio Sonatas, and Tournemire’s Sept chorals-Poèmes d’orgue. Future performances include the complete Sonatas, Preludes, and Figures of Mendelssohn, Bach’s Art of Fugue, and the major works of Franck.
Knowledge In Practice & How We Serve
- Organ students often hold local church positions and also accompany for choirs and chamber ensembles. A number of local churches offer Sacred Music Fellowships that are open to students at both an undergraduate and graduate level. Students are able to apply to the churches directly for these after acceptance into the program.
- In the past four years, six organ students have received E. Power Biggs Fellowships from the Organ Historical Society in addition to scholarships from Oundle for Organists (UK) and an organ scholarship from the Royal School of Church Music in America.
- Biennial FSU New Music Festival – opportunities for performing and networking with composers
- FSU Summer Piano Institute and Piano Camp – opportunities for teaching applied piano, piano literature, and for performing
- Numerous annual music festivals; some are curated by our keyboard faculty
- Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter – We have a large and active group providing opportunities for leadership roles, networking, and helping to create a social fabric for our students.
- Faculty-lecturer positions with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in Tallahassee, featuring a range of musical topics.
The College of Music and the Keyboard area regularly host leading performers and teachers as guest presenters. Recent guests have included: