Audition on Organ

To gain admission to the B.Mus. in Performance (Organ), a student must pass an entrance audition before a faculty jury of three, to be appointed by the chairperson. The audition will occur near the end of the second semester of college and must demonstrate the student’s ability to perform well challenging repertoire representing several historical periods and styles. A student wishing to perform an entrance audition must notify the chairperson in writing at least three weeks prior to the audition. Only after passing the entrance audition may the student declare as a major the B.Mus. in Performance (Organ). A prospective candidate for the B.Mus. in Performance (Organ) may declare a major in Music prior to the semesters stated above but will be listed as a candidate for the B.A. Music until he or she passes the audition. A student who does not pass the entrance audition in the second semester may have a second opportunity in the third semester.

Repertoire Requirements

For entrance into the Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Organ), the student must either meet the entrance requirements for a piano major or perform:

  • two chorale preludes in contrasting styles and textures from the Orgelbuchlein of J. S. Bach or a prelude and fugue by J. S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude or Nikolaus Bruhns, and
  • a second composition for organ composed either in the 19th or 20th century.

Representative Repertoire

The following list is representative and not exhaustive and is provided merely to offer examples of repertoire from many different stylistic periods.


  • J. S. Bach. Preludes and Fugues
  • Fantasias
  • Leipzig Chorale Preludes
  • Trio Sonatas
  • Concertos
  • Chorale Variations
  • Works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Nikolaus Bruhns, George Bohm, Samuel Scheidt, G. F. Handel, J. G. Walther, Johann Pachelbel
  • Organ works by Francois & Louis Couperin, Louis Marchand, Louis Cl�rambault, Pierre Dumage, Nicolas de Grigny


  • Fantasias by Mozart
  • Concertos and Pieces for Musical Clocks by Haydn


Works of:

  • Franck
  • Organ Symphonies of Widor & Vierne
  • Works of Tournemire
  • Max Reger
  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Julius Reubke

20th and 21st Centuries

Works of:

  • Olivier Messiaen
  • Paul Hindemith
  • William Albright
  • William Bolcom
  • Peter Eben
  • Arvo Part
  • Marcel Dupre
  • Maurice Durufle
  • Jehan Alain
  • Daniel Pinkham
  • Vincent Persichetti
  • Jean Llanglais