A degree in Organ

The organ program nurtures the musical interests of each individual student.

The organ program in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music, Dance and Theatre nurtures the musical interests of each individual student, while developing a keen sense of historical style and the skills needed to create organ performances at the highest level. Kimberly Marshall, Patricia and Leonard Goldman Professor of Organ, has an international reputation as a concert organist, recording artist and teacher, and she is committed to helping you through weekly lessons, studio and repertoire classes, and study trips in the U.S. and abroad.

From 1965-1992, the organ program at Arizona State University revolved around the Aeolian-Skinner organ in ASU Gammage. Former professor David Johnson, known for his great trumpet tunes, spent many hours teaching on this instrument. In 1981, Robert Clark became professor of organ, and he made it a priority to include study and performances on mechanical-action organs in addition to the Gammage instrument. He worked to commission for the School of Music the building of a modern instrument in baroque style. His dream was realized in 1992, with the inauguration of the Fritts organ. The winning combination of Clark and the Fritts brought many organists to study at ASU, creating a fine organ culture in the Valley of the Sun.

In 1998, Kimberly Marshall succeeded Clark, later being named the Patricia and Leonard Goldman Professor of Organ. She has built on the fine foundations laid by her predecessors by enlarging the scope of the instrument collection and attracting students from all over the world – from Britain to Newfoundland to Korea. She also expanded her teaching to include noteworthy instruments in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Trinity Cathedral, where she is artist-in-residence. In 2006, she organized the loan of the Traeri Baroque organ to complement the Fritts in the Organ Hall. She has also acquired a new continuo organ as well as two new practice instruments, a 1937 Aeolian-Skinner residence organ and a tracker organ by Jaan van Daalen.

The beautiful instruments in the ASU Organ Hall attract artists from around the world to perform and work with students in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music, Dance and Theatre. Guest artists also give lectures and master classes, providing opportunities to learn from accomplished players and to obtain different views on issues of performance and organ building.

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Organ undergraduate degrees

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Music (Music and Culture), BA

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Music Learning and Teaching, BMUS

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Music Therapy, BMUS

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Music, BA

performance keyboard piano

Performance (Keyboard), BMUS

theory composition piano

Theory and Composition (Composition), BMUS

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Theory and Composition (Theory), BMUS

Organ graduate degrees

music performance dma

Music Performance, DMA

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Music Performance, MM

performance pedagogy mm

Performance Pedagogy, MM

Music minors

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Music Performance, Minor

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Music Theatre, Minor

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Music, Minor

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