Graduate Division

Curricula for Graduate Degrees

Organ and Sacred Music

Doctor of Music in Organ and Sacred Music

Admission Requirements

Master’s degree in organ and sacred music or its demonstrated equivalent. For additional information, see "Admission Requirements" in the Graduate Division section of this bulletin.


36 credit hours

  • Q900 Organ Graduate Major (12 cr.), concurrent with I500 Studio Masterclass (0 cr.) and I501 Departmental Masterclass (0 cr.)
  • Q601 Doctoral Organ Recital (with at least 15 minutes of each recital from memory) (1-1-1 cr.)
  • Q608 Doctoral Organ/Choir Practicum (1 cr.)
  • E521 The Children's Chorus (3 cr.)
  • C524 Organ Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • C540 The History of Christian Worship and Sacred Music (2 cr.)
  • C541 Sacred Music: Philosophy and Practice I (2 cr.)
  • C542 Sacred Music: Philosophy and Practice II (2 cr.)
  • E594 Voice Pedagogy (3 cr.)
  • M620 Doctoral Final Project (3 cr.)
  • 3 credit hours from M675 Seminar in Organ Literature: Renaissance and Baroque (3 cr.), M676 Seminar in Organ Literature: Classic and Romantic (3 cr.), M677 Seminar in Organ Literature: Music Since 1900 (3 cr.), M678 Seminar in Organ Literature: Organ Works of J. S. Bach (3 cr.), or E589 Organ Pedagogy (2 cr.) and E590 Organ Pedagogy Practicum (1 cr.)

Students wishing to incorporate harpsichord into the major should confer with the organ department.

Minor and Other Required Credits

24 credit hours. See “Structure of Doctoral Curricula” under General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees in this bulletin.

Tool Subjects
  • M539 Introduction to Music Bibliography (2 cr.)
  • Keyboard Skills and Service Playing Proficiency. Ability in sight reading, transposition, score reading and reduction, figured bass, improvisation, console conducting, and hymn playing as demonstrated by examination or by passing C504 Keyboard Skills Review (1 cr.) (for keyboard skills and improvisation) and C510 Service Playing Review (1 cr.) (for console conducting, hymn playing, accompanying, and score reading). Students must take both parts of the proficiency examination in their first semester of enrollment; with organ department permission, they may take specific examinations for a second time in their second semester of enrollment. For any examination not passed, students must pass C504 Keyboard Skills Review or C510 Service Playing Review as appropriate.

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