Harvard Organ Society

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The Harvard Organ Society, an official student organization of Harvard College, welcomes all who love the pipe organ and its music! Harvard students form the core of the Society’s membership, yet many friends from the wider community play a vital role in the Society’s activities. 

Among other activities—such as sponsoring Harvard's famous midnight Halloween concert—the Society organizes visits to notable instruments throughout the Boston area and wider New England. In Fall 2013, its members performed in several concerts on campus and in Boston, sharing their love of organ music with the wider community. A two-week study trip to France and the Netherlands is planned for Spring 2014. 

Nearly twenty students actively study the "King of Instruments" on campus, utilizing the 1929 Skinner and 2012 C.B. Fisk organs in the Memorial Church, as well as the famous 1958 Flentrop in Adolphus Busch Hall. Christian Lane, Associate University Organist and Choirmaster, teaches all interested students and also leads a weekly "organ class," during which Harvard organists practice performance skills, engage common topics such as improvisation, service playing, and body awareness, and build community and collegiality.

Additionally, the Organ Society hosts the weekly lunchtime recital series on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in Adolphus Busch Hall and a biweekly concert series in Memorial Church on Tuesday evenings during termtime; it also recently sponsored masterclasses with international artists James David Christie, Olivier Latry, Madame Marie-Louis Langlais, and Nathan Laube.

Those with questions—or anyone interested in joining the Society!—are encouraged to email President Laura Gullett '16 at HarvardOrganSociety@gmail.com

Harvard Organ Society Leadership
Laura Gullett '16, President
Karen Christianson '17, Vice-President
Christian Haigh '17, Treasurer
Zak Fletcher '15, Recitals Coordinator

Edward Elwyn Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster
Prof. Thomas Kelly, Faculty Advisor

Website: www.hcs.harvard.edu/organ

Upcoming Organ Recitals

2018 Feb 25

Organ Recital: Janet Hunt

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

The Memorial Church Sanctuary
Janet Hunt, Director of Music, Saint John’s Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.
2018 Mar 07

Organ Recital: 2017-18 Peaceful Pipes Series

Repeats on the first Wednesday of February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December, 8 times .
12:15pm to 12:45pm

Location: 

Appleton Chapel

A half hour of meditative organ music in Appleton Chapel, held the first Wednesday of each month. Drop-in for just a few moments to recenter or attend the entire recital. Free and open to the public. 

2018 Mar 28

Organ Recital: Carson Cooman

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

The Memorial Church Sanctuary

Carson Cooman, Composer in Residence, The Memorial Church of Harvard University, presents a Holy Week-themed organ recital on the Fisk, Skinner, and Klop organs. Music will include works by Willscher, Ferrari, Woodman, Machajdík, and Leijon. Free and open to the public.

2018 Apr 04

Organ Recital: 2017-18 Peaceful Pipes Series

12:15pm to 12:45pm

Location: 

Appleton Chapel

A half hour of meditative organ music in Appleton Chapel, held the first Wednesday of each month. Drop-in for just a few moments to recenter or attend the entire recital. Free and open to the public. 

2018 Apr 29

Organ Recital: Thomas Sheehan

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

The Memorial Church Sanctuary
Thomas Sheehan, Associate University Organist and Choirmaster, The Memorial Church of Harvard University. Free and open to the public. 
2018 May 02

Organ Recital: 2017-18 Peaceful Pipes Series

12:15pm to 12:45pm

Location: 

Appleton Chapel

A half hour of meditative organ music in Appleton Chapel, held the first Wednesday of each month. Drop-in for just a few moments to recenter or attend the entire recital. Free and open to the public. 

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