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60th Annual Organ Conference

Creative Collaborations in a Time of Change

October 5-10, 2020
12:00 (noon) and 8:00PM EDT daily
Available through live-stream and archived for later viewing
Free to the public

An online offering of organ, harpsichord, carillon and sacred music performances and interactive lectures by faculty, students, and guests

2020 Organ Conference Schedule


  • 12:00 Noon EDT:
    “Dissension” for trombone and organ (premiere)
    Kaelan Hansson, graduate organ student and PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering, composer
    Prof. David Jackson, University of Michigan, trombone
    Dr. James Kibbie, University of Michigan, organ
    High Tech and Low Tech: Ways to Preserve the Church Choir During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    Jackson Merrill, graduate student in Organ Performance
  • 8:00 pm EDT:
    Leading in Times of Vast Change: Courage to Lead Congregations through Times of Tumult
    Dr. Darlene Kuperus, University of Michigan
    Sarah Hescheles, Restoring Waters Consulting


  • 12:00 Noon EDT:
    Chris DeBlasio, Serenade for organ and violin
    Jeremy David Tarrant, University of Michigan, organ
    Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos, violin
    Planning the Ecumenical Service with African American Organ Literature
    Sylvia Wall, graduate student in Sacred Music
  • 8:00 pm EDT:
    Organists as Innovators
    Michael Barone, Pipedreams, American Public Media


  • 12:00 Noon EDT:
    Music for Soprano and Organ
    Katharine Ball Meagher, guest artist, soprano
    Dr. Andrew Meagher, Organ Department staff, organ
    Living Voices: Sharon Willis and Harriet Tubman
    Sarah Simko, Doctoral candidate in Organ Performance
  • 8:00 pm EDT:
    Music and Message: A Case Study in Spiritual Programming for College Students
    Dr. José “Peppie” Calvar, Syracuse University
    Rev. Brian Konkol, Syracuse University
    Dr. Anne Laver, Syracuse University


  • 12:00 Noon EDT:
    Carillon Collaboration
    Joey Brink, University of Chicago
  • 8:00 pm EDT:
    Visualizing Collaborative Sound
    Ryan Mueller, Dobson Pipe Organ Builders


  • 12:00 Noon EDT:
    Challenging Conventions: Student Perspectives on Collaboration on the Carillon
    University of Michigan carillon students Anthony DiBello, Michelle Lam, Isaac Levine, Kavitha Lobo, and Jenna Moon
    Taking Turns: Ascanio Mayone and His Collaborators
    Kaelan Hansson, graduate organ student and PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering
  • 8:00 pm EDT:
    Audience Collaboration in 18th-Century Keyboard Improvisation
    Dr. John Mortensen, Cedarville University


  • 12:00 Noon EDT:
    “Cetus: Life After Life” for carillon and amplified whale song recordings (Michigan premiere)
    Dr. Tiffany Ng, University of Michigan, carillon
    Annie Lewandowski, Cornell University, composer
    Katy Payne, Cornell University, acoustic biologist
  • 8:00 pm EDT:
     “Lessons & Carols in Overlapping Asynchronicity”
    Dr. Joseph Gascho, University of Michigan, harpsichord

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If you are interested in supporting the Organ Conference please contact Charles Miller for more details.


Interested in Church Music, Digital Learning in Music or Music for Special Learners?

We have some new music classes at the University of Toledo for Fall (starting August 17) and Spring (starting in January). You can get undergrad or graduate credits and if you are out of state or international, check to see if you qualify for our “online-only” discount which is just $1 above in-state tuition. If you are over 60 and have lived on Ohio for a year, you can check out the “Program 60” though the College of Adult and Life-Long learning where you can audit a course for FREE!

As always, we welcome new Graduate and Undergraduate students, as well as Guest Students. Guest Students who need to transfer credits to their home institution will find that we are fully accredited and that will help with your transfer.

Questions?  Contact Pam Stover or the music department office as listed on the flyer.

Dr. Pamela  Stover

Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Toledo

Associate Organist, Christ the King Parish, Toledo
Fulbright Research Scholar to the Kodály Institute, Kecskemét, Hungary 2020.

Editor The Country School Journal



Organist needed:

The First Presbyterian Church, (PCUSA) Bowling Green, Ohio, is in need of
an organist in harmony with our church mission and ideals and willing to start ASAP at
approximately $200 per Sunday (and as a salaried employee after a six-month trial period). We are a More Light congregation where “Christ Welcomes All” with a creatively traditional worship service requiring an open mind with a bend toward the Reformed Tradition in church music. Duties include playing for Sunday services (recorded or live), as well as other special services, community services, memorial service and weddings and accompanying choral singers at a Wednesday rehearsal and in the services. Organ is a 1985 two-manual northern European-style Baroque Instrument by the Leek Company, Berea.

Resumes should be sent to: Organist Search Committee, 126 S. Church St., Bowling Green, OH 43606



 First Presbyterian Church of Findlay, Ohio, is actively seeking to fill the position of

Director of Music, by September 1st. FPC has a long history of wonderful music ministry

and wants to continue that tradition in the midst of a changing world. Under our most

recent director’s leadership our music ministry has expanded beyond traditional chancel

choir and bell choir to include a children’s choir, a week-long summer music and arts

camp, hosting and facilitating 6 concerts of regional musicians and choirs, and increased

ecumenical connection with other churches and the University of Findlay. The church is

also amid a large renovation of our Aeolian Skinner organ to be finish by year end. The

Director of Music is to work with the Pastor and other worship leaders to create dynamic,

traditional worship experiences on Sunday mornings and other Christian holidays

throughout the year. This position is full time with benefits. Responsibilities include

worship planning, playing organ weekly, directing choirs, oversight of the choral scholars

program/summer internship program and summer music and arts camp. Please send

resumes to



St. John United Church of Christ in Defiance, Ohio, is seeking an organist/pianist.

Year-round position beginning Sept., 2020.Primarily traditional sacred music.Regular

duties include Sunday services, weekly choir rehearsals, occasional special services.

Substitute organist available. High degree of musical competence required; degree in

music preferred.


St. John United Church of Christ would offer additional compensation for an

organist/choir director. In addition to organist duties cited above, this position

would include choral conducting experience and knowledge of choral music

repertoire. Degree in music and experience in liturgical choir conducting preferred.

Send inquiries with vita to St. John UCC, 950 Webster, Defiance, OH 43512,

419-782-4176 or to:

Phone contact:Dr. Sally Myers, 419-784-3608.



Competent pianist(s) needed for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Providence, Ohio (Grand Rapids).  Three liturgies per weekend – one Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sundays at 7:30 and 11:30 AM.  Fine Kawai studio upright piano and GATHER (GIA) hymnals in the pews.  Friendly people and a stipend in the $250 (per weekend) vicinity.

If you are interested, or know of someone who might be, contact the parish office at 419-832-5215 between 9 and 3, Monday – Thursday.