Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

130 hours
Develop your technique and your career in the UNT Organ Studio.
The University of North Texas organ program is one of the largest university organ programs in the United States offering a rich diversity among our students, a collection of world-class concert organs and a broad array of repertory preferences.

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Why earn a degree in Organ Performance?

The Bachelor of Music with a major in performance and a specialization in orchestral instruments–multiple woodwinds provides students with the tools necessary to develop their technique and musicianship through the study and performance of music from various periods and genres. Our program will familiarize students with various aspects of the performance profession and prepare them for continued study in master’s graduate performance degrees at the highest quality institutions and to help especially gifted students prepare for immediate entry upon graduation into the professional arena as performers and teachers.

Faculty instructing courses supported by the organ program include Jesse Eschbach, Paul Leenhouts, Brad Bennight, Michael Conrady and Teaching Fellow Sungyun Kim.

Recent successes stories of current students and alumni include Hentus van Rooyen, Destin Wernicke, Sungyun Kim, Jonathan Story, Samuel Gaskin and Christoph Hintermüller.

Marketable Skills
  • Performance communication
  • Excellent memory capability
  • Command of music computer programs
  • Pattern understanding
  • Improvisation and analytical capabilities

Organ Performance Degree Highlights

The UNT Organ program boasts faculty members with credentials from some of the top organ programs in the United States and Europe. In addition to being outstanding educators, organ faculty members are equally well regarded as performers, researchers, and composers.
Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and nationally and internationally known performers who have performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and many others.
We're one of the nation's most comprehensive music colleges and offer opportunities to meet some of the world's top music scholars and artists through specialized lectures and events hosted by various divisions in the college.
Being near Dallas and Fort Worth gives students additional performance opportunities including those with the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Camerata, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and symphony orchestras in Irving, Plano and Richardson.
Our facilities include the Murchison Performing Arts Center, which houses the Winspear PerformanceHall and the Lyric Theater. Both performance halls, as well as the center's large rehearsal space, have state-of-the-art acoustics.
The College of Music has a rich tradition in music and is attended by talented musicians from all over the world.

What Can You Do With A Degree in Organ Performance?

This major will prepare you for a career as a member of a symphony orchestra, a professional band, and as a soloist or a chamber musician. You can also work as a studio musician for movies and television, become a church musician or teach lessons in a private studio.

Our instrumental performance alumni include:

  • Assistant principal oboist with the Cleveland Orchestra
  • Principal timpanist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Second flutist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal cellist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal euphoniumist with the United States Marine Band

Other alumni perform with symphony orchestras in Fort Worth, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston and Kansas City, as well as major orchestras on five continents and with all major U.S. military bands.

Organ Performance Degree Courses You Could Take

Aural Skills IV (1 hr)
Reinforcement of theoretical concepts presented in MUTH 2500 via singing, ear training, keyboard and conducting experiences.
Organ (1-5hrs)
Lower-level applied music, private lessons. Variable credit for majors.
Organ Literature and Pedagogy (3 hrs)
Survey of organ repertories and styles from the Renaissance through the early 21st century with emphasis on representative masterpieces from the important national schools of composition. Aligned with this study will be due consideration of the instruments influencing the performance and registration of these repertories and pedagogical issues relevant to the teaching of this music.
Keyboard Senior Recital Capstone(3 hrs)
Public performance of music by each student completing undergraduate studies in keyboard performance. The culmination of at least four years of work in academic and applied music, it represents the academic, musical and artistic growth the student has experienced throughout the undergraduate career.
Seminar in Church Music (3 hrs)
For interests and talents of students; class and private conferences. Topics include historical and contemporary developments in hymnody; liturgical music; church choir literature and techniques; and church music philosophy, education and administration.

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