At a time when pipe organs seem to be disappearing, the University of Oklahoma’s American Organ Institute stands to reclaim, reinvigorate and reinvent the time-honored traditions of pipe organ building and playing by preparing and equipping students for successful careers as performers, teachers, organ builders, and technicians.
Our students master the traditional classical and sacred repertoire, focusing on both historical performance practice and playing for contemporary audiences and congregations. In addition, the AOI offers students the opportunity to undertake focused study of uniquely-American traditions of improvisation, scoring and accompaniment of silent films, and theatrical pipe organ performance. These unique artforms present an opportunity for insight and preservation of an aspect of the United States’ rich musical heritage, as well as opening the doors to new musical skills and techniques which have great relevance to the wider aspects of today’s organ profession.
Our mission is to reintroduce students and audiences to an evolving instrument with ancient roots by inspiring innovative and informed approaches to the pipe organ and its music, cultivating excellence in diverse forms of performance and comprehensive scholarship.