St. Olaf Summer Organ and Church Music Academy
June 15-21, 2014
St. Olaf offers students exceptional music facilities for its students. The Organ and Church Music Academy participants will have access to all the excellent organ facilities at St. Olaf. Skifter Hall, adjacent to Christiansen Hall, houses the Tormodsgaard-Bakken Recital Hall (commonly known as Studio A), with a mechanical action Dobson organ with three manuals and 42 ranks. Skifter Hall also houses seven practice instruments (four mechanical, three electro-pneumatic) by Dobson, Wilhelm, Holtkamp, and Schlicker).
Boe Memorial Chapel is home to a 2006 Holtkamp organ, (chancel organ 75 ranks; gallery organ 15 ranks, each playable from either of two three-manual consoles).
In addition, Christiansen Hall of Music houses the Urness Recital Hall, the Halvorson music library, three large rehearsal halls, faculty studios, keyboard/computer lab, practice rooms and classrooms. A new music facility which opened in 2012 houses 36 additional practice rooms, four chamber music rehearsal spaces, a reed room for double reeds, percussion suite and 12 faculty studios.
Organ and Church Music Academy Program
The academy’s intensive program includes:
- Private organ instruction
- Master classes
- Hymn playing workshops
- Secondary instrument study in piano and/or voice
- Conducting classes
- Performance opportunities
- Participation in St. Olaf Music Camp choral ensemble
Students are required to bring well-prepared pieces from home to work on in lessons, and if applicable a hymn to prepare for a recital performance.
Organ and Church Music Academy Performances
Recitals begin on Monday evening with performances by St. Olaf faculty and camp counselors that are sure to inspire campers. At the end of the week there will be a formal recital on both the Studio A Dobson pipe organ and the Boe Memorial Chapel Holtkamp pipe organ. Students will also sing with the camp choir. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
The academy is open to high school students who have completed grades 8-12. A recording is encouraged for experienced organists and should include a work of Bach, and contrasting work, and a hymn. For pianists desiring their ﬁrst organ experience, a Bach invention showing appropriate keyboard skill should be submitted. The recording should be representative of your current level, approximately 10 minutes in total length. The recordings may be either video or audio ﬁles. You may attach the ﬁles to the egistration form, or provide a YouTube or similar link to recordings online. Admission is on a rolling basis and ends May 1st or when academy capacity is met. If you need additional information or would like the forms mailed to you, please call 507-786-3031.
Residential Campers* – $870
Optional Lesson Package (two additional half-hour lessons) – $65
Late Charge for registrations received after May 1 – $50
To register, you may register online or print and submit the downloadable registration registration form.
*Contact St. Olaf CAmps (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in a non-residential option.
Room and Board
Students are housed in comfortable, secure residence halls. Stav Hall, the college cafeteria, offers healthful choices including a salad bar, hot entrees, grilled meats, fresh fruit and vegetables, and desserts. Princeton Review ranks St. Olaf food service No. 11 in the nation for best campus food.
The St. Olaf Summer Organ and Church Music Academy will be awarding a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to one outstanding participant. The camper must be a rising senior, and must, consequently apply, be admitted to, and enroll as a first-year student at St. Olaf College for the fall 2015 term. The recipient will be chosen by the academy faculty. All rising seniors will be considered for the award, which will be presented at the final recital on Saturday morning. The award will be a renewable scholarship for up to four years, for a total of $4,000. It requires only that the student continue piano lessons and participate in a St. Olaf music ensemble.
Location and Transportation
St. Olaf College is located in historic Northfield, Minnesota, just 40 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The self-contained campus is set atop wooded Manitou Heights, affording striking views of neighboring farmland and the city of Northfield. This serene setting provides an ideal atmosphere for youth camps and other summer groups. Students enjoy a beautiful, safe environment that fosters creativity in an energizing, nurturing environment. During the academic year, St. Olaf is home to nearly 3,000 students, about one-third of whom participate in a St. Olaf music ensemble.
Since many students come from out of state, we provide an airport shuttle service to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. Pre-registration for the shuttle is required. Download the request form at stolaf.edu/camps/pianoacademy.
Written cancellation received by May 1 will receive a refund less a $100 non-refundable deposit. No refunds will be made after May 1.