Organ Major: Arts Academy Boarding High School

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student organists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The organ major requirements include:

Private Lesson

The program of organ study is individualized and tailored to the level, background, and needs of each student. It stresses a solid foundation in technical skills and covers a wide range of literature. Students are expected to develop highly proficient keyboard facility through daily study and practice of both organ and piano.
Text/Materials Needed:

Materials chosen to meet the needs of each individual student

Organ Majors Class

This course is an extension of private lessons.  It addresses many of the same concepts, but in a group setting.  It is designed to be flexible to meet the varying levels and needs of the organ majors. Topics covered are hymn playing, improvisation, practice skills and performance skills.  Studio classes, master classes and regular performances at local churches are a large part of this course.

Text/Materials Needed: Course materials are provided


Thomas Bara

Instructor of Organ and Assistant Director of Music, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp

M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., University of Michigan; graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy