Organ Performance

Organ Performance Faculty

Faculty Member Title Contact Biography
Dr. Joby Bell
Professor of Organ
Sacred Music Program Coordinator
Room 420, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6467

Mission Statement

The Master of Music degree in Performance provides a comprehensive education in music as an expression of artistic talent with a thorough knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree offers the student performer the opportunity to develop high levels of musicianship and instill a lifelong desire to participate creatively as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, and teacher.

Admissions Information

General Admission Requirements

Audition Requirements

Due to COVID-19, auditions for entrance into the graduate program for Fall 2021 will be conducted virtually.  Please check with the appropriate faculty member above for any adjustments that are being made in the audition process this year.

To qualify for the Master of Music degree in Performance, an organist must audition before a jury of three members of the keyboard faculty. The performance of three compositions of contrasting styles will be expected.

Prospective students may schedule their audition for any time by contacting Dr. Bell. (Phone: 828-262-6467)

Download the audition form, fill out the information on page one, and bring the complete form to your audition.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 or 35 - varies by concentration - see below
Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (8)
  • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5170: Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians (3)
  • MUS 5013: History of Musical Style (3) 
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend upon concentration (3) 
  • MUS 5600: Analytical Techniques (3)

Performance Concentration (Code: 558K)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 32

  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (2)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Schedule of Course Offerings

Courses offered each Fall Semester:

  • MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians
  • MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques 
  • MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy

Courses offered each Spring Semester:

  • MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music 
  • MUS 5013 History of Musical Style

Recital Requirements

  • The candidate must present a recital of at least one hour in length. Memorization is optional.
  • The recital program will consist of selections drawn from the principal historical periods of organ composition and must include a major work of J.S. Bach, a major Romantic period composition, and a significant organ work from the Twentieth Century.

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