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BM in Organ Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance provides students with multiple opportunities to acquire a varied repertoire representing the major stylistic periods in an effort to prepare them for the exigencies of the professional field, including the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Organ Certification. Performance opportunities include participation in large ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Choirs, Collegium) and chamber music. Regular recitals given by members of the American Guild of Organists and guest performers enable students to participate in master classes throughout the year.

 

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Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ

The Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ is the spotlight of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The prestigious 125 year old Schantz Organ Company took nearly a year to build the 26-ton organ that is the largest in Miami-Dade County and one of the most technologically advanced in the country. This magnificent instrument features a solid-oak console with four manual keyboards and a pedal clavier that controls its 4,255 pipes. It provides a wonderful tool for aspiring organists and unparalled performance opportunities for seasoned virtuosi.

Just as the performing arts center was made possible through the generosity of Herbert and Nicole Wertheim, so has their kindness made FIU the recipient of this exceptional instrument. In gratitude, the university dedicated the concert organ to the memory of Dr. Herbert Wertheim’s mother, Sydell Ida Wertheim, who passed away in 1997.


 

Admissions & Audition Information

HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU Admissions. 

All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application – Completing the GetAcceptd submission and pre-screening process is essential and required of all students applying to FIU’s School of Music. If you pass the pre-screening you will be invited to a live audition. Live audition dates are listed below. In the application you will be asked to select your preferred live audition date. Applicants who wish to be considered for University merit-based scholarships must attend the November 5th audition date. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. Your materials must be submitted through GetAcceptd at least 72 hours prior to your preferred live audition date. Click here to submit your pre-audition materials and select a live audition date.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Theory Placement

All entering undergraduates must take a theory placement test.  At the very least, they must take a Music Fundamentals test.  Entering freshmen that have taken high school theory and transfer students who have previously taken college-level theory can try one of the upper-level tests to place out of one or more courses from the theory and sight-singing sequences. The theory placement tests may be taken either on one of our audition days or on the Thursday before the first week of classes in both Fall and Spring. For further information regarding theory placement tests, please visit the Theory Information webpage.

 

MM in Organ Performance

The Master of Music in Organ Performance provides students with multiple opportunities to acquire a varied repertoire representing the major stylistic periods in an effort to prepare them for the exigencies of the professional field, including the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Organ Certification. Performance opportunities include participation in large ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Choirs, Collegium) and chamber music. Regular recitals given by members of the American Guild of Organists and guest performers enable students to participate in master classes throughout the year.

 

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Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ

The Sydell Ida Wertheim Organ is the spotlight of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center. The prestigious 125 year old Schantz Organ Company took nearly a year to build the 26-ton organ that is the largest in Miami-Dade County and one of the most technologically advanced in the country. This magnificent instrument features a solid-oak console with four manual keyboards and a pedal clavier that controls its 4,255 pipes. It provides a wonderful tool for aspiring organists and unparalled performance opportunities for seasoned virtuosi.

Just as the performing arts center was made possible through the generosity of Herbert and Nicole Wertheim, so has their kindness made FIU the recipient of this exceptional instrument. In gratitude, the university dedicated the concert organ to the memory of Dr. Herbert Wertheim’s mother, Sydell Ida Wertheim, who passed away in 1997.

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor of Music Degree
  • 3.0 GPA during last two years of study

 

HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU  Graduate Admissions.  All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application 

Please upload the following materials on GetAcceptd:

Repertoire Requirements:

Must contatin 2 (Baroque and/or Classical and Romantic eras) of the 4 pieces intended for your audition

  • All works must be performed by memory
  • Baroque: one work of J.S. Bach
  • Classical: one sonata of Beethoven (except Opus 49)
  • Romantic: one large important work of the Romantic repertoire
  • 20th century: one published work of the 20th-century repertoire

 

Technique:

  • Selections from all Major and Harmonic minor scales and arpeggios, four octaves, in unison, without pedal.
  • Must include the following Major Scales and Arpeggios (4 octaves, in unison): Eb major, B major, Ab major
  • Must include the following Harmonic Minor Scales and Arpeggios (4 octaves, in unison): C# minor, Eb minor, F# minor, B minor

 

Please Note: In the application you will be asked to select your preferred live audition date. Please be sure to submit your materials at least 72 hours prior to your preferred live audition date.

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

Jose Lopez

Jose Lopez

Program Coordinator of Keyboard Studies | Professor, piano

Tel: 305.348.3697

Email: lopezjr@fiu.edu

Office Location: WPAC 143B