The College of Music offers BM, MM, and DMA degrees in organ, BM and MM in harpsichord, as well as MM in early keyboard, which blends musicology with study of either instrument. Organ and harpsichord majors concentrate on the study of concert literature, although there is supporting course work in church music, basso-continuo accompaniment, and historical performance practices. Harpsichord and organ study are also available as an option for keyboard undergraduate majors to satisfy the degree requirement in a second area of performance, or at any level as an elective.
Audition programs for organ should include a work from J. S. Bach, a representative work from the 19th century, and a work from either 17th or 20th/21st centuries. For harpsichord the program should draw from a cross section of the repertoire, including a work from J. S. Bach and choices from Italian composers, French clavicinistes, and English and German composers. The audition will range from 20-30 minutes depending on the degree level, including a brief interview.
The college owns a small Casavant tracker-action organ, and several other practice organs. We also have access to four larger church organs in the city of Boulder. The college owns harpsichords by Keith Hill, Devin Golka (workshop of Keith Hill) and Hubbard.
The applicant should review each degree plan carefully. The accompanying repertoire sheet reflects a minimum accumulated repertoire for graduation, some of which may already be in the student’s repertoire.
Robert Hill comes to the College of Music after serving for more than 20 years as professor for historical keyboard instruments and performance practice at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany. He studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory, receiving his soloist diploma in 1974. That same year, he co-founded the Baroque chamber music ensemble Musick for the Generall Peace together with violinist Jeanne Lamon and viola da gambist Sarah Cunningham. During the early 1980s, Hill performed regularly with the ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln and in a duo with its leader Reinhard Goebel. His current ensemble partners include violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Rainer Kussmaul, violist Kim Kashkashian, and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra (Helmut Müller-Brühl). Read more about Dr. Hill in his bio.