Apply for a Master of Music in Carillon

Earn a Master of Music in Carillon at the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan invites applications for its Master of Music in Carillon Performance degree program. Applications are accepted through December 1 for fall admission. U-M is home to two stylistically contrasting carillons: the 53-bell Taylor carillon in Burton Memorial Tower, fourth heaviest in North America, and the 60-bell Eijsbouts carillon in Lurie Tower. Both are available for weekly practicing, are equipped for digital recording, and can be set up for the performance of carillon with amplified electronics. Three practice keyboards are also available. The U-M Library houses one of North America’s most extensive collections of carillon literature representing composers from diverse backgrounds.

U-M’s carillon program emphasizes weekly performance opportunities, new music and innovation, diversity and inclusion, leadership, community engagement, campanology, and opportunities to gain teaching experience. Students pursue private instruction in carillon with Dr. Tiffany Ng, in organ with Dr. James Kibbie or harpsichord (anticipated) with Dr. Joseph Gascho, and courses in musicology, music theory, and/or composition, plus elective subjects, concluding with a degree recital. Carillon alumni hold faculty and performance positions throughout the country.

Prerequisites for admission include a bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent, a strong keyboard background, and an audition. Due to COVID-19, in lieu of in-person auditions and interviews, applicants will be asked to submit a pre-recorded video audition. If they wish, applicants can also provide links to other recorded performances as part of their dossier. Each applicant will be scheduled for a Zoom interview with the Organ Department faculty in January or February. In addition, applicants may optionally request an individual Zoom meeting with Dr. Ng, and/or Zoom meetings with current students in the department.

Depending on the public health situation in spring 2021, admitted students may be able to arrange a campus visit in April.

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance: Sacred Music program may elect to perform one of the three required dissertation recitals as a carillon recital.

For further information, please visit the Organ Department website and contact Dr. Ng with any questions.

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