- Academic Minor (in Music or in Church Music)
- Advanced Performer's Certificate
- BA in Music
- BM in Church Music
- BM in Composition
- BM in History and Literature
- BM in Performance
- BM in Theory
- BME (Bachelor of Music Education)
- DMA in Church Music
- MDiv/MM in Church Music
- MM in Church Music
- MM in Composition
- MM in Conducting
- MM in Musicology
- MM in Performance
- MM in Theory
- PhD in Church Music
- Secondary Major (Undergraduate)
The organ program at Baylor University offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees and an Advanced Performer’s Certificate. Students can major in organ performance, church music with organ concentration, or organ as a secondary major. In addition to applied lessons, classes in service playing/improvisation, choir conducting, harpsichord, (jazz-) piano, etc., prepare students for successful careers as church musicians, concert organists, and educators.
Performance and Service Opportunities
Organ majors regularly perform with Baylor University’s choirs and orchestras, in chamber music and early music ensembles, and as soloists, both on and off campus. Students usually hold positions in one of the many churches in the Waco area, where they can apply their skills and gather valuable practical experience.
The organ studio regularly goes on study trips to major instruments in the US and in Europe.
Past destinations include Paris, London, Haarlem, Leipzig, New York and Philadelphia. These trips offer students the possibility to experience first-hand the sounds of the instruments that inspired many of the masterworks of the organ repertoire. Encounters with local organists and visits to major monuments, museums, and operas/concert halls provide students with an immersive experience in the culture of the respective destinations.
We offer many opportunities to learn from other leading professional teachers and performers in the field. Recent distinguished guests have included Paul Jacobs, Ken Cowan, Alan Morrison, Johann Vexo, Jean-Baptiste Robin and Simon Johnson.
Our alumni currently hold positions with the Nashville and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, as faculty and adjunct faculty in U.S. universities, and at numerous churches across the country. Baylor organ graduates pursuing higher education have been accepted into advanced degree programs at many of our nation’s finest institutions.
Associate Professor of Organ
Associate Professor of Organ
Praised as “a virtuoso in the grand Romantic tradition” who creates “performances that are deeply musically satisfying as well as exciting” (The American Organist), German organist Dr. Jens Korndörfer is regularly invited at the most prestigious venues and festivals around the world.
A top-honor graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, the Oberlin Conservatory, the Musikhochschule in Bayreuth, and McGill University in Montreal, Korndörfer’s teachers include Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, James David Christie, and Ludger Lohmann. Prior to his appointment at Baylor University, he was Director of Music and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta - where he also directed a highly successful concert series -, and taught at Georgia State University. Korndörfer recently founded the National High School Organ Competition at Baylor University.
McCrary Music Building 159