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Master of Music in Organ

Major code: M724

Dr. Damin Spritzer
  • Associate Professor of Organ


Concentration and Code
(click for Coursework Requirements)

Standard (Q482)

Church Music (Q114)


This degree requires the following profiencies. View the PDFs linked below for more details.


Application Deadline

We are no longer accepting applications for this degree program for Fall 2024.


To receive full consideration for admission and graduate assistantships, the application deadline is December 1. The School of Music cannot guarantee an audition, interview, admission, or graduate assistantship if application is received after the deadline.



There is no separate application for assistantship. Unless the applicant indicates otherwise, we assume that all applicants are interested in being considered for assistantships. Please note that assistantships are usually awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters together. We very seldom have assistantships available for anyone entering in a Spring semester. We do not award assistantships for Summer sessions.


Procedure for Applying

Submit the online application (see Graduate Admissions page) along with all materials described below. After submitting the application, you will need to contact organ faculty to schedule an audition. More details on the audition can be found at the bottom of this page.


Application materials required for all graduate degrees

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • Submitted to the online application under the Statement of Purpose tab
    • What aspects of the program attract you to OU? Additionally, please answer one of the following prompts:
      • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
      • How would you describe your professional path to this point and your aspirations going forward?
      • What skills, expertise and experience do you bring to the degree, and how will you use your degree, post-graduation?
      • What is important to you musically, artistically, pedagogically, and intellectually?
  • Three letters of reference
    • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
    • Your three reference letters should include:
      • At least one letter from: your studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc., or a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer or composer.
      • At least one letter from: a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.


Audition Requirements

After submitting the online application, contact organ faculty to schedule a live, on-campus audition. Recordings may be submitted for preliminary consideration, but they will not take the place of the live audition. Audio or video files or links to online recordings may be submitted to the online application under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

Auditions will include
  • Up to 30 minutes of prepared music, demonstrating contrasting styles such as Baroque, Romantic, and contemporary styles. Playing from memory is encouraged but not required.
  • One sight-read piece
  • One figured bass exercise
  • One transposition exercise
  • One harmonization on a given melody
  • A short interview


With the approval of the applied teachers/area chair, a current undergraduate organ student at OU who plans to apply to the MM program within twelve months of their planned graduation from the undergraduate program may use their senior degree recital as the MM audition. The recital must meet MM audition requirements. In order for a faculty committee to be organized to attend the recital to evaluate it for MM application purposes, the student must inform all members of the organ area faculty at least one week before the recital.