The Organ program at Longy, administered through the Historical Performance department, embraces the full range of organ repertoire from the Middle Ages to today. Organ students focus intensively on repertoire, style, performance practice, and pedagogy, and develop profiles as versatile performers through coursework in figured bass, conducting, and related courses. Undergraduates benefit from a strong complement of musicianship and harmony courses, while Master of Music candidates work to become broadly educated, advanced musicians through study of history, theory, and improvisation.
Longy organ students have practice and performance access to the Frobenius mechanical-action organ, built in 1972, with three manuals and forty stops, located at neighboring First Church in Cambridge. Most Longy organ students work professionally as church musicians in the Boston area and have access to additional instruments elsewhere.