Harpsichord and organ
Whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, the harpsichord and organ performance programs offered at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music aim to train well-rounded performers equipped for the realities of the professional world.
The curriculum comprises:
- Study of the solo repertoire for the instrument
- Practice of ensemble music – notably in the Université de Montréal Atelier de musique baroque, headed by Luc Beauséjour
- Learning basso continuo
The right instrument for every style
The Faculty of Music maintains harpsichords from different schools, making it possible to approach every style with the appropriate instrument:
- French double-manual harpsichord by Willard Martin
- German double-manual harpsichord by Yves Beaupré
- Flemish single-manual harpsichord by Willard Martin
- Italian single-manual harpsichord by Yves Beaupré
In terms of organs, the Faculty also owns:
- Two small mechanical-action working instruments (Guilbault-Thérien and Tamburini)
- A continuo organ by Guilbault-Thérien for ensemble music
At the Immaculée-Conception church, where organ classes are normally given, students also have access to a symphonic electro-pneumatic instrument, in addition to allotted hours on a Beckerath German baroque organ. Recitals requiring a symphonic organ take place at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church or at the Saints-Anges-Gardiens church in Lachine, on Casavant instruments.