Everytime I read about an organ program removed, I feel depressed about the entire situation of organs and organ music. We knew it was coming when so few students signed up. At Hartt, the last organ student was accepted two years ago. Also, we’ve seen other music departments delete the organ programs plenty of times before. In this NPR report, we hear from James Thomashower, and I’ll let you make your own decision concerning his remarks.
Two programs at the Hartt School were targeted for closure: the classical guitar department and the organ department. Hartt managed to save the classical guitar department, but made the tough decision to close the organ department.
“Unfortunately, the organ program hasn’t been highly enrolled, and we didn’t see a great future even if wanted to put some immediate resources into it,” said T. Clarke Saunders, Acting Dean of the Hartt School. “It was a very difficult and painful thing to do, yet I think it was something that the university needed to do, because you can’t do everything at all times, and the market changes, so we had to think that way.”
Really? We lost while they saved classical guitar? Really?