Under the leadership of Prof. John Grew and his successor Hans-Ola Ericsson, the organ and church music area has steadily produced graduates who have distinguished themselves both at home and abroad. The Organ Area welcomes Prof. Isabelle Demers as Associate Professor of Organ in August 2022.
The excellent facilities include practice organs by Beckerath, Casavant, Tsuji, Wilhelm and Wolff as well as the famous French classical organ in Redpath Hall. There are many opportunities to perform and frequent master classes. The curriculum includes courses in choral conducting, continuo playing and improvisation. A number of assistanships are available in downtown churches with some of Montreal's most distinguished church musicians. Additionally the department organizes the McGill Summer Organ Academy on a bi-annual basis.