The College of Arts and Architecture

Organ/Harpsichord Fact Sheet

Olivier Messiaen at the organ

Organ instruction may be offered (by permission of the Director of the School of Music) as a secondary instrument for piano majors.

The school owns three organs. Holtkamp organs are located in Esber Recital Hall and 244 Music Building I; a Dobson organ is located in 110 Music Building I. Organ instruction is also provided on the two organs owned by the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.

For information about the Holtkamp organ in Esber Recital Hall, click here.

For information about the Holtkamp organ in 244 Music Building I, click here.

For information about the Dobson organ in 110 Music Building I, click here.


Use Policy

If planning to use the organ in Esber Recital Hall or 110 Music Building I, please complete the Organ/Harpsichord holtkamp organRequest Form at least four weeks prior to the performance. Organists wishing to play the organs must be competent and experienced players.

A list of organists who have been approved to play the school organs is available below. This list includes students who have studied organ at Penn State or are currently taking lessons for credit, as well as professional organists in the community. Anyone who would like to be included on this list should contact Mark Ferraguto.

Approved Organists

Mary Bahnfleth, bahnfleth@comcast.net    

Esther Benitez, esther.benitez@gmail.com

Vincent Benitez, vpb2@psu.edu

Mark Ferraguto, mcf18@psu.edu

Mark Harries, markaharries@gmail.com, mah55@psu.edu

Anthony Leach, atl105@psu.edu

Amanda Maple, alm8@psulias.psu.edu

June Miller, pjm13@psu.edu

Debbie Shelley, dls31@psu.edu


herz harpsichordHarpsichords

The school-owned Herz (1964) is a two-manual harpsichord (non-transposing). It has the disposition of 2 x 8', 1 x 4'; buff; 61 notes, FF - f". In 2012, the Herz was requilled with back delrin, voiced, and regulated. It is stored backstage in Esber Recital Hall.

The 1976 Dowd harpsichord is owned by the Center for the Performing Arts. It is a two-manual French double-transposing instrument. In the left or lowered position, the instrument sounds at a'=415. In the right position, it sounds at modern pitch (a'=440). The length of the harpsichord is 93 inches; width is 36 inches, depth of case is 11.5 inches; disposition 2 x 8', 1 x 4'; buff; 61 notes, FF - f" and transposable.Dowd harpsichord The instrument was restrung, requilled with black delrin, voiced, and regulated in 2012. Both harpsichords are stored in Greg Herrold's office in 004 Music Building I for climate controlled reasons. Please contact Greg Herrold to if you plan on using either harpsichord for rehearsals or performances with a 2 week notice. Also contact Greg to shift the action of the Dowd.

It is expected that the large majority of performances requiring the use of a harpsichord will take place in Esber Recital Hall and that the Herz will be used. The Dowd may be moved to Esber Recital Hall or Eisenhower Chapel as requested by faculty members, guest artists, or the Baroque Ensemble. Neither instrument may be moved off-campus due to insurance limitations. For detailed information regarding harpsichord use and movement, please see Keyboard Use for Performances.

Use Policy

If planning to use a harpsichord for performance, please complete the Organ/Harpsichord Request Form at least four weeks prior. Individuals wishing to play the harpsichords must be competent and experienced players. To ensure competence, harpsichordists must be approved by a school review committee. A list of harpsichordists who have been approved to play the school's harpsichords is available below. This list includes piano majors who have had instruction in using the harpsichord, as well as professionals in the community who are experienced harpsichordists. Anyone who would like to be included on this list should contact Vincent Benitez.

Approved Harpsichordists

Mary Bahnfleth, bahnfleth@comcast.net

Esther Benitez, esther.benitez@gmail.com

Vincent Benitez, vpb2@psu.edu

Kathy Cinatl, 867-3550

Mark Ferraguto, mcf18@psu.edu

Shirley Fonda, 238-4758

Mark Harries, markaharries@gmail.com, mah55@psu.edu

Anthony Leach, atl105@psu.edu

Amanda Maple, alm8@psulias.psu.edu

June Miller, pjm13@psu.edu

Svetlana Rodionova, mattpatton@mail.com, 238-9606 (H), 933-7120 (C)

Agatha Wang, wang.agatha@gmail.com