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Pipe Organ Study Tour of Germany

Current organ majors have first call on the 20 positions for this tour, then on October 1 we will open the remaining slots to alumni and general public.

Led by BYU organ faculty members Don Cook and Neil Harmon, this tour will include nine days in north and central Germany visiting and playing some of the most notable historic instruments this beautiful country has to offer. Students will play and hear several of the greatest organs built by Arp Schnitger, Gottfried Silbermann, Friedrich Ladegast, Wilhelm Sauer, Tobias Trost, and others. They will also have the opportunity to attend church services in notable German churches, experience German culture, and enjoy free time in various locations.


25 Apr–4 May 2020


Students will stay in hotels.


Students will register for .05 credit hours during the program:

MUSIC 280R Topics in Music (.05 credit hours)

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.



Included: Latter-day Saint, undergraduate tuition of .05 credit hours (increased cost for graduate and non-Latter-day Saint students), housing, guides, admissions, in-country transportation, most meals, and international health insurance coverage.

Not included: airfare, some meals, and personal expenses.


Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural session during the second block of winter semester 2020.


Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see


Complete the online application at A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required.

Applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program.

The first payment is due upon acceptance. Please refer to the 2020 Payment Information document (see

Priority Deadline for current BYU students: 30 Sep 2019
Registration opens for BYU alumni and community members: 1 Oct 2019

Registration will be open until program is full.


Don Cook has been on the BYU organ faculty for twenty-eight years. Cook has enjoyed a passion for historic organs in France, Germany, and the United States. His ongoing research on the relative intensity of organ stops has enlivened his performance and teaching of many organ works.

Neil Harmon joined the BYU organ faculty in September 2018. Harmon received a BA in music at BYU and an MA and a PhD at the Eastman School of Music. A widely published composer of organ and choral music, he has performed in Europe, Canada, South America, and the United States.


All students participating in the program will be traveling together with the directors. Students will be expected to travel with the program group between the dates specified. Free time will be given to work on curricular assignments.


International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686

Neil Harmon
(801) 422-3159


ISP reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.