At the American Organ Academy, we are working to provide practical, hands-on training for both the technical and musical study of the pipe organ. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are excited and honored to be a part of this new and vital program.
James W. Guyer, DM
I am an organist and church musician with advanced degrees in music and organ performance. I enrolled in the American Organ Academy's intensive course in improvisation, focusing on harmonic control, treatment of melodies, and an introduction to silent film accompaniment.
Bradley Fitch, DMA
I have had the privilege to know John Schwandt for over fifteen years as a teacher, mentor, and friend.
Rachel Gucker, MM
Dr. Schwandt is the best teacher I’ve ever had. His own work is technically exquisite, deeply expressive, and powerfully inspiring, but he is so much more than an artist
Andrea Printy Buttine, MM
I had the privilege of studying organ with Dr. Schwandt for two years at the University of Oklahoma. He was a superior and innovative teacher who guided me in improving my technical playing ability as well as my musical interpretation of everything from Sweelinck to Leo Sowerby's Pageant.
Julie Huang Tucker, MM
My time as a Master’s student in Dr. John Schwandt’s organ studio at the University of Oklahoma (Fall 2009 – Spring 2011) was a positive, exemplary, life-changing experience.
Barry A. Norris
John Schwandt first played at East Lake United Methodist Church over ten years ago.