Organ (main instrument)

Study to become an organist under the guidance of renowned teachers in a unique and international environment.

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Why study here?

Come and study at one of the best performing arts universities of the world. With organ as your major subject, you will focus on performance skills, improvisation and organ pedagogy. Major subject studies in organ are organised by the Department of Church Music, which is a close-knit and welcoming community of over 160 students. 

About the studies

With organ as your major subject, you will focus on mastering your instrument and learning about improvisation, continuo playing and the structure and history of the clavichord. Your studies will include ensemble playing and mastering the keyboard, as well as the history of organ music and organ pedagogy. As part of your bachelor’s degree, you will prepare a repertoire for the Level B performance examination in accordance with the degree requirements for organ as a major subject. In your keyboard instrument studies, you will reach at least the Level C in piano, harpsichord or clavichord.

After moving over to master’s studies, you will reach a higher level of expertise in organ playing, organ pedagogy and organ improvisation and prepare a repertoire for the Level A performance examination.

Top-quality instruments

With organ music as your major, you will have the opportunity to use three organs, all representing different eras, in the Organo Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre. Various organs at the Sibelius Academy’s premises at Nervanderinkatu are also available for students’ use. Classes are also organised in churches in the Helsinki region.


Our teachers are Finland’s leading experts with extensive international experience. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes organ artists and pedagogues as guests on a regular basis.


Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the applicant statistics from previous years.

Doctoral studies

It is possible to complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a master’s degree, you will have the option to apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies.

You can apply to

Degree Programme in Classical Music Performance, main instrument: organ

  • bachelor’s and master’s (5,5 years)
  • master’s (2,5 years)

Target degree

Master of Music (MMus)


Sibelius Academy


English, Finnish, Swedish Read more about language skill requirements

Tuition fee

Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students from outside the EU and EEA countries. Read more about tuition fees

Application period

Next possible time to apply is in January 2022. Studies begin in August 2022.

Persons in charge

Olli Porthan
Professor (organ)