Upcoming Events

Concerts in the MIT Chapel

Upcoming Concerts

Songs of our Forebears

August 26, 2015 7-8pm, MIT Chapel

Enjoy a summer evening concert of American sacred Choral Music with The Polyphony Project, sponsored by Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT.

Free and open to the public. For more information contact:

Thea Keith-Lucas

Past Concerts

Spring 2015 Organ Concert Series in the MIT Chapel

April 8 ~ Leonardo Ciampa, organ with Christina English, mezzo-soprano

April 15 ~ Carson Cooman, organ with Jonah Kappraff, trumpet

April 22 ~ Rosalind Mohnsen, organ with Laura Finkelstein, flute

POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBA ~ Harry Huff, organ with Sam Ou, cello

Fall 2013 Organ Concert Series in the MIT Chapel

Oct. 31
David C. Green
First Baptist Church, Boston

Nov. 7
Andrus Madsen
Second Church, Newton

Nov. 14
Leonardo Ciampa

Nov. 21
Heinrich Christensen
King's Chapel
Selections from the Goldberg Variations

Concert in the MIT Chapel featuring organist Leonardo Ciampa; the MIT Gospel Choir; and mezzo-soprano Christina English

Tuesday April 9, 2013 7:30pm - MIT Chapel

Includes the premiere performance of selections from Little Organ Book by Charles Shadle


World Premiere of Ciampa's Kresge Organ Symphony

Friday, February 1, 2013 8pm (pre-concert lecture, 7pm) - Kresge Auditorium

This program of all contemporary organ music includes the world-premiere of Leonardo Ciampa's KRESGE ORGAN SYMPHONY, a grand work incorporating Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim themes. Also on the program:

Charles Shadle Red Cloud (world-premiere)
Carson Cooman Two pieces for soprano & organ
1. Circe
2. Ostinato Mass
(with Jean Danton, soprano)
Andrea Amici Tre Preghiere
David Briggs Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprungen (world-premiere)
Geoffrey Dana Hicks Organ Prelude No. 1 (world-premiere)

Admission is FREE and open to the public

Pre-concert lecture at 7pm:

Please join MIT organ curator Mark Nelson at 7pm for a pre-concert lecture in Kresge. Mark will speak about the physics of the organ as well as the Kresge organ in particular, and he will answer any questions.

For more information, contact Christina English, MIT Religious Life, (617) 253-7707

Online Archive of Organ Concert 

Listen online to the free archive recording of Leonardo Ciampa's 2010 New Year's Day Organ Concert (link to page). Organist Leonardo Ciampa puts the MIT Chapel organ through its paces in a varied and colorful program. Five centuries are represented, everything from the fiery Praeludium in G, written in 1690 by Buxtehude, to “No Darkness At All”, written in 2004 by Harvard's Carson Cooman.  Ciampa also offers his latest in a series of folksong arrangements, “Wayfairing Stranger.” Born in 1971, Ciampa is one of the most well-thought-of musicians of his generation – an organist, pianist, and composer who is highly regarded in all three areas

Listen to the 2009 performance


About the organ in the MIT Chapel

An organ of great historic significance, the MIT Chapel Organ was built in 1955 by Walter Holtkamp, the most avant-garde organbuilder of his time. According to Holtkamp biographer John Ferguson, the organ "reveals Holtkamp, as much a radical in his field as Frank Lloyd Wright was in architecture."