Led by BYU organ faculty members, this tour will include nine days in France visiting and playing some of the most notable historic instruments this beautiful country has to offer. Participants will have the opportunity to experience several of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll’s greatest instruments, including those in St. Sernin (Toulouse), St. Sulpice (Paris), and St. François-de-Sales (Lyon). In addition to these landmark romantic instruments, the tour will also include visits to a number of other Cavaillé-Coll organs, as well as two very notable French Classic instruments: The famed Cliquot organ in Poitiers and a 1631 instrument by Guillaume Lesselier housed in the chapel of the Charles Nicolle Hospital in Rouen. Participants will have the opportunity to attend church services in notable French churches, experience French culture, and enjoy free time in Paris.
In addition, Christophe Mantoux, professor of organ at the Conservatoire Regional de Paris and Pole Superieur, will accompany the program. Mantoux’s expertise as a concert organist and scholar will enhance the experience for participants. See the full bio of Christophe Mantoux and the tentative program itinerary: organ.byu.edu/organ-study-tour-to-france/.